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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

Brighton Pavilion Constituency

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 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 Regency, St. Peters and North Laine to Hove constituency and gains Hove Park from Hove and Moulescoombe and Bevendean and Woodingdean from Kemptown. The new constituency will be called: Brighton North.

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. The effect of the boundary changes is difficult to predict. Caroline Lucas loses two wards that are good for the Greens and gains one Labour and one Conservative ward. However she must be hoping her standing as a national political figure will help her in 2020.

Brighton Pavilion constituency is at the very heart of Brighton and includes the iconic building itself as well as the Town Hall and the Station and of course the famous Laines. The boundaries reach out to the edge of the University of Sussex campus as well as including many parts of the University of Brighton. Many students live here as well as the wealthy Brighton Albion football stars in Withdean and Patcham. The MP for this constituency is truly called the MP for Brighton. But if the boundaries change (and the name of the constituency) then maybe the MP for the also renamed Brighton Central and Hove constituency will take on that role.

Over the years the LibDems have had councillors is various parts of the Constituency including St. Peters and Preston Park