Kevin Bonavia

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(solicitor, politician)
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BornKevin Andrew Martin Bonavia
Alma materUniversity of Birmingham, College of Law

Employment.png Solicitor

In office
15 March 2004 - Present

Kevin Bonavia is a Solicitor who was elected as Labour Councillor for Blackheath in Lewisham in the 6 May 2010 local elections.[1] At the 2010 General Election, also held on 6 May, Bonavia stood as Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate at Rochford and Southend East constituency, and came second to Tory MP James Duddridge.

On 8 November 2019, Labour's Eastern Region appointed Kevin Bonavia to stand as PPC for the Clacton constituency in the UK/2019 General Election, replacing Gideon Bull who had just stood down.[2]

The Conservative Giles Watling was re-elected in Clacton with 31,438 votes, Kevin Bonavia came second on 6,736 votes, giving the Tories a majority of 24,702.[3]


Kevin Bonavia is Labour Councillor for Blackheath in Lewisham where he was elected in 2010, re-elected 2014 and 2018. He was appointed Cabinet Member for Resources in 2014 and Cabinet Member for Democracy, Refugees and Accountability in 2018.

He has been an active member of the Labour Party since 1996 with experience as Youth Officer in Birmingham Edgbaston, Greenwich & Woolwich and Lewisham East CLPs. He was Chair of Young Fabians in 2004-05 and was PPC for Rochford and Southend East from 2007 to 10.

Not a Corbyn fan

On 30 June 2016, Kevin Bonavia was one of 600 Labour councillors who signed a public statement calling on Jeremy Corbyn to resign as leader and “make way for the new leadership”.[4]

Two months later, Bonavia was one of 1,000 Labour councillors who signed a letter explaining why they were backing Owen Smith (rather than Jeremy Corbyn) in the 2016 Labour leadership election, when 313,209 (62%) Labour members voted for Corbyn and only 193,229 (38%) voted for Smith.[5]


Advising EU citizens living in Lewisham

Kevin Bonavia has experience as a litigator in domestic and international disputes, usually involving elements of fraud. He has worked from pre-action to trial and enforcement as well as international arbitrations and mediations.[6]


Kevin Bonavia is a member of the Fabian Society, the Society of Labour Lawyers, Amnesty International, Liberty, Unite the Union and the Co-operative Party.[7]