Election 2017: Labour’s Ilford North MP Wes Streeting says ‘I will fight on my record in Parliament’
PUBLISHED: 13:39 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:48 19 April 2017
Incumbent Ilford North MP Wes Streeting says his record in Parliament will help him retain the borough’s most marginal seat.
The Labour MP won the seat from the Conservatives by just 589 votes two years ago, but says he’s not worried by his party’s poor national polling figures.
“I’m going into this as an Ilford North MP with a solid two-year track record,” Mr Streeting told the Recorder.
“I’ve been taking people in power to task week after week on behalf of the people in Ilford North. I will be going to them on the back of my record.”
The first-term MP believes his work on the budget, campaigning to save King George Hospital’s A&E and standing on school cuts will place him in a good position to retain Ilford North.
However he criticised Theresa May’s decision to hold the snap election on June 8 saying it merely brought instability.
“What I think is really unforgiveable from the prime minister is that only weeks ago she triggered Article 50 and set in place a two-year time limit on the most important set of negotiations for the future of our country. Now she’s decided that isn’t her main priority.
“The only reason for this election is to take control of the Conservative Party internally.”