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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

  • Article: May 23, 2017

    We have suspended our general election campaigning until further notice due to the terrorist attack in Manchester last night.

    This includes the Hangleton & Knoll Action Day that was planned for this evening.

  • Article: May 22, 2017

    Conservative manifesto plans will mean the average household in Brighton, Hove and Portslade could be forced to pay 71% of the value of their homes for social care.

    The manifesto plans, which would mean that people would be forced to hand over assets worth over £100,000 to pay for social care at home, would have a particularly damaging impact on sufferers of dementia, who have complicated long-term health needs. The Tories have stripped out any element of mutual insurance from the scheme. Those unlucky enough to suffer expensive and debilitating illnesses in their old age will effectively mortgage their homes to the council to pay for their care and the interest will accrue until their house is sold after their death.

  • Article: May 16, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have challenged the Conservative candidates in the City to disown UKIP's endorsement, after UKIP announced they would not be standing in Hove or Kemptown to give the Tories a free run.

    Paul Chandler, local agent for the Lib Dem candidates in Hove and Kemptown, Carrie Hynds and Emily Tester, said: "UKIP are standing aside for the Conservatives in these two seats because they know Theresa May has adopted their divisive agenda wholesale.

  • Article: May 15, 2017

    Tim Farron has laid down the law to developers, warning that unless they build the homes Britain needs, the government will.

    Tim has made house building one of his very top manifesto commitments, having campaigned to increase Britain's housing supply throughout his career. The Liberal Democrat manifesto will commit to ensuring 300,000 homes a year are built for sale and rent by the end of the parliament.

  • Article: May 10, 2017

    Thousands of pensioners living in Brighton Kemptown constituency will receive at least an extra £772 per year under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the "triple lock" for state pensions.

    Thanks to the triple lock guarantee, secured by the Liberal Democrats when they were in government, the basic state pension has risen in each year by whichever is the higher of earnings, prices or a rate of 2.5%.

  • Page: May 9, 2017

    Carrie Hynds - Lib Dem Candidate for Hove & Portslade

    Carrie joined the Liberal Democrats in May 2015, just after the last general election. She lives in Hove, where she works as an editor and proofreader.

    Carrie says: In 2015, seeing so many hard-working Lib Dem MPs lose their seats made me want to take action, and I am proud to be a liberal voice for Hove & Portslade in this election. I will fight to build more affordable homes, reverse school funding cuts, invest in mental health services and give young people a real say in their future. I will oppose hard Brexit, heavy-handed government surveillance through the Snoopers' Charter and the shameful removal of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year olds.

    A final say on Europe

    Carrie on Europe: I truly believe that the EU is the world's most successful peace project, and saw this first-hand growing up in Northern Ireland. Their peace and reconciliation work helps break down barriers so that people can join together and help each other towards a better future. That's why I'm fighting for a final say on Europe.

    The Liberal Democrats would hold a referendum on the Brexit deal, keep the UK in the Single Market and guarantee the right to stay for EU citizens as well as our rights to live, work, study and travel across Europe.

    Building affordable homes

    Carrie on housing: The average rent for a one-bed flat is now £978 per month, and rough sleeping has doubled in the past year. We need to start building truly affordable, sustainable homes right now or the fabric of our city will change.

    Carrie chairs our local B&H Lib Dem housing campaign, which calls for 40% affordable homes in new developments, more transparency in planning decisions, choosing the right partners for new developments and making sure new homes are environmentally friendly and economical to run.

    At national level, the Liberal Democrats would create a Housing Investment Bank to allow councils and local authorities to build again; establish renters' rights and scrap letting agent fees; give more funding to local authorities for homelessness prevention schemes and support long-term rough sleepers towards independent living.

    A fair deal for young people

    Carrie on youth inequality: Right now, young people in the UK have all of the responsibility of adults but fewer rights. We need to give young people a fair deal and real say in their futures. I've signed the Save Our Schools pledge to reverse the Conservatives' disastrous cuts to funding which will see schools in Hove & Portslade lose an average of £193,500 per year.

    The Liberal Democrats would give 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote in elections and referendums, give back housing benefit to 18 to 21-year-olds, properly fund mental health services and improve online privacy by scrapping the Snoopers' Charter.

    Instead of cutting £3 billion from educational funding, we would invest £7 billion: £3.3 billion to protect per pupil funding in schools, £660 million to protect further education per pupil funding, £1.26 billion to ensure no school loses out from the National Funding Forumla, £415m on protecting the pupil premium, introduced by the Coalition government, and £165 million to invest in continuous professional development for teachers.

    Proper funding for our NHS

    Carrie on healthcare: The NHS is simply fantastic but has been chronically under-funded. An extra penny in the pound will give the cash injection needed to properly fund primary care, social care and mental health services.

    The Liberal Democrats would add 1p to the basic, higher and additional rates of income tax, with the £6bn used to fund the NHS and social care, including a boost in funding and support for mental health services. This means an extra £31 million per year for healthcare in Brighton & Hove.

    Find out more about Carrie's campaign on Facebook and Twitter, or download her leaflet and window poster.

  • Article: May 8, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign.

    The tax would raise an additional £31.5m for the city with £20m for the NHS and £11.5m for social care each year.

  • Hove candidate Carrie Hynds (2017) with party members. Kemptown candidate Emily Tester (2017) in right of shot.
    Article: May 5, 2017
    By Stamati Crook

    Our General Election campaign is now officially under way.

    If you are curious about the Liberal Democrats please register here so we can stay in touch. Members can help in the first instance please by completing our volunteer page or getting in touch with your local ward organiser who also has posters for you to display and can arange delivery of a stakeboard for your garden or fence. We also accept donations for the campaign directly from your bank account.

  • Article: May 1, 2017

    Worrying details of discussions between Theresa May and European Commisson President Jean-Claude Juncker at last week's dinner at 10 Downing Street have been leaked to a German newspaper.

    In a series of tweets yesterday, Jeremy Cliffe (@JeremyCliffe), Berlin bureau chief of The Economist, gives a summary of the report in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). It lifts the veil somewhat on how unprepared our prime minister is for the make-or-break Brexit negotiations of the next eighteen months.

  • Carrie Hynds, LibDem parliamentary candidate for Hove
    Article: Apr 28, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have committed to ending the scandal of rough sleeping in Britain, as the Homelessness Reduction Bill entered into force Thursday.

    Following a campaign visit to the Hundred Houses Society, a charitable housing association in Cambridge, Tim Farron announced a series of measures the party would put in place to help end rough sleeping.

  • Brighton and Hove LibDem members launch their General Election 2017 campaign
    Article: Apr 27, 2017

    At a crowded and passionate meeting Wednesday Brighton and Hove LibDem members from the Pavilion constituency voted overwhelmingly not to offer a LibDem candidate at the General election and to endorse Caroline Lucas, the current Green Party MP.
    The motion not to stand was supported by a three to one margin of local members present.
    Speaking after the decision Paul Chandler, who was the party's local choice to be candidate, said: "We feel that this is a unique 'Brexit' election and in these special circumstances we have to make this decision. Of course, I respect the counter arguments but I'm very happy that members chose the way they did and so convincingly.
    "We have plenty of differences with the Green Party and this establishes no precedent. We will be fighting as fiercely as ever for LibDem candidates in Hove and Kemptown. But Caroline shares her EU policy 100% with us. There is no difference on that matter.
    "After the Greens' gesture of standing down last year at the by-election in Richmond Park, we have agreed to return the favour.
    "This is the most important election of my lifetime and it will have consequences for decades into the future. It is no time for political tribalism."

  • Article: Apr 22, 2017
    By Stamati Crook

    This Conservative Government is pursuing a reckless policy of a hard exit from the European Union with little thought of the consequences of us leaving the single market and with little consideration for the feelings of the three million Europeans living in the UK or of our one million British people living in the EU. Theresa May seems to have little imagination in resurrecting the Grammar School system which curtails the chances of those who do not get a place in these elite schools. The Conservatives have also lost sight of the interests of British Business by risking our trade relationship with our 27 European neighbours and a callousness in (almost) going back on their election promise of not raisising the rates of National Insurance. This is just the beginning of the damage that the Conservatives can do to our country and our people if they are elected for a further five years.

  • Carrie Hynds
    Article: Apr 21, 2017

    Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats have seen their membership boosted by 16% in the two days since Theresa May called a snap election. Our local party is now nearly five times the size it was at the time of the last General Election in 2015.

    Carrie Hynds, prospective parliamentary candidate for Hove, said:

    "This is fantastic news and I'd like to thank and welcome all of our new members. They will have the opportunity to get involved straight away as there is much to fight for in this election.

    The reality of a hard Brexit would be a disaster for Brighton & Hove. Our two Universities exchange skills and knowledge with other seats of learning throughout the world. Already foreign students are wondering if it is sensible to study in the UK and researchers are anxious about their ability to attract the grants that make their work possible. Our city has a huge hospitality trade; removing the right to stay means hotels and restaurants will be short of staff and short of skills. The Royal Sussex County Hospital is undergoing a massive rebuild and will be the Trauma Centre for the area; it needs the skills of medical staff from all over the world.

    We have got to stop the Tories from damaging Brighton and Hove's prospects for years to come."

    Nationally, the Liberal Democrats have gained 8,000 new members in 48 hours, the fastest rise of new membership in the party's history. President of the Liberal Democrats Sal Brinton said of the increased Lib Dem membership across the country:

    "People are flocking to the Liberal Democrats as we are the only party who are offering effective opposition to this Conservative Brexit government. Theresa May: we have the troops for this fight and they are raring to go. The Liberal Democrats are the only party standing up for an open, tolerant, and united Britain."

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017
    By Barry Holliday

    Lib Dems: Corbyn can't lead his party, let alone the country


    Responding to Jeremy Corbyn's speech today, Liberal Democrat Shadow First Secretary of State Alistair Carmichael said:

    "Jeremy Corbyn is never going to be Prime Minister. He can't lead his own party, let alone our country. The more people see him, the less they want to vote for him.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has called out Theresa May for refusing to take part in televised debates as ITV announced they will go ahead with a leaders' debate.

    Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions today, Tim Farron said: "This election can change the direction of our country. From the consequences of potential hard Brexit outside the Single Market to the future of our NHS and social care, schools and environment.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat General Election campaign has got off to a flying start as new members have seen the party double in size since May 2015.

    In the short time since the snap General Election was announced the Liberal Democrats have gained over 2,500 new members.

    Commenting on the surge Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said: "This election is a chance to change the direction of our country and thousands are joining our fight.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Apr 18, 2017

    Commenting on the Prime Minister's call for a General Election, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "This election is your chance to change the direction of our country.

    "If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.

    "Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority."

    In the first few minutes after Therea May's announcement, hundreds of people have joined the Liberal Democrats. Join them, and the Liberal Democrats, today.

  • Article: Apr 14, 2017

    Liberal Democrats: Listening to Business

    Liberal Democrats are increasing seen as the only political party for business.

    But, to enable us to maximise our support for business, it is vital that we listen to, and work with, businesses and business organisations from all sectors.

    A Perfect Storm

    The Conservative Government's reaction to the referendum result is creating a perfect storm;

  • Article: Apr 11, 2017

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has renewed his call for Theresa May to return from holiday to take charge of the worsening international crisis surrounding Syria, rather than leaving the accident-prone Boris Johnson to negotiate with allies he has previously insulted.

    Tim Farron said:
    "Boris Johnson is reportedly struggling to persuade countries such as Germany, France and Italy to agree to sanctions on Russia. The arguments are complex. But the difficulties the Foreign Secretary is experiencing should underline to this Conservative Brexit government the importance of working with our European partners rather than lecturing and insulting them.

    "It is time Theresa May returned to Downing Street to take charge, rather than allowing the court jester to become the crown prince.

    "Sanctions are an important way of putting pressure on Russia, but they should not distract us from the urgent humanitarian need to protect large numbers of innocent people threatened with death in this barbarous, brutal civil war. For this we must continue to work for a united response, from the G7 and regional powers."

  • Article: Apr 7, 2017

    The Supreme Court has found in favour of a local authority that has fined a parent for taking his daughter on holiday during term-time.

    Commenting on the news, Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary John Pugh said: "Today's judgment was disappointing but the ball is back in the government's court, they could act and change the law and bring back sensible rules with proper safeguards in place. Nearly 20,000 people have been prosecuted and caught in a dragnet by these laws in the last year.

  • Lorely Burt
    Article: Apr 6, 2017

    UK passports should allow people to define themselves as "X" as an alternative to male or female, Stonewall have said today. This is in keeping with Lib Dem policy from 2014 and campaigns from before that.

    Commenting on the news, Shadow Equalities Secretary Lorely Burt said: "I'm glad to see the Government has finally accepted that a review into the GRA is overdue. However, we don't need another review to tell us that x passports should be introduced.

  • Joining Hands for Europe - Hove Town Hall
    Article: Apr 2, 2017
    By Stamati Crook

    Brighton and Hove for Europe arranged a protest at Hove Town Hall last week to mark the begining of the process of leaving the European Union. Liberal Democrats were well represented along with people from every party and none who feel that breaking our strong ties with the European Union is reckless and ill-thought out.

  • Article: Mar 30, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have seen their membership surge to 87,000 on the same day Article 50 is triggered.

    Over 5,000 members have joined the party since the beginning of February, when Jeremy Corbyn ordered his MPs to vote in favour of triggering Article 50.

    This comes amid reports that the Labour Party's membership has fallen by almost 11,000 over the last four weeks.

  • Catherine Bearder MEP
    Article: Mar 27, 2017
    By Catherine Bearder MEP in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Last weekend the Liberal Democrats Spring Conference voted to support Guy Verhofstadt's proposed initiative to allow Brits to keep their EU citizenship (if they want to!). Lib Dems believe that with our country split nearly 50/50 on our EU membership, it would be unfair to allow the process of leaving the EU to completely ignore the wishes of the side that narrowly lost and who want to continue with the EU.

  • Article: Mar 27, 2017
    By Stamati Crook

    Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats travelled up to London to take part in the Unite for Europe March that marks the beginning of the end of our membership of the European Union - at least if we let Theresa May and her Government get their way.

    The Liberal Democrats travelled up to London in a Big Lemon bus chartered by Peter Deadman together with members of other parties and the Brighton and Hove for Europe facebook Group which is co-ordinating pro-Europe activities with their Europe Corner which takes over a corner of Brighton every Saturday.

  • B&H Lib Dems at Uckfield Action Day 11th March 2017
    Article: Mar 22, 2017
    By Hyder Khalil

    Saturday 11th March, 2017 - ACTION Day!

    19 enthusiastic volunteers from Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats heeded the call from Uckfield to help get Lib Dem candidates elected in the upcoming East Sussex County Council elections on May 4th.

    These 19 stalwarts formed the largest contingent among 65 volunteers from around the County, including Stephen Lloyd, recent MP for Eastbourne. We took part in manning street stalls, handing out 400 leaflets, delivering 6,000 candidate Focuses, canvassing, collecting 180 signatures on a petition to Chris Grayling to get Southern Rail sorted out (will he take any notice of the strength of local feeling we found??), and addressing 1,000 envelopes to help get out the postal vote in our favour.