Kensington Labour Group is delighted to announce that, with the unanimous support of the Local Campaign Forum, we have selected our candidates for the five northern wards.
ROBERT ATKINSON - Candidate for Notting Dale
Local Government has been downgraded. It is now imperative to fight for local democracy and defend those unable to defend themselves. Housing, Health, Planning & Welfare (in the original English sense of us looking after each other collectively) are the issues on which to fight this election. I have the energy and experience to contribute to the election and the next Labour Group.
Formerly Leader of the Labour Group, I am currently Whip and Spokesperson for Children and my daytime employment is as Head of Office for a Labour MP. I have spent 28 years as Governor of eight different schools
MOHAMMED BAKHTIAR - Candidate for St Helen’s
I have seen war and that gave me a real longing for peace; I have endured poverty and that helped me understand those who are suffering. I am passionate about politics and serving others.
As councillor my aim would be to fight for more affordable homes for those who are vulnerable and on low income, and lobby the Council to make roads safer in St Helens.
I am grateful to this country for sheltering me and now want to give something back. With my experience, my education and my energy for life I feel I can make a positive contribution.
JUDITH BLAKEMAN - Candidate for Notting Dale
As a councillor I deal with a massive casework-load, mostly housing, but also social care, planning, community safety, education and health. I work closely with the voluntary sector and residents’ groups, and promoted the need for a new secondary school for years in the face of Tory opposition – and at long last the Kensington Academy will open in 2014.
As Labour Group leader I persuaded the Local Government Commission to reconfigure the wards in North Kensington. I hope to be able to use my skills and experience developed as councillor over 31 years to serve local people in 2014.
EMMA DENT COAD - Candidate for Golborne
Born and bred in the borough, I have been involved in countless community and political campaigns; it seemed a natural step to become a Councillor in 2006.
Golborne is a unique area with many overlapping communities and interests both public and private, facing the challenge of keeping a healthy balance to preserve Golborne’s soul while fighting for opportunities to help residents prosper and thrive.
I will never give up fighting for the best possible outcome for all our residents. I never forget I work for them, and hope to be able to in 2014 and beyond.
PAT HEALY - Candidate for Dalgarno
Pat was elected a St Charles Ward Councillor in 2010 and has worked tirelessly ever since for local residents. She set up three surgeries a month and has handled more than 100 cases in that time. She works closely with local community groups and tenants associations.
On the Council, she is the Labour spokesperson on Health and Adult Social Care and serves on other committees covering services for victims of domestic and sexual violence and council staff matters. Previously a working journalist, Pat uses those skills in a newsletter which goes to every household in the ward.
BEINAZIR LASHARIE - Candidate for Notting Dale
I have stood for two local elections and am an active local member. As a former Council employee I witnessed how the Tory cuts have devastated children and families.
I am executive member and youth coordinator for Third World Solidarity (NGO); Tutor for children with special needs; Showbiz reporter Asian Sunday Newspaper; Entrepreneur/Director Big Dog Management; Formerly Member Estate Management Board; Formerly Governor for Maxilla Centre.
Political Activities: 2011 – CLP delegate at the Labour Party Conference, spoke about the cuts in Kensington; 2011 - Candidate Norland Ward by-election, swing 8% to Labour from Tory stronghold; 2010 - Candidate Colville Ward.
HARRISON LITTLER - Candidate for Colville
As a student activist, I was non-executive officer responsible for human rights and the environment. Over the last decade I have been active within Amnesty International campaigning for the rights of ordinary people around the world; over the last three years as member of the Board of AIUK and Chair of the International Issues Sub-Committee. I look forward to putting these skills and experiences to use in Colville ward.
I’m a teacher and head of Economics and Business at a local, outstanding, non-selective secondary school in North Westminster. I currently hold the post of Membership Secretary of the Kensington CLP.
ANDREW LOMAS - Candidate for Colville
I’m a trainee barrister, and joined the Labour Party because I believe in politics rooted in people: equality means giving everyone the opportunities they need to make the most of their unique skills and talents.
I chair the Local Campaign Forum and have been a regular at Action Team campaigning across the borough. Previously I worked as a cancer research scientist in Oxford. I have been a candidate locally and nationally and was a parliamentary candidate at the last general election. I am trustee of the Venture Community Association, and governor of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
PAT MASON - Candidate for Golborne
I’ve been a Councillor since 1991. I sit on the Council’s Public Realm, Voluntary Organisations, Staffing issues and Golborne & Portobello Market committees, and Westway Development Trust.
I’ve recently campaigned against Fire Service cuts, privatisation of Royal Mail and Post Office closures, for more social rent housing, rent controls and a living wage for all workers. I work in a very hands-on manner with our residents, local groups and communities ensuring that peace and tolerance is maintained.
I’ve been a life-long environmental and anti-discrimination campaigner, and for me the people of Golborne are always my No 1 concern.
BEVAN POWELL - Candidate for Golborne
I have vivid memories as a child shopping in Golborne and Portobello Road with my mother. I remember the terraced houses along St Ervans and Wornington Road, long gone, making way for the Swinbrook Estate. Today the area is just as vibrant and culturally rich; some faces have disappeared, and new ones have taken their place.
I have considerable experience in leadership, advocacy, lobbying for change, and community engagement, gained as a senior manager within the Metropolitan Police Service and various leadership positions within the Black Police Association.
My experience provides a foundation on which to serve our wonderful community.
MONICA PRESS - Candidate for Colville
Colville has been my home for 17 years. My Iraqi husband and I chose to live here because of the comfortable mix of cultures, and the vibrant character of Portobello Market.
I worked for 25 years managing community development programmes in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. I left overseas work in 2008 and qualified as a UK welfare rights advisor with Citizen’s Advice: I currently offer advice at the Ladbroke Grove bureau and Al-Hasaniya Women’s Centre.
I have been chair of my TMO Residents’ Association since 1998, and chair of the Colville Ward Forum since 2009.
ROBERT THOMPSON - Candidate for Dalgarno
I wish to be a Labour councillor to ensure that the residents of Dalgarno have access to the best quality housing, health, social care and educational opportunities. I want to work for a fairer and more just and caring K&C in which all can thrive in vibrant, diverse communities.
I have worked locally for 12 years as a Lead Chaplain, first in Dalgarno Ward at St Charles’ Hospital, and now at the Royal Brompton. I lead on healthcare policy for the Bishop of London. I actively campaign for Labour and chair the constituency party.
NIGEL WILKINS - Candidate for St Helen’s
I work for the Financial Conduct Authority, and as a pension fund trustee for a large bank. This gives me a good understanding of personal financial issues and problems people face dealing with banks and other financial institutions.
I campaign in combating fraud and corruption, and am a member of the Fraud Advisory Panel and Transparency International. I have a particular interest in housing and planning issues, attend Labour Housing Group and chair the Campaign for the Abolition of Residential Leasehold. This has given me considerable experience of working with people having problems with difficult landlords and managing agents.
A FOND FAREWELL TO OUR RETIRING COUNCILLORS
Councillor Bridget Hoier will be retiring after an amazing 30 years as councillor. Her great strengths as a sympathetic listener and advocate will be sorely missed by the many residents she has served over the years. Bridget is a much loved and popular member of the Labour Group and is greatly respected by all members of the council but especially by her residents in Golborne ward.
Councillor Bob Mingay will also retire in May. He uses his expert knowledge of housing matters with great skill to benefit all borough residents in housing need, particularly those in his own ward of St. Charles. Bob also has an encyclopaedic knowledge of planning matters, which he deploys often to devastating effect on the Planning Committee. His fiery interventions and oratorical skills in Council will be much missed.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to stand as Council candidate in other wards in the borough, or if you wish to take part in campaigning in the run-up to the Council and European elections on 22 May 2014.