He stood in the constituency despite having never contributed anything to our community, and split the vote
I am still in shock at what happened in Kensington in the early hours of Friday morning, when our Labour MP Emma Dent Coad lost her seat to Conservative candidate Felicity Buchan.
I am pessimistic, angry, baffled and bewildered, but these feelings are insignificant to the ones I had on 14 June 2017 when I stood at the base of Grenfell Tower, where at least 72 men, women and children lost their lives, and watched it aflame.
The general election in 2017, days before the fire, had resulted in Kensington electing its first Labour MP, Emma Dent Coad – a real community champion. There is no doubt that ex-Conservative, now Liberal Democrat candidate Sam Gymiah is to blame for the result in Kensington on Friday. He stood in the constituency despite having no previous links to the area and having never contributed anything to our community. In fact, his previous voting record on human rights and social inequality are atrocious – and certainly not in line with the community ethos here.