Mayor temporarily steps down to fight general election campaign

Posted On 06 Nov 2019 at 2:48 pm

The Mayor of Brighton and Hove Alex Phillips with her son

The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Alexandra Phillips, is stepping back from all mayoral duties during the forthcoming General Election period.

This is because she is standing as a political candidate in the election, which will take place on Thursday 12 December.

Councillor Phillips said: “I believe strongly that the role of the Mayor has to be above and outside politics.

“There must never be any perception that the office of the Mayor is being used for political gain.

“So as I am standing in the General Election I believe it’s only right that I should step back entirely from my mayoral role during the election period.

“I would also like to make it clear that I will not be claiming my financial allowance for the Mayoral role during this period.”

Councillor Phillips’ last day of mayoral duties before the election will be on Thursday 7 November.

The council is currently making alternative arrangements for the mayoral duties to be covered during the election period.

  1. Peter Challis Reply

    So Alex is quite happy to also be a councillor and an MEP (with the associated £££ salary + expenses + golden parachute). Perhaps Alex should resign the mayoral role now to better support the city. Who will be performing this vital role whilst Alex focuses on a future career in Westminster?

  2. Esther Reply

    Is there no end to this woman’s self-regard?

  3. fed-up with Brighton politics Reply

    I have nothing particularly against her, except that she is trying to emulate 2-Jags Prescott with her many jobs. However, I just got a leaflet through the door, which said absolutely nothing of consequence, but had a glam photo on the front, as if that had any relevance. All she said was no to Brexit and a eulogy to Caroline Lucas, who is totally irrelevant in the Brighton Kemptown constituency. Hopefully, Ms Phillips will split the anti-Brexit vote and get Joe Miller (a proper local man with a lot of council experience) elected.

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