Portal British Poles interviews Felicity Buchan, who is the Conservative Party’s parliamentary candidate for Kensington. Conservatives lost the Tory stronghold by just 20 votes in the 2017 election to Labour’s Emma Dent Coad.
British Poles: Despite governments’ numerous promises to secure the rights of EU citizens post-Brexit, many are still concerned about their future. Many Poles that we speak to believe that Brexit was first and forehand aimed against them – the largest immigrant group in the UK. What would you say to that?
Felicity Buchan: I have always campaigned for the rights of EU citizens living in the U.K. to be protected. I am delighted that those rights have been protected in the Withdrawal Agreement. I hugely value the contribution that Poles and Europeans make to British society.
BP: Why are you the best candidate for Kensington and the United Kingdom? What differs you from other parties?
FB: I am a local candidate – I have lived in Kensington and Chelsea for 25 years. I live and breathe the issues people in Kensington face every day. If you look at the Results of the last election in Kensington, the Conservative and Labour Party were both on 42% of the vote with the Lib Dems on only 12%. This is a 2 horse race between the Conservative Party and the Labour Party. A vote for any other party – the LibDems, Brexit or Green parties – are effectively a vote for Corbyn. The Conservative party offers a positive domestic agenda – a strong economy that pays for world class public services such as more police and more money for the NHS and state schools.
BP: Kensington and Chelsea is a place filled with Polish history. There are Polish restaurants here, there is a legendary Ognisko Polish Hearth club nearby. What could you do to preserve this heritage and promote the culture of British Poles?
FB: I’m a regular visitor to Ognisko – especially in the summer to the wonderful garden. Kensington benefits from having a very diverse community. I celebrate the hard work and contributions of the Polish community to British Society from World War II to the present day. One of my close friends growing up in Scotland was the daughter of a Polish airman who stayed in Scotland and married a local girl.
Picture: Twitter @FelicityBuchan