Leaked document is not our manifesto, says Labour leader

A leaked document – described as Labour’s manifesto for the local elections in May – was no such thing, the party leader in Brighton and Hove said yesterday (Friday 22 February). Councillor Daniel Yates said: “It’s a document that brings together the ideas of members across the...
Posted On 23 Feb 2019 at 2:01 pm

Brighton council’s former leader quits Labour

The former Labour leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, Warren Morgan, has resigned from the party. His departure after 27 years as a member comes two days after Councillor Anne Meadows defected from Labour to the Tories. The switch by Councillor Meadows, who chaired the...
Posted On 22 Feb 2019 at 3:54 pm

Council tax to rise 4 per cent and 70 jobs to go as Brighton and Hove budget published

Seventy jobs are expected to go as Brighton and Hove City Council makes savings to its budget. Moving people into vacant positions, not filling vacancies and asking people to volunteer for redundancy are the first options listed in the budget. This year the council has made...

Labour is on course to lose local election, Brighton MP warns

Labour is on course to lose the local election in May, with seats going to the Tories and Greens, Brighton Kemptown MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle said today (Thursday 21 February). Mr Russell-Moyle, who was a member of Brighton and Hove City Council before his election to Parliament,...
Posted On 21 Feb 2019 at 1:49 pm

Greens hold balance of power after Brighton Labour councillor defects to Conservatives

The Green Party has been left with the crucial balance of power on Brighton and Hove City Council after the defection today of Councillor Anne Meadows from Labour to the Conservatives. Labour remains in administration – or in political charge of the council – for the...
Posted On 20 Feb 2019 at 6:49 pm

Brighton MP asks Prime Minister to meet local head teachers to discuss special needs funding

Green MP Caroline Lucas asked the Prime Minister today to meet head teachers from her Brighton Pavilion constituency to discuss funding for children with special educational needs. Heads were having sleepless nights over the issue, the Green MP said at Prime Minister’s Questions...
Posted On 20 Feb 2019 at 4:57 pm

Anti-semitism and bullying drove me out, says Brighton councillor who switched from Labour to Conservative

Anti-semitism and bullying drove a Brighton Labour councillor Anne Meadows to join the Conservatives, she said today. Councillor Meadows is married to a man of Jewish descent and has spoken out about anti-semitism in the past. The sun was shining and so pleased to be a part of...
Posted On 20 Feb 2019 at 1:17 pm

Prime Minister welcomes Brighton Labour councillor’s defection to Tories at Question Time in Commons

The Prime Minister has welcomed the defection of Brighton Labour councillor Anne Meadows to the Tories at Question Time in the House of Commons. Theresa May took the opportunity to take aim at anti-semitism in the Labour Party as she answered a question from Conservative...
Posted On 20 Feb 2019 at 12:48 pm

‘I’m not quitting Labour,’ says Hove MP

The Labour MP for Hove will not be following eight colleagues in quitting their party, he said this morning (Wednesday 20 February). Peter Kyle, who has been critical of the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, said: “I’m not about to quit. It’s not even crossed my mind in the build up...
Posted On 20 Feb 2019 at 12:33 pm

Leading Brighton Labour councillor defects to Tories

A leading Labour councillor has defected to the Conservatives, leaving the Tories as the largest party on Brighton and Hove City Council and poised to try to wrest control weeks before the local elections. Councillor Anne Meadows, who chairs the council’s Housing and New...
Posted On 20 Feb 2019 at 11:00 am