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Labour’s Team For 2015 in Brighton and Hove

Campaign launch.3With five months to go before the local elections, Labour has more candidates in place than any other party in Brighton and Hove, with the remaining few wards due to select in the coming weeks.

Labour is putting in place a strong team to run the city if elected in May, working alongside our three excellent parliamentary candidates who we are working to get elected to Parliament at the General Election on the same day.

Alongside a long-serving group of councillors seeking re-election, more than two-thirds of our candidates bring new experience and fresh ideas, and as now, half of our team are women. We have strong LGBT representation, and more BAME candidates than any other party.

I’m proud to lead this team and I’m committed to leading a party that represents every neighbourhood and every community in Brighton and Hove, from Portslade to Saltdean, from the Palace Pier to Patcham. Together, we will work to make Brighton and Hove better.

Cllr Warren Morgan

Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group of Councillors and Candidates

Here are our candidates and how you can keep in touch with them – click on the web links for photos, bios and e-mail addresses:

Beach candidates

Brighton and Hove Labour Party

Our webpage: www.brightonhovelabour.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/BrightonHoveLabour

On Twitter: @bhlabour

On e-mail: Contact@BrightonHoveLabour.com

East Brighton ward

www.brightonhovelabour.com/east_brighton

Maggie Barradell @maggiebarradell

Cllr Gill Mitchell

Cllr Warren Morgan @warrenmorgan

Queens Park ward

www.brightonhovelabour.com/queens_park

Karen Barford @karenbarford

Daniel Chapman @Chapman_Dan

Adrian Morris @Adrian_Labour

Regency ward

@RegencyLabour

Jonathan Skinner

Catherine Wilson

www.brightonhovelabour.com/regency

Hollingdean and Stanmer ward

www.brightonhovelabour.com/hollingdean_and_stanmer

Tracey Hill @TraceyMHill

Michael Inkpin Leissner @MikeLeissner

Caroline Penn @ThePennyDrops

Hangleton and Knoll ward

www.brightonhovelabour.com/hangleton_and_knoll

Chris Henry @chrishenryman

Nigel Jenner

Martin Perry

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Hanover and Elm Grove ward

www.brightonhovelabour.com/hanover_and_elm_grove

Cllr Emma Daniel @Huxley06

Ivor Fried @IvorFried

Chris Taylor

 Goldsmid ward

www.brightonhovelabour.com/goldsmid

Malcolm Prescott @malcprescott

Jackie Quinn @jacquelquinn

Saiorse Horan @Saoirsejh

Preston Park

 

 

Preston Park ward

www.brightonhovelabour.com/preston_park

@PrestonParkLab

Kevin Allen

Julie Cattell @cooljool80

Neil Schofield @SZeitblom

Westbourne ward

www.brightonhovelabour.com/westbourne

@Lab_Westbourne

Tom Bewick @TomBewick

Sunny Choudhury @bdbangladeshis1

 Moulsecoomb and Bevendean ward

www.brightonhovelabour.com/moulsecoomb_bevendean

Cllr Mo Marsh

Cllr Anne Meadows @AnneMeadowsBTN

Dan Yates @danieljyates

 North Portslade ward

www.brightonhovelabour.com/north_portslade

Peter Atkinson

Cllr Penny Gilbey @PortsladePen

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South Portslade ward

www.brightonhovelabour.com/south_portslade

Cllr Les Hamilton

Cllr Alan Robins

 Woodingdean ward

www.brightonhovelabour.com/woodingdean

Elizabeth McGinley

Judith Milton  @judith4wood

Wish ward

www.brightonhovelabour.com/wish

Edward Crask @edwardcrask

Cllr Anne Pissaridou @paulinemabel

 Withdean ward

@WithdeanLabour

Leo Barraclough @leobarraclough

Juliet McCaffery @McCafferyJuliet

Mike Middleton

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Brunswick and Adelaide ward

Melanie Davis

Richard Stewart

 

 

 

 

St Peters and North Laine ward

Alex Boyle @acbboyle

Caraline Brown 

Maureen Winder

Hove Park ward

To select in January

Patcham ward

To select in January

Rottingdean Coastal

To select in January

Central Hove

To select in January

 

Parliamentary candidates in the General Election

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Brighton Pavilion constituency: Purna Sen

Emailpurnasen@brightonhovelabour.com
Facebook: facebook/Purna4Pavilion
Twitter: @Purna_Sen
Website: purna4pavilion.org.uk

Brighton Kemptown constituency: Nancy Platts

Email: nancy@nancyplatts.org.uk
Facebook: facebook/Nancy Platts4KemptownAndPeacehaven
Twitter: @Nancy_Platts
Website: nancyplatts.org.uk

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Hove and Portslade constituency: Peter Kyle

Email: PeterKyle@BrightonHoveLabour.com
Facebook: facebook/hoveandportslade
Twitter: @TeamPeterKyle

 

 

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My ambitions and hopes for Brighton and Hove

WHATS%~1You don’t have to be born here to love Brighton and Hove, but I hope that my Hove-resident grandparents would be proud that, after a decade as a councillor, I am now one of the people seeking to lead Brighton and Hove after the next local elections in May. I doubt it ever occurred to my parents, when I was growing up in Woodingdean and the Sackville Road/Hangleton area, that one day I’d have the chance to make a real difference to the two towns that became a city that were home to us. Despite the huge financial problems and significant challenges in housing, school places, infrastructure and inequality Brighton and Hove has to tackle, I’m optimistic about our future.

I believe we can restore faith and trust in the city council to get to grips again with the issues residents raise with me on the doorstep. That isn’t just about making sure that the bins are collected, streets are cleaned and that the amount we recycle goes up, not down. It’s about making sure that we have enough secondary school places for every child, and that all schools are excellent schools that put the city’s children on the path not just to secure, well-paid jobs, but rewarding careers that bring out their full potential. It’s about providing clear leadership and direction, but also about involving and empowering local communities to make their local area better too.

It’s about making sure, as past generations of local leaders of all parties have done, that the city is ready to take the next step and deliver jobs, homes and major projects that secure prosperity for the next generation of residents and beyond. We need a new conference centre, arena, hospital, leisure centre and housing for a population that is growing as it has done since the Prince Regent built his Pavilion. We need to preserve our Downland, as we have with the National Park, and our local heritage, the shops, culture, buildings and environment that make Brighton and Hove so unique. We can do both, as we did in the 1990s and 2000s with Churchill Square and Jubilee Library. We can grow our economy in a way that benefits the whole city, Portslade and Patcham, Hanover and Hangleton, Withdean and Whitehawk, with communities working together, not pitching neighbour against neighbour.

My ambitions for Brighton and Hove mean that we won’t just tackle inequality by stitching up the holes in the safety net, but by building a city where high quality education, real apprenticeships, jobs that pay at least the Living Wage and more affordable accommodation give residents and their families the opportunity to prosper. I’m putting together a team that will ensure the council, even with much less money than it has had to spend in the past, builds a local economy where businesses are supported not hindered, and where greater self-sufficiency and more co-operative partnerships ensure we have the services we need to clean our streets, protect our local NHS services and care for our vulnerable family and neighbours. We must to all this whilst being as careful with the city’s money, your money, as the government should be with the country’s.

We can’t turn back the clock, we can’t stand still, and whilst we will always lead the way on sustainability and the environment, we can’t save the planet on our own. We can, despite all the cynicism about politics, make a difference to our city and our communities if we work together with a positive vision and clear goals about what we want to achieve. I hope you will support me and my team of dedicated candidates next May and give us the chance to serve you and the city, making the most of the Brighton and Hove we’ve been lucky enough to inherit, and building a better Brighton and Hove for the future.

“Down with this sort of thing” politics

CllrEmmaBlogs

I am pretty passionate about democracy, for example I think the Green Party should participate on a level playing field on television debates and UKIP for example. You guys have voted a mix of people in and you should hold them *all* accountable. I would welcome a change to Westminster which enabled a multi-party system – although I don’t necessarily think it’s better. I do think it is fairer.

You get a choice, the more democratic, the slower, the messier, the more difficult to understand. It requires effort to follow in a way that Labour vs Conservatives doesn’t. That is formulaic. The press get it, you get it, we get it. If we vote in coalitions locally or nationally it gets untidy, no single vision is implemented. It comes down to the skill of the individuals and the strength of the group rather than the ideas in those cases. You…

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Why credit unions are more important than ever

moneyThis afternoon I spoke to an event organised by Brighton and Hove City Council and East Sussex Credit Union aimed at boosting the profile and membership of this vital financial organisation in the city.

“I’d like to start by thanking all those involved in the Credit Union, both now and in the past, for their work in making the organisation the success it is today, and I’m proud to have been a member since 2003, when my predecessor as ward councillor was one of those who helped establish the organisation locally.

Credit unions are needed today more than ever. Even with the cap on payday loans announced this week, overall pay has fallen since the 2008 financial crisis as nominal increases have been outstripped by inflation. Real wages have dropped across the board, with the proportion of young people aged 16-20 below minimum wage pay thresholds higher now than at any time in the past decade, at over 5%.

In Brighton and Hove more than four thousand people are living in poverty and using food banks, with 48% of children in my ward in families below the poverty line.

But it isn’t just the low paid and financially excluded that need credit unions. Businesses – particularly the small and medium sized enterprises upon which this city relies – need affordable credit, and all of us want banking that is local, accountable and ethical. The evidence for that demand is in the fact that the number of credit unions and assets nationally has doubled over the past ten years. However some players in the sector have struggled, with at least fourteen credit unions ceasing trading in the last two years alone.

Credit unions need our support. Promises from politicians to remove the restrictions on credit unions, creating a level playing field in banking, need to be delivered upon. More can be done to promote the credit union as an alternative, affordable lender by the city council, with more routes explored to publicise it via council tax bills, with housing tenants, via schools and community organisations.

I’m proud to be a member of the Co-operative Party that believes in and promotes mutual, not-for-profit organisations. Partnerships across the co-operative sector hold the potential for future credit union involvement in making home ownership – currently far out of reach for so many in our city – an achievable dream.

Our local credit union has always offered help, and it should now be empowered to offer opportunity and hope too. As the founder of the first credit union in the US Edward Filene said: “the credit union movement is a great movement worthy of great deeds, and deserving of great loyalty.”

East Sussex Credit Union are on Twitter @EastSussexCU

Division and diversion – what Labour must overcome to win

At some point in thballot boxe last twelve months, the Conservatives realised they were not going to reach beyond their support at the last General Election, some 36% of the vote, and indeed were likely to fall short. With over a quarter of the 2010 Lib Dem vote going to Labour, a 2005 style Labour victory looked on the cards. The Tories, along with their adviser Lynton Crosby, decided that an all out negative attack on the Labour leader was the only way to wear down the Labour vote and deprive the Opposition of a majority.

We’ve seen their friends in the Tory-leaning media take up the attack with some pleasure, particularly amongst the Murdoch press who have been nervous about Miliband and his intention to take on vested interests post-Leveson. The more liberal-leaning press such as the Guardian have jumped on the opportunity to declare, yet again, that the two-party system is dead and to welcome the upward rise of the Greens, who have added a massive 3% to their vote in the past year putting them on a par with the Lib Dems on 6%. The media do not want a dull, never-in-doubt election like 2005.

Labour, in an almost unprecedented display of unity post-defeat, did not tear itself apart after 2010, yet with only 180 days to go before the next election, commentators are keen to foment the old divisions that so occupied their columns in the Blair/Brown years.

Labour is a broad church, a big party with many different traditions and groupings. But what unites us is greater than what divides us, at the core of our beliefs is coming together to act in the collective good. A belief in fairness and social justice.

We’ve seen here in Brighton and Hove how well the Green Party fares under the pressures of office. Not well. The absence of a Party Whip makes reaching and holding to difficult -decisions impossible. What unites them in opposition becomes untenable in power, and their lack of a coherent and binding set of common values is exposed. Their relentless attacks on Labour expose the misconceptions of many that they are allies.

UKIP’s attempts to sell themselves as the working persons champion don’t stand up to scrutiny, with a set of policies that make Tory actions in office look almost centrist, a leadership drawn from public school, banking elites and a fair smattering of former BNP and NF members. We’ve seen nationally how UKIP fall apart once elected, with their MEPs elected in 2009 being decimated by resignation, scandal and defection. We’ve seen that UKIP have the worst record of all of the UK parties for seat retention at a local government level, losing seats they gain at the first defence. UKIP are united only by what they oppose – the EU, immigration and the modern world in general – rather than by what they are for. A negative platform is never one that will hold together in office.

In Scotland the SNP are selling themselves as the left-wing alternative to Labour, yet their actions in office – such as selling their railways to the Dutch – belie that position.

In the final six months we will see all of these tactics used to try and stop Labour from gaining an overall majority. Character attacks on Miliband. The two-party system is dead. An anti-politics narrative. A focus on individuals rather than policy. All aimed at trying to ensure the Tories remain the largest party in the Commons with their advantage in English seats.

This election isn’t a game. Millions of people who have seen their living standards fall, their NHS run-down, their councils starved of cash, the housing prospects of their children vanish, need a Labour government. It’s up to us to accept the division and diversion, or to redouble or efforts to win.