I’m delighted that Nancy Platts is the Labour candidate for the forthcoming by-election in East Brighton,triggered by the resignation of Lloyd Russell-Moyle following his win at the General Election and new role in the Commons as one of our MPs.
I’ve known Nancy for ten years, through her excellent parliamentary campaigns in both Brighton Pavilion in 2010 and in Brighton Kemptown in 2015, where she slashed the Conservative majority making it one of Labour’s top target seats. As I began my term of office as Council Leader, Nancy led the City Labour Party as Chair helping to cement our position as the most successful party political organisation in Brighton and Hove.
If on February 8th East Brighton voters make the same excellent choice as East Brighton Labour members and elect Nancy as their new councillor, she will make a welcome and valuable addition to the fantastic team I have the privilege of leading on the city council.
It is a team that already has more than half of its members who are women, and women fill more than half of the senior roles in both the Labour Group, chairs of committee and lead roles. Cllr Gill Mitchell leads on improvements in our environmental services and our parks, Cllr Anne Meadows on building new council housing, Cllr Emma Daniel on communities and public safety, Cllr Julie Cattell on Planning, Cllr Karen Barford on Social Care, Cllr Jackie O’Quinn on Licensing, Cllr Tracey Hill on improving the private rented sector, Cllr Caroline Penn on Mental Health and Cllr Clare Moonan on rough sleeping. Cllr Saiorse Horan chairs the Labour Group.
I believe that we do politics better as a result, and our record demonstrates this.
Nancy’s experience as a parliamentary candidate, in the campaigns sector, in Westminster and more, will bring a fresh voice to the Labour and Co-operative Group as we begin our campaign to win a majority on the council in 2019. We have achieved a great deal in very difficult circumstances, with huge Conservative Government cuts and opposition parties who, combined, can frustrate and delay our work.
We can and must do more, on keeping essential services going, on further improving our recycling rates, on tackling poverty and inequality, on keeping more people from becoming homeless and sleeping rough, on building more homes, on safeguarding our heritage, and on growing our economy so that more local people have access to well paid jobs and rewarding careers in our thriving economy.
Labour is ambitious for Brighton and Hove, and I look forward to Nancy Platts being elected to the team that will stand on a strong record with a bold and radical manifesto for the next local elections in sixteen months time.
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