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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

Brighton Kemptown Constituency

Only part of the constituency lies within the area covered by Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats. The current boundaries of the Kemptown Constituency are: The City of Brighton and Hove wards of East Brighton, Moulescombe and Bevendean, Queen's Park, Rottingdean Coastal, and Woodingdean, and the District of Lewes wards of East Saltdean and Telscombe Cliffs, Peacehaven East, Peacehaven North, and Peacehaven West.

But like all other constituencies the boundaries are due to change in 2018. The boundary review is out for consultation but the general drift of the changes is to move all the Brighton constituencies to the East. So the current proposal means that the constituency loses Moulescombe, Bevendean and Woodingdean and gains Seaford and parts of Newhaven. This will mean that the Brighton part of the Constituency is now less than 50% of the total. The name will be changed to Brighton East and Newhaven.

Between 1970 and 1997 the Constituency was represented by Andrew Bowden a Conservative in 1997 Des Turner took the seat for Labour but in 2010 it reverted to Conservative with Simon Kirby being the current MP. The LibDems have consistently been in third place until the election in 2015 when we were pushed to fifth. Our best performance was in 2010 when we gained 18% of the vote. Our analysis shows that the boundary changes will favour our chances in the General Election of 2020.

Campaigning in the Constituency is hard work as it is a long stretch even now (from the village of Kemptown to the far edge of Peacehaven). There is a varied population with the large council estate of Whitehawk to the leafy suburbs of Peacehaven. Students live here as well as many retired people. On the edge of the constituency sits the American Express headquarters where many Kemptown residents work.

The constituency includes Brighton Marina with its upmarket flats and Roedean Drive - locally known as millionaires' row! Then there is the St. James's Street area a vibrant part of town that is the centre of Brighton's LGBT+ scene. Saltdean Lido is another prominent landmark.

Over the years we have had councillors is various parts of the Constituency although we have yet to penetrate the Labour stronghold of East Brighton.