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 local residents. Living locally in Kensington I was able to meet fellow residents every day and see for myself our local issues.

2. Housing Legislation – I met every Housing Association who has properties in the Borough so as 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 Housing bill, to take into account the regional variations and property values. I worked with the Council, housing associations and the Government to highlight Kensington’s uniquely complex housing situation.  I secured a number of concessions in the final bill, including changes to the ‘Pay to Stay’ element of the legislation. I also lobbied for the income threshold to be increased to take account of local housing values. Together we achieved 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 increased regulations and business rates, I lobbied 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 is 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), the Carers Forum and the Healthwatch committee.

5. Royal Brompton – I was the Local Authority appointed Governor and am now an elected Governor and I have consistently worked with the NHS against the closure of the Royal Brompton. I campaigned against proposals to change commissioning processes which would effectively close the hospital, with the effect this would have on other services, such as their world-renowned work on Cystic Fibrosis. I continue to campaign to keep the Royal Brompton and the services it provides with the Marsden hospital next door and Chelsea and Westminster.

6. Carnival – Following several residents meetings I worked with the Carnival organisers, the Police, local resident groups and the Borough to try to improve safety, whilst retaining the unique nature of the Carnival we enjoy.  I organised several local meetings and undertook a survey of 1,000 local residents and 100 businesses directly affected by Carnival.  All parties are working towards improvements and more funding with resident and Carnival Organisers input.

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

See also:

What local residents say

Greater London Assembly

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.

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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”.

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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!

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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.

Read the full article in The Telegraph.

Protecting our High Streets

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.

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New Podcast Alert

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!

Listen to it here.

Now also available on PodBean and Apple Podcasts

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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Spring 2019 Newsletter

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.

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A way to kick-start London’s housing market

My letter published today in The Telegraph
13th March 2019.

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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.

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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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.

Chancellor’s Budget 2018 – Local Impact

Read the local impact of the Chancellor’s Budget 2018 here…

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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