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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

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  • 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%.

  • Page: May 9, 2017

    Carrie Hynds - Lib Dem Candidate for Hove & Portslade

    Carrie joined the Liberal Democrats in May 2015, just after the last general election. She lives in Hove, where she works as an editor and proofreader.

    Carrie says: In 2015, seeing so many hard-working Lib Dem MPs lose their seats made me want to take action, and I am proud to be a liberal voice for Hove & Portslade in this election. I will fight to build more affordable homes, reverse school funding cuts, invest in mental health services and give young people a real say in their future. I will oppose hard Brexit, heavy-handed government surveillance through the Snoopers' Charter and the shameful removal of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year olds.

    A final say on Europe

    Carrie on Europe: I truly believe that the EU is the world's most successful peace project, and saw this first-hand growing up in Northern Ireland. Their peace and reconciliation work helps break down barriers so that people can join together and help each other towards a better future. That's why I'm fighting for a final say on Europe.

    The Liberal Democrats would hold a referendum on the Brexit deal, keep the UK in the Single Market and guarantee the right to stay for EU citizens as well as our rights to live, work, study and travel across Europe.

    Building affordable homes

    Carrie on housing: The average rent for a one-bed flat is now £978 per month, and rough sleeping has doubled in the past year. We need to start building truly affordable, sustainable homes right now or the fabric of our city will change.

    Carrie chairs our local B&H Lib Dem housing campaign, which calls for 40% affordable homes in new developments, more transparency in planning decisions, choosing the right partners for new developments and making sure new homes are environmentally friendly and economical to run.

    At national level, the Liberal Democrats would create a Housing Investment Bank to allow councils and local authorities to build again; establish renters' rights and scrap letting agent fees; give more funding to local authorities for homelessness prevention schemes and support long-term rough sleepers towards independent living.

    A fair deal for young people

    Carrie on youth inequality: Right now, young people in the UK have all of the responsibility of adults but fewer rights. We need to give young people a fair deal and real say in their futures. I've signed the Save Our Schools pledge to reverse the Conservatives' disastrous cuts to funding which will see schools in Hove & Portslade lose an average of £193,500 per year.

    The Liberal Democrats would give 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote in elections and referendums, give back housing benefit to 18 to 21-year-olds, properly fund mental health services and improve online privacy by scrapping the Snoopers' Charter.

    Instead of cutting £3 billion from educational funding, we would invest £7 billion: £3.3 billion to protect per pupil funding in schools, £660 million to protect further education per pupil funding, £1.26 billion to ensure no school loses out from the National Funding Forumla, £415m on protecting the pupil premium, introduced by the Coalition government, and £165 million to invest in continuous professional development for teachers.

    Proper funding for our NHS

    Carrie on healthcare: The NHS is simply fantastic but has been chronically under-funded. An extra penny in the pound will give the cash injection needed to properly fund primary care, social care and mental health services.

    The Liberal Democrats would add 1p to the basic, higher and additional rates of income tax, with the £6bn used to fund the NHS and social care, including a boost in funding and support for mental health services. This means an extra £31 million per year for healthcare in Brighton & Hove.

    Find out more about Carrie's campaign on Facebook and Twitter, or download her leaflet and window poster.

  • Article: May 8, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign.

    The tax would raise an additional £31.5m for the city with £20m for the NHS and £11.5m for social care each year.

  • Hove candidate Carrie Hynds (2017) with party members. Kemptown candidate Emily Tester (2017) in right of shot.
    Article: May 5, 2017
    By Stamati Crook

    Our General Election campaign is now officially under way.

    If you are curious about the Liberal Democrats please register here so we can stay in touch. Members can help in the first instance please by completing our volunteer page or getting in touch with your local ward organiser who also has posters for you to display and can arange delivery of a stakeboard for your garden or fence. We also accept donations for the campaign directly from your bank account.

  • Carrie Hynds, LibDem parliamentary candidate for Hove
    Article: Apr 28, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have committed to ending the scandal of rough sleeping in Britain, as the Homelessness Reduction Bill entered into force Thursday.

    Following a campaign visit to the Hundred Houses Society, a charitable housing association in Cambridge, Tim Farron announced a series of measures the party would put in place to help end rough sleeping.

  • Brighton and Hove LibDem members launch their General Election 2017 campaign
    Article: Apr 27, 2017

    At a crowded and passionate meeting Wednesday Brighton and Hove LibDem members from the Pavilion constituency voted overwhelmingly not to offer a LibDem candidate at the General election and to endorse Caroline Lucas, the current Green Party MP.
    The motion not to stand was supported by a three to one margin of local members present.
    Speaking after the decision Paul Chandler, who was the party's local choice to be candidate, said: "We feel that this is a unique 'Brexit' election and in these special circumstances we have to make this decision. Of course, I respect the counter arguments but I'm very happy that members chose the way they did and so convincingly.
    "We have plenty of differences with the Green Party and this establishes no precedent. We will be fighting as fiercely as ever for LibDem candidates in Hove and Kemptown. But Caroline shares her EU policy 100% with us. There is no difference on that matter.
    "After the Greens' gesture of standing down last year at the by-election in Richmond Park, we have agreed to return the favour.
    "This is the most important election of my lifetime and it will have consequences for decades into the future. It is no time for political tribalism."

  • Article: Apr 22, 2017
    By Stamati Crook

    This Conservative Government is pursuing a reckless policy of a hard exit from the European Union with little thought of the consequences of us leaving the single market and with little consideration for the feelings of the three million Europeans living in the UK or of our one million British people living in the EU. Theresa May seems to have little imagination in resurrecting the Grammar School system which curtails the chances of those who do not get a place in these elite schools. The Conservatives have also lost sight of the interests of British Business by risking our trade relationship with our 27 European neighbours and a callousness in (almost) going back on their election promise of not raisising the rates of National Insurance. This is just the beginning of the damage that the Conservatives can do to our country and our people if they are elected for a further five years.

  • Carrie Hynds
    Article: Apr 21, 2017

    Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats have seen their membership boosted by 16% in the two days since Theresa May called a snap election. Our local party is now nearly five times the size it was at the time of the last General Election in 2015.

    Carrie Hynds, prospective parliamentary candidate for Hove, said:

    "This is fantastic news and I'd like to thank and welcome all of our new members. They will have the opportunity to get involved straight away as there is much to fight for in this election.

    The reality of a hard Brexit would be a disaster for Brighton & Hove. Our two Universities exchange skills and knowledge with other seats of learning throughout the world. Already foreign students are wondering if it is sensible to study in the UK and researchers are anxious about their ability to attract the grants that make their work possible. Our city has a huge hospitality trade; removing the right to stay means hotels and restaurants will be short of staff and short of skills. The Royal Sussex County Hospital is undergoing a massive rebuild and will be the Trauma Centre for the area; it needs the skills of medical staff from all over the world.

    We have got to stop the Tories from damaging Brighton and Hove's prospects for years to come."

    Nationally, the Liberal Democrats have gained 8,000 new members in 48 hours, the fastest rise of new membership in the party's history. President of the Liberal Democrats Sal Brinton said of the increased Lib Dem membership across the country:

    "People are flocking to the Liberal Democrats as we are the only party who are offering effective opposition to this Conservative Brexit government. Theresa May: we have the troops for this fight and they are raring to go. The Liberal Democrats are the only party standing up for an open, tolerant, and united Britain."