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.