Parliamentary Spokesperson for Hove and Portslade
WHAT SHE STANDS FOR
Beatrice has lived in Brighton & Hove for 16 years and is an active member of the community. She has held various roles within the Liberal Democrats and is currently chair of campaigns. Beatrice believes that it is time for a change in Hove and Portslade. She will give Hove and Portslade a Liberal Voice for a Liberal City.
Beatrice is a passionate campaigner to remain in the EU. She helps organise the monthly EU street stalls in New Road, Brighton and is a regular participant at national anti-Brexit marches. Around Brighton & Hove Beatrice listens to the worries and concerns of how Brexit has already affected residents. The post-referendum reduction in job opportunities, devaluation of the pound and economic uncertainty have already impacted local people. The Liberal Democrats have been consistently campaigning for a People's Vote since 2016. They are the biggest and strongest remain party and will revoke Article 50 if they gain a majority Liberal Democrat government in the next general election. Beatrice will fight to keep us in the EU and enable residents to enjoy the benefits of full EU membership.
PROTECTING MUSIC VENUES
As a former musician, Beatrice is a champion of the UK music scene. Working with UK Music, the Music Venue Trust and the Arts Council she successfully initiated a new policy at the Liberal Democrat Conference 2019 to protect music venues. This policy will enable legislative changes to protect music venues, business rate relief, listing them as community assets and protecting the important role they provide for each generation of musicians. Beatrice is currently lobbying Brighton & Hove Council to implement the Agent of Change principle in planning law. Read more about the campaign and sign the petition here.
BOOSTING LOCAL BUSINESS
Hove & Portslade are home to many different businesses of all sizes across many sectors, from branches of national chains to sole traders. As a member of the Lib Dems in Business group Beatrice works to boost collaboration between businesses, the public sector and research. She wants to facilitate apprenticeships, encourage capital investment and improve government support for start-ups and SMEs. Beatrice is a voice for the creative industries and will look to represent the interests of all creative industries in parliament.
The fight for affordable housing in Brighton & Hove is another issue at the heart of Beatrice's local campaign work. Many residents are not aware of rights they enjoy as tenants. Beatrice has prepared a summary of key elements in landlord and tenant law. Read about tenants' rights here.
Beatrice Bass is a Swiss British national who grew up in Davos, Switzerland - home of the World Economic Forum. She speaks English, German, (Swiss) German and French. Her multicultural background and work experience give her an international outlook and deep understanding of Europe.
Beatrice graduated with an MA in linguistics and mass communication studies before she pursued a career as a professional musician. She toured worldwide as a bass guitarist and has recorded with many indie rock, pop and blues artists. Lovers of 80s indie rock might remember her gritty overdriven bass lines performed for The Wedding Present. Beatrice recently graduated in law and is training to become a solicitor, working in commercial dispute resolution specialised in intellectual property rights and data protection.