March 2017 newsletter

Victoria Borwick
This has been a busy session in Parliament, discussing finances, housing and planning amendments, welfare amongst other topics and we now have cross Party support to proceed with Brexit negotiations.

To quote David Davis, who is Secretary of State leading on our negotiations:

“Parliament has today backed the Government in its determination to get on with the job of leaving the EU and negotiating a positive new partnership with its remaining member states.

“We are now on the threshold of the most important negotiation for our country in a generation.  We have a plan to build a Global Britain and take advantage of its new place in the world by forging new trading links.”

However, whatever you may think from the media, Brexit has not been the entire focus of our debates!

I have spoken up for children in care and in boarding schools to ensure their safeguarding.

I have challenged the Government on Pedicabs – we need to give TfL the powers to regulate these uninsured vehicles that are a menace on our roads and rip off visitors.

Science and Technology
I have recently been briefed by a number of our local students at Imperial College who are doing groundbreaking work on new technologies in the health and material sectors, and I wish them every success with their studies.

Art and Antiques
I have been standing up for our antiquities and antiques dealers on retrospective legislation that could damage our trade.

All of us are anti poaching, however that does not mean we want to destroy museum and church artifacts, that incorporate ivory, that have been collected over the centuries.  We are therefore working with the antiques trade and their trade associations to make sure that we protect our treasures, but invest in resources to protect the current wildlife today.

One of our local Portobello dealers has written to the Minister, and has shared her views, extract for you:

“Please heed the British Museum and other institutions advising you on the proposed ban on the sale of antique ivory in the UK. 

  • A ban on the sale of antique ivory will not save the life of a single elephant today. 
  • The sale of post 1947 ivory is already banned. 
  • This is the equivalent of the destruction of the ancient Buddhas at Banyam by the Taliban and the city of Palmyra by IS, for political and religious reasons. Destroying a piece of antique furniture because it has an ivory keyhole is also madness.  All such cultural destruction must cease.
  • Some of the world’s greatest treasures were made of ivory. From Neanderthals, through the ancient world to the 19th century, ivory has been worked and treasured. Our heritage must be protected. The desperate need now is to protect elephants. We can do both.  
  • Of far greater benefit to elephants today and better use of public money will be to contribute a proportion of the UK’s tax revenue to measures to protect wildlife, and continue a tightly controlled market in antique ivory.

Local Events
As a result of the Council supported Community Work Consultation event examining the Department of Work and Pensions, ‘Work, Health and Disability” Green paper, we were able to put in a significant contribution to the consultation. We shall continue to monitor the impact of this legislation. Local employers, including Barclays, spoke about employing those with disabilities. Local charities, such as Full of Life, led discussion sessions so that we could include “real life” examples.

Local Businesses
With the changes to business rates, I have been receiving briefings from local shops and have visited a number of shops with local councillors to hear what the effect of the changes in legislation will have.

I have personally written to the Chancellor as I believe that we need to fight for our local businesses that keep our streets alive. I am concerned that the combination of the rise in business rates, coupled with the apprenticeship levy, pensions contribution, and quarterly reporting is anti business. As you will be aware the Chancellor has already changed his policies regarding NIC contributions.

Concerned about Business Rate Revaluation? Let us know your views by filling in our survey here.

Carnival
The London Assembly have published their report on Carnival (available to view here) and we await the Mayor of London’s response to the Crowd Dynamics report on improving public safety. The Leader of the Council has also said he is keen to makes changes to Carnival so that residents can return to their homes earlier. We are looking forward to hearing their plans.

I have very much enjoyed attending many constituency events and residents meetings, which enables me to hear first hand the issues that matter to you. I congratulate AGE UK and the Forum for Older residents on their briefing on SCAMS and staying safe. This popular event was well attended, by residents, the Mayor of RBKC, and the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden

Resident Groups Tours of Parliament

If you would like us to book you in for a tour of Parliament then please get in touch. We can organise tours for free for groups up to 20 people. If you are interested in attending please contact Jamie from our office here.

Constituency Work
We are in the constituency every week, so if we cannot help you via the phone or on email, and you need to meet up with the team, just ring for an appointment. We go to different parts of the constituency each week, so that you hopefully will not have far to travel.

Don’t wait for a meeting – we like to help with residents issues as soon as they occur so please call us or email with any concerns you have. If we cannot help you, we may know who can – your local councillors, the GLA – and we will be happy to advise you or pass on your concerns to the relevant people.

Meet your MP sessions continue to be very busy and I am usually assisted by the local Councillors as often the matters brought to my attention will be dealt with by the Council.  I have no power of direction, so I can only support your local councillors work.

Your team in Parliament:

Many thanks again for all your support.
With best wishes,

Vctoria

St Mary Abbots
Celebrating the Living Advent Calendar at St Mary Abbots Kensington
Pedicabs
Challenging the Government on Pedicabs
Meeting students of KAA at One Campaign's 'Poverty is Sexist' reception
Meeting students of KAA at One Campaign’s ‘Poverty is Sexist’ reception
Discussing Genomics and Genomes at Science and Technology Committee
Discussing Genomics and Genomes at Science and Technology Committee
Meeting local Science PHD Students presenting their research at STEM4Brit in Parliament
Meeting local Science PHD Students presenting their research at STEM4Brit in Parliament
Discussing Antique Trade with local business owner Marion Gettleson
Discussing Antique Trade with local business owner Marion Gettleson

Listening to Antique Dealers in Kensington Church Street

Listening to Antique Dealers in Kensington Church Street

Meeting local businesses in Notting Hill

Meeting local businesses in Notting Hill

Ensuring ESA Assessments consider the needs of those with mental health conditions

Ensuring ESA Assessments consider the needs of those with mental health conditions

Supporting Healthwatch Central Engagement Day at Brompton Library
Supporting Healthwatch Central Engagement Day at Brompton Library

Discussing changes to disability benefit with DWP and Shaw Trust

Discussing changes to disability benefit with DWP and Shaw Trust

Taking part in the Great British Spring Clean with local councillors and community activists

Taking part in the Great British Spring Clean with local councillors and community activists

Cllr Moylan and Victoria Borwick discussing Business Rate Revaluation with local shops
Cllr Moylan and Victoria Borwick discussing Business Rate Revaluation with local shops

Business Rates survey with local shopkeeper

Business Rates survey with local shopkeeper

Meeting Barclay's 'Bolder Apprentice' in Kensington
Meeting Barclay’s ‘Bolder Apprentice’ in Kensington

Supporting local apprenticeship schemes in Kensington

Supporting local apprenticeship schemes in Kensington

Celebrating Commonwealth Day in Kensington

Celebrating Commonwealth Day in Kensington

Listening to Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, speaking at Kensington Older Resident and AGEUK Forum

Listening to Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, speaking at Kensington Older Resident and AGEUK Forum

Meet your MP - at Kensington Town Hall

Meet your MP – at Kensington Town Hall

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