Grenfell Inquiry – Terms of Reference


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.”





Hands Off Carnival!

‘bitter Borwick has no mandate to interfere’


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.’





Grenfell Tower

Other inquiries:


Conservative – 16,313

LABOUR – 16, 333

LibDems – 4,724

Please bear with us while we have a short rest and start to make arrangements for our new role.



Diary enquiries for your Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad:

If you wish to invite Emma to visit your Residents’ Association, amenity group or campaign group, and for press enquiries and interviews please email:



Kensington Labour is delighted to announce that our parliamentary candidate is Cllr Emma Dent Coad

Emma Dent Coad was born in Chelsea as the youngest of six in an Anglo-Spanish family, and has lived in North Kensington since 1986. She has worked on design and architecture magazines for most of her career, and has written or contributed to a number of books. She still writes on occasion for Building Design and local papers, as well as for The Voice on local issues. For the past 11 years she has been a Councillor in Golborne Ward, one of the poorest wards in London. She has been politically active since the age of 15 and is a fearsome campaigner. As Planning spokesperson for the Labour Group she speaks out for all communities facing unwanted development where there is no community benefit.

Emma says: ‘Kensington is a microcosm of everything that is wrong in the country after seven years of incompetent government. In 2014 I proved that RBKC is ‘the most unequal borough in Britain’. It sickens me that in a very wealthy constituency we have Food Banks, worsening health and life expectancy, and the return of Victorian illnesses such as TB and even rickets. I see money squandered while residents struggle financially. The police chase super-cars in one area, and knife-wielding gangs in another.

‘I am Kensington through and through and would never stand in another constituency. As your representative in parliament I will speak out for all the communities of Kensington and work for a more equal society. My maxim is #OneKensington, and my personal knowledge of Kensington and its communities, together with my expertise in architecture and planning, will enable me to serve my constituency.

‘We are facing very difficult times with the Brexit negotiations, and like many I am torn between respecting democracy and dreading the outcome for all of us. In a constituency that voted 68% Remain, our MP voted to Leave the EU. This is a situation that I simply don’t understand.

‘I will never forget, I work for you.’



Kensington Labour hopes to have our candidate in place within ten days. In the meantime we are planning and have commenced local campaigning. If you wish to pledge your help, please email us on

If you are unable to help on the doorstep but would like to support our General Election campaign, please donate via the ‘Fundraising and Donations’ tab above; every penny counts and any amount will be gratefully received.




Kensington Labour members and supporters – while we wait for confirmation of the General Election called by Theresa May, please check you are eligible to vote!

Everything you need to know about how to vote for the General Election (courtesy of the Mirror). Updates will be posted as they come in.


When is the General Election 2017?

Theresa May announced the snap General Election will be held on June 8.

The polling stations open at 7am and close at 10pm.

To vote you must be 18 or over on polling day in England and Wales and 16 or over in Scotland.


How do I register to vote?

Visit and fill in 11 questions.

They include your name, address, National Insurance number and whether you want a postal vote.

There’s not much else you need to fill in.


How long does it take?

About 5 minutes if you’re not too speedy on a computer. Less if you have a quick mouse hand.


When is the deadline?

While an election has not yet officially been called, it is likely you must register by midnight on Monday 22 May.

If you want a postal proxy it is likely you must apply by Tuesday 23 May.

If you want a different type of proxy vote (someone to vote for you), it is likely you must apply by Wednesday 31 May.

For an emergency proxy vote, for example if you end up in hospital, it’s 5pm on the day of the election.


How do I find out if I’m on the register?

To be sure you have to check with your local electoral registration office. Pop your postcode into to find out where that is (for Kensington and Chelsea email:, or call 020 7361 3444).

But unless you’ve moved house, if you were registered for the EU referendum you should still be registered now.

If you weren’t registered for the EU referendum you almost certainly won’t be registered now.


How does postal voting work?

If you can’t get to your polling station on June 8, you can apply for a postal vote.

They’ll send a ballot paper out to any address you choose – even overseas.

You just need to fill it in, choose which way you want to vote and send it back so it arrives before 10pm on the day of the election.

All the instructions are on the ballot paper.


How do I register to vote by post?

You need to download the form here , print it, fill it in, sign it and post it back to your local electoral registration office.

Where is my local electoral registration office?

Just put your postcode into the search at and it’ll tell you who to get in touch with.


What about proxy voting?

This means if you’re unable to go to the polling station for medical emergencies, occupation, service, employment or disability – then you can get someone to do it for you.

You can apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on polling day.


How do I vote by proxy?

You must give a reason why you need to vote by proxy and may need a qualified person to sign your application.

You may be able to deliver the form by hand or send a scan of the completed and signed form via email to your local authority.

The person you nominate must then vote in person for you. (For Kensington and Chelsea, email or call 020 7361 3444)


Who can vote for me?

Any person you appoint if they are 18 or over and are registered individually.

A person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at one election, unless they are a close relative.

Close relatives are the spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild of the applicant.


What about voting in person, how does that work?

When you arrive at the polling station, there will be people sitting at a desk with a copy of the electoral register.

If you have it with you, you can give them your polling card. Otherwise you can just give them your name and address and they’ll check it against the list.


Can I vote without my polling card?

Yes. You don’t need to take your polling card with you to vote – it might speed the process up a little, but you can vote without it.


Where do I go to vote?

The location of your polling station will be written on your polling card.

If you’ve lost it, don’t worry. You can find out where you have to go by contacting your local election office.




Following on from our very successful CLP AMM on 23 January, when we heard presentations from a number of local campaign groups (photo above), members have been asking how they can contact the groups and get involved.

Facebook sites as follows, click to link:



Save North Kensington Library

Save Wornington College

Save Westway Stables



Campaigning composite

To all members and supporters of the Labour Party in Kensington:

  • campaigning has started in earnest, we are out in various locations every week at different times
  • we also meet in groups to attend marches and protests together
  • from now onwards all our campaigning dates will be posted on the ‘Campaigning’ pages, just click the link above


If you wish to be kept informed of regular campaign events, write to:, subject line ‘YES I WANT TO CAMPAIGN’

You can also keep up to date via our Facebook page, Kensington Labour.

See you on the campaign trail soon!