Leading Labour figures in Brighton and Hove say the European Parliament Election results today confirm that the city council and all three parliamentary seats are expected to return to Labour in the 2015 local elections and General Election.
“After four years of hard work, explaining why Labour is a better choice than the Greens, Tories, LibDems OR UKIP, we’re delighted by tonight’s result,” said Melanie Davis, chair of the Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party. “I’m sure all of our councillors, council candidates and Parliamentary candidates will now look towards next year’s elections with renewed confidence that our message is being heard loud and clear,” continued Melanie.
Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group on Brighton and Hove City Council Councillor Warren Morgan. “Our win in the Hanover by-election last year, our lead across the city in opinion polls, yesterday’s poll of the marginals, and now this show we are best placed to win. Our work on the doorstep has won back many local voters to Labour and our positive policies will show we are an administration in waiting. If elected we will deliver good quality, basic services to local people. These election results show that a year from now, with continued hard work, Labour can look forward to winning a majority of city council and getting on with the job of improving local services for Brighton and Hove.”
Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavilion, Purna Sen said, “This result shows that local people are more interested in effective government than in mere protest. I’m confident that a year from now, the voters of Brighton Pavilion will vote for real change instead of just the illusion of change. Labour stands for opposition and proposing practical policies, instead of just protesting. The next Parliament will make decisions that matter massively to the city, the country and, indeed, the planet. Work to address climate change, economic inequality, education and the NHS cannot wait. Only Labour can offer a genuine and practical alternative to the coalition. “
Hove and Portslade Parliamentary candidate for Labour Peter Kyle said, “It’s time to bring jobs and growth back to our communities and tonight’s election shows voters in Hove believe Labour is the best choice to do just that. This result reflects what people have been telling me throughout the constituency. For all the talk of a “Big Society”, the coalition have spent four years making Britain a less inclusive place, something clearly opposed by the voters of Hove. I look forward to working hard over the next year, as Labour continues to convince voters that as the party with the best record on social issues, ours would be the best party to deliver in government.”
Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven Parliamentary candidate Nancy Platts said, “Over the last four years, issues like zero hours contracts and rising energy bills have made life ever more precarious for working families. Voters across the constituency are turning back to Labour’s positive policies on the minimum wage and a commitment to secure employment."