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Brighton Palace Pier
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Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats and the National Stage

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General Election called for July 4th.

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See below for our candidates.

Make sure you vote Liberal Democrat on July 4th. The only way to vote for a Fair Deal.

Make sure that you are registered to vote. To register go here.

If you want or need a postal vote then find out more here.

Remember that you need voter ID to vote in person. To find out more go here.

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Essential Dates 

Voter registration deadline - Monday, 17 June (by midnight)

Postal Vote application deadline - Tuesday 18 June (by midnight)

Proxy Vote deadline - Wednesday 26 June (by 5 pm, latest date on which you can apply for a proxy vote)

Polling day - 7 am to 10 pm. (Remember to Vote for your Liberal Democrat candidate)

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Our Parliamentary Candidates for the next General Election.

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Stewart Stone

Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven

Our candidate for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven is Stewart Stone.

To find out more about Stewart and what he stands for click here.

Ashley Ridley

Brighton Pavilion

Our candidate for Brighton Pavilion is Ashley Ridley.

To find out more about Ashley and what he stands for click here.

Michael Wang


Our candidate for Hove is Michael Wang.

To find out more about Michael and what he stands for click here,

To find out more about the policies our parliamentary candidates support click Here.

21/05/2024 - High Court rules Suella Braverman acted unlawfully

The High Court has just ruled that the Tory Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, acted unlawfully when she sought to criminalise peaceful protest last year. Once again the Tories demonstrate their contempt for the rule of law and the rights of the ordinary individual. Suella Braverman, perfectly illustrates the disdain with which she and her fellow Tories hold for the people of this country as the High Court rules that the powers she gave to the police were outside of her power to give and that inadequate consultation took place with those affected. The government has said it will appeal the verdict. A better way would be to put it to the people by holding a general election and let the voter deliver their verdict on this government and its contempt for the British people.

08/05/2024 - Right Wing Tory MP defects to Labour

Did we hear correctly? One of the most right wing Tory MPs, Natalie Elphicke, has just defected to the Labour Party. Does that mean that Labour are now the go to Party for dissatisfied Tory MPs? Or, that the Labour Party are moving so far to the right that is becoming difficult to tell the difference between the Tories and Labour? Yet more evidence on why the country so desperately needs the Liberal Democrats.

01/05/2024 - The Continuing Horror of IPP Prison Sentences

An article in today's Guardian again highlights the total failure of the Tory government to end Indefinite Imprisonement for Public Protection (IPP) sentences. The ECHR ruled back in September 2012 that these sentences were arbitary and therefore unlawful, in other words inhumane and should end immediately. In December 2012 the government passed legislation that withdrew that power from the courts but it did nothing for those already sentenced. The original legislation was introduced by Labour in 2003 by the then Home Secretary, David Blunkett, and first used in 2005. 90 prisoners serving IPP sentences have committed suicide and it carries a risk two and half times higher than other sentences for suicide according to the Prison Reform Trust.

28/04/2024 - Tories lose another MP

Dan Poulter, MP for Southern Suffolk and North Ipswich, has resigned from the Tory Party and crossed the floor to join the Labour Party. It is a now almost a weekly occurrence for another Tory MP to leave the ranks of sitting Tory MPs. The Tories are rotting from the inside and no longer deserve to be in government. They should call a general election and let the country start to rebuild after their disastrous reign. The latest defection results from their continued attempts to damage the NHS, a Liberal Party innovation.

27/04/2024 - The Scandal of Carer's Allowance

The Chair of the Works and Pensions Committee has called out the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) for the growing crisis affecting those unpaid carers who receive an allowance for caring for relatives in need. This is just another failure of the Tory government to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable in our society. 

25/04/2024 - NHS waiting time for the city now at a median of 20.7 weeks

According to the Financial Times, Brighton & Hove shows up with the worst median waiting time for NHS appointments with a wait of 20.7 weeks compared to the next longest of 18.8 weeks in Bury. This is further evidence of how the Tory Party has let down the people. Every day they show they cannot be trusted with looking after the health of the people of the City of Brighton & Hove.

The "Tacitus" blog.

Personal views from Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats on political stories hitting the news headlines

To read more from'Tacitus' go to our blogs page.

6 June 2024

Trust in our Politicians

As we enter the battle between politicians trying to get elected to parliament it is worth considering just who it is that is asking for our vote? What do they represent and are they prepared to stand by it? The Guardian newspaper has just published an article based on a book 'Politics on the Edge' by former MP and Government Minister Rory Stewart in which those very questions are posed as he illustrates the reality of the existence of someone representing us in the House of Commons.

These questions are important as they hold the clue to just how our elected representative will behave once elected and whether they will stand by the promises made to those who elected them. Of course we all recognise that promises made depend on whether they are on behalf of the Party or the individual representing them. We also, hopefully, recognise that delivery must be within the capacity of the person who makes the promise. The bedrock of these promises is trust that they will be delivered. Otherwise what should we believe in?

The Party Manifestos are the basis of the promises made to the electorate and those who stand for a Party are expected to conform to and support those promises. But, there is also a compact between the individual and their electorate that they will understand the needs of the local electorate and will strive to deliver on those needs. The election following is when the voter gets the opportunity to deliver their verdict on just how well the representative has performed. No, or poor, delivery means broken promises and damaged trust.

Within the Liberal Democrats we understand the consequences of that breakdown only too well as evidenced by the damage the 2015 election wrought on us. That damage was as a result of failure to deliver at a national level not at a local level. Locally Liberal Democrats have a well deserved reputation for delivery on their promises. This has earned them the trust that politicians need if they are to perform and try to deliver. With the General Election now in full swing is the time to ask yourself, Can I Trust this person to do their best for me and do they understand my needs?" Will they give me a Fair Deal and try their best for me? From the Liberal Democrats. the Party with local candidates, the answer is 'Yes, you can trust us and Yes we will do our best for you', we will give you a Fair Deal.

To see the Fair Deal we offer read our Manifesto.


Local Politics

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By-Election called in Brunswick & Adelaide Ward on July 4th.

A By-Election for the vacant seat has been called for the same day as the General Election, July 4th.

Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats have chosen Claire Lachlan as their candidate for the forthcoming by-election. Claire previously stood in the May 2023 elections as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the ward and has shown her committment to the people of Brunswick & Adelaide by standing as our candidate again. To find out more about Claire please visit the Brunswick & Adelaide Ward page.

Claire Lachlan
Claire Lachlan

Council Chamber Monitor


The goings on in and of our City Council

City Hall Politics from a Liberal Democrat perspective.

  • With the proposal to introduce cabinet government to the city we ask how will the checks and balances be introduced and will they be enough to ensure good decision making?
  • How will the people of the city have a say in the management of their city once their councillors are deprived of their voice as valuable committees disappear?
  • Why has consultation not taken place properly? Were you asked about the proposal? There are lots of claims but no evidence that councils are better for introducing cabinet government.
  • A Freedom of Information request has disclosed the cost of changing to a Cabinet form of administration for the City is expected to cost £80,000 and that is without any cabinet councillor allowance increases. As government cutbacks dig deeper into local authority finances all this Labour administration can do is seek further ways to waste more council tax payers' money.
  • Despite overwhelming opposition to the Valley Gardens extension the council insists on going ahead with the £6.5 million project. One more example of how little Labour listens to the voice of those who live and work in the City.

Pothole in the city causing you a problem? Contact the council and tell them about it

City Council Hall

Democracy is for the birds claim Labour as they seek Cabinet Authoritarianism.

With their intention to impose cabinet government on the city and deny the local voters a proper say in the decision Labour finally admit that they don't care what the electorate think or want.

Like their leader's decision to deny the people the right to proportional representation as was voted for by his party, Bella Sankey and her cronies reject democratic principles and seek to embrace cronyism and open the doors to corruption.

Liberal Democrats believe that open government and decision making processes result in the best decisions and give the people the best chance to regain trust in their local politics and local politicians.

Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats and You.

Come and enjoy yourself and meet other people with a passion for life and those around them.

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Monthly Coffee Mornings

Come and meet us. We get together each month for a coffee morning; Just choose which constituency you would like to get to know and turn up and treat yourself to a coffee or tea and a chat. For details for each constituency, Hove, Kemptown and Peacehaven or Pavilion go to our Events page for more details on the coffee morning you would like to attend.

The Bath Arms in the Lanes

Inn Politics

Our last meeting was on Wednesday, 24th April 2024 at The Bath Arms, 3 - 4 Meeting House Lane, Brighton, BN1 1HB, it started at 7:00 pm for the early birds and went on until late for the night birds.

There will be no meeting in May as with the Brighton Festival in full swing we do not want to crowd out their efforts by increasing the competition. Look out for details of our June event which will be published as details become available.

Hove Place

Politics & Prosecco

Join us in the fizzy discovery of matching food and wine with politics and socialising.

We find out just how good our local restaurants are at enticing our taste buds whilst we explore through discourse the latest gossip meandering through local politics, with the odd diversion into the world of Westminster.

Our next event is on 12 June at Hove Place, 37 First Avenue, Hove, BN3 2FH, starting at 7.00 pm. As places are limited booking is essential. For more information and how to book go to our events page.

Conference News

  • The Autumn 2024 Conference will be held in Brighton from 14 - 17 September 2024. Details are expected to be available from May 2024.

  • The Spring 2024 Conference has just been held in York from 15 - 17 March 2024. Details can be obtained here.

  • Autumn 2023 Conference took place in Bournemouth from 23 - 26 September 2023. Details of the conference can be obtained from here.

Ed Davey at York Conference

Spring 2024 Conference, York Barbican 15 - 17 March 2024

To find out what went on at conference click here

To see what happened in conference go to YouTube click here.

To see and hear Ed Davey's speech to conference click here.

Post-Office and Horizon

Setting the record straight

With the attacks by the Tories on Ed Davey we thought you might like to know what really happened and not what the Tories imagined happened.

Click on the Link to find out.

Liberal Democrats sweep to Victory in Somerton & Frome with an 11,008 majority.

The voters completely rejected Tory policies and government by electing Sarah Dyke as their new MP. Sarah polled 21,187 votes against the Tories 10,179, their worst result in the history of the seat. In the General Election in 2019 Tories polled 36,230 votes so this represents a loss of 26,051 votes for them. A disastrous result and a measure of just how much disatisfaction there is with the current Tory Party and its disastrous government. For Sarah though, it represents a huge personal triumph as she becomes the 15th MP sitting for the Lib Dems in this parliament. Huge congratulations to Sarah, our newest MP.

Ed, Sarah and Wera
Ed, Sarah and Wera

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