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Green pledges for the country on 7th May

MP candidates for Brighton Democracy: how to make Kemptown and Hove sure your voice is heard

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Our next city council: the people and the policies

Caroline Lucas MP standing up for Brighton

GREENLEAF What a Green vote means Standing up for what matters

How Brighton Pavilion residents said they would vote at the General Election

Vote Green for

•A Public NHS

Greens will restore public services to public hands – bringing the railways back into public ownership & stopping the reckless selling off and outsourcing of our NHS.

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•Decent Homes

Greens will build homes for social renting, so everyone has access to a decent home paying a fair rent. All the facts and figures at www.brightonhovegreens.org

•Proper Jobs

Greens pledge to: create 1,000,000 new jobs which pay a living wage, not a minimum wage. More on national and local elections inside

LABOUR

working hard for local people

• will not have a second job or be pressured by party bosses

Coach Hire for all occasions

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UKIP

Appeal: Caroline Lucas seeking a second term as MP

whichever government is in power

• will not prop up a Conservative Government

•w  ould put pressure on a Labour

Government to be far more progressive - scrapping Trident, re-nationalising rail, banning fracking and keeping our NHS public

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• has a proven track record of

TORY

To stop the Tories in Brighton Pavilion, vote for Caroline on 7th May. Live in Hove or east Brighton? see p3.

Caroline Lucas says... • will fearlessly hold to account If you support me, you know exactly what you are going to get: a strong, Green, independent-minded MP who:

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Voting for a great Brighton & Hove I’m voting for a green future We spoke to FORvoters of Brighton and Hove about the Green policies they were most passionate about and why they were voting UPthe G N I D N A S Green Election and the local elections on 7th May ST atAthe TTERGeneral

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“Caroline Lucas is one of the few MPs who doesn’t just talk about loving the NHS, but has worked hard to protect it. She’s been a powerful voice in Parliament against the legislation which is leading to the privatisation that has put our health service at risk under the past two Governments.” Dr Wendy Savage, President, Keep our NHS Public

Hollie Pycroft, student, is voting Green because of the Greens’ commitment to equality

Jane Hebborn, an NHS worker from Hollingdean, is voting Green because she feels it is the only party standing up to the Conservative privatisation of the National Health Service. “The Greens get my vote because they would repeal the Health and Social Care Bill and fully restore the NHS to an accountable public service by reversing 25 years of marketisation and abolishing the purchaser-provider split.” • The Greens pledge to set up a ‘public ownership fund’ of £5 billion to buy out existing PFI contracts where that would represent good value for money.

Elizabeth Dwiar, (right) a former full-time carer from Patcham, said: “I first met Caroline when she came to visit us at home as a new MP when I was caring for my mother. She spent time listening to what is was like being a full-time carer and we discussed the need for respite for carers, even a few hours a week. She was very kind and caring to my mother. She was a good listener and still remembered us 18 months later when we met again after all the work she has to do in Parliament. That persuaded me that I would always support her campaign. I want

1,000,000 good new jobs, all paying a living wage

a compassionate, hardworking MP who really cares about her constituents and makes them feel they matter.

• Greens would provide free social care funded by taxation on the same basis as the NHS and integrated with the NHS.

Power for our people

Abbie Mead from Preston Park is voting Green because of the Greens’ pledge to create over 1 million new good jobs paying at least a living wage. • 250,000 jobs from tackling climate change: by investing in a £70bn public programme of renewable generation, flood defences and building insulation.

Tom Beament is voting Green because of Green campaigns to make energy affordable and sustainable.

• 400,000 good jobs by ending privatisation in the Health Service, reversing the cuts and providing free Social Care for the elderly. • 250,000 jobs from free early education and childcare

The Green Party has pledged to:

• 250,000 jobs from reversing local government cuts and leaving democratically elected local authorities free to decide

how to run education, health, public transport and other local services.

• Make 9 million homes warmer by investing over £35bn during the next Parliament to provide a subsidised nationwide insulation programme designed to insulate 9 million

homes, to be delivered by local authorities, and which will create well over 100,000 jobs. • Encourage communityowned electricity generation and make it easier for communities to generate and supply electricity, as well as for municipally-owned, or cooperative not-for-profit organisations to supply electricity at the retail level.


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Standing up for Brighton & Hove Your Green Parliamentary Candidates The city is made up of three parliamentary constituencies: to the East there is Brighton Kemptown, the central area is covered by Brighton Pavilion, whilst Hove and Portslade are within Hove constituency Caroline Lucas is MP for Brighton Pavilion constituency and will be standing again at the General Election

New affordable housing Successive Labour and Conservative Governments have sold off council houses and failed to replace them. As a result our country is in a housing crisis where many people cannot afford a decent home. The Green Party has pledged to reverse the devastating housing problems by:

• Expanding social housing at a cost of £5.5 billion a year by 2020. They would also bring 350,000 empty homes back into use. There are about 700,000 empty homes nationally and the number would be halved by the use of Empty Property Use Orders.

• Building 500,000 social rented homes to high sustainability standards by increasing the social housing budget from £1.5bn pa to £6bn pa in the lifetime of the Parliament, removing borrowing caps from local councils, and creating 35,000 good jobs. • Abolishing mortgage interest relief for landlords which brings in £5.8 billion a year.

Railways run for people not for profit Kirsty Sloman is voting Green because of the Greens’ commitment to bringing the railways back into public ownership

Davy Jones is standing up for what matters in Brighton Kemptown as the Green Party Parliamentary Candidate For almost two years, Davy has been campaigning to protect the most vulnerable against the vicious attacks of the Coalition government. Campaigning shoulder to shoulder with firefighters, nurses and teachers, Davy wears his passion for social justice on his sleeve. “Only the Green Party stands for fairness. It wasn’t public sector workers who caused the economic crisis - but they are forced to pay with cuts to jobs, wages and pensions. Meanwhile, in the name of ‘austerity’, the super-rich elite continue to amass huge wealth.” Davy’s strongest criticism is of the damage to our NHS caused by the mainstream political parties’ privatisation policies. In the freezing cold of the picket lines, Davy joined those NHS workers giving up a day’s wages in a plea to get a pay rise recommended by an independent review body. “The NHS is one of the world’s cheapest and most efficient health systems. Opinion polls show consistently that people don’t want a privatised system. But the NHS is not safe in either Tory or Labour hands. Both recent governments introduced

market methods into the NHS and forced hospitals to use expensive Private Finance Initiative (PFI) deals. We must go back to an NHS run for patients not profit.” Having grown up in Saltdean, Davy has made his environmentalism local, supporting Save Our Deans, Saltdean Countryside Alliance and other groups protesting against the attempts of big business to build inappropriate housing developments on local greenfield sites. He is also a committed ‘anti-fracker’: For more on Davy’s policies and campaign: www.davyjones4kemptown.org.uk

Cllr Christopher Hawtree, who represents Central Hove on the council, is the parliamentary candidate for Hove Christopher writes, “As with the rest of the world Hove and Portslade face the dual challenge of climate change and the continuing austerity measures promoted by both the Coalition government and Labour. It needn’t be like this. The addressing of environmental issues would create a genuine, resilient and varied economy – rather than relentless cuts. The Green Party is now well placed in Hove and Portslade. I topped the poll in Central Hove in 2011’s local elections and last year’s Euro vote was strong in Hove for the Greens. The various polling figures show the Green surge is happening to Hove too. And so it makes sense in 2015 to say, “I’m voting Green, actually.” A delightful place Hove fact file: “This is a most disgraceful place,” wrote the future writer Virginia Woolf in her diary when, aged 15, she stayed, and cycled, in Hove during the windy spring of 1897. Much of the town is as it was then (including 9, St Aubyn’s, where she stayed); much has happened since. The Library opened in 1910 (and was saved from closure by Christopher Hawtree’s

For more on Christopher’s campaign: www.christopherhawtree.com HawtreeHovePortslade@hotmail.com @chrishawtree

community campaign in 2003) while, to the west, nursery gardens have become houses so that it adjoins Portslade, whose history is even longer. It is a town with distinct, easy-going neighbourhoods which have attracted people from Brighton and beyond. In fact, Virginia Woolf should have written “This is a most delightful place”.


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Our city: better than 4 years ago Why we are voting for a Green council this May Brighton and Hove is a better place than four years ago. When the Greens were elected as the largest party on our no-overallcontrol council in 2011, they launched a visionary programme for Brighton & Hove’s people, overturning years of neglect and underinvestment to make roads safer and less polluted, reverse the decline of retail areas, boost housing, improve animal welfare, tackle inequalities and make the city a nicer, safer place for us all to live. They also anticipated the coalition government’s planned £80m cuts and cynical transfer of prosperity from poorest to wealthiest, and undertook to say no to the most cruel austerities by protecting services for children, vulnerable adults and those on low incomes. They’ve done what they said they would, and our city will be voting for the council to manage the city for the next four years. The Greens’ pledges are listed on the right, but firstly we spoke to Brighton and Hove residents about why they will be voting to elect the Greens to run the council for a second term. By Tim Lincoln Dinky Davis, 67, legal secretary (retired) and mother of two

Mark Hooley, 39, artist and father of two ANTI-AUSTERITY

FOR THE NHS

“I think the current situation shows we don’t live in a democratic society and politics is in desperate need of an upgrade.

“I think that PFI is the thing that no-one’s talking about, and that is the biggest problem with it. “ • The Greens are opposed to the privatisation and outsourcing of essential public services and believe that many services are best kept in or brought back into the public sector. Dave Boyne, 55, author, researcher and bartender FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

“I will be voting Green because it is the only party that is serious about protecting the environment in a sustainable way.

• Green Party members have been campaigning very actively against the privatisation of NHS services locally and nationally and many are involved in the local Defend the NHS Sussex campaign.

“The other political parties are only paying lip-service to what is the major problem facing the world in the 21st century.

Dominic Le Garsmeur, 40, product director and father FOR COUNCILLORS THAT WORK FOR ME

“I’ve never thought of myself as a Green voter. While I’ve had a lot of sympathy for the Green stance on a lot of issues I’ve always seen myself as a centre left voter. But this year I’m going Green.

“The Tories have been gaining from the losses suffered by the poor, the sick and the elderly. • Anti-austerity - Greens have challenged the Government’s austerity message from the start; have resisted cuts to local government funding and protected those in need.

“For me voting Green is a chance to reconnect with the idea of voting for a candidate who is active at a local level, doesn’t have their fingers in every pie going, and is, in the truest sense, MY representative.

“I also believe that the Green Party is committed to greater fairness and social justice.” • In the world’s first One

Planet City (awarded 2013), sustainability underpins everything Greens do, such as reducing council buildings, retrofitting energy efficiencies and adding solar panels to council housing and schools. Recycling improvements have been challenging but, with the city centre introduction of communal recycling and by rolling out a complete redesign of the service, rates are now rising. Greens pledge to consult on extending recycling improvements through communal bins and household wheelie bins.

“I agree with most of the Green Party policies and what they stand for is a much more honest approach to governing.

FOR FREE HIGHER EDUCATION

“Growing up, I was under the impression that there were only two main parties. I was told that voting for anyone else would be a ‘wasted vote’, but I didn’t feel that Labour or Conservative represented my values so I took little interest in politics, and didn’t think anything could change. “Moving to Brighton, just after a Green MP was elected, gave me the hope that change is possible.

“I’m sick of the endless slanging match between two big parties.” Dinky Davis, 67, legal secretary

Lily Pembroke, 20, student

Mark Hooley, 39, artist

“As a student, I was affected from the first year of the tuition fee rise. I agree with the Green Party that higher education should be a free right, and not a product for profit-making.


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Your city, your vote For our city: our manifesto pledges

Voting: all you need to know

We’ve done what we said. But our city needs more, from resisting the next, tougher austerity round to further reviving our environment, including a new heart and lungs for our city: a single treefilled valley garden, sweeping through the city centre from St Peter’s Church to the seafront.

With two elections being held at the same time in Brighton and Hove on 7 May, this year promises to be the most important political year for the city for a long time. Brighton and Hove will decide not only who should represent them in Parliament on 7th May but also who will be returned to run the city council.

Here is a flavour of where, with your support, we believe we can now go. HOUSING

In 2011 we pledged to start 1,000 new affordable homes. In the teeth of recession, we produced a programme of 750, including 200 council homes, plus 245 homes planned before 2011 and nearly 900 empty homes brought back into use. Greens pledge to create 500 new council homes as part of a housing programme that will also include new rented homes by housing associations, creating council homes with genuinely affordable rents. In the private sector, we will bring at least 700 empty homes back into use, establish a Living Rent Commission and use landlord licensing to improve rental conditions. CITY STREETS

For so long marred by congestion, safety concerns and dangerously high pollution, our streets are transforming. Accidents and air pollution are significantly down, walking, cycling and bus use are up and our improvements led to the EU’s City-Vitality-Sustainability scheme naming us City of the Year 2014. We pledge to

continue our vision, making streets even safer, healthier and easier to travel, tackle

the hazardous Preston Circus and Aquarium roundabout (with external funding) and finish replacing our 26,000 streetlights with low energy units. We would also extend our cycle lane network. We appreciate the disruption roadworks cause and would seek to minimise this through a new permits scheme.

Want to vote, interested in the politics and the way the country is run? Here’s all you need to know

CHILDREN & EDUCATION

Before 2011, the city had suffered years of mediocre results and failed to tackle a looming school places crisis. By 2013 we’d seen the best ever GCSE results. We’ve now opened two new primary schools and by May we’ll have announced a new secondary school. We’ve also kept all Children’s Centres and Brightstart nursery open. We pledge to see our school expansion through, develop a much-needed new catchment area plan for fair admissions and seek to retain a proper, democratically accountable, integrated LEA-run school system. BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

In 2011, we declared the city ‘open for business’. Since then, despite the national recession, our digital economy, start-ups and visitor numbers have shot up. 9,000 new jobs have been created, and we are the UK’s most popular seaside tourism destination. We’re reversing London Road’s decline and we’ve provided long-needed answers to Preston Barracks, Circus Street, King Alfred’s and Black Rock. We pledge to tackle our other derelict sites and support tourism, independent retailers, growing businesses, job creation and apprenticeships.

291999 with your name and address and request a form to be sent to you in the post. Or, you can download a paper voter registration form, print and complete a form in A3 format and post to: Electoral Services Office Brighton & Hove City Council Brighton Town Hall Bartholomew Square Brighton BN1 1JA 20 April is the last date to register to vote for the general and local elections.

Here are some basic questions and answers about how to vote and how to ensure you don’t miss out on having your say on the biggest decisions facing the country which affect everyone. Q. When is the election? It is on Thursday 7th May. If you are registered you will receive a polling card with information on where you can vote. Polling stations are local to you and are open 7am to 10pm. You will have two ballot papers - a ballot for the MP election and a ballot for your local council election with candidates for your ward. You can choose to vote by post if you find that more convenient – more information below.

Q. I’m a student and want to ensure I can vote in Brighton and Hove. How do I do it? It is very easy and any student who is already registered at home may also register to vote where they are studying if they are in different electoral areas so you can choose where to vote. You may only vote once in the general election. Previously, the head of every household registered everyone who lived at their address to vote. Students living in halls or on campus were automatically registered by the university. Now under the new Individual Electoral Registration system everyone is responsible for registering themselves individually. The process is very easy and is described above. If you are unclear someone in the Green Party office will be able to help you. Please call 01273 766 670.

Q. I would like a postal vote – how do I register for one and what is the deadline? It is easy to register for a postal vote: If you are not already registered to vote by post you need to complete a quick form downloadable here. After completing the form, you’ll need to print it, sign it, and send it back to the town hall electoral registration office. The deadline is 5pm, on 21 April. You can post the form or hand-deliver it to Electoral Services, Brighton Town Hall, Bartholomew Square, Brighton BN1 1JA. Q. Who do I contact if I have questions about the election registration process? The Council’s electoral services department can help e: electors@brighton-hove.gov.uk t: 01273 291999. You can also call the Green Party office on 01273 766 670 and they can offer some basic advice and support. For more information please visit the Electoral Service webpages.

www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

www.gov.uk/government/ publications/voter-registrationforms-paper-versions

Q. How do I register to vote for the elections on 7 May? The quickest and easiest way is to register to vote on gov.uk. You can email the city council’s Electoral Services Office electors@brighton-hove. gov.uk or call them on 01273

KEY DATES 20 April Last day to register to vote 21 April Last date for new postal vote applications 28 April Last date for proxy vote applications 7 May Polling day for all elections (7am - 10pm)


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City elections Meet your council candidates With elections for the city council. Greenleaf decided to seek out your candidates and find out what drives them to be part of the council and help shape our city’s future. The candidates for HOLLINGBURY & STANMER, BRUNSWICK & ADELAIDE, ST.PETER’S & NORTH LAINE, REGENCY AND WITHDEAN joined us for a chat.

Withdean

Brunswick & Adelaide Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty

Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty writes “As Chair of Planning I’ve spent the last three years striving to build a better city with ambitious sustainability standards. I have led the work on the first ever Green City plan, been instrumental to the planning permission for a new hospital and many new homes and brought hundreds of jobs in construction to the city, “I have also campaigned on equality, and am immensely proud of our award-winning work on combating homophobia in schools. I chaired the groundbreaking work on trans equality.

Cllr Lizzie Deane

above: St Peter’s and North Laine ward right: Cllr Pete West

Cllr Sue Shanks and Jamie Lloyd at Preston Park station. Matt Traini, not pictured, is the other Green candidate.

Cllr Ollie Sykes

“I’m asking to be re-elected to represent you to continue this work and to express our continued opposition to the shared position of Tories and Labour on cuts, giving developers the upper hand and privatising public services.” Cllr Ollie Sykes continues: “As Finance Lead over the past year I’ve worked with party colleagues, opposition parties, unions, the community sector and residents to try to put together the best possible budget strategy for our city not just for next year but also the long term. In the face of relentless

government cuts to our council grants this has not been easy. I’m glad to have been able to help my local community by • getting communal recycling trialled in Brunswick Town • supporting residents with housing difficulties • successfully pushing for better facilities for people with hearing impairment in council buildings • helping deal with anti-social behaviour.”

Cllr Sue Shanks says: My role as lead member for Children’s Services and Chair of the Children’s and Young People’s Committee is very rewarding. We have made real progress with Children’s Services, keeping all our Children’s Centres open, keeping a local authority youth service and seeing improvements in our schools. I’ve also overseen an improvement in GCSE results. I sit on the Adoption and the local Safeguarding Boards where I have taken an active role. I have visited all of our schools and attend the local schools’ forum.

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Jamie Lloyd tells us: Since graduating from Sussex University, I have always worked in Brighton and Hove. In 2003 I started my own Fairtrade business with the import of the UK’s First Fair trade certified footballs. I have produced them for organisations from The WWF to The Eden Project. I’ve since founded the world’s first Fairtrade and Organic footwear brand (Ethletic). I also initiated the world’s first Fairtrade rubber project. My combined businesses have raised nearly 900,000 EUR in Fairtrade premiums to communities in Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.

St Peter’s and North Laine

Louisa Greenbaum Cllr Lizzie Deane has been representing residents since 2010 and following a successful campaign to save Bright Start Nursery, has been resolute in standing up for local people. She has spoken out against major planning applications that have threatened to affect residents, most notably City College, the ‘party hotel’ proposal in Queen Square and the proposed Tesco on Lewes Road. She has been Deputy Leader of the Council and chaired the Licensing Committee. Lizzie adds, “I am always ready to help local residents with issues or problems.”

Louisa Greenbaum joined the Green Party eight years ago, when she returned to the UK after living in Germany and seeing what Green politics was achieving there. A passionate environmental campaigner, she believes that sustainability must underpin all decisions made in the city to preserve it for future generations. “I am incredibly proud of what this country’s first green administration has achieved in Brighton and Hove despite difficult times, and hope to be able to help to improve and protect communities and the environment alongside Pete and Lizzie.”

Pete West was first elected to serve St Peter’s ward in 1996. As the city’s national park authority member he forged a strategic partnership between council and park, and is leading our joint lottery funding bid to restore Stanmer Park and realise its full potential. He has worked to introduce 20mph speed limits across the city - an initiative already saving life and limb; investments like Lewes Road and Seven Dials are supporting an explosion in cycling. He is also Chair of the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee. Cont p9..


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City elections COUNCIL ELECTIONS: YOUR GREEN CANDIDATES:

To find out about all your council candidates go to the Brighton & Hove Green Party website here

Hollingdean & Stanmer Jack Hazelgrove

David Walker

BRUNSWICK & ADELAIDE

PRESTON PARK

Phélim Mac Cafferty Ollie Sykes

Leo Littman Rob Shepherd Georgina Turner

CENTRAL HOVE

Vivek Rajcoomar

Ray Cunningham Steve Harris

QUEEN’S PARK

Geoffrey Bowden Stephanie Powell Richard Stanton

EAST BRIGHTON

Matthew Moors Paul Philo Marie Sansford

REGENCY

Tom Druitt Alexandra Phillips

GOLDSMID

Amanda Knight Andrew Lippett Luke Walter

ROTTINGDEAN COASTAL

Atlanta Cook Andrew Coleman Nigel Tart

HANGLETON & KNOLL I have 22 years’ experience on three councils and am a former Labour councillor and Brighton & Hove Council chair of housing. I want to help consolidate the work of the Green-led Council over the past four years and to promote the message of “One Planet Living” throughout the city. I led a successful campaign to defend council housing, was a key member of the ‘Stop City Boss’ Campaign, coining the slogan “Allies For Democracy” for the all-party group opposing a directly elected Mayor.

From working as an accountant living next to Canary Wharf, to living in a decrepit Brighton basement, disabled, and in poverty, I have experienced and known of a broad range of societal problems. I currently work as an elected Representative on the Sussex Area Committee of the Co-operative Group. I’m anti austerity and dangerous cuts. I cannot rest whilst people suffer. I want to be elected to encourage infrastructure and housing investment from local co-operators. Cont Page 9.

Demi Heath Rebecca Jones Natasha Steel

HANOVER & ELM GROVE

David Gibson Dick Page Hollie Wharam-Moscrop

Tom Druitt & Alex Phillips Tom Druitt is well known for setting up a local bus company, The Big Lemon, which runs local bus services using vehicles powered by recycled waste cooking oil from restaurants in Brighton & Hove. Always willing to stand up for his beliefs, in 2013 Tom camped in the elm tree at Seven Dials to save it from the chop during the improvement works to the roundabout. For transparency with his business role at The Big Lemon, Tom has annnounced that if elected, he will not serve on any key committees which decide bus policy in the city.

SOUTH PORTSLADE

Liz Petty James Brooks

ST PETER’S & NORTH LAINE

Lizzie Deane Louisa Greenbaum Pete West

HOLLINGDEAN & STANMER

Jack Hazelgrove Vivek Rajcoomar David Walker

HOVE PARK

Ruby Makepeace Iain Martin

Regency Alexandra Phillips is already a councillor on Brighton & Hove City Council and during the last four years has been a fierce campaigner against government cuts and the so called bedroom tax which penalises council tenants who are on housing benefit. As a member of the Housing Committee, Alex has successfully progressed plans for a licensing scheme for private rented housing, and was also behind the plans to turn the old Hove Police Station into a school to relieve pressure on school places in the city.

I am passionate about getting more people involved, both in democracy and in Green issues. I want to help people to see its relevance to their lives and to future generations. For example I suggested the Big Kiss-In outside Sainsbury’s on New England Street, following the incident where a lesbian couple were asked to leave. I am just finishing my degree at Sussex University, where I was heavily involved with politics and the Students’ Union. I am an elected member of various committees.

WESTBOURNE

Guy Davidson Karen James

WISH

Sue Baumgardt Anton Simanowitz

MOULSECOOMB & BEVENDEAN

Amelia Mills Leila Simpson Simon Worrall

WITHDEAN

Sue Shanks Jamie Lloyd Matt Traini

NORTH PORTSLADE

Sharon Hamlin Jane Prisley

WOODINGDEAN

Andrea Finch Alexis Bear

PATCHAM

Anthea Ballam Myles Cummins Hugh Woodhouse

Amanda Knight for Goldsmid


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Caroline: never taking no for an answer... On May 8 2010, at about 6am, Brighton elected me as an MP. I pledged to always stand up and speak out on your behalf. And I always have (more than 1,600 times in Parliament!) – on the issues you’ve told me matter most to you. And I’ve never taken ‘no’ for an answer. A good local MP insists (relentlessly!) on getting the answers that need to be had, asking the questions that

must be asked. I have no Party whip, and my voice has been much stronger for it. It’s meant I’m free to vote according to your input and the values you elected me to represent. My position isn’t decided for me by a Party official – you feed into every speech and every vote. It’s enabled me to influence where others cannot – to hold Parties and MPs to account. To press Labour, in particular, to be the Party we’d really like it to be. To collaborate effectively

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with MPs across the benches to get jobs done. As austerity cuts deepen and privatisation tightens its grip on our public services – Party lines, far from becoming more distinctive, have blurred into one another. Parliament needs a clear, independently-minded Green voice now, perhaps, more than ever. The Conservatives continue to hollow out our NHS into little more than a logo. I promised I would fight for a truly public NHS – and I have. That’s why I’m pressing both Tories and Labour to commit to a Bill which would reinstate the NHS as a truly public health service, with patients, not profits at its heart. I promised to fight for our railways to be returned to public hands – my Bill’s received strong public and cross-party backing. I’ve championed fairer fares and improved services on all public transport. I promised to oppose the takeover of local schools by Academy chains - I stood with you at Hove Park and spoke

out in Parliament. When I saw the outstanding Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) teaching at some of our local schools, it spurred my campaign to see it made statutory in every school. My Bill has won amazing cross-party and public support, backed by the likes of the NUT, the Royal College of Nurses and the PSHE Association. Most MPs have bought into the austerity narrative – some of us have not. And as cuts to local authorities and public services reach unprecedented levels, I’ve fought for you in Parliament – for fair pay and pensions – and I’ve stood beside you on the picket lines. I’ve sought to be a good local MP. And some of the most rewarding moments in the last five years have come from successful local work: standing up for my constituents, fighting for reduced VAT and business rates for our small businesses and supporting local organisations. It’s always a pleasure meeting people in my weekly Surgeries and additional ‘roving’ Surgeries

across the constituency (and on the odd bus!) I think I’ve been able to demonstrate how much an MP can do if they really want to. If you re-elect me in May, I promise to continue standing up and speaking out on your behalf – and never taking no for an answer. See more on p.12

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Local elections continued... Brunswick & Adelaide

Hollingdean & Stanmer St Peter’s and North Laine champion

Cllr Phélim MacCafferty and Cllr Pete West Phélim continues: There are hundreds of local residents’ concerns that I have responded to, including noise complaints, parking, licensed premises, flyposting and tagging, street lighting and dog fouling. In spite of the colossally damaging government cuts, working alongside Cllr Ollie Sykes I have been instrumental in: • providing a gate for the residents on Farman Street, to prevent anti-social behaviour • introducing communal composting in several locations and assisting successful roll-out of communal recycling • removing late night refreshment licenses from two premises which were repeatedly breaking their licenses, pushing new licensed premises to work to amenable opening hours • adopting proactive reporting on tagging and abandoned bicycles • helping a severely disabled resident get more appropriate housing and an elderly resident in very poor health to get into Patching Lodge care home • chairing a public meeting

Cllr Phélim MacCafferty and Cllr Ollie Sykes in the constituency they have served for the past four years

to ensure there is successful re-painting of the historic Brunswick Estate • ensuring the council is working to replace historic street lamps • working with Police on burglary prevention and speeding • helping to re-home three residents made homeless by unscrupulous landlords • helping residents win silver at South East in Bloom • working with residents’ amenity groups to reinstate heritage street signs

David Walker continues: I have seen the immense waste of natural resources for the sake of easy profit whilst people are being expolited by being paid paying barely a minimum wage, let alone a wage in which on which they can truly live. If government continues to be uncooperative and anti-democratic, I believe we have an obligation to look for

sophisticated legal options to ensure the survival, expansion and improvement of the council’s direct and indirect provision. Where the government pulls out, we have a principled obligation to step in. Everyone in the city who is suffering must be recognised and highlighted, with plans of action.

Withdean Sue Shanks and Jamie Lloyd at Preston Park station. Matt Traini, not pictured, is the other Green candidate.

• relocating an inappropriately positioned bus stop. Ollie concludes: My experience outside the Council with the Environment Agency brings knowledge in environmental management and impact assessment, sustainability and environmental policy analysis, and I have used this in contributing to the work of our Administration, in all areas from getting planters installed in local streets to working on the One Planet Living Sustainability Action Plan.

Cllr Sue Shanks adds: Although one can criticise a focus on results, a city like Brighton and Hove should not be below the national average in GCSE results - and we no longer are. I have supported our voluntary youth sector and started a participatory budgeting initiative for young people. I have good relationships with officers. I have recently been accredited by the Local Government Association to be a Peer reviewer for Children’s Services. I am seeking reelection so that I can be part of a majority Green council which will be able to achieve more. I

expect to have two more Green councillors to work alongside me in Withdean. Jamie continues: In August 2014 I had a life changing experience and decided to move on from business to devote more time to promoting environmental and socially just causes – working for the Green Party seemed the perfect way for me to achieve this aim. I am married and have three children at local schools in Brighton. I am a keen cyclist (more urban than Lycra) but I do a fair bit of mountain biking and running too.

Cllr Pete West Pete West continues: Next May it will be 19 years since I was first elected to serve the people of St. Peter’s as our very first Green city councillor. In that time I have gained an intimate understanding of the ward, its strengths, challenges, and most of all, its people. The key area of the ward is London Road. Years in decline, to the point where we were fighting back Tesco’s monster store, the tide has truly turned. Our initiative to rebuild the Open Market is realised, Providence Place is set to be the next New Road, and confidence grows with new ventures like Emporium and Hisbe setting up. We have worked hard with residents and businesses, particularly the London Road LAT, tackling the problems and finding the solutions that have set the stage for this success. I have long experience of working with individual residents on issues across the ward and welcomed the growth in active groups which show real purpose and achievement. From our successful campaign for a parking scheme around London Road Station a dynamic group has blossomed - bringing derelict land into food growing, cleaning up graffiti, and taking on the city’s first street cycle store. There is a real sense of community pride and engagement in the area like never before. As Chair of the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee I have had a wonderful time leading delivery of key Green projects for the city. Our Sustainability Action Plan has won us accreditation from BioRegional as the world’s first One Planet City, and we have now succeeded in gaining designation as a UN Biosphere Reserve.


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City elections Together these initiatives form an umbrella for a sustainable future for the city and the Greater Brighton economic region. As the City’s national park authority member I have forged a strategic partnership between Council and Park, and I’m leading our joint lottery funding bid to restore Stanmer Park and realise its full potential.

Above: Lizzie Deane, Ian Davey and Pete West We are introducing communal recycling for 32,000 households and are about to launch a city-wide communication and engagement campaign to really boost recycling and reduce waste. In support of animal welfare I am introducing a new humane pest control service and consulting on banning equestrian acts in circuses. The Level restoration is a roaring success and I am so glad I wasn’t swayed by the Labour nay-sayers when I submitted the winning bid. We have now won funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership to transform Valley Gardens from St Peter’s Church to the Palace Pier. With Cllr Ian Davey I have worked to introduce 20mph speed limits across the city - and save lives. It is a hectic time on the council, but I love it. Ian, Lizzie and I have worked well together as a team, and Ian’s outstanding contribution will be sorely missed. I offer you experience and enthusiasm to run again in SPNL, and would very much appreciate your support. Lizzie Deane adds “I really want to see people able to have a good quality of life, so that they can enjoy the benefits of living in the centre of our wonderful city, but without having to endure some of the downsides, such as over development, poor air quality or antisocial behaviour.

Hanover & Elm Grove

Queens Park

Below: David Gibson, Hollie Wharam-Moscrop and Dick Page

David Gibson (above left) has been a Hanover resident for 18 years and and was inspired to join the Green Party by our MP Caroline Lucas and the example she sets in Parliament. “She’s an inspirational and principled MP and as a councillor I’d put the party’s principles into practice at a local level.” Having worked for 26 years in local councils on community and housing issues David is certainly not inexperienced in the way things work. “I was the co-founder of Hanover Action for Sustainable Living (HASL), a group with 250+ supporters, which holds public meetings, socials, shows films, nurtures street activities, promotes carbon reduction and manages a community garden.” Dick Page (above right) is a recently-retired longstanding Hanover resident who is committed to making our city a fairer and healthier place – especially for those on low incomes and/or in disadvantaged groups. “I want to build on our initial achievements: safer, more active travel; improved open spaces;

protected care services and grants; welfare support and housing policies.” Dick says, “I was a social worker for 38 years; also a team manager responsible for budgets. Since 2005 I’ve been an advocate for, and helped empower, disadvantaged people in voluntary organisations: a Carers’ Centre, The Fed Disability Advice Service and Age UK Advocacy.” Completing the Hanover team is Hollie Wharam-Moscrop (above centre), a 21 year old proud Brightonian. She sees her age as an advantage to engage with younger voters in her area. “I know I can engage young people in politics, as many of them don’t vote at all, and feel disillusioned with mainstream political parties.” She was drawn to politics when Caroline Lucas visited her college . She was inspired by her ideas, particularly those of social and economic equality. “I want to promote the values of our party, and to continue the great work the council has been doing.”

With the prospect of central government funding diminishing still further, regardless of who gets the keys to Number 10 next year, it remains absolutely vital to have strong voices that fight to protect services for children, vulnerable adults, those on low income and the unemployed. Geoffrey Bowden (below right), who, in his own words, has had ‘the honour to be first elected in 2011’ will be one to provide that voice. “The most rewarding aspect of being a Green councillor has been taking up individual casework and it is this aspect that drives me on to wish to continue as a councillor.” Stephanie Powell (below centre) entered politics from her involvement in trying to save ‘Connexions.’ This led to her becoming a councillor in Queens Park in the landslide win in 2011. “I regard myself as an active, reliable and conscientious member of the

administration.” The experience of being a councillor has changed her life though and has helped her direct her passion about equality, conservation, social justice, challenging climate change, and sticking up for the voiceless. “It has tested my resilience; to “take the flak”. It has been by far the biggest work challenge I’ve faced yet.” With 30 years in local government (as both elected member and policy officer) former Labour Councillor Richard Stanton (below left) is steeled for the challenges ahead. “The next four years will be just as demanding. In the harshest financial climate ever, councillors and Party will have to work even closer together and if we can help citizens to see how their future is in their own hands, even in small ways, it will be worth it.”

Below: RIchard Stanton, Stephanie Powell and Geoffrey Bowden

Preston Park Leo Littman is a native Brightonian who has been in the local Green Party for 25 years. “Being elected as a Green Party Councillor in my home town has been a dream come true. Although the last three and a half years have held many challenges, I am proud of the achievements of the first Green administration in the face of savage Government funding cuts, and look forward to contributing to even greater success in our second term.” Rob Shepherd Rob Shepherd has lived in the city, including Fiveways and Prestonville, for more

than 20 years. A former local Green Party chair, he has run a successful Brighton-based business since 2002 and been very active in the Chamber of Commerce. “I’m proud of my home city, in all its guises, and proud also of the way the Green council has managed and so often improved things here in such difficult circumstances. The Greens have been a breath of fresh air for the city and I look forward to making my own contribution as a Green, serving Preston Park’s residents and businesses.” Georgina Turner Georgina became a Green

Party member after working as the National Party’s Fundraising and Membership Officer in London. She was selected to be part of the Young Greens’ 30 under-30 mentoring scheme and stood as a council candidate in the north London ward of Canonbury in 2014. Georgina currently works

as a Programme Officer at the Climate Parliament, an international cross-party network of legislators working to prevent climate change and promote renewable energy, based in Brighton. Outside of work, Georgina is currently training for the 2015 Brighton marathon.

Photo: Jack McAngus

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Above Georgina Turner, Rob Shepherd and Leo Littman


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Caroline Lucas for Pavilion continued from page 8 When I drafted my Housing Charter, you helped compile it. I’m fighting for improved rights for renters, a Living Rent Commission; longer-term tenancies and the scrapping of letting agent fees; and strong energy efficiency standards to keep homes warm. If you re-elect me in May, I promise to continue standing up and speaking out on your behalf.

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