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In its front-page editorial today, the Brighton and Hove Independent makes accusations against Labour local candidates of improper behaviour on social media regarding a recent incident while canvassing. The description of events in the publication is inaccurate and does not reflect the accounts of the majority of people present. The article makes baseless accusations against Labour candidates. We are seeking legal advice on this matter. We were also disappointed not to be asked for comment prior to the publication of the article.

Brighton and Hove has the opportunity to elect three Labour Members of Parliament and a Labour-run City Council on 7 May. We will be out campaigning for a Labour victory every day. We will not allow volunteers to be intimidated as campaigning is an integral part of democracy. Everyone who takes part should be treated in a respectful manner both by other political parties and all forms of media.

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In its front-page editorial today, the Brighton and Hove Independent makes accusations against Labour local candidates of improper behaviour on social media regarding a recent incident while canvassing. The description...

11130169_10152728037082411_3464654657808989873_n.pngCouncillor Warren Morgan, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group on Brighton and Hove City Council, has welcomed a pledge to protect neighbourhood policing. If elected in May, Labour will introduce a new ‘Local Policing Commitment’, which makes sure police forces guarantee neighbourhood policing in every area. 

I spent four years working for Sussex Police, and almost a decade chairing the crime prevention forum in my ward, so I know how important neighbourhood policing is. Across Brighton and Hove our PCSOs are valued by local communities as are our local PCs and Sergeants for their local knowledge and commitment. It's vital that we vote to protect our local police from Tory cuts.

Labour will set out £800 million worth of efficiency savings a year to enable Chief Constables to safeguard over 10,000 police officers from cuts scheduled by the Conservative Government. The savings – all of which have been ruled out by the Tories – include scrapping expensive police and crime commissioners and halving the cost of police governance; ending the police subsidy of gun licenses; mandating joint procurement and sharing support services. 

The Tories plan to cut more police, over a thousand in Sussex in the next five years, hitting neighbourhood policing and leading to dire warnings from the independent policing inspectorate and from Chief Constables about the future of the police. This risks public safety at a time when the Police are already struggling to cope with an increase in violent crimes such as child sexual exploitation and rape.

On 10th March, BBC News reported that Sussex Police were planning on axing 1,000 jobs by 2020: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-31821568

Labour council leader welcomes policing pledge

Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group on Brighton and Hove City Council, has welcomed a pledge to protect neighbourhood policing. If elected in May, Labour will...

11083952_10152705757302411_4824823036035772266_o.pngUnder Labour the tax burden on small business will be lower than under the Tories. Our first Budget will cut business rates for 1.5 million small business properties and then freeze them the following year.

This is part of Labour’s Better Plan for Small Businesses, which includes action to tackle late payment, reducing unnecessary regulation and establishing a British Investment Bank to boost lending to small firms.

Labour will lower the tax burden on small businesses with a cut in business rates – worth an average of £400 – rather than going ahead with another cut in corporation tax for large firms.

This will benefit 17 small business properties for every one business helped by the Tory plan for a further cut in corporation tax. And we will look to go even further as we prioritise small businesses for future tax cuts.

Welcoming the pledge by Labour, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group on Brighton and Hove City Council, Councillor Warren Morgan, said:

Small and medium sized enterprises are the foundation of our city’s economy, whether an independent building contractor or a small tech start-up. Over 99 per cent of businesses in Brighton and Hove are small or medium-sized. Cutting and then freezing business rates for small businesses, and taking action on late payments, will give SMEs in Brighton and Hove a real boost and allow them to take on and train new staff. That will help us deliver our pledge to boost apprenticeships and eliminate youth unemployment locally.

 

Labour will prioritise tax cuts for small firms

Under Labour the tax burden on small business will be lower than under the Tories. Our first Budget will cut business rates for 1.5 million small business properties and then...

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