I'm not your typical politician. I come from a working class family in Tower Hamlets. I funded myself through college and university with retail jobs and I spent my professional career working outside politics in the voluntary sector. Wes

I’m really proud to have been the Member of Parliament for Ilford North since May 2015. I’ve lived in Redbridge for over a decade and care passionately about our community. I’m always out and out meeting as many residents, community groups, charities and businesses as possible to listen to your concerns and priorities.

Prior to my election I served as Deputy Leader of Redbridge Council and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, leading the fight to save King George A&E and investing in local leisure facilities for people of all ages.

I speak my mind and stand up for Ilford North. You won’t always agree with me (you should never trust politicians who only ever tell you what you want to hear), but you’ll always know where I stand.

I know that there’s lots of cynicism about politics and politicians and I understand why. I hope that I repay the faith that people placed in me when they voted for me over successive elections and I also hope to earn the trust and respect of those who didn’t vote for me.


Wes Streeting is the Labour MP for Ilford North and Shadow Minister for Schools.

Wes bucked the trend to win the seat from the Conservatives at the 2015 general election. He was a member of the influential House of Commons Treasury Committee from 2015 until the 2019 general election. Following Keir Starmer’s election as Leader of the Labour Party, Wes was appointed as Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and in October 2020 was promoted to Shadow Schools Minister.

Prior to his election to Parliament, Wes was Deputy Leader of the London Borough of Redbridge, serving as Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing.

In his professional life, he has worked outside politics as a senior manager and chief executive for a number of voluntary and private sector organisations working to tackle educational disadvantage.

Wes is a Vice President of the Local Government Association and a Patron of LGBT Labour.

Wes’ passion for education arises from his own experience, growing up on a council estate in Tower Hamlets to become the first person in his family to go to university. He is one of the few pupils who received free school meals to make it to Cambridge University, where he read History at Selwyn College and became President of Cambridge University Students’ Union. Wes is a former President of the National Union of Students.

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