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Sam Tarry deselected as Labor candidate in Ilford

Redbridge Council leader Jas Asthwal has been chosen as the new Labor candidate for Ilford South, ousting the incumbent MP from the constituency.

Cllr Asthwal will stand as the party’s candidate in the next general election after beating Sam Tarry.

Mr Tarry has held the Labor party’s safe seat in east London since his election in 2019.

But he was sacked from the Labor front bench after giving interviews broadcast from an RMT picket line earlier this year.

The vote came after chapters in his local constituency opted to initiate a full reselection process.

While candidate selection can be a difficult issue internally within the Labor Party, it is relatively rare for an incumbent MP to be unselected by their local party.

Mr Tarry had described himself as ‘very humbled and excited’ ahead of Monday’s roundups.

He told the LabourList website after his defeat: “I am incredibly disappointed with this result, especially for all my dedicated volunteers and the wonderful people at Ilford South.

“I intend to issue a further statement tomorrow on the process and the outcome.”

Cllr Athwal was on his way to run at Ilford South in 2019 before he was suspended by the party over a serious allegation.

He was later fully exonerated.

Wes Streeting, the party’s shadow health secretary and MP for Ilford North, was among the first to congratulate Mr Athwal.

He hailed his “resounding victory”, which he said reflects his lifelong commitment to this borough and “his outstanding leadership for Redbridge Labour”.

“Jas will be a superb representative for Ilford South. It’s a story of Ilford – the boy who came from Punjab and built an education, successful businesses and a wonderful family here.

“He led Redbridge Labor to three unprecedented victories because he is a local resident who fights as hard for our community as he would for his own family.

“I look forward to working with Jas as Ilford South’s next Labor MP.”