“A huge thanks to my team on the council and all who came to support us yesterday. I really appreciated it and it was so good to know, going in to one-on-one negotiations with the Tories, that I had that support. It is not the first Budget that we would have wanted and contains many painful cuts, but there is a huge amount in that £800 million budget that will do a lot of good.
The Greens voted with the Tories three times in support of their amendments and against our Budget. We opposed all six Tory amendments. Knowing that the Greens would not support us, the Tories had a majority against our budget and were free to demand more money for verge cutting and gully cleansing - at the expense of jobs. Management jobs, admin jobs, support staff jobs, trades union jobs. That's what the Green's "principled", "fight the cuts" stance actually delivered - more job cuts. Yet they will claim it is Labour who are enabling Tory cuts in Brighton and Hove. All the Greens had to do was abstain and we could have defeated the Tories on each and every vote.
I'm relieved we got a budget through, but I am not pleased about it. None of us want to cut jobs and services, but I stand by our belief that it is better to get the very best from a bad deal than step back and allow the Tories to make it even worse. Never more proud to be part of a Labour team that stands its ground and fights rather than a group that steps back and just protests.”