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18194754_1271201706262729_2635016991976836965_n.jpgI am proud to have had London Mayor Sadiq Khan with me in Clayhall Park today to launch my campaign to be re-elected as Ilford North's MP.

I'm standing on my record of standing up for Ilford North. People know from my record that I don't just call at election time and that I have fought relentlessly for you - in Parliament and in our community.

On June 8th, you need to decide who you trust to fight your corner on issues that really matter - from saving the A&E at King George Hospital to fighting the cuts that are hitting every single school in Ilford North.

In the short time that has passed since you put your faith in me two years ago, I've shown that I can get results - like successfully lobbying our Mayor for step-free access at Newbury Park and for more neighbourhood police to tackle burglary.

I've shown through my record that I'm not a 'yes man' who'll nod through government policies that hurt our community and that I'll always put your best interests first.

I'm proud to be standing for election again as Labour's candidate. I come from a working class family and represent the best traditions of our party: that it's not where you come from in life that should determine where you can go and what you can achieve. That our government should stand for the interests of the many, not a privileged few.

However you usually vote, I hope you will put your trust in me again as a strong local MP and I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail!

Sadiq Khan Launches Ilford North Campaign

I am proud to have had London Mayor Sadiq Khan with me in Clayhall Park today to launch my campaign to be re-elected as Ilford North's MP. I'm standing on my...

IMG_1456_(1).jpgYesterday I handed in the parliamentary petition I've been gathering to save King George A&E to the House of Commons.

You can see from the size of the bundles that over 10,000 signatures weighs quite a bit! A big thank you to all the residents who signed it.

This petition is a clear statement from residents in Redbridge that they do not want the A&E to close and that the decision taken by the Conservative government must be looked at again.

I'll continue to fight for our A&E for as your Member of Parliament, and I'll continue to stand up for Ilford North.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wes Submits A&E Petition to Parliament

Yesterday I handed in the parliamentary petition I've been gathering to save King George A&E to the House of Commons. You can see from the size of the bundles that...

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A snap general election has been called for Thursday 8th June. Today, I informed the General Secretary of the Labour Party that I will be seeking re-election as Ilford North's Member of Parliament. I will be standing on my record of standing up for Ilford North.

Two years ago, people in Ilford North put their faith in me to represent our community in Parliament - bucking the national trend on a terrible night for the Labour Party.

Since then, I have poured my heart and soul into standing up for Ilford North - in Parliament and in our community. From fighting to save the A&E at King George Hospital and challenging Tory cuts to school budgets locally to leading nationally on issues like fighting the cuts to student grants and financial support for trainee nurses, midwives and other NHS staff. I've been one of Parliament's most active MPs.

I'm asking for you to put your faith in me again. You know that I'm a principled and independent-minded constituency MP, rooted in our community, who will always speak truth to power and always put your interests first.

As you know, I don't just call at election time but I'm looking forward to hitting the campaign trail in the weeks ahead.

You can read more at the link here

General Election Thursday 8th June

A snap general election has been called for Thursday 8th June. Today, I informed the General Secretary of the Labour Party that I will be seeking re-election as Ilford North's...

The government is gambling with the education of  children across Redbridge. It is shocking that by 2019 schools in our borough will have lost over £15 million – the equivalent of losing £338 per pupil. Every school in my constituency is affected.

Teachers are trying their best, but there is only so much they can do faced with rising pupil numbers, rising costs and the possibility of redundancies looming over their heads while school budgets remain frozen.

I’ll be meeting with local head teachers over the coming weeks so that I can take their concerns about this back to Parliament. The government cannot be let off the hook on this vital issue.

You can read more here 

School Budget Cuts

The government is gambling with the education of  children across Redbridge. It is shocking that by 2019 schools in our borough will have lost over £15 million – the equivalent...

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I had a great time doing a Q&A with 'Chaps Who Chat' - the regular social group that meets at heartened by the warm reception I received for the work I've done to tackle antisemitism in the Labour Party and in wider society. I answered questions on a range of issues including Ken Livingstone, health and social care, the taxi trade and local government cuts.

Sid Green, 85, who has been a Jewish Care volunteer for the last 10 years, helped launch Chaps That Chat in Redbridge in October 2015 and due to its success is now working with the Centre on a second group.

Mr Green said: “It was a pleasure to meet and greet with Wes yesterday at Chaps That Chat, 45 Chaps attended firing all manner of questions at Wes and he responded to each and every one perfectly.”

You can read more here

Chaps that Chat

  I had a great time doing a Q&A with 'Chaps Who Chat' - the regular social group that meets at heartened by the warm reception I received for the...

I've written to the Prime Minister today about the relationship between Uber and Downing Street under the previous Prime Minister David Cameron following revelations in the Daily Mail. You can read the letter below:

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Letter to Prime Minister on Uber

I've written to the Prime Minister today about the relationship between Uber and Downing Street under the previous Prime Minister David Cameron following revelations in the Daily Mail. You can... Read more

ILR_Save_King_George_A_E_02.jpgIt was fantastic to see so many people out on Saturday marching to show how much they care about A&E services at King George Hospital.

There is still a long way to go, but I hope this will send a powerful message to government that the decision to close the A&E must be looked at again in the context of growing pressures on our local NHS services.

Our local A&E at King George Hospital is threatened with closure and we need your help to save it. More than 10,000 people have already signed my parliamentary petition to save the A&E and our local Council has established a cross-party inquiry into the closure plans.

You can read more about it in the link here

March to Save King George A&E

It was fantastic to see so many people out on Saturday marching to show how much they care about A&E services at King George Hospital. There is still a long...

17103373_1227615620621338_6404854969652994389_n.jpgYesterday I spoke in the Budget debate to condemn the tax hikes and burdens of red tape that will hit small businesses and self-employed people in Ilford North, highlight the failure of the government to properly fund local schools, health and social care and expose the Tories' seven years of economic failure that has left us ill-prepared for Brexit.

You can watch the speech here: http://parliamentlive.tv/…/781520e8-92a0-40c5-8e9a-55514180…

I'm particularly concerned for more than 10,000 self-employed Ilford North residents, who will be clobbered by rises in National Insurance and the thousands of small businesses that will see their business rates go up. This will affect a range of people from taxi drivers and entrepreneurs through to high street businesses.

As ever with the Tories, the money can be found to fund an inheritance tax cut for the wealthiest 24,000 estates and a corporation tax cut for big businesses. So companies like Uber pay less tax, while their low paid drivers pay more. So much for an economy that works for everyone.

Meanwhile, health and social care remains under-funded and at a tipping point. The Tories are asking you to pay more in council tax, but our local Labour council are still forced to cut public services to plug the funding gap to keep older people alive and well.

Schools in Redbridge are facing real terms funding cuts - on average £188 per pupil per year. The money for schools announced yesterday will be concentrated in a small number of selective schools serving a small section of the population.

We've now had seven years of failure on the economy:

- slow growth in the economy, but a real terms fall in the value of wages 
- a widening productivity gap, keeping wages down
- a fall in the value of our currency, fuelling inflation and driving up prices 
- a boom in unsustainable credit card debt because people are struggling to make ends meet 
- a failure to tackle the debt and the deficit as was promised

This isn't an economy that works for everyone. This isn't a country prepared for Brexit.

I will continue to stand up for Ilford North and use my position on the Treasury Committee to hold the Government to account for their broken promises with the hope that they can be persuaded to change course.

Wes Speaks in Budget Debate 2017

Yesterday I spoke in the Budget debate to condemn the tax hikes and burdens of red tape that will hit small businesses and self-employed people in Ilford North, highlight the...

wes_in_a_taxi_(Read-Only).JPGThis week the All Party Parliamentary Group on Taxis began an inquiry called Lessons from London: The future of the UK taxi trade.

The issues facing the taxi industry in London and right across the UK need serious action, and we hope that this inquiry, which will lead to a report and recommendations, will add to the debate about what the trade will look like in the future.

I know that in London the black cab is an icon that everyone would like to see continue to serve our capital.

We welcome submissions from Taxi drivers across the UK alongside the expert witnesses we will have contributing to the inquiry. You can do this by emailing APPGTaxi@newingtoncomms.co.uk with your thoughts on the issues the inquiry will cover. Please do keep responses to 300 words and send them in before 31st March.

You can find out more about the inquiry by visiting http://www.appgtaxis.org/inquiry

I can’t promise to fix things overnight – no politician can. But I hope that through this report we can put real pressure on our Government and regulators to deliver the change that supports the taxi industry for many, many years to come.

You can read more about it in this link.

New Taxi Inquiry Launched

This week the All Party Parliamentary Group on Taxis began an inquiry called Lessons from London: The future of the UK taxi trade. The issues facing the taxi industry in...

16864960_1214093861973514_6353334939763234516_n.jpgIt was a huge honour to lay a wreath at the Falklands War memorial in Port Stanley this week and reflect on the sacrifice of those who fought to liberate the islands.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the conflict which claimed the lives of 225 British servicemen and would see many hundreds more wounded.

I was in the Falkland Islands on a cross party delegation. During the short visit, we saw the fruits of the island's success 35 years on: a prosperous and thriving community with a bright future.

Regardless of the future challenges the islands may face, I'm absolutely clear that I will continue to support the Falkland Islanders' right to self-determination.

You can read more here.

Falkland Islands

It was a huge honour to lay a wreath at the Falklands War memorial in Port Stanley this week and reflect on the sacrifice of those who fought to liberate...

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