Brighton and Hove’s most vulnerable community groups need help when they hit tough times

Just two weeks ago one of the city’s most important community centres, the Bridge, in Moulsecoomb, closed down due to lack of funding. Offering back-to-work support and literacy programmes for adults it was able to support people we as a council or the other authorities couldn’t....
Posted On 19 May 2018 at 10:24 am

Partnership, not potshots, is the key to facing city’s challenges

In a city where collaboration and partnership have very strong roots I’m very proud to have been elected as leader of the city council. It’s an amazing honour to have the confidence of my fellow councillors, especially when the city faces so many challenges over the next few...
Posted On 18 May 2018 at 11:18 am

Why I disagree with the call by former chief constable Paul Whitehouse for the legalisation of drugs

The former Chief Constable of Sussex, Paul Whitehouse, has called for the legalisation of drugs including heroin, cocaine and cannabis. I fundamentally disagree with him on two counts: first is the practical case. The illegality of drugs make them less accessible and therefore,...
Posted On 17 May 2018 at 2:46 pm

As temporary custodians of Brighton and Hove, it’s our job to enhance the inheritance we hand on

This is my last column for Brighton and Hove News as leader of the city council before I hand over to Councillor Dan Yates on Thursday 17 May. It’s been an enormous privilege to lead the city over the past three years and the Labour and Co-operative group of councillors for...
Posted On 11 May 2018 at 11:13 am

The Conservative fight back has begun

The results of the recent local elections, where Labour added a few councillors but crucially lost control of more councils than they gained, led me ponder just what makes a party electable. I concluded that we are still operating in the shadow of two powerful Prime Ministers:...
Posted On 11 May 2018 at 10:56 am

Hove MP makes the case for votes at 16 as his bill goes before Parliament tomorrow

A strange tone surrounds the debate about giving 16 and 17 year olds the vote. It’s pretty incongruous to a middle-aged bloke like me so God knows what it’s like through the eyes of young people’s themselves. Whenever you mention the idea, politicians who spend most of their time...
Posted On 10 May 2018 at 9:32 pm
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Anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s death reminds us the fight against racism continues

We commemorated the murder of Stephen Lawrence on Sunday 22 April. Stephen was only a few years older than me and as a teenager the injustice of his case and death had a huge impact. While as a student I campaigned for my students’ union to be renamed the Stephen Lawrence...
Posted On 06 May 2018 at 10:21 am

A first week spent laying the foundations for the year ahead

It’s been quite a busy week meeting people and thanking people for their kind words. Meanwhile the vast schedule of meetings on the horizon gradually draws nearer and nearer. The first major meeting will of course be the annual meeting of the full council on Thursday 17 May when...
Posted On 05 May 2018 at 6:05 pm

Together we can achieve more for Brighton and Hove than we can alone

At the start of this week my fellow Labour councillors chose me to take on the leadership of the minority administration on Brighton and Hove City Council. After five years of Warren Morgan’s leadership this will mean a significant change to the council and obviously a big change...
Posted On 28 Apr 2018 at 12:16 am

Making Greater Brighton genuinely greater

It’s been nearly a year since I took on the role of chairman of the Greater Brighton Economic Board which means it is a good time to look back and reflect on what has been delivered in the last 12 months. When I took up the role on the rotating annual basis, I made clear that the...
Posted On 19 Apr 2018 at 1:15 pm