Your Priorities for Kensington

I’ve been receiving hundreds of responses from my #Kensington survey. Crime, the cost of living and supporting local businesses are just some of the issues important to you. If you haven’t yet told me your priorities for our area, you can do so by visiting Your views are important and they will form the basis of my ‘Campaigns for Kensington’.

January 21st, 2019

Local decisions affect you…

Local decisions affect you but how can you affect local decisions?

The Council is reviewing how we make decisions and how we can better involve local people in the decisions that matter to them. Public meetings will be held monthly from October 2018 until May 2019.

Upcoming events include:

5 February 2019, 6.30pm; Freeman Suite, Kensington Town Hall
2 April 2019, 6.30pm; Freeman Suite, Kensington Town Hall
2 May 2019, 6.30pm; Committee Room 1, Kensington Town Hall

Click here for further information…

January 8th, 2019

December 2018 Newsletter

It’s been another busy week in Kensington working with local residents, businesses and volunteers in the community.

Last Thursday evening I joined my fellow governors, for a meeting at Golborne and Maxilla Children’s Centre under the Westway. This nursery provision has received an “excellent” rating from Ofsted which is down to the hard work and lovely atmosphere provided by the Head and the team.

Golbourne and Maxilla Childrens Centre
On Friday evening I attended the GarGar foundation anniversary celebration, on Holland Park Avenue.
Victoria and Deqa Salad

Victoria and Deqa Salaad “Hear Women” founder.


Ourayma at the GarGar foundation anniversary.

Hear Women

Hear Women.

“Hear Women” have been nominated for a Queens Award for Voluntary service for their work empowering women – particularly from the Somali community.This was a really great event as it brought together so many teams from the boroughs – both Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster and from voluntary groups including Angela Spence from the Kensington and Chelsea Social Council, and Baraka Community Association/Baraka youth and parliamentarians from Somalia on a visit to the UK.

On Saturday I started the day on London Live TV promoting “Small business Saturday – to encourage us all to get out and shop in our local shops and not just rely on the internet.

If we want to have active and lively high streets we have to go and shop there.

I was joined by Nicola Grant from the Putney Business Improvement District who I was pleased to meet as I have been encouraging Cllr Malcolm Spalding in his initiative to have a local Business Improvement district in Earls Court, it has even been suggested to me that we should extend this to Kensington High Street.

London Live

Preparing for London Live TV.

I joined my sister who is a great “biscuiteer” and made biscuits for the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital fair.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Biscuits for the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital fair.

Buscuits for the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Biscuits for the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital fair.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Biscuits for the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital fair.

On Sunday I met the local residents of Fulham and Sands End to listen to Vivian Bendall (previously MP for Ilford North and Pauline Lyle Smith introducing Dominic Carmen, who gave us amusing reminiscences about his father’s life in the law.

Fulham and Sands

Meeting local residents of Fulham and Sands to listen to Vivian Bendall.

Tony Devenish

Tony Devenish our GLA Representative gives update on the Mayor for London.

Tony Devenish

Great Debate on politics.

Great debate on politics, and Tony Devenish our GLA representative gave us all an update on the Mayor of London and his work representing us on the Greater London Assembly.
Monday took me to the Guildhall to catch up on the work being done to eliminate Hep C, led locally in Kensington and Chelsea by Dr Suman Verma, from Chelsea and Westmister Hospital, and keynote address by Dr Yvonne Doyle of NHS England.
Dr Yvonne Doyle

Keynote address by Dr Yvonne Doyle “Eliminating Hep C”

Raising Hep C Profile

I first got involved with raising the profile of this work when I was the Deputy Mayor of London.

The Hep C Team

The great Hep C team including Cllr Susan Hall, Dr Emily Finch, Conference organiser Dee Cunliffe and Dr Suman Verma.

The progress here is very encouraging with better drug regimes and far greater chance of recovery. I first got involved with raising the profile of this work when I was the Deputy Mayor of London.
Improvement in Hep C Hospital admissions

Improvement in Hep C Hospital admissions

Proportions of Hep C Drug Recipients in London

Proportions of Hep C Drug Recipients in London

With the great Hep C team including Cllr Susan Hall from the GLA, Dr Emily Finch, Conference organiser Dee Cunliffe and Dr Suman Verma from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

On Tuesday, a meeting with the British Antique Dealers Association with many members locally in Kensington and Chelsea. BADA celebrated their 100 years since their foundation this year and I had previously spoken at their anniversary dinner

BADA 100th Aiversary
On to Brent North Conservatives in Northwick Park. Full house for a great evening organised by Chairman Kanta Mistry, with local councillors: Reg Colville, Michael Maurice, and Suresh Kansagra.
Brent North Conservatives

Great evening organised by Brent North Conservatives

Brent North Conservatives

Lighting the Menorah candle for the third evening and the fourth day of Advent.

Brent North Conservatives

Excellent speech from Bob Blackman MP for Harrow East.

We started our festivities by lighting the Menorah candle for the third evening of Hanukkah and the fourth day of Advent. I set a lighthearted quiz on Votes for Women and the role of women not only in the UK but around the world and touched on local politics and my own experience as a local councillor, the previous Deputy Mayor of London to Boris Johnson and then as the MP for Kensington.

We had an excellent speech from Bob Blackman MP for Harrow East which was followed by a keen and intense question and answer session so we could all discuss the latest political options for our PM and the Party.

Wednesday evening: Stratford Road Shops had their annual Christmas shopping event – just south of Kensington High street where you will find a traditional butcher, delicious cakes, nails and beauty, newsagent, wine merchant, chemist, local estate agent dry cleaners dry, interior designers and gifts so why shop on the internet when you can support our local shops!

Stratford Road Shops

Stratford Road Shops had their annual Christmas shopping event.

Thursday – Off to speak at “Women in Business” event.

Speaking at Women in Business event

Speaking at Women in Business event.

Speaking at Women in Business event

Speaking at Women in Business event.

Having had 20 years in business myself, working in a subsidiary of the P&O group, at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, I know how important these networking events can be and I wanted to encourage others to get into politics or being local councillors, thinking about the GLA or standing for Parliament. Although, in my view, the hours in Westminster still need to be sorted out for those with very young children.

That brings me around to Friday again where I spent the morning on the environmental audit with the team from RBKC, the Mayor’s office and the Leadership team from Golborne and Maxilla Children’s Centre auditing the premises inside and out and studying what could be done to improve the air quality.

Environment Audit

Environmetal Audit of the Golbourne and Maxilla Childrens Centre.

Environment Audit

Environmetal Audit of the Golborne and Maxilla Childrens Centre.

We are fortunate that Golborne and Maxilla have a lovely play space and can also use the forest school garden at the earlier Maxilla site.

I have continued to use my voice and contacts to work for the residents of Kensington, and by listening to shopkeepers, business and my fellow residents, I can make sure that your views are heard. May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas in these very uncertain political times, and I hope we can all come together in 2019 and make Kensington an even better place to live, work and visit.

December 13th, 2018

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 fortunate 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

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Local decisions affect you…

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.

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.

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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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