Brighton Pavilion Lib Dems issue a challenge to MP Lee Anderson.
As the Tory MP Lee Anderson claims that people only use Food Banks because they can't budget and can't cook a meal from scratch, Brighton Pavilion Liberal Democrats issue him with a challenge. We invite him to come to our constituency and cook a substantive main meal, from scratch, for a family of four for £1.20. We will supply the funds so that he doesn't have to put his hand in his pocket. To make it realistic the cost must include not only the ingredients but also the cost of the fuel to cook the meal. It is to be a one off and cannot be part of a wider cooking exercise, such as cooking for a party of 50 which the original exercise that achieved that cost did.
The current boundaries of the Brighton Pavilion Constituency are: The City of Brighton and Hove wards of Regency, St. Peters and North Laine, Hanover and Elm Grove, Hollingdean and Stanmer, Patcham, Preston Park, Withdean. But like all other constituencies the boundaries are due to change in 2018.
The constituency was Conservative until 1997 when David Lepper took it for Labour. Nancy Platts stood for Labour in 2010 but was defeated by Caroline Lucas in a close three way fight between Green (31.8% of the vote), Labour (28.9%) and Conservative (23.7%). LibDems came fourth with 13.8%. Caroline Lucas consolidated her hold in 2015 with 41.8% of the votes cast and won even more convincingly in 2017 with over 50%. In 2017 the local LibDem party decided not to oppose Caroline Lucas.
Over the years the LibDems have had councillors is various parts of the Constituency including Regency, St. Peter's & North Laine and Preston Park