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Statement from the RBKC Labour Opposition Group

Statement from Councillor Pat Mason, Leader of the RBKC Labour Opposition Group,

about the comments made by Sam Gyimah to the Independent on 11th November 2019

Commenting in an Independent newspaper report on 11th November 2019 about who may be responsible for the Grenfell Tower Fire, Sam Gyimah is quoted saying, “The Council is responsible and there are Labour councillors on there that could have stopped some of the decisions and didn’t”.

Commenting on who may have been responsible for the decisions made about the cladding, he is reported saying, “Emma Dent Coad(who was a member of the RBKC Labour Group before the Grenfell Tower Fire and still is a member) was on the Council and was part of all the discussions that went on in terms of the cladding”.

Unless Mr Gyimah can provide the evidence to support his allegation that RBKC Labour councillors had some responsibility for decisions that led to the Fire, we will expect an apology and a retraction of these allegations in writing. If he does not either provide the evidence or retract and apologise, we will instruct John Cooper QC, who represents the RBKC Labour Opposition Group in all matters regarding the Grenfell Tower Fire Public Inquiry, to advise on what legal action should be taken.

As a former Conservative government minister whom we would have expected to be familiar with the rules and procedures of public inquiries, Mr Gyimah should have recognised that it is the duty of Sir Martin Moore-Bick and the second phase of the Grenfell Tower Fire Public Inquiry that begins in 2020, to decide who is responsible for this atrocity, and that it is improper and irresponsible for him to have prejudged what the Inquiry may decide.

When, in January 2018, Sir Martin Moore-Bick refused the Labour Group’s application for Core Participant status at the Inquiry for a second time, he said, “At the moment I have seen nothing to suggest that any of your clients (Labour councillors)is likely to be subject to personal criticism……I do not think it likely that the Labour Group on the Council, or any of its members, is likely to be criticised for not having opposed more vigorously the polices and decisions of the majority party”.

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For further information contact: Cllr Pat Mason -Email:cllr.pat.mason@rbkc.gov.uk Tel: 07496 538 101

A Letter From Our MP – Why I Will Be Voting Against The Government’s Deal Today

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.

In solidarity

Emma

Kasim Ali-Your Labour Candidate In Dalgarno

Vote Kasim Ali on Thursday 21 March 2019

Kasim-AliFollowing the  resignation of Councillor Robert Thompson who  has moved to another part  of London and a new post, there will  be a by-election in the Dalgarno ward  on Thursday 21 March  2019. Your Labour Party candidate is Kasim Ali. Kasim has lived locally  in Notting Dale  for many years. He is married with  young children and is very aware  of the issues and concerns of all Dalgarno residents.

Kasim has a background in community organising and as a charity project manager. If elected Kasim pledges to work  tirelessly for the residents of Dalgarno- his focus as your  councillor will  be on housing affordability, education, employment, community safety, youth provision and adult social  care.

After the  tragedy of the Grenfell Tower  fire, Kasim ran six marathons and one  ‘ultra-marathon’ in seven days to raise £50,000 for  a local  charity  dedicated to working for the children and young people of North Kensington who  were  directly and indirectly affected by this terrible disaster  in our community.

Run for Grenfell

After the  tragedy of the Grenfell Tower  fire, Kasim ran six marathons and one  ‘ultra-marathon’ in seven days to raise £50,000 for  a local  charity  dedicated to working for the children and young people of North Kensington who  were  directly and indirectly affected by this terrible disaster  in our community.

Out and About in Dalgarno

Kasim and the  Kensington Labour team  will  be out  and about in Dalgarno over  the next  few weeks talking to, and listening to residents.

Meeting Dalgarno Residents

Kasim will  try to meet as many  of you as possible before the  election for ward  councillor to show you his passion and commitment to making a positive difference in the  lives of the  residents of Dalgarno.

You can download Kassim’s election leaflet by clicking here.

Vote Kasim Ali on Thursday 21 March 2019