|Dear constituent, |
I will vote against the government’s deal today. This is worse than May’s deal and does nothing to address workers’ rights, environmental protection or protect our economy.
However I intend to vote for the Letwin amendment, to ensure that we do not leave without a written agreement on 31st October.
If parliament votes for the current agreement then it must be put to a further referendum. A referendum between a ‘billionaire’s Brexit’ – as it was called today – and Remain would give people the opportunity to choose between two clear options.
In a referendum I would vote remain, as I did in 1975 and 2016.
My wish for Kensington and for the country is to stay within the EU, reform regulations that do not work for us, and spend revenue fairly across the country.
I will do everything in my power to achieve this and keep Kensington united with our European brothers and sisters.
Every Friday from 9.30am – 2pm we have a street stall on Portobello Road. We are usually located just outside Tesco at pitch 103. We share the stall with local campaigners. Currently we are hosting the Save The Pembridge Hospice campaigners who are collecting signatures for their petition. We are also collecting food for our local foodbank. You can find a list of their urgently needed items on their website https://kensingtonchelsea.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/ . We also have newsletters from our fantastic MP Emma Dent Coad who joins us whenever she can.
Please do pop by for a chat if you are in the area!
Tory-led RBKC spectacularly failed Grenfell Tower tenants and North Kensington residents before, during and since the 14th June 2017 atrocity that killed 72 of our people and traumatised 11,000. RBKC promised to listen and act on what they heard, but 2 years after the Fire the latest Independent Grenfell Recovery Taskforce report said the Council is “going backwards”.
This year, RBKC introduced a not fit for purpose scrutiny system that won’t hold the Council leadership adequately to account, won’t devolve real decision-making powers to North Kensington and scrapped the Grenfell Scrutiny Committee against the wishes of bereaved families and survivors. Labour Opposition councillors opposed this and voted not to participate in a model that delivers nothing for our people.
Instead, we are offering a Convention which is a platform for democratic scrutiny of RBKC to decide how to hold them to account, what kind of devolution do people want, how should the £50m Grenfell Recovery Strategy be scrutinised and do we want to campaign to re-instate the Grenfell Scrutiny Committee. We start work on October 9th at 6.30pm at the Maxilla Club.
Pat Mason, Councillor
Leader of the RBKC Labour Opposition Group