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 at 2:04 am

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...
Posted On 21 Jun 2017 at 10:15 am

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 at 5:59 am

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 at 3:16 am

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 at 1:35 pm

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...
Posted On 02 Jun 2017 at 7:59 pm

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...
Posted On 30 May 2017 at 11:28 pm

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...
Posted On 28 Apr 2017 at 1:49 am

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...
Posted On 21 Apr 2017 at 7:31 am