Voting for the Momentum slate will destroy Labour in Brighton and Hove

Recent days have seen the news emerge that Momentum is attempting to deselect all existing Labour councillors in Brighton and Hove, with the exception of one. Of course this comes as little surprise, following, as it does, the vicious attacks against the previous council leader and the...

Failing train service sparks new political signals

Like many regular Brighton to London commuters, the rail breakdown on Monday 2 July will live long in my memory. I was angry at the time and I am almost as grumpy now having asked a series of written questions of the government and had platitudes and zero information in response. It was the day...

Greater Brighton relies on working with our partners

I spend a lot of my time working on partnerships (I may have mentioned this once or twice already) and with partners on trying to deliver the services, infrastructure and growth that will meet the needs of our city for future generations. One strong example of the benefits of this approach to...

Brighton and Hove is at risk from a political earthquake

Feeling weary? Tears in your eyes about the state of our nation? I will dry them all. I’m on your side. When times appear rough, and friends can’t be found, I would like to provide a bridge over our current troubled waters. It is clear that Britain stands, like a colossus, astride...
Posted On 20 Jul 2018

Our council and city will pay the price for Brexit uncertainty

This week has been an unedifying fiasco for all in politics: a government in chaos, the official opposition sitting on the fence. With less than eight months until the proposed “exit” date from the European Union, we are no clearer about what it will mean for our city, residents or the country....

Learning fast and focusing on housing

It’s just under two months since I was elected to become the leader of the council and it’s fair to say that it has been an enormous learning curve for me. I’m not a career politician, and many of the complex relationships that the council depends on both with staff and partners are delicate...

Decisions – you’ve got know when to hold them, and know when to fold them

Councillors aren’t always right. This might come as a shock to some (although many people tell me we are never right), but as ordinary residents ourselves we can’t always foresee the impact of particular decisions. The council decided some months ago as part of its ongoing funding crisis to...

Let’s build a Hospital for Hove

Birthdays are so good – they should happen every year! But with increasing age, asking for presents can become tedious. So when great auntie asks for some ideas on WhatsApp, I would like to suggest a fun game to play. Investigate, via Google, who shares your birthday. My wife shares her Great...
Posted On 06 Jul 2018

We are fighting to protect our health service, say Greens

Founded on the principle of universal healthcare and free at the point of delivery, the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday on Thursday 5 July. However, 70 years on and its founding principles are in peril. Theresa May’s ‘birthday present’ comes from a Brexit dividend that doesn’t exist. Under the...

When it comes to parking, Brighton and Hove needs to get moving

Anyone who has experienced coming home from work or the shops and finding they cannot park outside or near their home knows just how frustrating that can be. But imagine never or hardly ever being able to park near your home. That becomes infuriating. And that is what is happening to more and...

Cuts are damaging our schools – let’s fight back

This week the good news about avoiding compulsory redundancies at Moulsecoomb School was announced, with well-deserved praise for all those involved in the campaign. However, government cuts to education funding are increasingly going to hit schools across the city and I’m determined to work...

Our fares are fair, says bus boss

Some months back, some of you might have read a story about our level of profit in the financial year 2016-17 taken from our annual published accounts. You might even have been surprised at the sums involved in running your local bus company. I promised then that in future I’d be more open and...

Unsuitable shared houses blooming in our quiet Brighton street

The hanging baskets have gone up today. Two to every lamppost in Bennett Road, shouting this is summer in our neighbourhood. Every year they make us smile because they say, okay, so we’re not the poshest part of town, but we’ve clubbed together to pay for these to make our community look as...

Stalkers and death threats – the dark side of being a woman politician

As I write this it is just over two years since a British MP, Jo Cox, was murdered in the street in her own constituency. Over recent years many threats of death, sexual violence and physical assault have been made across the political spectrum, with several cases reaching the courts and seeing...

Is it any wonder we’re losing faith in politicians?

The last couple of weeks have exposed me to why the British public are losing, or have lost, faith with many of their politicians. For over a decade the council debated the future of the Royal Pavilion and City Museums, and a report identifying the benefits of moving them into a trust was...

Lessons from our past can help shape our future

It was an honour last weekend to attend the annual interfaith memorial service for Indian Army soldiers killed in First World War, which is held at the Chattri, high up on the Downs overlooking our city. As a place, the Chattri is both beautiful and serene, acting as a reminder of the...

One year on from Grenfell: why housing regulation is still needed

One year on from the horrors of the Grenfell Tower Fire and the public inquiry has shown us the grief faced by those who have been left behind. Relatives and friends of the 72 people lost to the fire have paid moving tributes – a harrowing reminder of the unacceptable loss of life on that day....

Why I rebelled on the latest Brexit vote by Peter Kyle

On Thursday (14 June) I voted against the government and my own party in the Commons to support Britain retaining membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) if we leave the European Union (EU). I want to tell you why. There are some people who just want us to leave every single part of the...
Posted On 16 Jun 2018

Naked Bike Ride has nothing to do with female empowerment

It’s deeply irritating that every year we are treated to the fiction that the self-indulgent attention-fest that is the Naked Bike Ride is in some way related to environmental politics and road safety. However, the notion that this year – the centenary year of the first women...
Posted On 10 Jun 2018

Join us in reaching out to tackle loneliness and isolation

We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and neighbourly city and many people work hard together to tackle any issues that might undermine that. This now includes acting against social isolation and loneliness, which although less talked about can have as great a negative impact on our health as...