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 changed in September 2013 as ward boundaries were altered to take demographic change into account – southern wards lost one, we gained one in the north.
Labour is the main opposition to the Conservatives in the parliamentary constituency and on the Borough Council. In the 2015 General Election, Labour’s candidate Rod Abouharb, came second to Conservative MP Victoria Borwick, bucking the national trend with a 6% increase in Labour’s share of the vote.
On the Council, Labour holds eleven seats and is the majority party in North Kensington.
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.
Kensington Labour holds monthly meetings which are open to all members and supporters. It has three local branches: North West, covering St. Helen’s, Notting Dale, Dalgarno and Norland wards; North East, covering Golborne, Colville and Pembridge wards; and South, covering the 7 South Kensington wards. These branches also hold regular meetings to discuss local issues.
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 Labour CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament), Republic, Scientists for Labour, and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Membership is open to all residents of the Kensington constituency. Get in touch if you wish to become involved.
Kensington Labour Party Executive:
Chair: D. Kear
Vice Chair (Membership): M. S. Lari
Vice Chair (Fundraising): E. Dent Coad
Secretary (Minutes): M. McDonald
Treasurer: N. Wilkins
Campaign Co-Ordinator: K. Kokkinou