“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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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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