“Ilford is my home.

 

We moved here with very little and found a welcoming community.

 

I care deeply about this area, my neighbours and my friends, and I am determined to do everything I can to improve the lives of everyone in Ilford South.”

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Seema Malhotra MP

“Jas has fought tirelessly for local people, representing his home ward for almost 10 years.

He lives and works in the heart of the community and so understands what neighbours have endured at the hands of Tory governments.

Jas will be an excellent MP, fighting for the community, from the community.”

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Wes Streeting MP

“You could not find someone as committed to our community or as tireless in striving to make it better. He has the highest integrity and would be a brilliant MP.

His own story – the boy born in the Punjab who came here with his family and who built his home, family and business in Ilford from scratch is genuinely inspiring and reflects the stories of so many people in our diverse community.”

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Cllr Shoaib Patel

“Jas is a good friend and encouraged me to become a Labour Councillor for Ilford Town.

He is a relentless campaigner who has worked hard to support our Ilford South communities.

I know he will be an accessible MP who will fight for all of us.”

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Cllr Laila Butt

“Representation matters. Ilford South deserves an MP who reflects the community and understands the needs of local people.

Having an MP like Jas, who walks the same streets and lives the same life as his constituents will make a huge difference.

No one could work harder to do more for Ilford.”

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Cllr Darren Rodwell

Leader of Barking & Dagenham Council

“I have worked closely with Jas for many years. He has led Redbridge from strength to strength – investing in services and new infrastructure despite Tory austerity.

He will bring the same commitment to being the new MP for Ilford South.”

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Alex Holmes

Vice Chair, Ilford South CLP

“Jas fought off the Tories to take the Council in 2014 and go on to lead one of the most transformative Labour councils in the country.

He’s got the values, grit and determination to be an excellent MP.”

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Cllr Mushtaq Ahmed

Cranbrook ward

“I’ve worked with Jas for many years, he’s achieved incredible things as Leader of the Council and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can accomplish for Ilford as our MP.”

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Eugene Frederick

Goodmayes member

“Jas’ record as Leader of Redbridge Council is exceedingly heartening, and exemplary. This is owed to his hard work, his persistence, his commitment and will to succeed.

I am certain he shall serve us well.”

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Cllr Sham Islam and Cllr Jyotsna Islam

“There is not a day that goes by where Jas isn’t in the Town Hall fighting for residents.

Being a local guy and understanding local issues makes a significant difference. Without him, we would not have a Labour Council.”

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Cllr Clare Coghill

Leader of Waltham Forest Council

“Jas is one of the hardest working people I know. He’s been an incredibly successful council Leader – powering Labour to election wins some people thought would not be possible.

Every conversation I have with him, people are at the heart of it – his passion for supporting homeless and vulnerable residents has been an inspiration to me.

As the first female Leader of my Council, he has shown me overwhelming solidarity and support. Jas stands up for what he believes in and he will be a great MP, fighting day in day out for everyone in Ilford South.

He absolutely deserves the opportunity to serve – it’s who he is and he will do the job with energy and humility and will always be listening to members.”

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Cllr Sadiq Kothia

Mayfield member

“Jas is a man who can get things done for our community. He is the only local candidate, he knows Ilford and he cares about Ilford.

He knows what we need and he will deliver for us as he always has.”

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Jas Athwal - Leader of Redbridge Council

A brand new five-million-pound centre to help tackle homelessness in Ilford, East London, has opened its doors to help those in need of a roof over their heads.

Project Malachi is a joint venture funded to the tune of £5million by The Salvation Army and Redbridge Council. The building is made up of 42 self-contained flats, finished and decorated to provide safe and comfortable homes.

It has been named Malachi Place in recognition of Malachi Justin, a ten-year-old boy who became concerned about people sleeping rough in Ilford. When his first baby tooth fell out at the age of five-years-old, Malachi gave his £5 tooth fairy money to the local Salvation Army, along with a note asking them to spend it on helping homeless people.

Five years later, this little boy's dream of a better future for rough sleepers is a reality with the opening of new pioneering homeless complex on Monday 24 February.

Starting with the tooth fairy money, a further £350,000 was raised from local fundraising and charitable trusts. The Salvation Army topped that up to £2.5 million in funding and running costs for the next five years. Redbridge Council provided the land free of charge and funded a further £2.5m to pay for construction.

Among the first residents moving into Malachi Place will be Frank Wrona, aged 40, a recovering addict originally from the north of England who has been sleeping rough on and off for three years. Since taking control of his addictions, Frank has been desperate to find a place to live and get a permanent job. Frank said: “I just want to get settled and move on with my life so getting a room at Malachi Place gets me one step closer to achieving that.”

Malachi Place will provide year-round accommodation and support for people who have been sleeping rough. The Salvation Army will provide specialist 24-hour on-site support for residents to help them deal with the many issues that led them to sleeping rough, like domestic violence, childhood trauma, relationship breakdown, as well as mental ill health.

The flats were fitted out off site and lifted into position by crane to create the four-storey building. Each flat has a bed/sitting room with its own cooking facilities and private toilet and shower. There is also a bicycle workshop which will open in May where residents can learn skills to help them find a job.
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Jas Athwal - Leader of Redbridge Council

ICYMI: A brand new five-million-pound centre to help tackle homelessness in Ilford, East London, has opened its doors to help those in need of a roof over their heads.

www.salvationarmy.org.uk/child%E2%80%99s-tooth-fairy-wish-grants-homes-homeless-peopleThis morning, I had the privilege of opening this new £5 million homeless centre in Ilford Town Centre. Project Malachi - a pop up hostel & workshop for Ilford is a joint venture between Redbridge Council and the Salvation Army to house and provide support to rough sleepers.

I am proud to say the Council provided the land free of charge and funded the construction project with £2.5 million. Across the country, rough sleeping has increased by 165% in the last ten years. We've seen the impact of this increase on our streets in Ilford and that's why addressing rough sleeping is a top priority for my administration.

Read more here: www.salvationarmy.org.uk/child%E2%80%99s-tooth-fairy-wish-grants-homes-homeless-people
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