It was a pleasure to join Raja Zeeshan who hosts an excellent free speech and international human rights TV programme – bringing together many people from across our community in Ilford.

Special guests from across the country joined us, including Yasmin Qureshi MP, Lord Wajid Khan, London Assembly Members, Councillors and Mayors from Councils across the UK.

There were also many other prominent guests present, like veteran international human rights activist Mushtaq Lasharie.

I was proud to host them in Ilford at one of our best restaurants Al-Kymer Lounge, run by my good friend Sajid Khan right in the heart of my constituency.