A new political party has been set up in Kensington and Chesea and will put forward candidates in next year’s council elections.
Advance says it will challenge the Conservative-run council and traditional political institutions that “have utterly failed residents”.
It will field candidates across 18 wards in the borough’s local elections in May, and aims to get a mandate for “greater transparency and accountability”.
The group is led by Annabel Mullin, who stood as a Liberal Democrat candidate in the Kensington constituency in the 2017 general election and 2016 London elections.
She received 4,724 votes and claims to have played a key role in the defeat of Conservative MP Lady Victoria Borwick, who lost her seat to Labour’s Emma Dent Coad.
Since then, she has resigned from the Lib Dems in the hope of effecting “real change that improves people’s lives”.
She said: “My engagement with the voters gave me an important insight into the local issues that face RBKC residents.
“Residents of RBKC have been failed by an outdated system that favours party politics over what serves our diverse community.
“In talking with people in every ward across the borough, our research shows that housing remains the number one issue.
“From lack of housing, to better planning, to empty homes – this council has consistently neglected its elected role to serve the whole community.
“It’s our belief that better homes lead to a better community.”
The magistrate and former a policewoman believes the policies from advance will promote equality of opportunity in the borough, and says its priority is to bring all members of the community together following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Advance policies will centre on improving the homes and home lives of residents and include:
- More housing. Better housing
- More home support for care, education and health
- More community support for integration and opportunity
- More action on environment at home and on our streets
It describes itself as a diverse group of politically-engaged residents who are “seeking to change the culture of poor governance” in the borough, and have pledged “to do the right thing for all residents”.
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