General Election 2019: Meet the Kensington candidates

By Carolina Herranz-Carr and Lucrece Grehoua
November 17 2019, 16.55

Emma Dent Coad won the Kensington seat in 2017 with the smallest margin in England, and a majority of just 20 votes.

This represented a 42.23% vote share, based on a 63.8% turnout in the constituency.

Kensington voted to Remain by 68.9 per cent and is one of the most pro-Remain constituencies in the UK.

Jay Aston (Brexit Party)

Former Bucks Fizz singer and Eurovision winner Jay Aston is standing as the Brexit Party candidate for Kensington.

Ms Aston is standing for the first time to ‘fight to uphold democracy for the sake of the people’.

She said: “I want to stand for the Brexit Party and fight to uphold democracy for the sake of the people.”

Ms Aston believes taxpayers’ money is spent on farcical things and the police, Armed Forces, NHS and schools are under-funded.

Twitter: @JayAstonC

Felicity Buchan (Conservative)

Felicity Buchan has lived in the Kensington area for the last 25 years.

Ms Buchan previously worked in the financial services and was the treasurer of the local Conservative Association.

She stood for election in South Down in the 2015 General Election, and South Shields in 2017.

Her priorities include housing, the economy, and the environment.

“I have a vision for Kensington – that it should be the best place to live.

“We must support the North Kensington community as we rebuild following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.”

Twitter: @FelicityBuchan

Emma Dent Coad (Labour)

Emma Dent Coad was first elected in the 2017 general election.

She became the first Labour candidate to win the Kensington constituency, by a margin of 20 votes, in 2017.

Ms Dent Coad is known for her passionate stance on Grenfell.

She said: “Someone needs to stand up and say: I may not be personally responsible for Grenfell, but we are accountable; the buck stops here and we will take charge.”

Twitter: @emmadentcoad

Sam Gyimah (Liberal Democrats)

Ex-conservative MP Sam Gyimah joined the Liberal Democrats in September announcing last month he would no longer stand in his former East Surrey constituency.

He said: “I am an outcast in the Conservative party. But that’s Brexit, it has divided families. The country is divided. This is a huge fault line.”

Now a proud Liberal Democrat, Mr Gyimah is against a ‘chaotic’ no deal Brexit and supports enterprise and innovation.

Twitter: @SamGyimah

Vivien Lichtenstein (Green Party)

Vivien Lichtenstein is the chair and co-founder of the West Central London Green Party

She is active on climate change, human rights issues and a firm supporter of the European project.

She said austerity and rising inequality lead to scapegoating which in turn leads to xenophobia.

She said: “The EU, being a massive trading block, should be stricter in enforcing human rights clauses in all its trade agreements.”

Twitter: @VivienAviva

Also running:

Scott Dore (Workers Revolutionary)

Harriet Gore (Touch Love)

Roger Phillips (Christian Alliance)

Related Articles