Representing all our communities: Labour’s manifesto for Kensington & Chelsea

Introduction

Kensington & Chelsea is London’s smallest borough. But from the Canal to the Thames, the strength of our heritage, the warmth of our diverse communities and the extent of our potential are beyond measure.

We’re proud of our cutting-edge schools, museums and universities; our world-famous Carnival; our unique small shops and markets; and the ability of our communities from across the world to come together – whether in celebration or crisis.

We deserve a council that cherishes and preserves our borough for future generations. This has not been happening. The Conservatives’ rent rises and benefit cuts are forcing families out and breaking communities. Social housing is neglected and unsafe. Our schools, police, and care services are starved of funding. The concerns and complaints of residents fall on deaf ears. Within our borough, life expectancy varies by decades. The response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy continues to move painfully slowly, with a bereaved community fighting for justice. Continue reading “Representing all our communities: Labour’s manifesto for Kensington & Chelsea”

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Announced: Kensington and Chelsea Short Manifesto

After announcing our 2018 Local Elections Manifesto we’ve been inundated with praise for our forward thinking approach to how we plan to run the council.

 

We’ve now produced a handy pocket sized guide for you to easily share our plans for the borough with your friends and family. Read it here: Kensington and Chelsea Short Manifesto.

 

Kensington and Chelsea Manifesto Launch 2018

 

Last night (26th March 2018) we launched our Kensington and Chelsea Manifesto.

We set out our plans to deliver real change for the residents of Kensington and Chelsea. Our manifesto aims to revolutionise the way Kensington and Chelsea Council serves it’s residents.

Just a few of our policy areas include:

  • 0% council tax increase
  • Support our EU citizens
  • Improve the quality of air in the borough

Councillor Robert Atkinson, Leader of the Labour Group, said of the manifesto:

‘We will listen to, respect and act upon the wishes of the electorate and not arrive at decisions in arrogant isolation. The new council will have less money than before, but we will spend the money more wisely and fairly to meet the needs of all our residents’.

Want to know more? Read our manifesto here.

 

 

Kensington and Chelsea Labour – Budget Response 2018

Councillor Robert Atkinson, Labour Group Leader, responding to the Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Group’s Council Budget, said:

Madam Mayor (MM) you will not be surprised to hear that the Labour opposition tonight will not be supporting the preposterous, indeed outrageous, idea that the residents of this borough (including those still suffering grievously from the effects of the Grenfell Fire) be made to pay additional Council Tax to put right the damage and horrors caused by this council.

To increase the Council tax this year will literally add insult to injury.

 

We are pleased instead to propose our own amendments which entail no increase in the Council’s own precept for the coming year and which will unveil a very different set of priorities for the next 4 years.

To be absolutely clear, we do not believe it right  nor necessary to increase the council tax this year and we have at least  4 important reasons not to do so :

Firstly, While it is a legal obligation for this  current ,disgraced and broken council  to set a budget and  a Council Tax of the borough,  there is nevertheless something not right in this arrangement when we all  know that, irrespective of the outcome of the vote on May 3rd, at least  half the people taking this decision tonight will not be here afterwards to take responsibility for the results of tonight’s decisions.

  Continue reading “Kensington and Chelsea Labour – Budget Response 2018”

Grenfell Inquiry – Terms of Reference

STATEMENT FROM EMMA DENT COAD MP – 15/08/17

Emma Dent Coad MP for Kensington voices her concern and anger at the announcement from No. 10 that the inquiry will not consider the wider social issues raised after the Grenfell Fire disaster and will instead run scared from external scrutiny and conduct an internal policy review.

 

“This announcement is precisely what we feared.

 

“We were told ‘no stone would be unturned’ but instead are being presented with a technical assessment which will not get to the heart of the problem: what effects if any the lack of investment into social housing had on the refurbishment project.

 

“The government has delegated this responsibility to an in-house team. We have no confidence whatever in the ability of Alok Sharma and a few politically compromised individuals to take on the task of answering this most important question. 

 

“In addition, we are hugely disappointed that the Terms of Reference have been published in the middle of August when so many concerned parties are away and unable to respond.

 

“The closing date for response was 4 August, yet somehow Moore-Bick personally managed to consider the detail of all 550 written responses within a short week, producing Terms of Reference which were then agreed by Theresa May over a weekend.

 

“How can the community possibly have faith in an Inquiry with Terms of Reference so hastily determined by the Prime Minister and her government?

 

“It is a complete betrayal of everything we were promised. Clearly, the government are running scared.”

 

ENDS

 

Hands Off Carnival!

‘bitter Borwick has no mandate to interfere’

STATEMENT FROM EMMA DENT COAD MP – 08/08/17:

On LBC today, Borwick told carnival goers “Don’t bring your knives, don’t bring your guns, don’t bring your acid this year”.

 

Kensington’s Labour MP Emma Dent Coad, who overturned a 7,000 Conservative majority, has stated that her predecessor Victoria Borwick ‘has no mandate to interfere with Carnival’ and should ‘go back to supporting fracking, hard Brexit and persecuting elephants’.

 

Dent Coad says: ‘Borwick’s attempt today to promote her anti-Carnival agenda was frankly pathetic. She has no mandate to interfere and needs to accept that she cannot order anyone around anymore.

 

‘Post-Grenfell Kensington needs Carnival this year more than ever. It will provide a time and place for us to grieve, pay our respects, and begin to heal. Carnival is an expression of freedom and joy for the Afro-Carribean community that we can all participate in, as well as a major cultural event. The Council recognises that and this year more than ever is fully supportive of our grieving Carnival community.

 

‘Borwick is making a fool of herself and is out of touch with the Kensington electorate. Her comments today are distasteful, inappropriate, and insulting

 

‘She is clearly very bitter and cannot accept the result of the election. She was wrong on Brexit, wrong on fracking, wrong on reinstating the ivory trade, and is wrong on Carnival.’

 

ENDS