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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

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Brunswick and Adelaide

Your local Lib Dem Focus team are Christian Chadwick and Duncan Moore. Email them on

Christian moved to Brighton & Hove in 2011 and works as a Children's Pharmacist at the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital. One of his pastimes in the community is playing the euphonium with Brighton & Hove City Brass. You are most likely to see him out and about in Hove on a run to keep fit, or out at a local pub quiz with friends. Chat to Christian on Twitter @CLibDem.

Duncan has lived in Brunswick since 2014 and in Hove since 2012 when he came to the city for a PhD on motor neurone disease at the University of Sussex. Since finishing his degree, Duncan has worked locally as a tutor and as a research assistant. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, making cocktails and learning German (aber langsam!). Chat to Duncan on Twitter @DuncanMSussex.


Goldsmid Lib Dem Team - Orla May, Andrew England and Laura Mullin

L-R: Orla May, Andrew England, Laura Mullin

Your local Lib Dem Focus team are Orla May, Andrew England, and Laura Mullin.

Andrew England is a chemistry teacher who has lived in Goldsmid ward for thirty years. He is married to Paula and they have three school aged children - Jose, Ignacia and Belen. Andrew's priorities on the council are to improve school facilities, the local environment, parks, children's playgrounds, public conveniences and to repair dangerous pavements.

Orla May was born in Brighton & Hove and lives in Goldsmid ward. Orla is passionate about the European Union and has been campaigning for a people's vote. With a background in economics, Orla works in financial regulation and is a trustee of local money advice charity St Luke's Advice Service.

Laura Mullin has worked in the space sector for many years. After a time living in France and Germany, she settled here in 2015 with her partner Bernard. Laura is supporting the local Lib Dem campaign for affordable housing. This would continue to be a priority for Laura on the council, along with supporting local businesses.

All three are standing to represent Goldsmid ward in the Brighton & Hove City Council elections on 2nd May 2019. If there's an issue you'd like to raise, please get in touch. Email or tweet @GoldsmidLibDems

Hollingdean and Stanmer

Your local Lib Dem Focus team is led by Ashley Ridley. Chat to Ashley on Twitter @ashleyridley5

Hove Park

Your Hove Park candidates are Simon Jardine and Nick O'Shea:

Simon Jardine

Simon moved to Brighton in the early 80's and has lived first in Brighton and then in Hove Park ever since. He is married to Michelle and they have two children and three grandchildren. He is now retired, but worked in the IT industry for most of his career, specialising in the Finance sector. He enjoyed many roles, varying from programming to technical sales management and travelled extensively with his work within several international organisations.

Simon renewed his involvement in politics following the 2016 referendum and has been actively campaigning against Brexit. This is his first entry into local elections.

Simon is a keen walker and enjoys the South Downs very much. He has recently taken part in several Endurance Walks for charity including the South Coast Challenge (Eastbourne to Arundel) last year.

Nick O'Shea

Nick O'Shea's family has lived in Hove since the 1970s and he now lives here with his wife, Marion. He is a director of a quoted public company and finance director for several small privately-owned companies based in Sussex . Nick has a degree in maths & chemistry and qualified as a chartered management accountant while working for several major international companies.

Nick was a district councillor in Mole Valley in the 1990s , representing the residents of a couple of villages on the Sussex/Surrey border. He served as chair of the budget committee and direct labour board, and vice-chair of both the policy & finance and development control committees during this period .

Nick has been highly critical of the secretive approach all present parties on the city council have taken in looking at the redevelopment of the King Alfred Centre and is appalled with the dreadful record of refuse collection and recycling the council has, especially as it has more supposedly Green councillors than almost any other council in the region. In contrast, as a result of initiatives by the Lib Dems when he was a councillor there, Mole Valley council has one of the highest recycle rates in the country with separate waste food and composting collections.

Preston Park

Madelaine Hunter-Taylor has been a Brighton resident for most of her life and is proud of this great city. With three children attending local colleges & schools, she runs her own community interest company raising awareness of domestic abuse and the impact of those it effects.

Madelaine's key interests are representing the voices of those who are often not heard, ensuring that support services are working effectively for people who need them and that any action that is taken benefits the residents of Brighton and Hove rather than the policymakers.

Madelaine also enjoys watching Formula One, Boxing and has a borderline ridiculous obsession with the sea.

Queen's Park

Your local Lib Dem Focus team is led by George Taylor. Chat to George on Twitter @GeorgeTaylorLD

St Peter's and North Laine

Rob Heale

Your local Lib Dem Focus team is led by Rob Heale, who lives in the ward. Rob has lived in the Brighton and Hove area for more than 35 years and has been actively involved with a number of community organisations.

He is a former N.H.S. rehabilitation worker and has also worked for community groups and housing associations. Currently, he is a member of organisations as diverse as The Co-operative; Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS Trust; long leasehold reform groups; Disability Rights U.K; and a Seagulls supporters group!

Rob takes a particular interest in health, housing, planning and transport issues. He has been involved in a range of campaigns, especially in central Brighton where he has lived most of his life such as those involving controversial building developments.

Mr Heale was probably the first to participate in the public "question time" which was introduced by Liberal Democrat councillors on Brighton Council in the late 1980s. The question was about using empty properties and making use of these for affordable housing. He also once called a taxi for Tony Blair who was attending a fringe meeting at a community centre where he was working!

Rob has taken a particular interest in council funding of projects and is concerned about both the secretive nature of meetings about this issue and the losses that this project has been making. He says: "We need a council that is open, democratic and fair. The council should provide good quality services and consult residents properly about major plans".

"The council needs to ensure that the basics such as street lighting, drains, pavements and road surfaces are properly maintained. It also needs to ensure that there is reasonably priced residents parking and that there is a quality rubbish and recycling collection service".

"We must ensure that the welfare of our residents is protected. Most of all, we need to give priority to housing issues because having a secure home is so important for the health and welfare of our people".


  1. Traffic schemes that WORK for local people, ensure the flow of essential traffic and encourage the use of public transport.
  2. Ensuring that housing needs are a priority, particularly through the provision of affordable and social homes.
  3. Making sure that there is a good, reliable rubbish and recycling service.
  4. Encouragement and support for small businesses, including social enterprises.

Contact Rob via email or Twitter @RobertCHeale


Your local Lib Dem Focus team are Geoff Date and Hilary Ellis. Chat to Hilary on Twitter @Hilary_LibDem

Geoff Date has lived in Brighton & Hove for 10 years. He lives in Shakespeare Street. When he lived in Devon he was a Lib Dem Cllr for 18 years. He served on Devon County Council, South Hams District Council and Totnes Town Council. He was the chair of the audit committee on Devon CC and Deputy Mayor of Totnes. While he was a councillor there Devon had a recycling rate of 50%. He is married to Tricia, and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.


Your local Lib Dem Focus team are Al Emery and Hazel Abbott. Chat to Al on Twitter @AlfredEmery