THINK “Election Special” #1
The candidates for next months General Election have all been announced, and the campaign is in full swing, so it’s time to introduce our “Election Special” posts with our local take on the issues and candidates.
But in this post we are going to kick things off with just a brief list of the local and neighbouring constituencies and candidates here, some previous election stats and a reminder to register to vote.
Of course, our readers can expect more to come from us with our own commentary on the many issues and events happening locally around the Election (that some may agree or disagree with!)
But THINK believe the worst kind of voting in our local area is when people do not bother to vote at all.
Register to vote!
If you are not registered to vote, not sure if you are registered to vote, or need to change your details on the electoral register, please do so – it will take you only about 5 minutes. Please note that the deadline for registering to vote is tomorrow – Tuesday 26th of November at 11:59pm. Of ou are registering a postal or proxy vote; you need to do this by 5pm.
Make sure your views get out of the starting gate
Kensington Constituency is the most marginal seat in the UK – only 20 votes in it – and we cannot call this one (Photo finish? Steward’s Inquiry?)
Here, in alphabetical order, is the list of candidates for Kensington Constituency:
ASTON COLQUHOUN Jay Hilda – Brexit Party
BUCHAN Felicity Christiana – The Conservative Party Candidate
DENT COAD Emma – Labour Party
DORE Scott Ejiro – Workers Revolutionary Party
GORE Harriet Nkechi Adimora – Touch Love Worldwide (UK)
GYIMAH Samuel Phillip – Liberal Democrats
LICHTENSTEIN Vivien Aviva – Green Party
PHILLIPS Roger David – Christian Peoples Alliance
More about them in My West Lomdon here:
Here, also, is a list of candidates for the Chelsea and Fulham constituency:
HANDS Greg – The Conservative Party Candidate
HORLICK Nicola Karina Christina – Liberal Democrats
MORLAND Samuel Valdemar – Animal Welfare Party – People, Animals, Environment
UBEROI Matt – Labour Party
More on the Chelsea and Fulham candidates here:
And more about the candidates our readers in neighbouring constituencies can vote for:
Cities of London and Westminster:
Ealing Central and Acton:
All 3 of the constiuencies in Brent
in the Brent and Kilburn Times here:
On London has a look at some other interesting constituencies in our city:
This election is proving to be an interesting and exciting one with all to play for . Some big names are in marginal seats. Iain Duncan-Smith is hanging by a thread in Chingford and Woodford Green, and could Boris Johnson, on a majority of just over 5,000 in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, possbly be the first incumbent Prime Minister since Arthur Balfour in 1906 to lose his seat?
Two and a half years ago, Emma Dent overturned a Conservative majority of 7,361 held by Victoria Borwick, to win Kensington.
Can Labour retain the seat, or will Felicity Buchan win it back for the Tories? The local Liberal Democrats and their candidate, former Tory minister Sam Gyimah appear to believe that they are in with a chance. The previous 2017 voting figures previous figures that we have published below and the voting history of the contituency does not indicate that, but nevetheless Lib Dems are leafleting addresses in the constituency very heavily – some of us are receiving their leaflets on a twice-weekly basis and there are plenty of their posters and signs up in the local area
Anyone yet to consider where their votes may go may wish to see these stats as to how Kensington voted in the last 2017 election:
Emma Dent Coad (Labour) :
16, 333 votes (42.2% of vote) (+11.1% swing)
– Victoria Borwick (Conservative) :
16, 313 votes (42.2 % of vote) (-10.1% swing)
– Annabel Mullin (Liberal Democrat) :
4,724 votes (12.2 % of vote) (+6.6 swing)
– Jennifer Nadel (Green Party):
767 votes (2.8% of vote) (- 3.1% swing)
– James Torrance (Independent) :
393 votes (1.0% of vote) (+ 1.0 swing)
– Peter Marshall (Independent):
98 votes (0.3% of vote) (+0.3% swing)
– John Lloyd (Alliance for Green Socialism) :
49 votes (0.1 % of vote) (-0.2% swing)
Brexit, the economy, education, health, housing and the environment are all important to Kensington voters, but we remind all candidates that Grenfell is in this constituency and to please campaign thoughtfully and tastefully – let’s have a positive and meaningful election campaign and consider the community affected.
Anyway, we will have news on both the latest election stories and our reports on happenings in the past few weeks on THINK starting tomorrow – and we will leave you with some recent pictures of Labour, the Conservatives and the Lib Dems campaigning around North Kensington and a reminder that this is likely to be a very close result.
Every vote counts; don’t forget to use yours!