New Kensington and Chelsea councillor Stéphanie Petit ‘humbled’ after by-election win in Norland

Stéphanie Petit (left) will join Cllr David Lindsay in representing the Norland ward
Stéphanie Petit (left) will join Cllr David Lindsay in representing the Norland ward -Credit:RBKC

Conservative candidate Stéphanie Petit has won the Norland by-election in Kensington and Chelsea. The new councillor said her win left her feeling ‘humbled’, and that the margin of victory came as a ‘pleasant surprise’ to her and her team.

She will join fellow Conservative councillor David Lindsay representing the ward, which stretches from Notting Hill down into Holland Park in the west of the borough. The seat was vacated by former councillor Stuart Graham, also Conservative, earlier this year. It is understood he stepped down due to work commitments.

Cllr Petit, who ran unsuccessfully in the Earl’s Court ward in 2022, took 51 per cent of the vote, far ahead of the 29 per cent accrued by Labour’s Monica Press, the former councillor for Colville. This was followed by the Liberal Democrat candidate Finlay Dargan with 13 per cent, and the Green Party’s Heloise Hunter, with seven per cent.

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Overall participation was significantly down on the 2022 local elections, from 3,125 votes to 1,768, less than half of the total electorate (3,824). The Conservative’s share however was up 2 per cent, with Cllr Petit’s 51 per cent above the combined 49 per cent secured two years’ ago.

Cllr Petit, who has lived in the borough for around 17 years, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS): "I feel very humbled, I feel relieved. Because it was a lot of pressure on my shoulders, because it's teamwork but when you lose it’s your name."

Commenting on the margin of her win, she said: “It came as a pleasant surprise. It was very obvious from the doorstep that people were listening and that they were aware how well informed I was of their problems.”

Cllr Petit, who was encouraged to get into politics by Kensington’s Conservative MP Felicity Buchan, has been involved locally for several years. She has campaigned on issues including saving Notting Hill Police Station, and fighting Transport for London ’s (TfL) plans for a new cycle lane at Holland Park roundabout.

Speaking to the LDRS, she said her understanding of the priorities of residents living in Norland was key to her win. “The by-election was unexpected, but I was there way before the by-election was called. I have been working in Norland for years.”

Holland Park roundabout will continue to be one of her priorities, she said, alongside community-focussed initiatives such as cleaning up local streets and pushing for improvements to Holland Park tube station.

Ms Buchan was among those to post support for Cllr Petit on social media, writing on X: “Congratulations Stéphanie Petit on a huge by election win in Norland ward!”

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