Grenfell Tower

Like everyone in our community – I am absolutely devastated by this dreadful fire.  I have visited the local voluntary centres on a number of occasions in order to help and I have met so many community volunteers who have worked tirelessly to support the dispossessed and bereaved.   The community’s response has been amazing.

When tragedies such as this occur we all think of those you have met or knew who lived in the building.

The response by the emergency services was impressive in both speed and scale, and it highlighted the courage those roles require on a daily basis. We owe them all a great debt.

You will be aware of the criticism of the local and national response to the crisis and I am pleased that the Government are helping as it is important to prioritise the needs of these residents. Happily, the support seems now to have come together and the Prime Minister has promised ongoing Government assistance. Full details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/grenfell-tower-fire-june-2017-support-for-people-affected

In the past I have met with a delegation of Grenfell residents and the TMO to respond to concerns raised about a number of elements of the refurbishment, including problems with boiler installations in each flat, reconnection of the water supply, kitchen renovation and general disruption caused by the works. These echoed concerns raised in several emails received.

During my time as Member of Parliament for Kensington, I raised other concerns received from Grenfell residents either with the TMO, the Council or with local councillors as appropriate, as I know Sir Malcolm did previously. In addition, two years ago we encouraged the tenants and leaseholders to form a Residents’ Association to collectively raise their concerns.

If any resident has thoughts on further assistance I can give, I would be very pleased to hear from you. Please contact me at kensington@borwick.com

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. Brexit provides the opportunity to build a new relationship with the EU where we are close trading partners and strong allies but with the British government in control of our laws, our immigration policy and how taxpayers’ money is spent.

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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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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.

As the previous Deputy Mayor of London, I saw at first-hand how you can tackle this problem.  When Boris was Mayor he inherited a murder rate of over 21 young people a year (2008) from Ken Livingstone.

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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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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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