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."
The results in Brighton and Hove were as follows
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