Record of Achievements

As your MP my first priority was always to local residents. I helped thousands of residents during my time in Parliament by raising their concerns with local authorities, the GLA, Ministers and officials. I also lobbied on a huge range of issues to make sure the voice of Kensington was heard in Parliament. Detailed below are some examples:

1. Casework – As an MP my number one priority was helping constituents. I helped thousands of constituents, corresponding directly with over 5000. I met and spoke to local residents weekly.

2. Housing Bill – I met every housing association who has properties in the Borough to go through residents’ specific concerns. Through working closely with local partners and housing associations, I helped secure a number of changes to the regulations of the bill, to take into account the regional variations and property values. I worked with the Council, local housing associations and the Government to highlight Kensington’s uniquely complex housing situation.  I advocated for an increase in social housing provision and raised particular concerns over the ‘Pay to Stay’ element. I also lobbied for the income threshold to be increased to take account of local housing values. A number of concessions in the final bill, including changes to the ‘Pay to Stay’ element of the legislation.

3. Local Business Rates – Having conducted a survey of local businesses and the impact of the increase regulations and business rates I lobbied the Ministers on behalf of local businesses to demonstrate the huge impact the increases would have on Kensington, especially when combined with the National Insurance changes. Since campaigning on this issue the proposed changes to National Insurance contributions have been dropped and a £300m relief fund has been announced giving local councils discretion to assist small independent businesses.

4. Disability/Supporting older residents – Supporting disabled and older residents in the constituency was a top priority for me. In response to the Government’s Disability Green Paper I organised a tri-borough event with local groups and the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure our local views and concerns were fed into the proposed legislation. The DWP agreed to consider the suggestions made at the meeting, and we are hopeful these will make it into the legislation. Locally I also sit on the panel for Disabled People Question Time (Action Disability for Kensington and Chelsea).

5. Royal Brompton – As the Local Authority appointed Governor I have consistently worked with the NHS. I campaigned against proposals to change commissioning processes which would effectively close the Brompton Hospital, with the concomitant effects this would have on other services, such as their world-renowned work on Cystic Fibrosis. The first campaign secured a reprieve for the Hospital, the second is ongoing and I recently attended a march against the proposals. I have also signed a cross-party letter to save the Brompton which secured important concessions from the Department of Health.

6. Carnival – Following several residents meetings I have worked with Carnival organisers, the Police, local resident groups and the Borough to try to improve safety, whilst retaining the unique nature of Carnival.  I organised several local meetings and undertook a survey of 1000 local residents and 100 businesses directly affected by Carnival. As a result dialogue started between all involved parties to work towards improvements and more funding, with resident and Carnival input.
For 2017, I am delighted that the Carnival organisers (LNHCET) have said they will respect the Grenfell Tower site when planning the Carnival arrangements.

7. Schools’ Funding Formula – Representatives of the Council and I met with the Minister and his team to warn of the negative effect the reforms would have on schools in Kensington. As a result we secured a commitment from the Government in the 2017 election manifesto to not cut any funding to school including in Kensington.

8. Superfast Broadband – We formed a local lobbying group which met with BT and Council officials to overcome the obstacles for improving local broadband coverage.  After several years of stalled progress, superfast coverage in the Borough has this year increased to 96.2%

9. Holiday Rentals – I have helped to raise the profile of the problems of properties on Airbnb and their complaints procedure and sort assurances that properties can not be advertised on Airbnb without the landlord’s consent.

10. Pedicabs – Safety is an important issue for me. In Parliament I campaigned with the MP for Westminster for greater regulations on pedicabs including the need for them to have insurance and be licensed. I asked several written questions to the Minister to publicly highlight this important issue to him.

Meeting members of The Pepperpot Club, one of our excellent local day centres for the elderly.

Supporting initiatives, like the green wall in Earl’s Court, that improve our local environment and air quality.

Working with the Council to make improvements to the public realm.

Securing a commitment from Justine Greening, Education Secretary, that no Kensington school has its budget cut as a result of the new funding formula.

Promoting our independent shops.

Promoting the work of our world famous research centres and high tech industries.

Raising important issues on behalf of Kensington’s residents and businesses with the Prime Minister.

Lobbying to remove derelict phone boxes which encourage antisocial bahaviour.

Campaigning to save the children’s and adult’s congenital heart services at the Royal Brompton Hospital.

Post-Carnival Residents Meeting

After a successful carnival, the organisers and Council team would like to hear your comments and there is a public meeting at the Tabernacle on Monday 17th September from 7.00 – 8.30pm to which everyone is invited – please pass the word around.

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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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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.

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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