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A statement from Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Warren Morgan of the local Labour Party about the demonstrations this weekend against cuts.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle, chair of the Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party said,

"I hope we can all channel our efforts to change national policies so as to help our city."

"This weekend's protest is one of several taking place today across Sussex.cropped-lloyd.png Whereas the Tories in East Sussex have spoken out against the government cuts the Tories here in Brighton and Hove have remained silent."

"In the week that we have seen continued tax avoidance by the likes of Google our anger must be focused towards government and those large corporations that don't pay their fair share into society."

"Demonstrators should be loud and clear that we demand that the leaders of the local Tory party put pressure on George Osborne to stop the destruction of many of our local services."

"It is vital that we take the fight all the way to the Conservative Government and I can guarantee that the Labour Party will be there with you calling for an end to unnecessary austerity."

 

Warren Morgan, Leader of the Brighton and Hove Council and Labour Group said,


“We are losing a third or more of our funding for local services, all of the grant from government, over the coming three years."

"At the same time the costs of providing social care services are increasing rapidly." NewWarrenMorgan-200x300.jpeg

"With over £140 million taken out of the council’s budget by the Conservatives, we will not be able to afford to pay for the same level of services we do currently and still set a budget."

"We are working hard to keep redundancies to a minimum, find different ways of delivering services, raise income from other sources, and find innovative solutions to the extremely difficult financial situation that we and most other councils are facing."

"It is the job of unions to represent their members, but everyone need to join with us in taking the fight to Government, not the town hall."

"I have and will continue to make the case to Government ministers for the funding our services need.”

 

Russell-Moyle added,

 

"At the last meeting of members in Brighton, Hove and District Labour members acknowledged the hard work of our councillors and agreed to develop campaigns against cuts with them."

"I welcome all who want to seriously talk about real solutions to theses cuts locally and I hope the unions will work with us in ensuring that services in Brighton and Hove are protected."

"I remain willing, as chair of the party, to help develop a dialogue between unions, businesses or residents and Labour members so that we are developing innovative ways to take the campaign to national government and find local solutions to resist cuts in the city."

 

 

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