How we are bucking the trend with recycling

In 2015 we said we would get the basics right if given the chance to lead the council. One of our aims was to improve recycling in the city, which had fallen from 28% to 25% under the previous Green-led council. This week my colleague Cllr Gill Mitchell, who leads on...

Brighton and Hove council faces huge financial challenges – but we’re ready

“Bluntly, no one in government can say how councils will be funded after 2020 when they were all supposed to become self-financing.” This is the stark conclusion of one newspaper report this week as it has become clear that plans by the government to hand back local business rate...
Posted On 08 Sep 2017 at 10:29 am

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...
Posted On 12 Aug 2017 at 8:12 pm

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...
Posted On 11 Aug 2017 at 5:59 am

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...
Posted On 04 Aug 2017 at 3:17 pm

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,...
Posted On 04 Aug 2017 at 6:01 am

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...
Posted On 28 Jul 2017 at 6:01 am

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...
Posted On 03 Jul 2017 at 1:25 pm

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