NORLAND BY-ELECTION RESULTS

Swing: 8.3% Con to Lab
Turnout: 24.0%

A very good swing to Labour for our wonderful candidate Beinazir Lasharie, and huge thanks to the local and London-wide teams who pitched in with many hours of leafleting and canvassing.

We put in an outstanding performance in polling district NOA, which is where the vast majority of our energies were concentrated, and met many residents with concerns that are not being addressed by the Tories, who think it’s all about ‘planning and conservation’ in Norland. How wrong can you be?

Con: 675 43.8% (-11.6%)
Lab: 438 28.4% (+5.0%)
LD: 358 23.2% (+2.0%)
UKIP: 69 4.5% (+4.5%)

The following is an excerpt from an article in the Independent:

‘Labour edged up in the latest council by-elections during Tories’ conference week.
In its best result, at Norland in London’s Kensington and Chelsea Borough, Labour slashed Conservatives’ majority from more than 1,000 in last year’s polls – on the same day as the general election – to 237.
Kensington and Chelsea London Borough – Norland: C 675, Lab 438, Lib Dem 358, Ukip 69. (May 2010 – Three seats C 1864, 1804, 1654, Lab 787, 722, Lib Dem 714, 693, Lab 681, Lib Dem 534). C hold. Swing 8.8% C to Lab.

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NORLAND LABOUR CANDIDATE BEINAZIR SPEAKS ON POST OFFICE CLOSURES

I find it incredible that Norland Ward has lost two post offices in the past few years, and now has none. Local people now have to take a bus or walk up to 20mins for postal services and to collect benefit and pensions, or send paid carers to do so, instead of providing home care.

It just proves to me how out of touch local Councillors are.

It is quite shocking to hear that someone has been mugged because they had to travel to Shepherd’s Bush and were followed home. The perpetrators are guilty but local Councillors also have some responsibility to provide such a vital service to the community that uses it.

Vote for me and I will be your local voice for local people on issues that matter.

LABOUR SELECTS YOUTH WORKER FOR NORLAND BY-ELECTION – CALL TO ARMS

Kensington Labour Party are delighted to state they have selected youth worker Beinazir Lasharie to represent them in the Norland by-election on Thursday 6 October.

Local candidate Beinazir Lasharie was born and bred on Lancaster West, and attended Avondale Primary School. She is very well known as a hard-working activist, former Colville Ward candidate, and daughter of Alderman Mushtaq Lasharie, who was Councillor in Notting Barns for 18 years.

Beinazir is governor of Maxilla Nursery Centre, and has worked with young people in a variety of posts. She spent two years coordinating programmes for disaffected young people at Kensington and Chelsea Technical College, and spent four years providing after school Study Support at local libraries for children with poor language skills, linking students from her day job at a private Sixth Form college to work with her primary school students. She has also worked with disabled children, which she finds very rewarding.

She has also been a presenter on Asian tv channel Venus TV with her own programme, Chat with Beinazir, discussing current issues and linking Asian and non-Asian young people.

She is Youth Coordinator for NGO Third World Solidarity, and organised two youth conferences at the House of Commons, most recently just after the riots.

HELP LABOUR WIN IN NORLAND

OFFER BEINI YOUR HELP ON 07800 575786

or email: beinazir4norland@yahoo.co.uk

LABOUR DEMANDS ANSWERS

Questions about the conduct and actions of K&C Council have arisen following the recent resignation of Andrew Lamont; he goes to Crown Court on 13 October to fight 22 charges related to internet pornography. The by-election in Norland Ward where he was Councillor has been announced for Thursday 6 October.

The formal announcement from the Council press office on 31 August stated: ‘Andrew Lamont resigned his office as a councillor for Norland ward on August 30. Eleven months ago, Mr Lamont had requested unpaid leave of absence from the council which had been granted. A notice of vacancy has been posted by the town clerk. A by-election will be called in due course.’

However, it has now been confirmed that this statement was untrue; there had been no request from former Cllr Lamont for leave of absence.

When a Councillor has to be absent for a period, there are strict rules, procedures and protocols in place. In exceptional circumstances, for example ill health, Councillors may exempt themselves from meetings but must attend at least once every six months. Alternatively Councillors may ask formally for leave of absence, though this is very rare. These procedures are often conducted in strictest confidence, and are agreed with the Leaders of other political groups.

However there was no such consultation or discussion in relation to former Cllr Lamont’s absence. There is grave concern that the correct procedures were not followed and that therefore the information coming out of the Council has been misleading. The Labour Opposition Group have asked a number of questions that so far remain unanswered by the Conservative Group.

–      As former Cllr Lamont was not on leave of absence, what was his formal position according to the Constitution?

–      Why did the press release state that he had requested and was granted leave of absence, when in fact he was not?

–      The Council website states that former Cllr Lamont did not take his allowance from 11.11.10 because he was ‘away from Council business’. In that case, why did he attend Public Realm Scrutiny Committee on 7 March 2011, and why was he appointed on 18 July 2011 to the Cabinet and Corporate Services Scrutiny Committee?

Cllr Emma Dent Coad said: ‘The role of Councillor is a privilege not a right, if you cannot fulfil your role you must step down; the Constitution is there to be followed not flouted. If we need guidance on particular issues there are officers on hand to give it. It is very clear that there are questions to be asked about former Cllr Lamont’s absence, and how this was handled. The matter is extremely serious. We demand answers.’

CLP chair Mabel McKeown on West Central GLA Campaign

As chair of Kensington CLP I am looking forward to campaigning alongside Cllr Todd Foreman and all of our assembly candidates to win back London for Ken Livingstone. As some of you may know I stood to be the candidate for West Central at the Assembly elections, but I want to express in unequivocal terms that I am really delighted that we have Todd as our West Central candidate for the upcoming campaign. He is a hard working, passionate campaigner and I welcome his leadership and expertise in leading our West Central campaign. I am delighted too that I have been selected for the London Assembly Labour list, and have been twinned with Ealing and Hillingdon GLA seat, so will spend my time helping in Ealing as well and working hard in West Central and as chair of our CLP. I am looking forward to working as part of the 2012 campaign team across London to take the fight to the Tories.
We have a real challenge ahead, and we must do all that we can to ensure that we are a big presence in West Central, winning votes for Todd and winning back London for Labour. We are lucky to have such strong experience and energy in our CLP. I know we will a great campaign team for Todd and Ken. We know that London needs a Labour Mayor and Labour Assembly members now more than ever, and people are looking to us to be their voice against the Tory cuts. We have a lot to do, and we will fight to win.
Mabel Mckeown
Kensington CLP Chair
Labour List Candidate

Cllr Todd Foreman selected as GLA candidate

I am delighted and honoured to have been selected as Labour’s candidate for the West Central constituency in the 2012 GLA elections. West Central is comprised of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the City of Westminster. West Central is suffering under Tory rule—from a Mayor and Assembly Member who are overseeing cuts to front line policing, to a central government that is on an ideological mission to cut public services, to borough councils that seeking to make West Central a “no go” area for everyone but the wealthy. I am looking forward to taking the fight to the Tories and to promoting the positive policy alternatives that the Labour Party offers. It is critical that London elect a Labour mayor and GLA in 2012 in order to protect London’s public services from Tory cuts. My priorities include preservation of our safer neighbourhood teams; construction of affordable housing; affordable public transport; and opportunities for London’s young people. You can learn more about my priorities at http://toddforeman.org.uk/westcentral.

HOLLAND PARK SCHOOL STATEMENT TO COUNCIL 22 June 2011

Cllr Atkinson spoke under Standing Order 19:

Firstly, I would like to point to the excellent and first rate OFSTED report that was published recently. I hope that the whole Council will join me in congratulating the school, its staff and community on such an excellent result – a result made more extraordinary because the intake of Holland Park School remains challenging. So this excellent result is something in which the school is entitled to take exceptional pride.

Secondly, I wish to note and regret the decision made last Thursday by the Governing Body to vote to explore the possibilities of becoming an Academy. I hope (but do not expect) that this council will join me in encouraging the school to refuse this totally unnecessary development.

The OFSTED report proves not only that a change in status at Holland Park is entirely unnecessary but that if it goes ahead it will be for entirely political reasons. I regret very much that tonight’s timetable does not allow us a wider debate on this matter but I do want you all to know that if our schools do now vote to become academies it will be only because: a) the Council’s political leadership has told them that they must do so and b) that our excellent and much valued education department is already being dismantled so that the schools have no choice but to go along with the Academy proposals.

If any of our schools now walk the plank to academy status it is only because Cllr Elizabeth Campbell is pushing them over the edge at sword point. And behind her stands her wicked and ambitious ‘Pirate captain’ Cllr Sir Merrick Cockell.
Finally, I want this Council to agree over the summer to assist the school in ensuring that public consultation on this proposal is conducted as widely and as extensively as possible. The lack of consultation with the students of this school is a disgrace and the four days’ notice given to parents is entirely inadequate and I believe leaves the decision open to Judicial Review [and should Judicial Review fail this will only prove that the rules on consultation with parents and the local community have been deliberately rigged so as to make them meaningless].

I often criticise this council for its own poor efforts to consult with and involve our residents. But even the Royal Borough could not make such a poor job of resident and community involvement.

Madam Mayor, I hope therefore that this Council will applaud the excellent OFSTED report and condemn the plot to force Holland Park School to become an Academy.