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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.

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The election of a new Labour leader will be played out before the public, Harriet Harman has declared.

Labour's acting leader pledged an "open" contest and revealed party chiefs have already begun talks with broadcasters about staging hustings with members of the public given a key role.

In a speech at the party's HQ, marking the start of Labour's fightback, Harriet Harman announced:

* The public - not just Labour members - will be able to ask questions of leadership and deputy leadership candidates at hustings events.


* Hustings will be staged in the towns and suburbs where Labour hoped to win in the general election, but where the party failed to make inroads.


* Labour members will be encouraged to bring supporters of other parties, or non-voters, to hear speeches by the contenders.

 

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Harriet Harman said: "As we conduct this debate, as we elect our leader and deputy leader, we must have the public in the forefront of our minds.

"We must let the public in. Into the process and into our minds as we make the decisions about who is our next leader and how we go forward. So we are going to start that with how we do the leadership elections.

Harriet Harman said Labour should not be 'afraid' of 'letting the public in' and added: "Indeed if there is one thought that I think should drive the thinking of our members as we elect a new leadership team it is this - which of them has the best qualities and leadership skills most likely to win over the support of the public?

"Not the politically obsessed public, the people like us, but the people who don't decide about their choice of MP And choice of government until they have to."

"We need to see this process as one that is not merely electing a new leader and deputy leader. But one that is helping to rebuild old connections and fashion new connections with a public that rejected us north and south."

Hustings should be different from the sort of 'cosy' events - held at Westminster or in safe Labour seats - that have characterised the party's leadership contests in the past, Harriet Harman said.

The 2010 Labour leadership contest was 'comradely and well organised', but was too much 'within Labour's comfort zone.' Harriet Harman added: "We were talking to ourselves. We have to look outwards and stress-test our candidates with the public."

She added: "So I want to see party meetings where members bring non-members. Where someone who voted Labour brings along someone who voted Tory or SNP Or didn't vote at all. And I want to see the contenders show how they make their case to those people. And I think we should let the public in on all of that."

"Let's welcome non-supporters into our discussions too. Not to vote in our internal elections but to be a part of them. That’s why our hustings have got to be different.

"We need robust tough televised hustings which involve the public.

"We have begun talks with broadcasters about how we make these happen. We are very open and keen to make this work. As interim leader, I have one principle here - let the public in".

She said: "We cannot just hold hustings in our Labour heartlands - we have to go to areas where we didn’t win. Because ultimately we are electing the team that we think can lead not just the party but lead the country. And that must be our guiding thought. Last time our hustings were in front of Labour members and were in cities where Labour won. We must have those hustings now in towns and suburbs where Labour lost.

"We have to go back and ask local people from those areas to be brutally honest about what they think of us and what they want from us."

Harriet Harman was clear that Labour's new leader and deputy leader will be the choice of the whole party - not just of one section of it.

She said: "We will have strict rules to ensure there is a level playing field for each one of the candidates. Last time the unions communicated directly with many of their members, sending them ballot papers with accompanying material only mentioning one candidate. There will be none of that this time. The Electoral Reform Society will send out individual ballot papers to each member of the electorate.

"The winner of this election is not going to be the choice of the unions or any single section or faction of the Labour Party. He or she is going to be choice of the Labour Party.

“We have already fundamentally and radically changed the way we elect our leader and deputy leader – indeed that is an important part of Ed Miliband’s legacy.

“We will allow people who are not party members, or who are not affiliated supporters through a trade union or Labour linked organistion like the Fabian Society, to have a vote. Anyone – providing they are on the electoral register, can become a registered supporter, pay £3 to and have a vote to decide our next leader.

"This is the first time a political party in this country has opened up its leadership contest in this way and I think there will be a real appetite for it out there.

"Already we have had more than 30,000 people join us as full party members since 7 May, but this is a new and innovative way of letting the public in on an important decision. And we have changed the rules so that it means one person has one vote regardless whether they are an MP, a Shadow Cabinet member, a trade unionist or a registered supporter – everyone’s vote is equal, as it should be.”

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Ed Miliband will today kick off the final day of campaigning as Labour hits five million conversations with voters since the beginning of the year – an unprecedented figure for any political party.

Ed Miliband has visited every part of the country, focussing efforts on Labour target seats such as Hastings where he has visited a number of times throughout the campaign. 

Ed Miliband has been talking to voters in Hastings and beyond about the choice facing the country: between a Labour government which will put working people first or a Conservative one which works only for a privileged few.

Sarah Owen, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Hastings and Rye said:

“The fact that Labour has had five million conversations with voters since the beginning of the year shows that we really are determined to hear what working people have to say and put their needs first in this election.

“The conversations that Labour has had with voters in Hastings and Rye were key in contributing to the five million figure. Ed Miliband has made an effort to visit Hastings and Rye on a number of occasions during the campaign to speak to constituents and demonstrate Labour is the party with a better plan for the area.

“With just a few hours until polls open I am still out there campaigning and speaking to voters about what’s important to them and the choice facing them.”

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Labour’s campaign has the momentum:

  • Labour’s membership is now over 200,000, meaning we reach polling day with the highest membership for 15 years.
  • Since January our activist base has grown by around 2,500 a month and we have had over 10,000 new members join.
  • We will have more members and volunteers out on the streets on polling day than all the main parties combined.
  • Our digital campaign is breaking new records, recruiting hundreds of volunteers every day – around half of whom are non-members.
    • Since the beginning of 2015, we've raised £2.1m online from more than 95,000 small donations, with an average donation of £22.11.
  • Over the whole of the campaign, we've raised more than £3m online from more than 148,000 small donations, with an average donation of £20.31. 55 per cent of donors are non-members.
  • This campaign has set out Labour’s better plan for working people, on:
    • Living standards: Freezing energy bills until 2017 and giving the regulator the power to cut bills this winter, banning exploitative zero-hours contracts, raising the minimum wage to £8 and providing 25 hours free childcare a week.
    • An NHS with the time to care: 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs, joined-up services from home to hospital, guaranteed GP appointments within 48 hours and cancer tests within one week.
    • The next generation: tuition fees reduced to £6,000, an apprenticeship for every school leaver who gets the basic grades, and smaller class sizes for 5, 6 & 7 year-olds.

 

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