Members of the Kensington Labour Action Team
Kensington Labour Party covers the new Kensington constituency set up as a result of Boundary Commission changes that came into effect in 2010. The constituency is made up of 13 northern and central wards of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This is set to change in September 2013 as ward boundaries will be changed; this is the subject of a consultation by the Boundaries Commission until June.
Labour is the main opposition to the Conservatives in the parliamentary constituency and on the Borough Council. In the 2010 General Election, Labour’s candidate Sam Gurney, came second to Conservative MP Sir Malcolm Rifkind, beating the Lib Dems into third place.
On the Council, Labour holds nine seats and is the majority party in North Kensington. In the 6 May 2010 local elections Labour held all the seats in Golborne and Notting Barns wards, won two seats from the Conservatives in St Charles ward and held on to one seat in Colville.
Labour speaks up for residents in the north of the Borough and campaigns on housing, education and childcare, and for better provision for young people and pensioners. It was at the forefront of the campaign to stop Kensington Housing Trust pulling down Wornington Green estate without proper consultation with residents. Labour councillors have defended the rights of social tenants throughout the Borough and ensures that they are consulted on the Council’s plans to ‘regenerate’ social housing. They also made the case over many years for a new secondary school in North Kensington which is now coming to fruition – albeit in a location some are unhappy with.
The constituency party holds bi-monthly meetings open to all members. It has three local branches: North West, covering St Charles, Notting Barns and Norland wards; North East, covering Golborne, Colville and Pembridge wards; and South, covering the 7 South Kensington wards.
On national issues the local Party makes its views known through the Labour Party’s democratic structures. It was opposed to the war in Iraq and advocates the scrapping of Trident. It is affiliated to SERA (the Labour Party’s environmentl group) and the Palestine Solidarity Committee
Membership is open to all residents of the Kensington constituency.