My first month in Westminster
|Firstly, may I thank you for electing me as your Member of Parliament for Kensington. It is a tremendous honour for your “local activist” to be here in Parliament to represent our interests.Having lived here all my life, I know it is important for Kensington to be a vibrant borough where we can live, work and enjoy ourselves with all the myriad of amazing places that make Kensington so special – our famous museums, our busy markets, our lively independent shops – and celebrate all the entrepreneurs who are springing up around our area.
There is plenty to do to promote Kensington and keep it special. I have taken up the cudgels against the supercars which destroy the peace of our residents around the Brompton area. I am meeting with the Transport Minister, Crossrail, and TfL, about the opportunities for the Kensal area.
In Parliament, the Queen’s speech has plenty to keep us busy. The Prime Minister has set out his priorities for the Government which include a focus on stronger families, improved education, and well-paid jobs.
I have had discussions at the Royal Society about how to encourage more children to take up science and maths subjects to a higher level to open up their career opportunities. I also attended a briefing at Scotland Yard on preventing extremism so that hopefully no more of our youngsters become radicalised and go to their deaths. I have listened to excellent speakers at our Kensington and Chelsea forum for older residents, and supported our Carers event where I was delighted to meet up with Full of Life. As many of you know I am a carer myself so I appreciate this is a heavy burden for many.
Locally I have continued to support many community events, including the re-opening of the Salvation Army hall in North Kensington, thanks to the generosity of the Market Traders, and Colville Primary School. I enjoyed celebrating 150 years of trading at Portobello and Golborne Markets. I have also been to lots of residents’ associations garden parties and love these wonderful green oases that also give our area such wonderful opportunities for residents to meet and get to know each other. Please invite me if you have a local occasion you would like me to attend.
Every day we receive a vast number of lobbying emails so if we have not responded as quickly as possible do please allow us some grace as we are trying to concentrate on those that are relevant and immediate to residents in Kensington.
Do contact us if there is a problem that you need help with, some issues are best dealt with immediately by your local councillors, but if there is something that comes under the remit of your MP, then do get in touch. The Leader of the Council has his next Ask Nick session coming up on Thursday 9th July at Holy Trinity Brompton, from 6-8pm. Submit your question and register to attend at http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/asknick.
Thank you again.