Brighton and Hove Labour Party and Labour Group of Councillors are saddened to learn of the untimely death of our comrade Cllr Dr Robert McIntosh on Saturday 1st April.
Robert was elected as a Brighton and Hove City Councillor for Rottingdean Coastal ward on 5th May 2022. Unfortunately, the week of his election Robert was diagnosed with bowel cancer following routine screening, and he was always deeply disappointed and frustrated that he was unable to participate fully in Council duties.
Robert was a hard worker, straight-forward with his views and extremely committed to the causes he believed in.
He built a Labour Party branch in Rottingdean Coastal which convinced residents in one of the safest Tory wards in the City that Labour was a party fit to represent all residents.
Robert’s PhD was in South African History. He grew up campaigning against apartheid. He was also a staunch defender of the EU and always at the big demonstrations and rallies in 2019, proudly waving his banner. Robert was also a supporter of electoral reform, including proportional representation.
Labour members will miss Robert’s calls asking them to attend a meeting or deliver leaflets. But we will continue door-knocking and listening to residents in both the May council elections and future campaigns, because that’s what he would have wanted – for us all to keep on keeping on with the fight for social justice and a fairer, more equitable world.