Vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party

As you may be aware the Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady MP, has announced that he has received the requisite number of letters from the Parliamentary Party seeking a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party.

This vote of Conservative MPs is due to take place this evening between 6.00 and 8.00 p.m.

In response, this morning the Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party, Theresa May, made the following statement in Downing Street:

Sir Graham Brady has confirmed that he has received 48 letters from Conservative MPs so there will now be a vote of confidence in my leadership of the Conservative Party.

I will contest that vote with everything I’ve got.

I have been a member of the Conservative Party for over 40 years.

I have served it as an activist, councillor, MP, shadow minister, Home Secretary and now as Prime Minister.

I stood to be leader because I believe in the Conservative vision for a better future.

A thriving economy, with nowhere and nobody left behind.

A stronger society, where everyone can make the most of their talents.

Always serving the national interest.

And at this crucial moment in our history, that means securing a Brexit deal that delivers on the result of the EU referendum.

Taking back control of our borders, laws and money – but protecting jobs, our security and our precious Union as we do so.

Through good times and bad over the last two years, my passionate belief that such a deal is attainable, that a bright future lies ahead for our country, has not wavered.

And it is now within our grasp.

I spent yesterday meeting Chancellor Merkel, Prime Minister Rutte, President Tusk and President Juncker to address the concerns that MPs have with the backstop – and we are making progress.

I was due to travel to Dublin this afternoon to continue that work – but will now remain here in London to make the case for my leadership with my Parliamentary colleagues.

A change of leadership in the Conservative Party now will put our country’s future at risk and create uncertainty when we can least afford it.

A new Leader wouldn’t be in place by the 21 January legal deadline, so a leadership election risks handing control of the Brexit negotiations to opposition MPs in Parliament.

The new Leader wouldn’t have time to renegotiate a Withdrawal Agreement and get the legislation through Parliament by 29 March – so one of their first acts would have to be extending or rescinding Article 50, delaying – or even stopping – Brexit when people want us to get on with it.

And a leadership election would not change the fundamentals of the negotiation or the Parliamentary arithmetic.

Weeks spent tearing ourselves apart will only create more division, just as we should be standing together to serve our country.

None of that would be in the national interest.

The only people whose interests would be served are Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.

The British people want us to get on with it. And they want us to focus on the other vital issues that matter to them too.

Building a stronger economy, delivering first-class public services and the homes that families need.

These are the public’s priorities – and they must be the Conservative Party’s priorities too.

We must – and we shall – deliver on the referendum vote and seize the opportunities that lie ahead.

But the Conservatives must not be a single-issue party; we are a party of the whole nation.

Moderate, pragmatic, mainstream: committed to re-uniting our country and building a country that works for everyone – the agenda I set out in my first speech outside this front door.

Delivering the Brexit people voted for.

Building a country that works for everyone.

I have devoted myself unsparingly to these tasks ever since I became Prime Minister.

And I stand ready to finish the job.

December 12th, 2018

My Campaigns for Kensington

I have made no secret of the fact that I would like to be re-elected as your Member of Parliament for Kensington and represent my fellow residents in Parliament.

As a lifelong resident, I care passionately about the issues that affect our daily lives.

Thank you to those who completed my resident’s survey for Kensington, I’ve received hundreds of responses so far, read each and every response carefully, and will be taking up these topics with our local councillors, partners and stakeholders where relevant.

Having lived here all my life, I am very familiar with many of the detailed issues that you’ve raised, and if I’m reselected as your candidate, I will ensure that these priorities form the basis of my “Campaigns for Kensington”.

When asked for your top three priorities, crime and policing, healthcare and taxation, such as stamp duty, topped the list. This was closely followed by protecting the environment and housing.

Feeling safe on our streets is not surprisingly a top priority – 98 per cent of respondents said it was ‘very important’ and particular concerns included the increase in street crime, petty thefts and burglary. If I am lucky enough to be your MP again, I will meet up with our local Borough Commander so that with the new centralised and merged policing structure the needs of Kensington are not lost in the wider area. The Council has invested in additional policing in the past and under Boris was able to “buy” additional policing with a shared cost formula. We have great local police here, so it is vital that with the new merging of the areas that we do not lose those officers who have the local knowledge.

The full results can be found here.

Over the coming months I will put up more of my “Campaigns for Kensington” and welcome your comments, so that together we can make sure I have listened to your priorities.

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

I value your opinion and welcome your views about YOUR priorities for our local area. Your details will be used solely for the purposes of sending you information about my campaign and Kensington and will never be shared with any other person or organisation. Please see my privacy policy here.

Thanks very much,

Victoria Borwick

December 12th, 2018

Notification of Escalator works at Notting Hill Gate station –
11 November to 20 December 2018

From 11 November to 20 December, Transport for London (TfL) will be refurbishing one of the escalators at Notting Hill Gate Station. This is part of the TfL wider escalator maintenance programme, which TfL state will “extend the life of the escalator and support the safe and reliable operation of the station for customers.”

TfL have stated that during this time the remaining operating escalator will run in the up direction from the lower concourse to mid-concourse. Customers requiring the Central line will have to walk down the fixed stairs (47 steps) to access the platforms. To maintain safe customer flow, the station will operate as normal and the flow will be monitored closely. Staff will be available at the station to assist customers.

See for more information.

October 22nd, 2018

Royal Brompton

With the Governors, clinicians and NED of the Royal Brompton Hospital

With the Governors, clinicians and NED of the Royal Brompton Hospital.

October 12th, 2018

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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.

I’d also be grateful if you could share it with your friends and family who live locally.

I want to make sure I have listened to your priorities and the more local responses I receive the better.

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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.

And it means no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. Guaranteed in a way which respects the constitutional and economic integrity of the UK.

Find out Here.

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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CHANCELLOR’S BUDGET 2018 – Local Impact

Read the local impact of the Chancellor’s Budget 2018 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.

Let me take this on the chin. I lost Kensington in the 2017 general election, but I believe I am the right person to win it back for the Conservatives.

Why? Because I know the reasons that we lost the seat and I know that next time we can put Labour’s Emma Dent Coad to flight.

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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:

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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