Air Pollution

The air that we breathe affects us all, this is the one topic that unites us all across the political divides – we all breathe the same air. Air pollution is a very important issue in London.

It has been said that RBKC has the most polluted air in the United Kingdom, with more than one in 12 of all deaths in the London borough attributable to tiny particles of soot largely emitted by diesel engines.

The only other borough with similar pollution levels is Westminster. These statistics come from Public Health England.

In London, 3,389 people died of air pollution and 41,404 “life years” were lost in 2010, while in south-east England, 4,034 people died and 41,728 years were lost.

In our local Borough the air quality frequently exceeds safety standards, with nitrogen dioxide and heavy particulate pollution at levels that are a known threat to our health.

There are steps we can take as individuals and as a community to improve the air quality in our borough.
Together, we need to continue to campaign for joined up thinking that integrates climate and air quality outcomes with how we use and source energy and transport for healthier air.

Housing: For example, we all know that new buildings have to meet modern standards for pollution and energy saving, but how can we improve the energy efficiency of older buildings? Poorly built buildings mean that the residents can have damp or poorly ventilated buildings, and high fuel bills which waste expensive energy making them having to worry about heating or eating.

An example of how poor air quality affects our health:

  • Asthma is one of the most common long-term conditions in the UK, affecting almost 1.1 million children and 4.3 million adults – that’s 1 in 11 people.
  • Every 10 seconds someone is having a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.
  • Every day three people die from asthma, yet the National Review of Asthma Deaths shows that two out of three deaths are preventable.
  • The UK has amongst the highest death rates from asthma in Europe.

Transport: We need to continue the campaign against diesel fuels and encourage alternatives.

Rubbish – We each need to consider the rubbish that cannot be recycled as we are contributing to the overall costs of getting rid of waste – so we should check that we are not adding to this – an example is non re-usable coffee cups and coffee pods!

RBKC have had some success locally with “Green Walls” and we should ask all our local schools and public buildings to “green” their walls – ivy is great at absorbing pollution, and a school in Earls Court has reduced pollution by over 40%

August 9th, 2017

Protecting our High Streets


We need to protect our high streets if #Kensington is to truly thrive. I’ve received hundreds of responses on my recent ‘Campaigns for Kensington’ survey and this is a big issue for local people. Fighting the corner of local shops, cafes and traders will always be my priority.

#Kensington needs its local shops, cafes and markets to thrive, and I will always fight their corner. Bringing businesses together to help promote our high streets and linking vacant units with community groups are just two practical ways in which we can help.

Spring 2019 Newsletter

National politics is fixated on Brexit, but I am very conscious from my postbag, that there are so many vital and important issues in our day-to-day lives. At this time of year of renewal, of putting winter behind us, I have concentrated on community events – as that to me is the spirit of our community here in Kensington. Read More Here…

Testimonials

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New Podcast Alert

Did you know you can now listen to my brand new podcast ‘In Conversation with Victoria Borwick’ on #Spotify and on Google Podcasts? In it, I discuss the important issues facing #Kensington and #London. Episode 1 is on knife crime, let me know what you think!

Listen to it here.

Now also available on PodBean and Apple Podcasts

A way to kick-start London’s housing market

My letter published today in The Telegraph
13th March 2019 Read Here…

Photo Diary

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Victoria Borwick and Cllr. Malcolm Spalding discuss BID in Earls Court

Really pleased to have Cllr. Malcom Spalding join me and talk about how a Business Improvement District in Earls Court will increase shopping and tourism and improve the area.

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Local Resident’s Survey Results – So Far

Thank you to those who completed my local resident’s survey in Kensington.

To summarise the results, I have put them in chart form here, but I shall be taking up these topics with our local councillors, where relevant, and if you re-select me as your candidate I will ensure that these form the basis of my “Campaigns for Kensington”.

If you haven’t completed my survey yet, there’s still time to do so by clicking here.

Why I can win back Kensington


Victoria Borwick sets out why she’s the right choice to be the Tory’s Kensington candidate at the next general election.

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A decisive step forward towards Brexit


A draft deal that delivers on the referendum and will see us take back control of our money, laws and borders.

It will end freedom of movement while protecting jobs, security and our precious Union.

Find out Here.

Chancellor’s Budget 2018 – Local Impact

Read the local impact of the Chancellor’s Budget 2018 here…

What the Conservatives are doing

Get involved in our campaign by Sharing the Facts about what we’re doing to help secure a better future – and how Labour would put it all at risk.

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Death toll on your conscience Mr Mayor?

On knife crime, you must and you CAN do more Mr Mayor.
As I write this, sixty young people have lost their lives this year. Sixty families grieving. This cannot go on.

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First year anniversary of Grenfell Tower

As we commemorate the first anniversary of the tragedy of Grenfell I am pleased that the Prime Minister has publicly confirmed the Government’s ongoing support for all those affected by this tragedy.

This article from the Prime Minister appeared in the Evening Standard:

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The Prime Minister outlines her Brexit approach

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Prime Minister
The Sunday Times
Sunday 13th May 2018

Trust me, I’ll take back control — but I’ll need your help

Amid all the noisy debate and technical discussions about our departure from the European Union, I want to take this opportunity to remind the British public of my mission in the negotiations.

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Windrush settlers

As an MP much of my time was spent in debates in Parliament or immersed in casework, but there was also the opportunity of dipping into the fantastic library in the House of Commons, I therefore had time to read several accounts of our Windrush arrivals, and those that preceded them – I particularly enjoyed the Trevor Phillips book where he interviewed and followed the lives of many individuals and their experiences.

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Broadband in Kensington

Meeting with the Minister to discuss the urgent need to improve Broadband access in Kensington.

Local meeting was held at the Town Hall with Councillors, Openreach team from BT and Tony Devenish from the GLA. All residents urgently need good broadband. Cllr Matthew Palmer also led a resident meeting to improve these services with representatives from BT.

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Notting Hill Carnival

Significant changes must be made, to improve this event, which drew in a million people this year.

Click here to see more about the Notting Hill Carnival.

Click here to read about the Grant Funding Advisory Panel

Grenfell Tower

I am absolutely devastated by this dreadful fire, as we all are. I have visited the local voluntary centres on a number of occasions in order to help as I know have many of you. The community’s response has been amazing.

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Air Quality

London turns Red

When Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street and spoke directly to the people of Britain she showed that she understood the complexity of people’s lives, and we all gave a collective sigh of relief across the Country that the Head Girl was in charge and we were in capable hands.

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