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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vulnerable people falling through the gap of the Covid-19 safety net
The new Government designation for “vulnerable”, has proved contentious, separating as it does those who can access additional help, quieter shopping times, and food or medicine deliveries from those who cannot.
I am calling on the Government to include in it carers and families with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and those with hidden disabilities. We have been promised parity for those with mental health conditions, but there is no evidence of this in the current Government list of those deemed “vulnerable”.
Congratulations to you and to all students who are completing their studies and graduating – congratulations for all the work and efforts that you have put in. Delighted to have helped Kensington students
Thanks to Sue Redmond for your generous words! We need to do everything we can to tackle disability hate crime and your work is very important!
Thank you Zara Ghods for your kind words. It was a pleasure working together for our older Kensington residents!
It is important for us to have Boris Johnson back at the helm
Having been the Deputy Mayor to Boris when he was Mayor of London, and having worked with him for the Olympics, I know how important it is to get Boris back at the helm.
Boris is fiendishly intelligent and the most charismatic leader of our generation. When he was Mayor for London, not usually a Conservative city, he knew he needed to repay the trust that voters had given him.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.