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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

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  • 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."

  • Unite For Europe (www.uniteforeurope.org)
    Article: Mar 16, 2017
    By Stamati Crook

    Theresa May and her Government are rushing us headlong out of Europe. It is time for Liberal Democrats to make a stand and make the case for maintaining the closest possible ties with the European Union and ensuring that the three million European nationals currently living in the UK feel welcome here.

  • Article: Mar 9, 2017
    By Paul Chandler

    The Liberal Democrats have criticised the Conservative government over its plans to raise taxes on the self-employed, as figures reveal that our city will be hard hit by the tax hike.

    The Chancellor broke a Conservative manifesto pledge by proposing to increase National Insurance contributions for the self-employed, hitting them with an average cost of £240 a year.

    Figures from the Office of National Statistics show there are over 25,000 self-employed workers in Brighton and Hove making up nearly 15% of the total workforce.

    The government has also announced cuts to corporation tax are still set to go ahead at a cost to the country of over £2.5 billion a year.

    This will come as a major shock to the thousands of self-employed people in our City already facing a Brexit squeeze to living standards. While this government gives tax cuts to wealthy corporations it imposes tax rises on hard-working entrepreneurs who are the seed bed of future employment in the city.

    Meanwhile companies in the 'gig' economy like Deliveroo who insist their workers remain self-employed, will continue to save money by using workers without giving them the security and benefits of staff jobs.

    LibDems in Parliament and in the country will be opposing these taxes. Tim Farron tweeted: 'Targeting the self-employed, hitting White Van Man with a tax hike betrays Theresa May's pledge to help the just about managing'.

  • Book sale sandwich board
    Article: Mar 8, 2017
    By Orla May

    Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats hosted a booksale on Saturday 4th March to celebrate International Women's Day. The sale featured books written by or about inspirational women and was held at the Chapel Royal, North Street, Brighton. More than a hundred books were sold, raising almost £200 for local charity RISE, which does outstanding work to support victims of domestic abuse.

  • Lib Dem Article 50 Petition Team in George Street, Hove.
    Article: Jan 28, 2017
    By Stamati Crook

    Our petitions team today collected more signatures in George Street in Hove for our petition urging our local Brighton and Hove MPs to vote against Article 50. If you support close ties with Europe it is your last chance to sign this petition which you can do electronically at http://www.liberalbrighton.org/eu-petition.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2017
    By Hilary Ellis

    This week Theresa May has come clean that she is determined to take the UK out of the Single Market.


    Make no mistake. The British people did not vote to leave the Single Market, and to do so could be devastating for our economy and our freedoms.

    Inflation is already on the up. The value of the pound has plummeted.

    It has never been more important to continue to make the case for Britain's membership of the Single Market.

    There are four things you can do today to help:

    1. Please
    sign and share our petition 'No Voice - No Article 50'

  • Stephen Lloyd at a Brighton & Hove LD event (30/11/16).
    Article: Dec 2, 2016
    By Orla May

    It was great to see so many faces, old and new, at our Fish and Chip supper with former Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd on Wednesday 30 November.

    Stephen narrowly lost his seat at the 2015 general election by just 733 votes and will be contesting the seat again at the next election. Eastbourne will be one of the highest priorities at the next election and we will be working to support Stephen and his team in their fightback. In the meantime, Stephen shared his experience and insights on campaigning, giving much food for thought for our own campaigning in Brighton & Hove. Our campaign team are busy arranging Action Days and other campaign events for the new year - please contact info@liberalbrighton.org if you want to get involved.

  • Tim Farron at Woking SE conference
    Article: Nov 14, 2016

    Woking Lib Dems recently hosted the fantastically successful sell out South East Regional Lib Dem Conference BDB school Woking. Highlights include an inspiring speach from Tim Farron and excellent debate lead by Sal Brinton.


  • Article: Nov 11, 2016

    Fish and Chips

    Be sure to come along to our fish and chips evening... with Stephen Lloyd.

  • Article: Oct 26, 2016

    Volunteers from Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats were delighted to lend a hand at the Whitehawk Inn for a DIY day on Sunday 23rd October.

    The Whitehawk Inn is an excellent community centre run by Brighton Housing Trust. Amongst other things it offers adult eduction & training, careers & money advice, computer access, free Wifi and tea, coffee and snacks in their bright and comfortable café. We'll definitely make a return visit!

  • Page: Oct 19, 2016

    No Voice - No Article 50

    A narrow Leave vote does not give Theresa May a blank cheque to take away the UK's membership of the single market and our rights to live, work, and travel freely in Europe. If the Government won't give us a referendum on the destination of Brexit, we call on our three Brighton and Hove MPs to vote against the triggering of Article 50.

    Please click here to sign our Petition asking our MPs to vote against Article 50.

    The slogan of the Leave campaign in the EU referendum was 'Take back control'. What was not expressed was who exactly was going to gain control as a result of Brexit. As the anti-EU rhetoric was always about Parliamentary sovereignty, maybe we assumed this meant giving control to our elected Parliament. No sooner had the votes been counted than it became clear that hard-line Brexiteers and the new Prime Minister intended this control to be given to a small cabinet committee using the ancient prerogative of the Crown.

    We beg to differ. A case was taken to the High Court asking the judges to rule on whether this procedure is legal. They said NO and indicated that Parliament has to have a say before a process can be instigated that may lead inevitably to a 'hard' exit from the EU and all the risks to which that exposes our economy.

    Parliament must have a vote on the destination of our Brexit negotiations. It may be that this process is one-way only. It affects our country for generations to come.

    What are those who support handing unlimited power to a cabinet subcommittee afraid of? They wanted a democratic vote. Having had one, is that the end of democracy for the time being? Are they worried that the British voters may have changed their minds now they see the complexity of the issues facing us? We need answers to these questions before Article 50 is invoked. Once it is done it may be too late.

    Please click here to sign our Petition asking our MPs to vote against Article 50.

  • Page: Oct 19, 2016

    Housing Campaign: Time to Build Outside the Box

    Tim Farron has declared a "national emergency" in housing, and nowhere is the need to build more visible than in Brighton & Hove.

    The Liberal Democrats are committed to making sure that good-quality affordable housing is delivered in our city. We challenge the assertion that the proposed BHCC-Hyde joint venture is the only means of achieving affordable housing and are extremely concerned that, in the event of an overspend by the joint venture, frontline council services will be hit.

    We propose a four-point plan to offer hope to thousands:

    1. HOMES: 40% affordable housing is a must

    Brighton & Hove City Council must enforce the 40% affordable housing requirement in each new scheme. This is the council's own target but it has become routine for developers to underdeliver. The council extracting money in exchange for missed targets does nothing to provide the affordable homes we so desperately need.

    2. OPENNESS: open, democratic, transparent planning

    In order to build the homes we need, residents need to feel included and passionate about the changes, and this can't happen if decisions are made behind closed doors. The secretive process used by Labour, Conservative and Green councillors for the King Alfred development was a disgrace. With no sign of the promised public consultation, it is time to scrap the scheme and start again with a clear, transparent process. The public have every right to participate in the future of the city and we need a fresh start at King Alfred.

    3. PARTNERSHIPS: working with the right partners to secure the best deal

    The council must be open-minded to working with other partners. The 1,000 homes resulting from the proposed Joint Venture with Hyde falls far short of the 12,000+ needed by 2030 and means staking £53 million of taxpayers' money with, as yet, not a single site identified. Working with other partners in the city must be explored, particularly in situations where the developer would contribute the build if the council contributes the land, so that there are no demands on the general fund or risk to frontline council services.

    4. ECO-HOUSING: environmentally friendly and economical to run

    Ecological housing is good for the environment and good for the people who live in them. It can apply to new-build housing and the refurbishment of existing buildings. The use of insulation, double glazing and efficient heating systems helps to reduce energy bills for households into the future, whilst use of sustainable and recycled building materials, where practical, can help the environment. Building new housing or converting older buildings near public transport and community facilities reduces the need to make as many car journeys, whilst for new developments, public transport links are an absolute must.

    Next steps...

    PETITION

    We have a petition at http://liberalbrighton.org/housing-petition calling for the council to meet their own 40% affordable housing requirements. Please sign and share as widely as possible. Our target is to reach 1,250 signatures, at which point it will be present for debate at the next council meeting.

    CAMPAIGN GROUP

    If you are interested in joining the campaign group, please contact Carrie Hynds.