Statement to voters
Emily Davey, 47 (as of April 2018), is a housing solicitor with over 20 years' experience working for tenants and social landlords. She has also conducted training for Shelter and the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Emily lives in Kingston with her husband, Ed (MP for Kingston & Surbiton), and their children, John, 10, and Ellie, 4.
Having spent the last two years helping people in Norbiton with legal advice, she is determined to fight for a better housing deal for local residents.
Emily was central to Ed's campaign last June, when the Liberal Democrats once again beat the Conservatives in Kingston & Surbiton.
This statement was added by Emily Davey, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere.
Hope Not Hate, a London-based charity, canvassed local residents and community organisations to establish the following questions to the candidates in this ward.
Will you ballot residents on the final regeneration proposal and guarantee that all residents who wish will be given the chance to return to Cambridge Road Estate? If so, when.
The simple answer to what is actually a very complex question, given the variety of tenures which residents on the estate have, is yes. If we take control of the Council, we will ballot all residents at as late a stage in the process as is possible to give them as much clarity as possible about any proposals. To this end we will work with secure and insecure tenants, both private and Council, leaseholders, tenants and shared ownership tenants of Residents Associations and freeholders to this end. Timescale is therefore impossible to assess at this stage until we are in a position to be privy to all the paperwork pertaining to what has been done so far.
What is your strategy to reduce anti-social behaviour and gang crime in the area?
We will work with the Police and residents groups to identify and react quickly to such ASB and crime. As part of this, when the police are in a position to look at the permanent location of their Safer Neighbourhood Teams, we will help them look at their options to have the base for the co-located teams as close to the Estate as is possible (preferably even on the Estate), to improve response times and increase their visibility on the Estate.
Should 16 years olds have the right to vote? Please elaborate your answer.
Yes. It is clear from the Scottish experience that the 16/17 year old age group can be enthused with political involvement before they become disenchanted by an inability to become part of the process. By 18 such disenchantment has set in for many young people. Also many of them are by then moving away from their childhood homes to for example, university or college and are at a stage where interest in their old home area is waning but experience of their new location is incomplete. We are missing the chance to let them engage.
You can meet candidates and question them at local hustings. Here are hustings where Emily Davey may be appearing.
(Past event) Tuesday 24 April 2018 18:00–20:00: Local Election Hustings for Business, Kingston College LRC, 11th Floor, Kingston Hall Road KT1 2AQ.
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2018: The Kingston upon Thames local election, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Norbiton
- 2016: The 2016 London Assembly Election (Additional), as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Assembly Member
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