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Sam Tarry wins Labour's Ilford South parliamentary selection contest

PUBLISHED: 09:55 23 October 2019 | UPDATED: 11:58 23 October 2019

Trade unionist Sam Tarry has been selected as Labour's Ilford South parliamentary candidate. Picture: Ilford CLP

Trade unionist Sam Tarry has been selected as Labour's Ilford South parliamentary candidate. Picture: Ilford CLP

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Trade unionist Sam Tarry says he is "honoured" to be have selected as Labour's Ilford South parliamentary candidate.

Sam Tarry has been selected as Labour's Ilford South parliamentary candidate. Picture: Sam TarrySam Tarry has been selected as Labour's Ilford South parliamentary candidate. Picture: Sam Tarry

He took to Twitter last night to thank those who voted for him.

"Honoured to be selected as Labour's parliamentary candidate for Ilford South," he said.

"I want to thank everyone who supported me and voted for me tonight.

"I will work with every member, every resident, every community. No matter your race, creed, religion, I will be your voice in parliament.

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"I will graft alongside you for our party and our movement."

He told the Recorder: "I'm immensely proud of the campaign I ran to win Labour's nomination, reaching out to every single community- and winning hearts and minds with a positive, uplifting and hopeful message of change.

"I'm looking forward to getting out and working hard to earn every vote in Ilford South, so we can be part of putting in place a transformative Labour government our country so desperately needs."

The TSSA officer and president of CLASS think tank previously worked on Jeremy Corbyn's leadership campaigns.

Mr Tarry won the first round of voting on Tuesday, October 22, against Kam Rai, Syeda Rahim, Neeraj Patil and Rajni Chodha.

The result comes after Labour reopened candidate applications for the constituency after Redbridge Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal was suspended by the party over "extremely serious allegations" hours before a selection decision was due to be made on October 5.

Cllr Athwal said "untrue allegations" had been made against him and called for a "fair hearing and due process".

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