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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

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  • Colourful houses in Kemptown, Brighton.
    Article: Jan 9, 2018
  • Article: Dec 24, 2017

    George Taylor, our candidate for the upcoming East Brighton by-election, was interviewed by Jamie Walker for Latest TV - see him explain why he is the best choice for the ward:

  • Laura, Carrie and George campaigning in Whitehawk
    Article: Dec 22, 2017

    Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce George Taylor as the LibDem candidate for the upcoming East Brighton council by-election.

    We have been calling for Cllr Lloyd Russell-Moyle to stand down from the council since his election as MP for Brighton Kemptown, and we welcome the news that he will resign before the new year.

  • Carrie Hynds presenst housing petition to the council 2017-12-14
    Article: Dec 15, 2017
    By Carrie Hynds, PPC for Hove

    On Thursday 14th December I presented our petition "Where's the 40%? We call upon Brighton & Hove City Council to meet their own affordable housing targets and make developers provide 40% affordable homes on sites of 15+ units." to the full council meeting at Hove Town Hall.

    Thank you to the 1,095 people who signed: councillors who had been only half paying attention to the proceedings of the meeting literally sat up straight in their chairs as affordable homes came on the agenda.

    In the three minutes we were allocated for a handover speech, I said:
    "Brighton & Hove City Council has been repeatedly missing its 40% affordable homes target, which is worsening our city's housing crisis.

    We have recently seen approval of schemes on sites such as the old Sackville Hotel at 17% affordable, the old Astoria cinema at 0% affordable and 121-123 Davigdor Road at 0% affordable. The loss of these homes is not being compensated because the 40% figure is not being exceeded elsewhere. The Liberal Democrats call upon the Council to implement its own 40% target more vigorously.

    On 9th November, The Argus reported that councillors were "pleased" with the outcome of the Sackville Hotel site with 10 affordable units out of 60. This is because the developers initially applied with only 5 out of 60 affordable. But the 40% affordable figure would have been 24. Rather than look at the increase from 5 to 10, look at the decrease from 24 to 10. That is how those struggling to afford to live in our city will always see it and we need the council to be on our side.

    In the course of gathering signatures for this petition, I've spoken to people spending over half their income on rent, people living long-term in temporary emergency accommodation and people who have been shocked to see the same housing and homelessness issues here as in London. Quite simply, for every development that misses affordable housing targets, the housing crisis in our city deepens.

    The definition of "affordable" has already been squeezed to breaking point, with 80% market rate already out of reach for many of those who live and work in our city. We need elected councillors to make the most of the power they have and give clear instructions to council officers that 40% is a serious requirement.

    Developers often use viability assessments to argue they cannot provide the required number of affordable homes and still turn a profit. The Liberal Democrats call for more transparency and therefore scrutiny. If all councillors and members of the public could see these viability assessments, they could be compared with the final profit actually made on the site.

    We need councillors to be determined to stand up for 40% affordable both in council meetings and in the media. The homes delivered through New Homes for Neighbourhoods and the proposed joint venture are not enough and should not be presented as the whole solution. Above all, developers should not be praised by councillors for delivering less than 40% affordable housing.

    Transparency, scrutiny and relentless focus are all needed to truly deliver on the 40%. Several people signing this petition warned me that in delivering it today I'd be banging my head against a brick wall. My challenge to you is to prove them wrong."

    I handed over the signatures in a bright yellow folder to the Mayor, to great applause from the public gallery (with thanks to several local party members for giving up their afternoons to be there!). The Mayor thanked me and said that the petition will now go forward to the Tourism, Development & Culture Committee on 11th January 2018. (Answers on a postcard if you know why this was deemed to be the most relevant committee!)

  • Finishing off campaigning in Whitehawk, Brighton.
    Article: Dec 14, 2017

    Brighton & Hove Lib Dems are passionate about our city, and working hard with local residents to improve it. Want to let us know your views? Please fill in this short survey to let us know the issues you'd like to see your local Lib Dem working on.

  • Article: Nov 30, 2017
    By Carrie Hynds, Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hove

    Yesterday (Wed 29th Nov) I attended the first seminar hosted by RentSmart, which has been set up by Brighton & Hove City Council as a one-stop hub of advice and support for renters in our city.

    The keynote speech was delivered by Poppy Terry from homelessness charity Shelter. She gave a thorough and excellent presentation which gave an overview of the current housing crisis, challenges and potential solutions.

  • Article: Oct 28, 2017

    New research by the LSE's Centre for Economic Performance and the Liberal Democrats has revealed just how damaging a no deal Brexit will be to our City.

    A no deal Brexit will mean an economic hit of £1.96 billion to over the first five years after we fall out of the EU.

    David Davis and other members of the cabinet have recently been talking up a no deal Brexit, but this data shows that the country simply couldn't afford it.

    If the UK exits the EU in March 2019 without a deal, Britain's economic output (gross value added) in the five years after Brexit would be reduced by 5.3%, or £430 billion.

    Even if the UK agreed to a Norway style arrangement with full single market access, this would still result in a reduction to five-year economic output of 2.9%, or £235 billion.

    Local LibDem Parliamentary Candidate Carrie Hynds said:

    "These figures are a real indictment of the government's strategy. David Davis is still talking up the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, yet these figures suggest that would cost Brighton and Hove a ruinous £1.96 billion over five years. Even a relatively soft Brexit could cost the City over £1 billion in lost economic activity.

    "The government must rule out a no-deal to end the uncertainty and confirm its commitment to stay in the single market and customs union.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2017
    By Paul Chandler, 2017 election agent for Brighton and Hove LibDems.

    There was recently an interesting article in the Financial Times based around an Ipsos Mori opinion poll on why people voted the way they did in the EU Referendum. The poll took the temperature among 4,000 voters.

    They have discerned six types of voter in the EU Referendum. Here they are with the percentage of the electorate they represent:

  • Kelly-Marie Blundell at LD Conference 2017.
    Article: Sep 27, 2017
    By Beatrice Bass

    Today is the last day of the conference and, with Norman Lamb and Vince Cable's speeches on the agenda, it will end on a high note. However first I support Kelly-Marie Blundell (Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes) and Daisy Cooper (Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for St Albans) in voting in favour of their 'Protecting Small Businesses' motion.

  • James Chapman at LD Conference 2017
    Article: Sep 26, 2017
    By Beatrice Bass

    When I reach the Highcliff Marriott Hotel, which hosts conference events, there is a massive queue that reaches all the way through the corridor and around the corner from my destination on this sunny morning. James Chapman seems to be a very popular guest at this Fringe event titled: "Can Britain's Relationship with Europe Be Saved?".

  • B&H Lib Dems at StopBrexit march (Duncan Moore)
    Article: Sep 24, 2017
    By Carrie Hynds, Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hove

    On a bright, warm September day we joined the many thousands of people marching through Brighton & Hove for the StopBrexit march. The event was organised by Brighton & Hove for Europe, timed to coincide with the Labour party conference in Brighton.

    We gathered at The Level and set off just after 1pm, stopping briefly to chant outside the Brighton Centre before continuing to Hove Lawns, where the march ended in a rally. There was lots of support en route with passers-by waving, car horns tooting and even a boat flying the EU flag!

  • Vince Cable and Will Hutton at LD conference 2017
    Article: Sep 23, 2017
    By Beatrice Bass

    Exit from Brexit pretty much sums up how much the Lib Dems trust Theresa May to make a success of this constitutional experiment that Great Britain embarked upon. I don't think anyone in this party is particularly thrilled about inflation and the rising cost of living resulting from the Brexit uncertainty. Every day I hear stories of researchers whose projects have already been excluded from European cooperation, friends telling me about a reluctance to invest and further cuts within their companies, and accounts of non-British European friends who have (wrongly!) been told to leave the country. No one has a viable solution how to deal with the Irish border without threatening the peace process. So far, I am not digging this Brexit thing. As a creative person, I am disappointed that it is lacking the promised excitement of building a new better country which will be reformed so amazingly that the rest of the world goes green in jealousy.

  • Beatrice George Hilary and other George on train to Bournemouth (Beatrice Bass)
    Article: Sep 21, 2017
    By Beatrice Bass

    Getting up at 7am on a Saturday kind of hurts, but I have a good reason - today is the first day of the Liberal Democrats Autumn Conference. A few Brighton & Hove members already made their way to Bournemouth last night in time for the pre-Conference Lib Dem Pint, but I saved my energy for the weekend and am meeting the remaining Brighton conference goers, including the two George Taylors (yes, there are two of them) on the train to Bournemouth.

  • Article: Aug 11, 2017
    By Geoff Date, Westbourne Organiser, Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats
    Brighton & Hove Lib Dems wish that Brighton & Hove Albion have a successful season.
    We certainly approve of Albion's alternative kit, especially the main colour! The new gold and black alternative kit contains a black Nike Swoosh alongside Albion's Seagulls logo.
    Away the lads!
  • Article: Aug 3, 2017
    By Geoff Date, Westbourne Organiser, Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats

    In the Argus of the 27 July is an Article Headed "Councillor pay cut will take six months to implement".

    They have got to be joking; as a former County Councillor, I can tell them, all they to do is pass a resolution, and then forward their decision to the independent remuneration panel for their comments, which they can ignore. Or if they wish the councillors concerned can write a cheque each month refunding the required reduction (I know, they have paid tax & NI on it).

  • Article: Jul 31, 2017
    By Carrie Hynds, Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hove

    During his time as Lib Dem party leader, Tim Farron declared a "national emergency" in housing. In Brighton & Hove, we have a local housing crisis on top of this, with our cost-to-wage ratio significantly worse than the national average.

    Put simply, many people who work here can't afford to live here. The average rent for a one-bed flat is over £950/month, and the average house price is 12 times higher than the average annual wage. Street homelessness has doubled in the past year in our city. Against this backdrop, only 65 affordable homes have been built in the past twelve months, whilst Brighton & Hove City Council has allowed developers to buy their way out of affordable housing requirements.

  • Article: Jul 14, 2017

    Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats have today called on Lloyd Russell Moyle MP to stand down as city councillor for East Brighton ward.

    They issued the following statement: "We call on Lloyd Russell Moyle, MP, to resign as city councillor for East Brighton ward to make way for a councillor who can fully represent the residents of East Brighton at City Hall."

  • Article: Jul 7, 2017

    Yesterday (Wednesday 05/07), I managed to challenge the PM directly during PMQs. She completely ignored the question, as expected.

    Here's the link.

    http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/099f8095-6ee2-4cf2-9769-3b428451232a?in=12:34:44&out=12:36:00

    But the more I ask, the more the media pick up on it - the harder it will become for the Government to ignore. And then the sooner they get down to serious negotiations to resolve this dispute, so people in Eastbourne and beyond who are so badly affected, can get their lives back.

  • Article: Jun 11, 2017
    Carrie Hynds, our Parliamentary Candidate for Hove, who grew up in Northern Ireland, gives her views on the DUP, who may be propping up the minority Tory goverment soon.
    There's suddenly a lot of national interest in the DUP and Northern Irish politics. Rightly so.

    On an emotional level, I associate the DUP with feelings of claustrophobia and oppression. They shamelessly conflate politics and religion (Rev Ian Paisley was simultaneously the political First Minister and leader of the Free Presbyterian church - which is like the Archbishop of Canterbury being Prime Minister and seeing no conflict of interest). They reinforce victim-shaming, emotional abuse and are interested in no-one's voice but their own.

    On a political level, this is a pretty thorough summary of how the DUP operate: https://www.georgiagrainger.co.uk/politics/shame-game-dup/ and I agree it is time to shine a strong flashlight into their murky financial dealings and beyond.

    What is interesting is that I've been trying to flag this for years but have been told by the media and mainstream political parties that Northern Irish politics is its own separate, special issue; nothing to do with how the rest of the UK operates. Niche. Not anyone's concern. And, of course, those of us feeling claustrophobic and oppressed moved away from it all as soon as we were physically able.

    But now the DUP are Theresa May's kingmakers, a position that will reinforce their already-inflated sense of importance. They don't yet realise how much of what they do is irregular and will be considered by everyone else (including many Conservatives) as deeply unsound politics. What will happen when a party that has run unfettered for so long in the name of Queen and country and the United Kingdom is suddenly told that said kingdom is actually rather ashamed of them? Let's find out.

  • Article: May 30, 2017

    Plans by Theresa May to axe free school lunches would waste the £517,577 invested in the City to upgrade school kitchens, according to the Liberal Democrats. It comes after figures revealed 5,459 children in the City are set to lose out under the Conservative proposals.

    When in government, the Liberal Democrats invested £160m nationally upgrading school kitchen facilities to enable them to prepare hot lunches.

  • Article: May 23, 2017

    We have suspended our general election campaigning until further notice due to the terrorist attack in Manchester last night.

    This includes the Hangleton & Knoll Action Day that was planned for this evening.

  • Article: May 22, 2017

    Conservative manifesto plans will mean the average household in Brighton, Hove and Portslade could be forced to pay 71% of the value of their homes for social care.

    The manifesto plans, which would mean that people would be forced to hand over assets worth over £100,000 to pay for social care at home, would have a particularly damaging impact on sufferers of dementia, who have complicated long-term health needs. The Tories have stripped out any element of mutual insurance from the scheme. Those unlucky enough to suffer expensive and debilitating illnesses in their old age will effectively mortgage their homes to the council to pay for their care and the interest will accrue until their house is sold after their death.

  • Article: May 16, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have challenged the Conservative candidates in the City to disown UKIP's endorsement, after UKIP announced they would not be standing in Hove or Kemptown to give the Tories a free run.

    Paul Chandler, local agent for the Lib Dem candidates in Hove and Kemptown, Carrie Hynds and Emily Tester, said: "UKIP are standing aside for the Conservatives in these two seats because they know Theresa May has adopted their divisive agenda wholesale.

  • Article: May 15, 2017

    Tim Farron has laid down the law to developers, warning that unless they build the homes Britain needs, the government will.

    Tim has made house building one of his very top manifesto commitments, having campaigned to increase Britain's housing supply throughout his career. The Liberal Democrat manifesto will commit to ensuring 300,000 homes a year are built for sale and rent by the end of the parliament.

  • Article: May 10, 2017

    Thousands of pensioners living in Brighton Kemptown constituency will receive at least an extra £772 per year under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the "triple lock" for state pensions.

    Thanks to the triple lock guarantee, secured by the Liberal Democrats when they were in government, the basic state pension has risen in each year by whichever is the higher of earnings, prices or a rate of 2.5%.