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New figures from Labour show that 40 per cent of families with children in South East could be hit by David Cameron’s tax credit cuts. Across the UK the figure is 51 per cent, with the number rising to 56 per cent in five UK regions.

The House of Commons figures also show that 73 per cent of families in South East claiming tax credits are in work.

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Peter Kyle MP said: “People who have been struggling for the past five years are now worried things are about to get much worse. David Cameron needs to come clean about who the Tories are going to hit with these cuts.

“People in my community work hard, many of them do long hours on little pay but it is not enough to support their family and provide their children with a decent standard of living.

“If these cuts are targeted at the people who are going out to work but are still living in poverty, the Tories will have to answer to the people who voted for them that did so believing they offered aspiration. What credibility can they have now if one of the first things this Government does is hit people who are trying hard, against the odds, to support their families?”

 

New figures show Cameron’s cuts to tax credits could hit nearly than half of families in the South East

New figures from Labour show that 40 per cent of families with children in South East could be hit by David Cameron’s tax credit cuts. Across the UK the figure...

Nominations by Labour Members of Parliament have now closed for candidates to be Labour’s next Leader.

The candidates validly nominated are:

ANDY BURNHAM
YVETTE COOPER
JEREMY CORBYN
LIZ KENDALL

Full details of the nominations received by each candidate are published at labour.org.uk/leadership

Nominations for Labour’s Deputy Leadership contest closed at 12 noon on Wednesday 17 June.

 

Information:

  • To be validly nominated, candidates require the support of 15% of Labour’s Parliamentary Party (35 MPs)
  • Supporting nominations from Constituency Labour Parties, affiliated organisations, Labour MEPs, the Association of Labour Councillors and Young Labour close on Friday 31 July.
  • Labour has announced a series of hustings, which begin on Wednesday night with BBC Two Newsnight.
  • Full details of Labour’s hustings can be found here: labour.org.uk/blog/entry/your-local-leadership-husting
  • Channel 4, Sky News, The Sunday Politics, 5live and LBC will also host live hustings events in seats the Labour Party had hoped to win in the general election, including Stevenage, Swindon, and Nuneaton this coming Wednesday.
  • The election shall be conducted on a One Person, One Vote system. All Labour Party members, Affiliate Supporters and Registered Supporters will receive a ballot paper. People can join the party or sign up as a registered or affiliate supporter to take part here:labour.org.uk/w/labour-party-supporters
  • Labour’s new Leader and Deputy Leader will be announced at a special event on Saturday 12 September.

 

Nominations for Labour’s next Leader announced

Nominations by Labour Members of Parliament have now closed for candidates to be Labour’s next Leader. The candidates validly nominated are: ANDY BURNHAMYVETTE COOPERJEREMY CORBYNLIZ KENDALL Full details of the...

The new Labour administration in Brighton and Hove have announced their lead councillors. The eight lead councillors bring a vast range of experience to serve the residents of Brighton and Hove.

Councillor Warren Morgan, the Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group, said:
“I am proud and delighted to put forward the team of people who will lead the city council through the next four years. My council administration will include a very strong mix of experience and knowledge, fresh ideas and new talent to meet the challenges that we face on housing and schools, refuse services and the city economy, neighbourhoods and equalities. We were elected to deliver a council that works for you, and we will deliver for every neighbourhood in every part of Brighton and Hove. We will as a group talk and listen to residents, businesses, partner organisations and neighbouring councils, and we will deliver on our clear vision and purpose to return the council and the city to the right track.”

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Biographies of lead councillors

Councillor Warren Morgan: Policy and Resources / Economic Development and Culture
Having been closely involved over several years with the proposals to build a new King Alfred, new Churchill Square extension and new conference and concert arena at Black Rock, Council Leader Councillor Warren Morgan will chair the Economic Development and Culture Committee with the goal of delivering these new developments, homes and jobs, on time and in budget. As Leader, he will take forward the city’s economic and employment agenda at the Greater Brighton Economic Board and Local Enterprise Partnership, using his dozen years’ experience as a city councillor to pursue better paid and more secure jobs for all city residents.

Councillor Gill Mitchell: Environment and Transport
Gill has served as a councillor for 22 years, representing an East Brighton Ward and served as Chair of the Environment Committee and Deputy Leader of the Council from 2003 during the previous Labour Administration of the Council. Having lived in Brighton for nearly 50 years, she has two children who live locally. She works part time in the NHS.

Councillor Tom Bewick: Children, Young People and Skills
Tom has a professional background in education, skills and enterprise policy spanning two decades.

He was an adviser to the Labour Government from 1997 to 2004, on youth and adult education. He was Chief Executive of the creative and cultural industries skills council between 2004 and 2010 (www.ccskills.org.uk). Currently, Tom is Chief Executive of the International Skills Standards Organisation (INSSO) Ltd., where he is an adviser to several overseas governments. (www.insso.org).

Tom is passionate about education, skills, entrepreneurship and apprenticeships. He grew up in foster care and left school initially with no qualifications. From the Midlands, Tom first came to the city in 1991, where he commenced a degree in social policy at the University of Brighton, completed at the University of Bath (BSc & MSc.).

Tom lives in Hove, with his partner and three young children.

Councillor Dan Yates: Health and Wellbeing Board
Dan has lived in Brighton for nine years. He works as an NHS manager and Lead Physiotherapist. Dan has broad experience of modernising NHS services and working alongside and within jointly commissioned NHS / Social Care services. He has also previously worked at the University of Brighton and still lectures there occasionally on the NHS, rehabilitation and new ways of working.

Dan was previously a Councillor on Adur District Council where he was Leader of the Labour Group and Chaired the Direct Services Board, responsible for Waste Collection, Housing Maintenance and Leisure services.

Councillor Emma Daniel: Neighbourhoods, Communities and Equalities
Emma has over 15 years of experience as a CEO, trustee and volunteer in the voluntary sector. Most recently, Emma has developed a national training programme for councillors to use social technology to collaborate with communities and is currently working in a school for the deaf and is learning BSL. Emma is passionate about tackling poverty and has run projects to enhance communities sharing with projects such as food banks. Last Christmas, she led her ward in a giving effort that provided Christmas presents to over 50 families in financial crisis.

Councillor Anne Meadows: Housing and New Homes
Anne represents a ward which is evenly split between social housing and private sector housing. She has been involved in housing-related issues for over 21 years, having previously been Deputy Chair of the Housing Committee. In addition, she chaired the successful scrutiny on studentification. She has also chaired the Adult Social Care Committee for a number of years.

Councillor Karen Barford: Health and Wellbeing Board
Karen has extensive experience at strategic and operational level within local community organisations, social enterprises and national charities.

She has been responsible for the creation, bidding, implementation and effective delivery of small to multi-million pound services, focussing on disadvantaged groups, such as older people and adults with mental health support needs, learning disabilities and life limiting conditions.

Her main focus has been to support and empower local people to live full and active lives whilst maximising positive social, environmental and economic impact. This includes emotional and practical support, meaningful occupation, service user commissioning, social enterprise start-ups and welfare to work.

Councillor Les Hamilton: Deputy Leader, Finance
Les was first elected as Councillor in Portslade Urban District in 1971, and has proceeded to be a Councillor on Hove Borough Council and then on Brighton and Hove City Council. Altogether he has been a Councillor for 43 years. Les has been the Labour lead on finance since 2007.

Les worked as a secondary school mathematics teacher in the city for over 40 years. In addition, he is a trustee of two charities, a school governor and the Chairman of the Mile Oak Football Club.

Labour's Team to lead Brighton and Hove Council

The new Labour administration in Brighton and Hove have announced their lead councillors. The eight lead councillors bring a vast range of experience to serve the residents of Brighton and...

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