Sam Tarry could hardly have imagined the year to come as he celebrated becoming the new MP for Ilford South little over 12 months ago.

With just over a year in post, the home-grown MP discussed his tenure so far: the achievements, the challenges, and what it means to be local.

Rewind to December 2019 – a lifetime given what has transpired since – and the former trade union official was euphoric after being elected by the people of Ilford South. 

Back then Sam said “it will be the honour of my life” to represent the constituency. Fast-forward a year and all that has changed is the tense.

When asked for his proudest moment, he said: “Standing up to give my maiden speech, as the MP for the area I grew up in, and have lived the vast majority of my life; referencing places, people and things that shaped who I am and all that I have achieved (because of those roots in Ilford and our local communities) was truly the honour of my lifetime.”

Read the full article by Cash Boyle at the Ilford Recorder here: