Opinion – Labour scaremongering ignores the real lesson: children are being better educated under the Conservatives

A couple of years ago a Labour Shadow Education Spokesperson claimed that the Conservative government had created a “vacuum” in education in an attempt to paint an image of an education system in decay. This was designed to scare parents about their children’s futures. The...
Posted On 19 Jan 2018 at 12:15 pm

Opinion – Concrete signs of progress on seafront show confidence in Brighton and Hove

Regular readers of this column will know of my affection for our seafront and my belief that it is a key part of our economy and what makes Brighton and Hove the great place it is. One of our prime locations is the Aquarium Terraces opposite the Palace Pier at the gateway to...
Posted On 19 Jan 2018 at 10:57 am

Conservative by-election candidate insists his article supporting Enoch Powell’s anti-immigration views does not reflect his views

A politics student who is standing as a candidate for the Conservatives in the upcoming East Brighton by-election has insisted he does not agree with Enoch Powell’s after a blogpost emerged in which he said immigration has made the country unrecognisable. Mr Powell’s...
Posted On 18 Jan 2018 at 4:11 pm

Rent cuts for thousands of Brighton and Hove council tenants backed by housing committee

A 1 per cent rent cut for thousands of council tenants in Brighton and Hove has been supported by the council’s Housing and New Homes Committee. The rent cut – for the third year running – is government policy. It will mean an average reduction of 84p a week...
Posted On 18 Jan 2018 at 12:28 am

Bishop of Chichester joins House of Lords

The Bishop of Chichester, Martin Warner, has become a member of the House of Lords. He was introduced formally in the Lords chamber at the start of business yesterday (Monday 15 January), supported by the bishops of Norwich and Chelmsford. Bishop Martin, 59, said: “I look forward...
Posted On 16 Jan 2018 at 5:55 pm

Senior reporter wanted for Brighton and Hove News

Brighton and Hove News is looking for a qualified senior reporter as part of the BBC-funded Local Democracy Reporting Service. The job will involve covering the meetings of Brighton and Hove City Council and its committees – and the decisions taken by councillors and...
Posted On 16 Jan 2018 at 12:46 pm

Opinion – Shaping a future for homes, jobs and growth in Brighton and Hove

How do we secure an economic future for Brighton and Hove, the city region and the south east? How do we create the environment in which businesses can grow? How do we build enough affordable homes so that the people working in those businesses can afford to live here? And how do...
Posted On 13 Jan 2018 at 12:26 am

We will fight them on the beach huts …

A proposal to phase in a big rise in beach hut transfer fees was defeated by councillors last night (Thursday 11 January). The fee will go up from £82 to at least £1,212 from April despite an attempt by Conservatives to have the increase staggered over three years rather than...
Posted On 12 Jan 2018 at 9:29 pm

Opinion – Are Greens the only party protecting Brighton and Hove from fracking?

In the face of thousands of objections, this week West Sussex county councillors voted to allow “investigative drilling” near Balcombe village. Fossil-fuel firm Cuadrilla can now conduct invasive tests in the hunt for oil and gas reserves, laying the ground for fracking at the...
Posted On 12 Jan 2018 at 5:32 pm

Twenty drug dens closed across Brighton and Hove

Drug-dealing “cuckoos” have been barred from more than 20 properties in Brighton and Hove, according to a report published today (Friday 12 January). The premises have been closed and dealers arrested as part of a crackdown by Sussex Police and Brighton and Hove City Council. The...
Posted On 12 Jan 2018 at 4:45 pm