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

Why we can look forward to 2017 with hope – by Warren Morgan

Last week I wrote about many of the positive achievements we have made in Brighton and Hove over the past 12 months. This week I want to look ahead to a few of the positive things happening in 2017. We will continue to focus on getting the basics right, the services you use and...

Despite the cuts we’ve achieved plenty, says Warren Morgan

This year has been a year memorable for many of the wrong reasons. Here in Brighton and Hove though there has been a lot that has been positive. Here are just some of the things your council has achieved despite huge cuts from government. On housing, we approved last week our...

Higher prices for Pavilion and museums will put off visitors, says Brighton and Hove opposition leader

Much of the success of Brighton and Hove over the last few years can be attributed to its ever-increasing popularity as a tourist destination, both for UK residents and foreign visitors alike. Every year over 8.5 million people visit our city contributing an estimated £780...

Facing hard budget cuts together – Brighton and Hove council leader issues a call for help

There is no sugaring the pill, no sweetening the message, no avoiding the truth. Your council budget in the spring will contain cuts to services and jobs unlike any seen so far. We are likely to have to make savings of tens of millions in the coming years, on top of the £100...

We face £18m budget challenge, says Brighton and Hove City Council leader

This month we begin the process of deciding what services the city council can provide to you, how they are paid for and what your council tax bill will be for 2017-18. The process will end with Budget Council in February and here are some facts you need to know before we start....

Labour promises to listen to Brighton and Hove nursery staff about ‘efficiency savings’

Cuts to frontline services in our city were not something the local electorate voted for in May 2015. We can do two things in this situation: protest with a placard from the sidelines or look to minimise the impact of these cuts according to Labour’s values of fairness and social...
Posted On 15 Aug 2016

‘Project Fear’ must end, says leading Brighton and Hove politician

This EU referendum campaign has been truly awful. The tragic death of Labour parliamentarian Jo Cox, slain by a lone far-right extremist, with a history of mental health issues, occurred just as the campaign was reaching fever pitch. Last week we saw that despicable poster launch...
Posted On 19 Jun 2016

Europe – why women should vote Leave

Harriet Harman MP recently told women to vote to stay in the EU. She suggested the EU has secured women equal rights and British politicians might undermine them. In fact, the most significant equal rights legislation was passed before we entered the Common Market and won after...
Posted On 27 May 2016

Warren Morgan: we will scrutinise every contract, bring malpractice to account

OPINION: Back in the 1980s there was an expose of hugely inflated costs from suppliers to the US military, for example $37 screws, a $7,622 coffee maker, $640 toilet seats. Even thirty years on, those costs are eye-watering. The over-charging was part of a cosy relationship...

Jean Calder: A nation once again

As I potter about the house, I sing to myself. It amuses me that the tunes are often an inadvertent commentary on matters of the day. Just recently, I’ve been singing Thomas Osbourne Davis’s A Nation Once Again. I know I’m in Britain and this is a 19th century anthem to Irish...
Posted On 20 May 2016

A billion for Brighton and Hove

Yesterday the council took major steps towards bringing in more than £1 billion of investment into our city and our seafront. This investment will deliver jobs, homes and much-needed funding for local services, as well as maintaining Brighton and Hove’s place as one of the UK’s...

Promotion for Brighton and Hove Albion would earn millions – but it’s the dream and the glory that really matters

In a season where clinging on to one-goal leads has seemed the norm, the Albion’s five-goal thrashing of Fulham last week and the 4-0 win this week are a welcome celebration of just how well the club has done this season. A record-breaking unbeaten run, with long stretches at the...

Leading Hove Labour politician makes democratic case for leaving EU

Brexit? Why our democratic values, forged over centuries, is the real issue in the EU referendum debate On one of my recent business trips to the United States, I was the guest of Maryland State Senator, Jim Rosapepe. Late one evening, after dinner, he kindly persuaded one of the...
Posted On 07 Mar 2016
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