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Jas Athwal will go forward as the Labour Party’s candidate for Ilford South at the next general election.

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Dirty politics it seems prevented him becoming MP earlier


Mr Athwal, a popular figure locally, was running to stand in Ilford South in 2019 before he was suspended by the party over a sexual harrassment allegation. He was later fully cleared.



Rachael BurfordPolitical Reporter


3 days ago

Sam Tarry de-selected as Labour candidate in Ilford South

Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal will go forward as the party’s candidate for Ilford South at the next general election.

Labour MP Sam Tarry has been de-selected in his east London constituency.

Following weeks of fraught campaigning the former shadow minister failed to see off a challenge from Redbridge leader council, Jas Athwal, in Ilford South on Monday night.

Mr Athwal will now stand for the party in the constituency at the next general election after winning 499 votes from local party members to Mr Tarry’s 361.....

Wes Streeting, Shadow Health Secretary and MP for Ilford North, was among the first to congratulate Mr Athwal.

He praised his “resounding victory”, which he said reflects his lifelong commitment to this borough and “his outstanding leadership for Redbridge Labour”.

“Jas will be a superb representative for Ilford South,” the Shadow Health Secretary said.

“His is an Ilford story – the boy who came from the Punjab and built an education, successful businesses, and a wonderful family here.

“He’s led Redbridge Labour to three unprecedented victories because he’s a local resident who fights as hard for our community as he would for his own family.

“I look forward to working with Jas as Ilford South’s next Labour MP.”

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