GENERAL ELECTION: Redbridge Council leader finally becomes an MP

Jas Athwal has been elected as Labour MP for Ilford South after a decade as the leader of Redbridge Council.

He will remain as leader of the council until July 25 when a new councillor will be appointed to the role by the controlling Labour Group.

Mr Athwal told the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) his first priority as Ilford South’s MP would be its finances. He said: “The council cannot keep surviving – and not just this council, but all the councils.

“We need to look at how the funding formula works. There are a lot of problems – where do you start?”

Having taken over Redbridge Council in 2014, the Mayfield ward councillor had initially sought the Labour nomination for Ilford South in 2019.

Sam Tarry was instead put forward for the Labour safe seat. Tarry was then controversially deselected in 2022.

Voter turnout in Ilford South was 59.67%, with 41,338 votes cast.

The full results of the Ilford South election can be found below:

  • Jas Athwal (Labour) – 16,537
  • Noor Jahan Begum (Independent) – 9,643
  • Sayeed Syduzzaman (Conservative) – 6,142
  • Syed Siddiqi (Green) – 3,437
  • Forhad Raj (Reform UK) – 2,329
  • Golam Tipu (Workers Party) – 1,366
  • Claire Richard (Lib Dem) – 1,340
  • Andy Walker (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts) – 376

Sebastian Mann

Local democracy reporter