Equality & Diversity

We have actively increased women and ethnic minority representation in the Labour group, taking the ratio from 19% to 41% for women and 50% for BAME representation.


I championed the Dubbs Amendment provisions for unaccompanied children in Calais, personally visiting the jungle refugee camp.


Subsequently Redbridge has hosted some of the “Dubbs” children.

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I spearheaded a wide-ranging fairness commission within the council.


In the light of this we have refreshed our corporate strategy and have refocussed the priorities of the organisation to align with those of the Labour party.


I have introduced a Labour clause in all procurements, ensuring apprentices and local supply chain requirements and London Living wage.

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Local charities like Project Malachi - a pop up hostel & workshop for Ilford are doing great work with us to support rough sleepers.

Unfortunately, organised crime groups are working across London to exploit the real issue of rough sleeping by conning people out of their money.

We are taking action on aggressive begging locally. Please donate your money to local homelessness charities instead of giving to these organised crime groups.
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I’m really pleased to be able to share some exciting news on Seven Kings Park.

Our Council has partnered with Trees for Cities to plant a brand new biodiverse woodland just to the north of Seven Kings Park. The new woodland will include Alder, Hornbeam, Walnut and Oak trees and we will begin planting next week to coincide with National Tree Week.

As the trees grow they will not only create a beautiful woodland for local people to enjoy, but they will also help clean the air and create a natural environment to support habitats and food for urban wildlife, like hedgehogs and bats.

Trees for Cities is the only charity of its kind working nationally and internationally to plant trees in cities to improve lives and cultivate lasting change in neighbourhoods.

The charity has been working with Redbridge Council for several years forming a partnership that has led to a number of successful environmental initiatives including new woodlands and orchards in Goodmayes, Hainault, Woodford and Roding Valley, and new trees for South Park, Loxford Park and Barley Lane.

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