Why I work for Brighton & Hove

24 09 2012

I have always loved Brighton, being raised in Eastbourne. At first I thought it was the diverse and vibrant music culture that was so appealing, but as time’s gone on I realised it is the atmosphere of tolerance and inclusion that makes Brighton & Hove such a fantastic place to be. I truly love this city and am proud & honoured to have been a candidate to represent the people on the council.

I believe we need to increase transparency and accountability on the council, and am strongly in favour of not only publically available but also publically accessible information- i.e. in formats that are useful and informative to the public. I am firmly localist and am happy to be supporting devolution of power to community groups as put forward in our manifesto.

I am very keen on promoting business development- Brighton & Hove has one of the country’s most qualified workforces, and it is on us to provide the environment that will both grow local business and encourage new ones so as to make the most of that workforce. Unemployment is a serious issue, particularly among young people, and I think we need a serious and realistic business agenda if we are to tackle it.

I believe in promoting public transport in the city (i.e. expansions of cycle lanes, more competition and incentives for buses), further incentivising & expanding our recycling programme and helping Brighton’s vibrant culture expand and improve. Our music & entertainment scene is a true asset to the city, as is the City’s unique culture of not only acceptance, but celebration of diversity. It was this culture that so drew me to live here, and I intend to work hard to see that it is valued and promoted.



Liberal Democrats announce selections in all Hove wards for May 2011

8 11 2010

The Council Candidates for the Local Elections in May 2011 have been announced today for all wards that fall within the Hove Parliamentary constituency.

Local party Chairman Lawrence Eke said, “Following our 11% swing in the General Election, I am delighted with the people who have come forward to fight for better representation and Liberal Democrat values on the Council. Voters are fed up with complacent councillors who do practically nothing for the people they represent. Up and down the UK, Liberal Democrat councillors are known to work harder than any other party. We have some committed campaigners in our ranks, such as Mark CollinsBecky Taylor for Central Hove and Paul ElgoodBrian Stone for Brunswick & Adelaide.

I hope to announce the selections for the Brighton Pavilion & Brighton Kemptown wards before Christmas.”

Becky Taylor, candidate for Central Hove, said, “Mark Collins and I have already met many people in the ward. One message we are hearing on the doorstep is that in the last 4 years nothing has changed in the constituency, and the problems that people face have been ignored. Mark & I are determined to address the issues raised, we will work tirelessly to get things done.”

Name Ward
Paul Elgood Brunswick & Adelaide
Brian Stone Brunswick & Adelaide
Mark Collins Central Hove
Rebecca Taylor Central Hove
Andrew Mailing Goldsmid
Toby McDonnell Goldsmid
John Aloy Goldsmid
Flavia Oliveiri Hangleton & Knoll
Lee Shingles Hangleton & Knoll
Rob Peters Hangleton & Knoll
Brian Latham Stanford
Manrico Oliveiri Stanford
Billie Lewis North Portsade
Daniel Russel North Portslade
Ken Rist South Portslade
Peter Denyer South Portslade
Oliver Eke Westbourne
June Batchelor Westbourne
Stephen Potts Wish
Bob Bailey Wish

An introduction to my co-candidate

5 11 2010

Larissa is the other Liberal Democrat candidate running in Brighton’s regency ward. Check out her blog here:

I feel that perhaps before I start on my tirades on various issues I should set the scene as it were, the background to my political views and situation. I believe my political interest begun in joining LGBT forums online when I was young and getting involved in issues of and campaigns on equality that way.  I became fully politically interested at college when I chose, perhaps slightly on a whim, to study Politics and Sociology among my A levels … Read More

via Larissa’s Blog

Pride to be Liberal

10 08 2010

Last Saturday I joined the rest of my local party, to march in support of Brighton Pride.  We were joined by Simon Hughes, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, who I thought was fantastic company and a welcome upbeat addition to the march.  We were also supported by Dr Evan Harris, President of DELGA, and former MP for Oxford West and Abingdon.

It was a lovely sunny day and I felt proud to be marching in support of LBGT rights.  I might not be that way inclined, but I am a strong believer in equality before the law, and before the treatment of society, irrespective of gender or sexual preference.  So yes, I felt proud and marched (and danced) with a smile on my face.  Fundamentally, the Liberal Democrats, as well as being the first party to support the LBGT agenda, are, in my clearly biased mind, the correct party to lead Brighton forward, believing as they do in civil liberties, equality & community.

Photos to be provided ASAP.

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