On May 7th, residents from all over Brighton went to the polls to elect local and national representatives. Brighton Council held elections for each of its 54 seats across its 21 wards, and voters also filled in their ballots to vote for their choice of MP in the Brighton Pavilion, Hove, and Brighton Kemptown constituencies.
The previous Council elections, held in May 2011, saw a Green majority council, with 23 Green, 18 Conservative, and 13 Labour seats. This changed when the 2015 results were announced on Saturday 9th May, to a Labour majority, with 23 Labour, 20 Conservative, and 11 Green seats.
Turnout was much higher for this local election compared to 2011 as it was held in tandem with general election, which historically have much higher voter turnouts.
Councillors have an important role in local government, they are directly elected to represent the people, and therefore have to consider not just the interests of their local electorate, but those throughout the whole area to create a harmonious local environment.
Councillors must act in a number of capacities: as committee members, constituency representatives, and party activists. Local councils are responsible for a whole range of services; waste, recycling and environmental services, schools, social services, planning, housing, benefits, libraries, transport, leisure facilities and many more. Councillors help determine the way these services are provided, funded and prioritised.
Brighton Kemptown re-elected Conservative Party MP Simon Kirby, who has served as MP for this constituency since May 2010. You can read his manifesto aims on his website in an article entitled 'My Plan for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven' in which he talks about protecting green spaces, solving traffic issues, and a new Brighton hospital.
You can see more information about Simon Kirby's voting history in Parliament, the debates he has been involved in, and the questions he has tabled, amongst other things, on his theyworkforyou profile. You can also sign up for updates on Simon's activity in Parliament.
Brighton Pavilion, which includes most of the University campus, re-elected Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, who has served as MP for this constituency since May 2010. You can read her manifesto aims on her website in the 'Standing Up For...' section, in which she talks about ending tuition fees, making landlords more accountable, and helping local business.
You can see more information about Caroline Lucas' voting history in Parliament, the debates that she has been involved in, and the questions she has tabled, amongst other things, on her theyworkforyou profile. You can also sign up for updates on Caroline's activity in Parliament.
Hove elected Labour Party MP, and former Sussex student, Peter Kyle, who has not served as an MP prior to this election. You can read his pledges in which he talks about protecting the NHS, improving conditions for tenants, and reinvigorating local business.
You can see more information about Peter Kyle's voting history in Parliament, the debates that he has been involved in, and the questions he has tabled, amongst other things, on his theyworkforyou profile. You can also sign up for updates on Peter's activity in Parliament.
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