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Ilford North’s Labour candidate, Wes Streeting, has hit out at the Conservative Party’s manifesto for unfairly targeting pensioners for cuts to their support.

The Conservative Party manifesto has promised three major new burdens will be placed on older people:

1.       Scrapping the ‘triple lock’ on state pensions meaning incomes are no longer fully protected.

2.       Means testing Winter Fuel Payments – removing support for heating homes of millions of pensioners.

3.       Forcing those who need social care to pay for it with their homes and savings.

Pensioners would be at least £330 worse off under the new proposed Double Lock had it been in place between 2013/14 and 2017/18 compared to the uprating from the triple lock.

Nationally over 10 million people, or five out of six pensioners, are set to lose Winter Fuel Payments worth up to £300. In Ilford North 15, 970 pensioners receive Winter Fuel payments and 13,040 of these, or 82%, will lose them.

And under the Tory plans for social care, the Tories’ previous pledge to cap the cost of residential social care has been abandoned, so people will be expected to use the value of their homes and savings to pay for their social care - including care at home for the first time. 

This is on top of a £4.6 billion cut in government funding for social care in England since 2011, leaving councils struggling to cope.

Wes Streeting, Labour Candidate for Ilford North, said:

“The Tory manifesto unfairly targets pensioners by removing the triple lock, means testing winter fuel payments and forcing them to pay for care with their homes. This shows huge disrespect to people who have worked hard all their lives and played by the rules. It is a terrible attack on pensioners and shouldn’t be supported. 

“It is clear from his recent comments to the Recorder that Lee Scott, the Conservative candidate, will support these policies if he is elected on June 8th. I will never be a ‘yes man’ for Tory policies which will reduce living standards and unfairly target pensioners in this way.”

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I'm absolutely thrilled that Hollywood legend Sir Ian McKellen has thrown his support behind my campaign to be re-elected as Ilford North's Member of Parliament on June 8th.

In a special message for voters in Ilford North, Ian explains why he's taking the unusual step of endorsing a candidate in a general election. Please do share the video!

I'm proud to have Ian's support. Not just because he's a friend and one of the world's most celebrated actors, but because I really admire Ian for the causes he's taken up throughout his life, like tackling homelessness, childhood literacy and equality. We share a commitment to making our world a more equal place and a passion for making sure that every child gets the best start in life.

More than anything, I hope Ian's message inspires people to use their vote at this election - particularly young people. Young voters don't tend to use their votes and, as a result, get ignored or let down by government.I'm proud of the impact I've made since I was elected just two years ago, but I'm just getting started. I hope you'll put your trust in me again to carry on with the job I was elected to do: standing up for Ilford North.

** N.B. Because Parliament has been dissolved, there are no MPs until after the general election. I'm now Labour's parliamentary candidate for Ilford North **

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I'm proud to live in - and to represent - our diverse community in Redbridge.

On Sunday, I attended an open day at New North Road Community Centre, organised by the Hainault and Chigwell Muslim Association. The centre hosts a range of activities throughout the week - from extra tuition classes for young people to Friday prayers for the Muslim community. The centre is available to hire for the local community to use. I've hosted a Saturday morning drop-in there in the past. This is a vast improvement on where the centre was just a few years ago, when it was a derelict eye sore with no one able to use it. Thanks very much to Dr Hameed and the team for inviting me along (not to mention for the samosas, tea and cake!). We also discussed community cohesion, measures the centre are taking to be good neighbours and discourage people from bringing their cars to the centre and what we can do to promote community cohesion.

Last night, I had the pleasure of addressing the Wanstead and Woodford branch of AJEX - the Jewish ex-serviceman's group. I gave a talk about politics and took a wide range of questions on Brexit, housing, the NHS, immigration and the Labour Party. In a week where a fascist was defeated in the French presidential election, it was a real honour to meet a 97 year old veteran of the Second World War, who fought in France to push back the tide of fascism in Europe. Thanks to his service and the sacrifice of others, we enjoy the democracy we're taking part in today.

Last week, I attended Vaisakhi at the Panjabi Centre in Ilford and the following night the Sikh Welfare Society dinner, both of which served as a way to celebrate the enormous contribution of Sikhs to our community in Redbridge - and the service that Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus gave to the British forces during the First and Second World Wars, a story that isn't told often enough.

Last week I also attended the Avanti Court Hindu primary school in Barkingside. I've been there a lot during the past two years and joined in their celebrations of Hindu festivals (including the particularly memorable chariot festival in Barkingside) as well as a range of other school events like their Superheroes Big Pedal Action Day!

Woodbridge High School has played host to the Redbridge Buddhist Cultural Centre for many years now and a couple of weeks ago I attended their new year celebrations.

The Girl Guides have a Christian ethos and I enjoyed talking to them a few weeks ago at Holy Trinity Church in Barkingside.18403355_1281180138598219_5225653405199274581_n.jpg

This is just a glimpse into one of the great things about representing a community as diverse as ours: the opportunity to learn from different cultures and faiths.

During my first two years in Parliament, I've been proud to stand up for people from all backgrounds: speaking up against Islamophobia and antisemitism as co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group against Islamophobia and vice chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group against antisemitism, calling for an inquiry into the British involvement in the 1984 Amritsar massacre, seeking justice for the Tamil community following the Sri Lankan civil war, demanding government do more to tackle the persecution of Christians abroad and supporting the expansion of Hindu schools in Redbridge.

I hope on June 8th, people will lend their support to me again as someone who will champion the interests of people from all backgrounds, not just a few.

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