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Wes Streeting has been re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Ilford North. You can watch his victory speech here.

The results were as follows:

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A massive thank you to everyone who voted for and supported Wes!

 

Wes Streeting re-elected in Ilford North

Wes Streeting has been re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Ilford North. You can watch his victory speech here. The results were as follows:          ...

image.jpgTHE FUTURE OF KING GEORGE A&E IS ON THE BALLOT PAPER THIS THURSDAY 8th JUNE

That was the warning given by London Mayor Sadiq Khan on his final visit to Ilford North before Thursday's general election. You can read more via the link to the Recorder below.

 Speaking to the Ilford Recorder, the Mayor of London said: 

“On the ballot paper this Thursday is the future of King George A&E, it’s as simple as that.

“The Tories are serial promise breakers and they have shown that they don’t believe in the NHS by their actions over the last seven years.

 “Frankly speaking, if you use King George Hospital and if you care about the A&E, the maternity department and the NHS in general then to me it’s a no brainer.”

It has become clear during this election that the Conservatives would rather mislead people about the future of our A&E, rather than fight to save it.

The facts are simple. The closure decision was taken by the Government in 2011, while Lee Scott was our MP. The maternity unit was closed and the only reason our A&E is still there is because both of our local NHS trusts have been in special measures.

There is no room for complacency. Independent NHS officials confirm that the closure decision still stands. That's why I've been leading the fight to stop it happening.

This is just one of many reasons why I hope you'll re-elect me as your local MP this Thursday. This race will be close and every vote will count.

You can read coverage in the Ilford Recorder here

Photo by Ellie Hoskins

The future of King George A&E is on the ballot paper on Thursday

THE FUTURE OF KING GEORGE A&E IS ON THE BALLOT PAPER THIS THURSDAY 8th JUNE That was the warning given by London Mayor Sadiq Khan on his final visit to Ilford North...

DM.JPGYou can watch the video on Facebook here or Twitter here.

I greatly admire David Miliband for the international leadership he has shown on some of the biggest challenges facing our world, so I'm proud to have his support in this video message to Ilford North residents ahead of June 8th.

This is a time of unprecedented peace and global prosperity, yet also great anxiety and social upheaval.

The benefits of globalisation and economic growth are being unevenly distributed. There is a growing risk of inequality within and between nations. Our natural resources are under pressure. Climate change poses the single biggest threat to humanity. We saw only last week the danger that domestic terrorism poses to our way of life, with roots in a global ideological movement that has twisted and abused the teachings of one of the world's great religions for its own evil ends.

Because of my upbringing, I've grown up with an almost unshakeable belief in the onward march of social progress. I was born in a multi-cultural community in a global city. Thanks to a good education I was the kid from a Stepney council estate who got to Cambridge and later to Parliament. I’ve seen great advances in areas like race relations, disability rights, LGBT equality and the role of women in our society.

Martin Luther King famously said “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice” and I have always believed that to be true. But the last couple of years have shaken that conviction and I worry for the future of our country and our world. I have come to the realisation that Dr King's vision will only be realised if we work hard for it.

During my short time in Parliament, I've been a strong voice for human rights and democracy around the world, for action to tackle climate change and for a stronger humanitarian response to the biggest refugee crisis the world has ever seen.

I've voted in favour of measures to keep our country safe, from renewing our nuclear deterrent to giving our security services the powers they need to tackle the rapidly changing risks posed by organised crime and global terrorism.

If re-elected to Parliament on June 8th, I will continue to provide a strong internationalist voice for Ilford North as our country charts its course through this turbulent and uncertain century.

David Miliband backs Wes Streeting for Ilford North

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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 **

Ian McKellen Backs Wes Streeting for Ilford North

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...

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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.

Pride in the Diversity of Redbridge

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...

Local Conservatives are claiming that King George A&E isn't going to close and that we're scaremongering - but the Tories in government have ALREADY taken the closure decision.

This is utterly typical of their breathtaking complacency about the future of our A&E and shows why they can't be trusted to fight for local NHS services.

Since I was elected (in fact long before I was elected), I've campaigned relentlessly to get the closure decision reversed. It was the very first issue I raised in Parliament, I've organised community meetings, led hundreds of residents through the streets of Ilford to march to save the A&E, I've questioned ministers, lobbied local health officials, organised parliamentary debates with Mike Gapes and last week I presented a petition of more than 10,000 signatures in the House of Commons.

Having put countless hours into campaigning to save the A&E from closure, working with residents who support a wide range of political parties, it is pretty galling to see the Conservatives misleading people about the future of the A&E. Just last week, the government announced funding to help every local A&E - EXCEPT for King George Hospital.

I think people will be able to draw their own conclusions about who they can trust to genuinely fight for the future of the A&E at King George Hospital.

You can read about this issue in the Ilford Recorder HERE

Tory Complacency on King George A&E

Local Conservatives are claiming that King George A&E isn't going to close and that we're scaremongering - but the Tories in government have ALREADY taken the closure decision. This is...

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...

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