In spite of a difficult night for Labour nationally, Ilford North was one of the few gains for the Labour Party.
Wes Streeting was elected with a majority of 589 over the Conservative incumbent, Lee Scott. Writing for the Ilford Recorder, Wes said:
"I would never have predicted that Labour would win Ilford North on such a terrible night for our party nationally and I will be forever grateful to those who put their faith in me. I will work my socks off to repay that trust and take with me to Parliament the voices and concerns of the thousands of people I spoke to personally during the campaign, as well as the best interests of the community as a whole.
"It is customary for new MPs to pay tribute to our predecessors in our maiden speeches. Perhaps mine will be more sincerely felt than some others. My differences with Lee Scott have always been political and never personal. His public service as an MP and councillor should be celebrated with thanks and I wish him – and his growing family – the very best for the future.
"I’ve decided to remain on Redbridge Council as a backbencher (as my predecessor did). I don’t want to cause a costly by-election or let down the people of Aldborough who voted for me in May last year. I won’t be paid for this role – a modest saving for our cash-strapped borough!
"My number one priority is setting up my office to handle constituents’ casework, but I’ve wasted no time in sending off my first letter to Jeremy Hunt asking that he abandon plans for the closure of A&E at King George Hospital. School places, police numbers and local government funding are top of my agenda.
"I will stand up for Ilford North and relish the challenge."
For the full results, please visit the Redbridge Council website.