Emma Dent Coad in the Evening Standard

Our new Labour MP, Emma Dent Coad, shares our position that new housing developments are not necessarily better.

Residents on the Lancaster West Estate, where Grenfell Tower now stands like a skeleton, have been watching what happened at Wornington Green with dread, while the council continues to act as PR for estate agents and developers.

People are angry. I don’t blame them. We need a complete reappraisal of council housing stock and a halt to the council’s development plans.

We need to grieve, to reflect, and put people first, today and always.

See today’s Evening Standard article here.

Interesting times, again. Labour win Kensington!

Emma Dent Coad’s election win for Labour in Kensington, by a precious 20 votes, should change matters in our favour.

She won for many reasons. But crucially for us her campaign included statements against the current regeneration plans:


Tory housing policy is decimating Kensington, while even comfortably off families are struggling. I demand:

  • A total review of government housing policy, to encourage a mix of housing for all income levels so that workers can live near to work and keep families together
  • A halt and review of the RBKC juggernaut of so-called ‘estate regeneration’, to ensure that local people benefit
  • Redrafting of decant policy for tenants and leaseholder buy-outs to protect homes and investment
  • Review of government funding and loans for the delivery of Council and Housing.

Emma Dent Coad, Labour MP for Kensington


I will ensure that development enhances the borough and benefits all our residents. I pledge to:

  • Stop the Council’s rampage through public assets and estates,
  • Demand full and meaningful consultation before projects start
  • Protect our built heritage throughout Kensington
  • Require 50% affordable housing to be built on the same site in private developments
  • Stop the dodgy practice of ‘planning consultants’ who circumvent policy
  • Ensure effect on traffic, road safety, pollution, all taken into account during determination.

Emma Dent Coad, Labour MP for Kensington

Is a Labour MP any more trustworthy than a Tory?
Labour run councils are equally responsible for regeneration policies that ignore the wishes of residents.
Let’s find out what power our new MP really has over council decisions.