East Ham Labour Party yesterday held a fundraiser gala dinner at the East Ham Town Hall.
Towards the end of last year, Stephen Timms was re-selected as the Labour Party Candidate for East Ham, and this event was organised to raise money for his election campaign and for the local Labour Party’s campaigning.
Over 400 people came to show their support for the East Ham Labour Party. Amongst the attendees where other Labour groups from Barking, Leyton & Wanstead, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, West Ham and Waltham Forest. Local businesses such as Lycamobile, LycaFly, Newham Chamber of Commerce, East London Business Alliance also attended.
The evening began with a reception sponsored by the GMB Union. Guests were then treated to a three course meal, provided by Starlight Catering, who served a range of delicious south Asian curries including chicken, lamb and vegetables dishes.
An auction and a raffle also formed part of the evening. Some of the auction prizes on offer included a 50” plasma flat screen colour television donated by the Nagrecha brothers; a cricket shirt and bat donated by Jitu Shah, and Stephen donated a bottle of whisky signed by Ed Milliband, leader of the Labour Party. Steven Pound, MP for Ealing North, performed the role of auctioneer. There were also speeches from Stephen, Newham Mayor, Sir Robin Wales, and Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Len Duvall, leader of the Labour Group at City Hall, opened the evening saying that he hoped to see many at the gala dinner out campaigning in the local and European elections later this year.
Speaking after the event, Stephen said, “This was a fantastic event. It was wonderful to see so many people there – one table even had to sit on the stage as there wasn’t enough room in the hall! The money we raised is vital in our campaign to get Labour councillors elected later this year, and to secure a Labour government at the next general election.
He added: “I would like to thank all those who made tonight possible – from those businesses who sponsored tables, to those who donated prizes, and of course all those who attended!”
Speaking after the event, Rachel Reeves said “I was delighted to attend the dinner this evening and meet so many Labour supporters from East Ham and the surrounding area. I’m looking forward to campaigning alongside members from constituencies right across East London in the run up to the local and European elections this year, and the general election in 2015.”