Brighton and Hove council candidates face grilling from traders

Posted On 10 Mar 2011 at 3:18 pm

Traders and businessmen and women across Brighton and Hove are holding a hustings for a panel of politicians and prospective councillors.

Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce has organised the event as part of its Big Debate series.

The event is due to be held at City College Brighton and Hove in Pelham Street, Brighton, from 6pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday 6 April.

The Chamber Hustings is free to members and non-members.

Among the questions being put to candidates for local elections on Thursday 5 May are

  • How do you plan to enable businesses to move around the Brighton and Hove better?
  • How would you create more and better paid jobs locally?
  • How do you plan to encourage the development and creation of business space in the city?
  • How would you help local businesses to protect the environment?
  • How do plan to support Brighton and Hove’s developing sectors – tourism, retail, creative and digital?

The chamber expects plenty of questions from the floor too.

The Conservative leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, Councillor Mary Mears, and deputy leader, Councillor Brian Oxley are among those taking part.

The council’s Labour group leader Councillor Gill Mitchell and fellow Labour member Councillor Melanie Davis will also be on the panel of politicians.

They will be joined by Councillor Bill Randall, convenor of the council’s Green group and fellow Green, Councillor Amy Kennedy.

Lawrence Eke, a Liberal Democrat candidate, is the only member of his party confirmed as a speaker so far.

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