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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Mon 25 Feb 2019
Elected officers and representatives are elected by you to work within the University and Students' Union to make things better for Sussex students. This could be as part of formal committees, through informal meetings, working on relevant projects and campaigns, and working closely with other officers, members of staff and students.
Thu 14 Feb 2019
Ray Everall, Liam Dewan, Dorian Milburn and Nate Tomkings recently represented Sussex University students as delegates at the NUS Trans Conference 2019, which took place from 30 - 31 January in Manchester.
Fri 08 Feb 2019
Each month your full-time officers get together to look at what comments you have submitted to the Loop over the past month. These are categorised into what is going well, what is going less well, and ideas for improvement. This feedback is acted upon: specific comments are sent to the University to inform their service and to take action if necessary.
Thu 07 Feb 2019
Your elected Officers have been building on their work from last term, progressing their priorities and manifesto points. Here’s a summary of what each Officer has been up to!
Fri 14 Dec 2018
Nominate yourself for Full and Part-Time Officer roles, NUS Delegate and Student Trustee positions until 9am on the 11th of February!
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