Brighton and Hove Conservative leader urges party to target young voters

There are few things that are as important in life as voting so I was incredibly encouraged that June’s general election turnout in the 18 to 24 age group was 72 per cent. I’ve said before that whoever young people decide to vote for, it is up to us as politicians to persuade...

Visitor numbers rise as Brighton makes most of past, present and future

Last weekend was a great success for Brighton and Hove, with nearly 400,000 joining in one of the biggest parties in the UK. It’s shaping up to be a great summer for the city, with visitor numbers for the period April to July up around 10,000 on last year. The Royal Pavilion has...

We won’t wait another 50 years for lasting equality

This weekend tens of thousands will take to the city’s streets celebrating our LGBT community. Our special city which has provided refuge for thousands of LGBT people will remind the world of our values of hope and solidarity. The Green Party has been a longstanding advocate of...

Pride in Brighton and Hove

This weekend Brighton and Hove opens its doors to thousands of people visiting the city to enjoy Pride, one of the biggest events of its kind nationally and one of the biggest in our calendar. It’s a chance for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans*) community, to celebrate,...

A new front in the battle for a better Brighton and Hove

Change is happening on our seafront. Investment in new and old, in our heritage and our economy, is gathering pace. This week we launched the crowdfunding campaign to begin the restoration of the Madeira Terraces. Being able to demonstrate real public commitment and support for...

A year on from the referendum, firms face a dull uncertainty

It is a year on from the referendum and, despite formal negotiations to leave the EU having begun, the ongoing political turmoil means the way ahead still looks unclear. What does this mean for businesses and are big changes on the cards? Simon Nicholson, manager of the Hove...

Opinion – Why being transgender was irrelevant in my general election campaign

As I stood on stage, a room full of expectant people looking up at me, I was totally focused on the next words that I would hear: “Sophie Rose Cook, Labour Party, 20,882.” In the space of five short weeks we’d achieved the seemingly impossible, taking a previously safe Tory seat...
Posted On 23 Jun 2017

Brighton and Hove’s hidden legal crisis

Eligible legal aid clients are being left without local representation – one reason we’re taking part in the Brighton Legal Walk. You might think that those asylum seekers and immigrants who qualify for state-funded legal advice and representation, following cuts to the scope of...

Opinion – Brighton housing charity chief explores the politics of the Grenfell Tower fire

This has been a week full of tragedy – the fire at Grenfell Tower. There has been an appalling loss of life and acts of amazing heroism. We have been told that this is not the time to be political. But why not? Housing is political. The death of even one person is political. This...
Posted On 20 Jun 2017

An open letter to the new Housing Minister

Here is an open letter to the next Housing Minister who will take up this most challenging of portfolios after the election. Dear Minister Congratulations on your appointment by the Prime Minister. You will know what a major crisis we are facing in housing and you will have many...
Posted On 08 Jun 2017

A terror attack aimed at girls

The terrorist attacks in London and Manchester have prompted many questions, including questions about what the authorities knew and how they responded to what they knew. The Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi had been to Libya – a country in violent turmoil – and had links...
Posted On 06 Jun 2017

Yes there are delays but work is under way to build a better Brighton and Hove

As a city we are making steady progress on dozens of projects that will benefit the city, those who live here, work here and visit it – and announcements on the next stages of several are imminent. Work is well under way at the Shelter Hall/A259 project at the bottom of West...

From cake sales and jelly wellies to an online way to pay for politics

Many parliamentary candidates and smaller political parties may have welcomed the introduction of fixed-term elections under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. It gave them time to plan, develop campaigns and fundraise. But the snap election has wiped out the time to raise...

Spreading mayoral charity wide has led to a bumper fundraising year

Last year, when Cllr. Pete West had just been appointed as Mayor, he was criticised for selecting 27 mayoral charities instead of the usual two or three. At the time I wrote: “The new mayor, Cllr Peter West, is taking an interesting and novel approach to his charities. Rather...

Remember local government as the election approaches

Councils are on the front line of delivery on social care, housing, the environment, economic growth, community cohesion and doorstep issues that matter most to voters. What local government does impacts on all of us, every day. Local government should not be forgotten in the...

Albion promotion is not life or death – it’s much more important than that!

There can only be one story on people’s minds this week and, no, it isn’t the general election. Even those not normally followers of local sport will have been caught up in the Easter weekend excitement as the Albion secured promotion to the Premier League. Fans like me were of...

A marathon effort brings economic benefits to Brighton and Hove

It is easy to forget that the Brighton Marathon has been running for less than a decade. The scale of the operation, size of the crowds and speed of the clean-up each suggest an event that has been going for much longer, such as Pride which has been going for around 30 years. As...

Life’s a beach in Brighton and Hove – and we need to look after ours

After warm weather granted me my first sea swim of 2017, I was pleased to join fantastic campaign group Surfers Against Sewage as they kick-started the great beach spring clean on our shoreline. The group is taking on the estimated eight tonnes of plastic, sewage and other debris...

‘Southern Accelerator’ will make Greater Brighton even greater

We are launching a vision for a “Southern Accelerator” to drive growth in the local economy. This innovative idea for our area will run along the same lines as the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine initiatives. The term Southern Accelerator, which I proposed, will be put to...

Guest column – Time for an Epiphany in the UK

Friday was the Twelfth Day of Christmas, the day when, traditionally, trees and decorations are taken down. Some people take their decorations down before new year or at least before they return to work. The photo below is of me dropping our tree off at the recycling point on The...
Posted On 08 Jan 2017
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