Investing in Ilford

“For too long we have been overlooked by a disinterested Conservative government, as your MP I will fight to put Ilford back on the map so we can no longer be ignored”

“Locally I have led a bold regeneration agenda in the council and I will continue this work as your MP making sure Ilford gets the investment it deserves.”

With thoughtful investment we can build the housing we need for growing families while improving services like healthcare and education.

Ilford is growing – we can’t stop that but we can plan for it by increasing the number of GP surgeries locally, protecting and potentially expanding King George Hospital, investing in our schools and providing new libraries and leisure centres.

Once we’re back in government Labour will also make different choices. A Labour government will take advantage of near record-low interest rates to create a National Transformation Fund that will invest £250 billion over ten years in upgrading the economy. This fund will ensure that the huge potential of every part of the UK is met, including the potential of Ilford South.

I will continue to push for investment from the government and Mayor of London.

I will prioritise protecting our existing NHS services like King George hospital and neighbouring Whipps Cross and fighting for hospital improvement and expansion.

I will work to attract outside investment into Ilford, boosting our highstreets by supporting local businesses and helping to make the case for an Ilford university campus which will enhance our local economy.

I will support the council investment into our parks, green spaces and leisure facilities like our theatre, town centre Community Hub, and the new covered food market coming to the Town Hall.

I will make the most of the 4 new Crossrail stations coming to Ilford, ensuring we have the appropriate supporting infrastructure and use the opportunity the stations will bring to boost our economy.

I will support the council in building 1000 new affordable homes across Redbridge over the next five years for local families.

I will tackle rouge landlords taking advantage of vulnerable tenants.

Labour will also invest to build over a million new homes across the UK and locally in Redbridge I have pledged to build 1000 new affordable homes as Leader of the Council.


These affordable homes will empower young people in Ilford to get a step onto the housing ladder, enable families who live in Redbridge have space to grow and prevent the growing homelessness crisis hitting London.


A Labour government will also establish a new Department for Housing, tasked with improving the number, standards and affordability of homes and to make sure housing is about homes for the many, not investment opportunities for the few.

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As we are approaching Christmas, I have asked our police chiefs to focus more resources on tackling burglaries. Even though the police are stretched with budgets and officers cut, they are still responding as best as they can.

Last week, Operation Celtic began in Redbridge. Late-night patrols are taking place across the borough to target anti-social behaviour and burglaries.

Many of these patrols will be undertaken by plain clothes officers in unmarked cars. As officers step up patrols, they will also be targeting prolific offenders so that any potential crime they are seeking to commit is deterred.

I am asking residents to support us in making Redbridge safe by reporting suspicious behaviour to 101. If you are witnessing a crime taking place, you can call 999.

It is sometimes quicker to report anti-social behaviour online:
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Two weeks ago, I announced a new biodiverse woodland in Seven Kings Park. Many residents showed a keen interest in participating in planting the new trees and plants.

Please click the link below to find out how you can get involved. It would be great to see you there!’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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20 years ago today, our entire nation was shocked by the senseless killing of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor. As we remember him today and share his family's grief, we need to reaffirm our commitment to ridding our society of youth violence and knife crime.

"Damilola had ambition, he wanted to change the world. After 20 years, this is how I would like him to be remembered, as a boy of hope. Our boy of hope.” Richard Taylor OBE reflects on the legacy of his son:

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At full council tonight I announced further details on our council's plans to renovate the Woodford Green Library.

We'll soon be consulting with local people on plans to open a brand new gym alongside the revitalized library.

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