Labour holds East Brighton seat in council by-election

Posted On 09 Feb 2018 at 2:39 am

Labour has won the East Brighton by-election, with former parliamentary candidate Nancy Platts holding on to one of her party’s safest seats on Brighton and Hove City Council.

Ms Platts polled 1,889 votes – more than 67 per cent – to give her a comfortable victory over her three rivals. Turnout was 27.34 per cent.

Nancy Platts with Lloyd Russell-Moyle

The Conservative candidate Ed Wilson came second with 481 votes. The Green candidate Ed Baker was third with 316 votes and Liberal Democrat George Taylor polled 114 votes.

The by-election was held after the resignation of Lloyd Russell-Moyle who won a seat in the House of Commons at the general election in June, representing Brighton Kemptown.

After the declaration at Brighton Town Hall at about midnight, Ms Platts thanked her team as well as the returning officer and council chief executive Geoff Raw – and his staff – and her rival candidates.

She said: “Thank you to the people of East Brighton for placing their trust in me.

“I will be a strong voice for you and I will fight for East Brighton to get its fair share of resources.”

She added: “I will be campaigning to get your buses back.

“I’ve heard your voices on affordable housing.

“I will represent your views and ensure the council does everything it can to help within the financial constraints placed upon us.”

  1. Bob Reply

    Less than 30% turnout …


  2. Rob Reply

    labour are the only party able to represent that area and do it right

    • rolivan Reply

      Depends which side of labour you are talking about.

  3. Valerie Paynter Reply

    Over 72% of registered East Brighton voters did not put their trust in Nancy Platts or could not care less who their councillors are. That is the truth.

    And her behaviour during the election was cynical and not every edifying. Useless literature I hear….just basically praising Warren Morgan. And she arrogantly refused to debate with other candidates at a Hustings meeting in front of the public.

    Makes me think she lost 2 previous elections for good reason. But maybe as a councillor she will make more of an effort, eh?

    • Anna Shepherd Reply

      Wouldn’t hold my breath on her making an effort as a Councillor, the Labour Party are not very appreciative of help given to them, Lloyd Russell Moyes was the only one to thank the Green Party for standing down at the Election when he was Running. I never heard a single iota of thanks from Kyle, Platts or Corbyn for that matter. With Labour it is all tribal nothing to do with addressing the needs of the people. Corbyn has done a U turn on the Trident and Triggered the Article 50, now we are in a complete and utter mess with the way the country is being held to Ransom for an undemocratic Referendum where a lot of lies were told to the people, Labour are quite happy with it.

  4. Jenny Mulligan Reply

    why shouldn’t she praise Labour locally under Warren Morgan? A Labour council that has built 500 council homes and found a way of delivering a thousand more at truly affordable rents. A Labour council that has abolished council tax for care leavers and ended burial fees for children. A Labour council that has signed up to Unisons Ethical Care Charter, and be the first to put trade union recognition on a formal written basis. A Labour council that has protected libraries and children’s centres from Tory cuts. A Labour council that has prevented and will continue to prevent *any* compulsory redundancies in its workforce despite 40% Tory cuts. Yeah, I think it’s not only fair but entirely appropriate for Labour leaflets to big up Labour’s achievements locally.

    • Christopher Hawtree Reply

      Labour has not “protected libraries”. It tried to close down Hove’s Carnegie Library by presenting false statistics all round, and the Book Fund has been cut by 25% when it was previously ring-fenced. Also many staff have been thrown out (as have books in the Jubilee Library).

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