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Local results from the Police and Crime Commissioner votes show Labour way ahead of other parties in Brighton and Hove.

Councillor Warren Morgan, the Labour Leader of the city council, said the results of Thursday's elections show Labour locally is winning the trust and support of the electorate after convincingly beating the other parties in Brighton and Hove.

“This is a clear vote of confidence in the Labour administration on the first anniversary of us taking control of the city,” said Cllr Morgan, “It’s a clear vote of confidence in our approach to running the council, delivering on jobs, homes and schools and working in partnership with the police on tackling crime, anti-social behaviour and supporting local neighbourhoods.”

Four years ago the Greens claimed Labour only topped the poll in the same elections because they did not field a candidate. As in last year's local elections, they finished a distant third. A Labour spokesperson said "This shows quite clearly that politics in Brighton and Hove is now a choice between a sensible administration, investment in the city and support for those who need it, versus Tory austerity."
 
Labour were nearly 3,500 votes ahead of the Tories and 6,500 ahead of the Greens. Councillor Morgan added, “I’m proud that our Labour administration are getting the basics right – including how we approach crime and disorder.”

The results are part of a wider pattern of Labour success in urban areas across Sussex gaining seats and increasing majorities where they lead councils such as Hastings and Crawley. Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour's chairperson in Brighton, Hove and District said "the feedback in the street to our activists is that they don't trust the Tories or Greens to run services in Brighton and Hove." 

With Labour taking a number of seats Adur District overnight and coming second in PCC ballot in Lewes and Mid-Sussex Districts Mr Russell-Moyle noted "there is a clear move towards Labour in the Greater Brighton region with trust in Labour locally high. This should be seen as another boost for the devolution to the city region."

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The results in Brighton and Hove were as follows 

 

  2016 (1st Round) Change 
2016-2015
2015 (Council)
Labour Party:  14,786 37.10 +1.55   35.55
Conservative Party: 11,379 28.55 -1.61   30.16
Green Party: 8,277 20.77 -5.39   26.16
UKIP: 3,056 7.67 +3.95   3.72
Liberal Democrat:  2,354 5.91 +2.64   3.27
Independent/Other:    0.00 -1.13   1.13
TOTAL 39,852        
Turnout: 24.50%

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 Local results from the Police and Crime Commissioner votes show Labour way ahead of other parties in Brighton and Hove.Councillor Warren Morgan, the Labour Leader of the city council, said the...

Leader of the Council Warren Morgan has hailed the success of the council’s library plan, being voted on at full Council tomorrow:

 

warren_morgan.jpg“When Government cuts are forcing many councils to close or privatise public libraries, Labour councillors in Brighton and Hove are keeping the city’s libraries in public hands, open for longer and we are putting them at the heart of our communities.”

Green councillors have said they will vote against the plan, putting the future of seven local libraries at risk in order to stop Hove Library from moving from a century old building that is no longer fit for purpose and which costs a huge amount of money to run. The proposals for a new Hove Library would mean services closer to the majority of users, longer opening hours, a café and outdoor space for community events. The changes have been backed by residents in two public consultations.

Cllr Morgan added:

“Labour has a proud record of defending and promoting libraries in the city, having overseen the building of our award winning Jubilee Library and having opposed the closure of the mobile library under the previous Green administration. Our vision for Brighton and Hove is one where libraries form an essential part of a network of community hubs, providing an expanded range of advice and support services which will bring council and other public services closer to the communities that need them.”

Public libraries in public hands, open for longer and at the heart of our communities

Leader of the Council Warren Morgan has hailed the success of the council’s library plan, being voted on at full Council tomorrow:  

Statement from Cllr Warren Morgan, Leader of the Council, supported by Cllr Tom Bewick and Cllr Dan Chapman, Chair and Deputy Chair of  Children, Young People and Skills  Committee.

 

“We value and support all our local schools including our academy schools. But it’s disheartening and frustrating to hear the government’s announcement that they want all schools in England to convert to become an academy, a policy which under this Government is much more about ideological endeavour than about school improvement.

 

Ofsted have already highlighted serious concerns about some Multi Academy Trusts and the performance in their schools and with 82% of local authority maintained schools rated either good or outstanding it’s hard to justify forcing schools to become an academy.

 

Forcing schools to become an academy and join a MAT takes the focus in the school away from improvement and the outcomes of the children and instead focuses their attention to the conversion. MATs and especially some of the larger chains are becoming more and more centralised, removing local governing bodies and distancing themselves further away from the school they run.

 

The government needs to recognise that local authorities are in a unique position of having the best knowledge for the local area which is essential to plan school places and ensure provisions are equally and appropriately distributed. The government is taking this ability away from local authorities, which will lead, in the future, to greater inequality and disparities between schools.

 

We need our schools to be focused on the outcomes of children not worrying about their external structure and how they will be maintained. Our schools need to be locally accountable to parents, governors and communities. Forcing schools to join large MATs denies local residents this fundamental right.

 

If the Government insists on this approach then we intend to look at establishing a co-operative trust to run our schools, maintaining as much local control as possible and preventing multi-academy trusts from cherry-picking the popular schools and leaving the rest to struggle. We want all schools in the city to be excellent schools, and will work on defending them from what is an ideological assault on both education and local councils.”

 

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Notes

 

We fully support the Aldridge Foundation, which we regard as a local sponsor, and which was established under Labour’s academy programme. They have invested huge amounts in our schools to improve educational outcomes in areas with previously lower attainment.

 

http://www.local.gov.uk/web/guest/children-and-young-people/-/journal_content/56/10180/7747303/NEWS

 

http://press.labour.org.uk/post/141112275019/response-to-reports-of-a-government-announcement

 

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