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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

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  • Beatrice Bass
    Article: Sep 18, 2019

    Liberal Democrats have passed the "Music Venues" policy motion at Autumn Conference in Bournemouth.

    The new policy, which was introduced by our very own Beatrice Bass, Parliamentary candidate for Hove and Portslade, will protect music venues from closures through legislative changes, listing them as Assets of Community Value and providing more funding. The Liberal Democrats will be collaborating with existing organisations such as UK Music, the Music Venue Trust and the Arts Council.

    Commenting on this commitment, Liberal Democrat Shadow Culture Secretary Layla Moran said:

    "Liberal Democrats are committed to supporting the creative industries. This is good news for all local areas that have a thriving music scene.

    "Too many venues have been shut down over the years and we know how vital grassroots venues are in nurturing local talent. We will do anything we can to protect existing venues.

    "We will ask local authorities to implement the Agent of Change principle in local planning law, so that landlords and developers have to provide soundproofing to keep developments next to existing venues noise free."

    Beatrice Bass, who submitted the motion to Conference on Monday morning, added:

    "I am absolutely delighted that Lib Dem members passed my policy motion to save our music venues. As a former professional musician I am deeply concerned that over 35% of music venues have been closed in the UK in the last decade.

    "This policy will ensure that existing venues are protected so that young up-and-coming artists have the space and opportunity to develop into the Coldplays, Muses or Adeles of tomorrow. It demonstrates the Lib Dems' commitment to support the creative industries and our diverse music scene in the UK."

  • Article: May 31, 2019

    So write our local members in the Evening Argus this week.

    Rob Heale wrote:

    The statistics tell the story... the Lib Dems tripled their share of the vote and number of seats here in the South East Region in the European elections. In Brighton & Hove, they secured an excellent 22.2% of the vote and are the second party in the City, probably for the first time in a century. People can now vote for a progressive, forward-thinking party in the knowledge that their vote really does count.

  • B&H Lib Dems campaign in Euro elections
    Article: May 29, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have secured the best ever European Election result in the party's history, returning 16 MEPs nationally and taking second place in vote share.

    Lib Dems and Greens both beat the Brexit Party in Brighton and Hove and Labour came 4th.

    Local election agent Paul Chandler said: "Many thanks to all in the city who voted Lib Dem today. We realise that for some people this is the first time they have voted Lib Dem. Please, don't make it the last!"

    In the South East Region we have returned 3 MEPs on 26% of the vote, finishing in second place. We secured 8% in 2014 and our previous best result was 15.3%.

  • Article: May 10, 2019

    We have a chance on May 23rd to send a very loud message to Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.

    They're trying to cobble together a deal to get Brexit over the line and we need to tell them that the "will of the people" has changed. A recent YouGov poll showed 61% of people would vote to remain versus May's deal - there is no longer a majority in the country for Brexit!

  • Ed Davey launches local Brighton & Hove manifesto 2019
    Article: Apr 30, 2019
    On Thursday 2nd May we will have 26 council candidates standing across Brighton & Hove.
    Vote for the Liberal Democrats for 1,500 new homes, improvements to local mental health services and cleaner air in our city. Vote for the Liberal Democrats to support trans rights, our city's vibrant music venues and more cycle lanes. Vote for the Liberal Democrats to stop Brexit, celebrate freedom of movement and embrace diversity.
  • Catherine Bearder (Catherine Bearder)
    Article: Apr 19, 2019
    By Vince Cable

    The Liberal Democrats will fight these elections as an unapologetically pro-European Party campaigning hard for People's Vote with an option to remain in the the EU.

    We will fight these elections on a clear message: a Liberal Democrat vote is a vote to stop Brexit.

    Across the country, the strength of our membership of 100,000 is being deployed to prepare for both the European elections and for council elections. Please vote for our EU candidates in the South East Region on May 23rd:

  • Picture of teh Brunswick and Adelaide candidates, Duncan Moore and Christian Chadwick with the Hove PPC, Beatrice Bass, 20190221
    Article: Mar 29, 2019

    On Wednesday 27th March, Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust held the first hustings ahead of the local elections on 2nd May. Duncan Moore was our council candidate representative for the Liberal Democrats, and there is an excellent write-up of the event by Sarah Booker-Lewis of Brighton & Hove News.

  • B&H Lib Dem Manifesto 2019 cover
    Article: Mar 25, 2019
    By Duncan Moore

    We have launched our local manifesto for the 2019 elections, packed with ideas to make our great city even better - by standing up for affordable housing, supporting Save Our Schools and, of course, opposing Brexit and advocating a People's Vote. Check out the web verison here or click on the image for a shareable, printable version. You can also find out who your local candidate is here (updated regularly).

  • March 25th C
    Article: Feb 25, 2019

    Why do people join the Lib Dems? Here's a piece by Duncan Stewart that gives you one new party member's thoughts.

    The curse of living in interesting times is surely upon us and the major casualty of the recent completely unnecessary upheaval in our political scene is the virtual disappearance of the political centre ground. We have been forced, and may have been so again by the time you read this, to vote either 'in' or 'out' at the referendum when 'don't know' would have been a reasonable third option ahead of informed debate.

  • Laura Mullin George Taylor and Carrie Hynds campaign for affordable homes
    Article: Jan 6, 2019
    By Caroline Hynds

    A year on from our Lib Dem housing campaign hitting the headlines, it seems a good time to take stock of Brighton & Hove City Council's track record on housing policy through 2018. What's gone well, what's gone badly, and what's the solution?

    What's gone well

    The year seemed to get off to a promising start, with the Tourism, Development and Culture Committee voting on 11 January 2018 to move to open-book policy. This means that if developers say that meeting affordable housing requirements make a scheme financially unviable, they have to now show their working.

  • Bollocks to Brexit Bus side
    Article: Dec 16, 2018

    On Friday afternoon, the Bollocks to Brexit bus pulled up along Brighton seafront. Our local Lib Dem campaigners were there to greet them with flags and banners, and reporters from The Argus turned up to see what all the fuss was about. Read the news report here, with our own Caroline Brown getting her message across extremely well.

  • Beatrice Bass with letter
    Article: Dec 3, 2018
    CORBYN, PROVE YOU'RE NOT MAY'S LAPDOG!
    Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats have written to Jeremy Corbyn urging the opposition leader to do his job and hold the government to account on the EU Withdrawal Bill.
    During our final EU stall of 2018, we had three brave volunteers handing out window posters on a cold wet evening whilst the rest of the group set up camp indoors to write to the Labour party leader. Beatrice Bass wrote: "Now is the time to show true leadership by trusting the people of the UK. Don't be May's lapdog. Give power to the people with a People's Vote."
    Parliament is expected to hold its "meaningful vote" on Tuesday 11th December. Brighton & Hove Lib Dems believe that with the Prime Minister struggling to convince the few within her own government, now is the time to stand for the many asking to have the final say.
  • Olly Grender
    Article: Nov 12, 2018
    By Caroline Brown

    Olly Grender was Nick Clegg's deputy director of communications for a year during the coalition with the Conservatives. Before that, she headed up communications under Paddy Ashdown. Recalling her days round the Cabinet table, Olly singled out "the best Lib Dem member, Kenneth Clarke, who was amazing and a joy to behold", while, for all his faults, David Cameron was a good chairman. Her overriding
    impression of working with the Tories was that they were inclined to fly by the seat of their pants.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2018
    By Simone Van Beek

    The Lib Dems, SNP, Plaid Cymru and Greens are working together, alongside rebels from Labour and the Conservatives, to fight Brexit. Vince Cable pressed Barnier on the need for the EU to make contingency plans for a People's Vote and to protect EU and UK citizens rights in the event of a no deal Brexit.

  • B&H Lib Dems at People's Vote march Oct 20th
    Article: Oct 22, 2018
    By Caroline Brown

    25,000 demonstrated against Brexit in March 2017; 50,000 in September and over 100,000 in June 2018. As the Tory Government manages our exit from the European Union with all the grace of a wounded rhino backing out of a beach hut, 700,000 people from all over the UK descended on London in October to demand a vote on the final Brexit deal that will include an option to remain in the EU. The Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, was notably absent and so was our Kemptown MP, Lloyd Russell-Moyle.

  • Pro-EU Demonstration - Lib Dem Conference 2018
    Article: Oct 17, 2018

    Brexit is bad for Britain. Join Liberal Democrats at 12:00 noon this Saturday 20 October near Hyde Park Corner to march for a People's Vote and an Exit from Brexit. Further details on the march can be found here: https://www.libdems.org.uk/20-oct-march

    Travelling from Brighton & Hove, please meet at 9.30am at Brighton train station for a group photo before we set off to London.

  • Hollingbury visual
    Article: Oct 1, 2018

    Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats have announced ambitious plans to provide 1,500 new homes on council-owned land currently occupied by Hollingbury Golf Course.

    Local Lib Dem campaigner Beatrice Bass said: "A housing waiting list of 15,111 households and the complete failure of the council's 40% affordable homes policy led us to this radical solution. During our campaign, we've spoken to large numbers of people who are spending over half of their income on rent and many who have been living long-term in temporary accommodation. This is for them. Building homes on council-owned land for those on the waiting list is essential in solving the housing crisis."

    This local solution to the housing crisis complements the party's national policies, in particular the affordable homes policy motion passed at the September 2018 conference. Across England and Wales, the Lib Dems pledge to build at least 50,000 new social homes for rent every year, as part of their long-standing commitment to build 300,000 homes a year over the next decade.

    In the proposed development, the allotments and woodland of Hollingbury Park would be retained, and the new buildings would be eco-friendly, with the possibility of allotments and wildflower gardens to improve biodiversity. Recreational space would be included in the development with community consultation on preferred sport and leisure options. There are two municipal golf courses in the city, and in the 2015-16 season there were only 186 members at Hollingbury, with Waterhall Golf Course just three miles away.

    Brighton & Hove Lib Dems want the proposed Hollingbury development to be community-led and are consulting residents on recreational and leisure space, integration with public transport and services, and the possibility of including space for community housing groups, including housing co-ops and self-build on part of the land. Click here to complete our online survey.

  • Catherne earder MEP, speaking at the SE Regional meeting (Keith Melton)
    Article: Sep 30, 2018

    South East Region Autumn Conference and AGM

    Saturday 17th November 2018, 10am to 4pm

    Spires Academy, Bredlands Lane, Sturry, Canterbury, CT2 0HD

    Confirmed speakers include: Ed Davey MP, Catherine Bearder MEP, Stephen Lloyd MP, Tom Brake MP, Baroness Alison Suttie, Baroness Judith Jolly and Paul Fisher Chair of LDs France.

  • Brighton and Hove Lib Dems at Pride 2017
    Article: Sep 14, 2018

    This weekend sees the Liberal Democrats' Autumn Conference in Brighton. As usual, LGBT+ Lib Dems will be in the thick of events, with a Sunday evening of campaigning and celebration.

    We will have a stall in the Conference Exhibition throughout the weekend - come to see what we're campaigning on, join us or renew your membership, and meet up with other LGBT+ members of the party.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2018

    Liberal Democrat members will debate and vote on the proposals at the party's Autumn Conference in Brighton next week. The party expects these reforms to raise an additional £15 billion per year, though this is likely to grow as the rate of wealth passed down increases in the coming years.

    Proposals include:

  • Green Events Brighton 2018 (GLD)
    Article: Sep 11, 2018
    By Keith Melton

    This Might Be the Greenest Lib Dem Conference Ever

    The Lib Dem autumn 2018 Brighton conference is shaping up to be VERY Green. We have more environmental stuff going on than you can shake a stick at. Will it qualify as the greenest ever? We are not sure, but it is worth taking a look at what is happening. the chart below tells you most of the key fringe meetings that catch the eye.

  • Westbourne Ward Focus Team at Autumn 2016 Conference
    Article: Sep 3, 2018

    Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats will be out in force at the autumn federal conference, held right on our doorstep from 15th to 18th September, and we would love to see you there! Here are the top five ways to get involved:

    1. Eve of conference Lib Dem Pint, 7pm Friday 14th September

    This is organised by Lib Dem Newbies UK and will be held at Horatio's on Brighton Pier. Click here for details and advance tickets.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2018

    The odds on a second Brexit referendum before 2020 have shortened to 2.48 after polls showed that, for the first time, a majority of Britons want to vote again on their country's future relationship with the European Union. It is becoming clear that the Government's Chequers 'deal' is not going to work and increasingly the choice is a "hard Brexit" or stay in the EU.

  • Lib Dem conference delegates voting.
    Article: Jul 27, 2018

    Federal Conference Committee met this weekend - unusually at Amnesty HQ in London rather than LDHQ - to set the Agenda for Autumn conference in Brighton.

    If you have not yet registered, please don't forget - conference runs from the 15th to 18th September, and you can sign up at https://www.eventsforce.net/autumnconference2018. Or, if you'd like to take advantage of our new refer-a-friend discounts, see https://www.libdems.org.uk/refer_a_friend

  • Trans Pride Brighton 2017
    Article: Jul 18, 2018

    Trans Pride is a mixture of celebration and campaigning for change until trans rights are fully recognised. We stand in solidarity in calling for these rights, including legal gender recognition for non-binary people, a respectful self-declaration process and an end to the spousal veto.

    On the celebration side, be prepared for a complete outpouring of creativity and community spirit. Take a look at the events below and please give them your support.