Calling Labour Candidates!

Now is the time to put yourself forward to be a Labour candidate for Brighton and Hove City Council in 2019.

Please consider standing to be a Labour candidate at the May 2109 local elections in Brighton & Hove. Labour’s Local Campaign Forum (LCF) is encouraging the widest range of Party members to come forward now so that all our branches have a real choice when we hold our selection meetings in the coming months.

The LCF is looking for more applicants than ever to make sure we secure a Labour majority on Brighton & Hove City Council in 2019, to change Brighton and Hove and make life better and fairer for the many and not the few in our city. The LCF is the body which oversees the process of candidate selection, candidate support, and election campaigning. Labour wants candidates who reflect Brighton and Hove’s diversity. Our starting point is that we want as many prospective applicants as possible from all backgrounds.

If you would like to hear more about what it means to be a councillor, come along to an open meeting of the LCF at the Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF, starting 7.30pm on Wednesday 28 March to hear from young London Labour councillor Emina Ibrahim, Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP and others.



Have you ever thought of serving your community by becoming a city councillor? If so, this could be your year to apply. Being a councillor gives you the opportunity to represent local residents and groups by engaging on a regular basis so you know what the local issues are and how best to voice voters’ concerns, to promote Labour’s manifesto and improve your ward. You will also be making decisions about the policies which the Council will implement.

Find more information about being a councillor and the roles of a Labour councillor here.

Selection of Labour candidates is a democratic process determined by Labour Party members in local branches. If you are interested in putting yourself forward, please contact the LCF Secretary on . (If you have already contacted the LCF Secretary there is no need to do so again.) You will be sent further information and an application (“nomination”) form, to be completed and returned by Tuesday 3 April.

Would-be Labour candidates will be interviewed during April. A list of potential Labour candidates will be approved by the LCF when it meets on 8 May. Branches will hold shortlisting meetings (where members decide which candidates to invite to a selection meeting) and then selection meetings, where all shortlisted candidates speak and answer questions, before branch members vote to decide the candidates they want to represent Labour in their ward in the 2019 local elections.

More information will be available soon. For now the most important point is to encourage interested Party members to come forward as possible Labour candidates before the deadline of 3 April 2018.  Please do consider standing.








Our NHS – Fix It Now!

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Earlier this month on 3 February, Labour Party members from Brighton and Hove joined health workers, trades unionists, patients, NHS campaigners and concerned members of the public, travelling up to London for another massive march in support of our NHS.

Sussex Defend the NHS organised a fantastic send-off rally outside Brighton Station, giving everyone unable to go to London the opportunity to send their support and solidarity with the marchers arriving for the early train up to the capital.

(c) Sussex Defend the NHS

Among other speakers from Brighton and Hove District Trades Council, health workers, the RMT and Sussex Defend the NHS, Katrina Miller (Pavilion Labour and Withdean Branch) sent our solidarity and support to Sussex Defend the NHS and the day’s marchers.  Katrina reminded us all of the damage being done to our local health and social care services by Jeremy Hunt and the Tory government and urged us to make as much angry noise as possible!  If you’re new to NHS campaigning, Katrina has suggested people read and sign this petition to find out more and get things started.


It was a brilliant day in London and as usual hardly got any attention from the mainstream media, even though estimates of the numbers were well over 70,000.

Health Campaigns Together is already building for a massive march in London on Saturday 30 June to mark the 70th birthday of our NHS – and celebrate the tremendous and unflagging work, day in, day out, of all our health workers who are keeping services going in the face of the current dreadful onslaught of Tory privatisation policies.

Watch this space for how you can join in NHS campaign days coming up across Brighton and Hove.  Find out the devastating realities of what this Tory government is doing as it attempts to destroy our NHS as a public service – and get involved with your local Branch Labour Party.  We won’t stop fighting for our NHS until it’s saved!

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Help win East Brighton for Nancy!



The East Brighton council by-election is on Thursday 8 February 2018.  Thank you to everyone who has helped the campaign to elect Labour’s candidate Nancy Platts during January. Now we just need one final push during these last few days, and especially on polling day this Thursday, to make sure that Nancy is elected as the next Labour councillor representing East Brighton.  If you have any spare time, please read on…

If you want to volunteer in Nancy’s campaign for East Brighton and need more information, email Alex Darby – Vice-Chair/Campaigns for Brighton Kemptown CLP – at .



The forecast is pretty good for early February but, come rain or shine, Nancy’s campaign team will be out and you can make the difference by joining-in and helping the team to reach more East Brighton voters.  With your coat, gloves and hat, and some nice comfy shoes, you’ll soon be in the swing of things, and car drivers will also be needed to ferry other campaigners around.  See you out on the campaign trail!

Nancy and the campaign team will appreciate your help this final weekend at any of these times and places:

  • Tuesday 6 Feb – from 6pm – 8pm at 3 Arlington Mews, 162 Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 0AL.
  • Wednesday 7 Feb – from 11am – 3pm at the FBU Office, 11 Hunns Mere Way, Woodingdean, Brighton BN2 6AH
  • Thursday 8 Feb – from 9.30am – 9.15pm at 3 Arlington Mews, 162 Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 0AL.  If you can help on the day, please let Nancy’s team know your availability by completing this form 

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A Wish For 2018

From Jon Rogers, our Chair

I would like to wish all our members well for the festive period – and for a good 2018!

After the traumas of 2016 internationally (Trump’s election), nationally (the referendum result and second Labour leadership election), and locally (the suspension of the city-wide Brighton, Hove & District Labour Party), 2017 has brought hope.

Locally we have spent the year rebuilding our Party structures, beginning with our Constituency Labour Party in February and concluding with the inaugural meeting of our Local Campaign Forum for Brighton and Hove in November. Throughout the year our branches have grown in experience and activism, and our frequent street stalls have kept Brighton Pavilion Labour Party in the public eye in a positive way.

Pavilion Labour’s regular street stalls have been welcomed by residents around the constituency

Nationally, Labour under Jeremy Corbyn defied the doomsayers with a strong performance in the snap General Election. Theresa May called the election to provide a “strong and stable” Government and ended up having to bribe the Democratic Unionist Party with taxpayers’ money in order to cling to office.

We can go into the holidays with hope and optimism for the coming year – but we must also find the grit and determination which will be required to build and develop our campaign for socialism, locally and nationally.

Last week our friends and comrades in East Brighton branch chose Nancy Platts as their candidate to contest the council by-election which will be triggered when Lloyd Russell-Moyle (whose defeat of Simon Kirby in Kemptown was a local highlight of election night) resigns as a Councillor to focus on his work as a Member of Parliament.

January will therefore give us all the opportunity to travel to Whitehawk to ensure that Nancy and Labour hold Lloyd’s seat on the Council – and that will just be the beginning of a busy year of campaigning.  If you go in for New Year’s Resolutions please consider resolving to increase your campaigning activity.  You can start as soon as you like with our campaign days to Stop the Tory Train Robbery on 2nd January and to halt the rollout of Universal Credit on 13th January.

Public ownership of rail will allow us to cap fares and invest in services, putting passengers before profit.  Join Labour’s rail campaign on 2nd January 2018

Our Local Campaign Forum will meet again in the New Year to endorse a timetable for the selection of Labour candidates to contest all the seats on Brighton and Hove City Council in May 2019.  I hope that many Party members will consider putting yourselves forward as candidates, so that we have a wide and diverse field of candidates to deliver a socialist Council for our City.

I also hope that Party members will engage with the process of making policy for Labour locally so that we develop a local manifesto which is as radical and popular as our General Election manifesto – and that we will then take our socialist message out onto the doorsteps in our thousands.

In 2017 we began to rebuild the Labour Party in Brighton Pavilion – in 2018 we need to turn outwards in order to develop and campaign for the policies which can transform our society. With our eyes fixed on the prize of a socialist Council in 2019 we also need to campaign for socialist policies in the here and now, and remain ready for a General Election which may not come until 2022 – but could come at any time.

With thanks to all the emergency, NHS, transport and leisure industry workers who will be keeping the rest of us safe, well, mobile, fed and entertained over the festive break.

Jon Rogers cropAnd with special thanks to Labour members for supporting our Party during 2017.  I look forward to meeting more of you in 2018.

Very best wishes, Jon Rogers

Chair, Brighton Pavilion Constituency Labour Party

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AGM summary report

Delegates to the AGM of Brighton Pavilion Constituency Labour Party (CLP) met on Wednesday 6 December 2017 to receive the annual reports of our Executive Committee (known as the ‘EC’ or ‘Exec’) elected at the previous AGM on 4 February 2017, and to elect a new Exec for the year ahead – to run our Party and administer its business in the Brighton Pavilion constituency.

The meeting thanked all members who have worked hard to re-establish our local Party structures since the CLP was reconvened in February 2017, as well as all local members and supporters who have campaigned with our Party during the year and who donate to Pavilion Labour.  The Treasurer emphasised that those donations need to keep coming in!

The AGM adopted the constitution laid before it and debated a series of constitutional amendments, all but one of which was agreed.  The AGM accepted the outgoing Officers’ Reports and the interim accounts to 31 October.  (The final accounts to the year-end, will be presented, after audit, to the March GC Meeting.)  Delegates at the AGM also warmly received and accepted the CLP Development Plan, proposed by the outgoing Executive Committee.

The constitutional changes included the creation of the two new Executive posts of BAME Officer and Youth Officer, plus the Exec has been expanded with the addition of two delegates – one each representing affiliated trades unions and the Co-operative Party.

You can find out more about each of Pavilion Labour’s 14 current Executive members here and our full Executive Committee plus our auditors for 2018 are as shown below.  NB: The two auditors also elected at the AGM are independent of the Executive and not Exec members.



Notice of AGM


The AGM of Brighton Pavilion CLP will take place on the evening of Wednesday 6 December 2017 at Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF.

Candidates and Voting

Valid and confirmed bona fide General Committee (GC) delegates in post for the AGM will be eligible to stand for election as Officers or to the Executive Committee and to vote at the CLP AGM.

NB: GC delegates elected at branch AGMs take up post with the CLP AGM.

Elections to the Executive Committee

Elections will be held for the voting members of the Executive Committee (EC), comprising:

A.  Officers:

  1. CLP Chair
  2. CLP Secretary
  3. CLP Treasurer
  4. CLP Vice-Chair
  5. CLP Vice-Chair (Membership)
  6. CLP Women’s Officer

B.  Four further Executive members

C.  One Trades Union member

NB: In addition, one delegate is appointed by the Co-operative Party (where it is affiliated to the CLP) as a voting member of the EC.

The Trades Union member of the EC will be elected from and by the trades union delegates to the GC only.

At least three of the elected Officers and a minimum of half the Executive Committee must be women.

Nominations for Sections A and B

Any branch or affiliated organisation can nominate any bona fide GC delegate as a candidate for sections A and B.

For the avoidance of doubt, nominations are not restricted to any branch or affiliate’s own delegates, but may be made from among all valid GC delegates who will be in post from December 2017 on.

Nominations for Section C

Only trades unions affiliated to Brighton Pavilion CLP can nominate candidates for section C.

Nominees for Section C must be bona fide GC delegates from trades union branches who will be in post from December 2017 on.


The AGM will also elect two auditors for the CLP, at least one of whom must be a woman.

Other Business

The AGM will receive interim accounts and annual reports from Officers and the EC, formally adopt a constitution for Brighton Pavilion CLP and deal with any motions proposed to the AGM, plus any other urgent business of the CLP.

Deadline for Receipt of Nominations and Other Business

All nominations will close at 11am on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

Nominations and any other proposals for the AGM should be submitted to the CLP Secretary by email to by 11am on Wednesday 22 November 2017.  If an acknowledgement is not received within a reasonable period, please re-submit your original email to the CLP Secretary and copy the CLP Chair at .

Late nominations and proposals will not be accepted.


Any questions about the AGM can be emailed to the CLP Secretary at or posted to:

The Secretary

Brighton Pavilion Labour Party

11 Dorset Street



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Thornberry & Burgon speaking in Hove

The General Committee (GC) of Brighton Pavilion CLP has agreed to move the date for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) so that members will be free to attend this important fundraising event for all local Labour Party Branches across Brighton & Hove, kindly organised by our friends and neighbours in Hove and Portslade CLP.


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This event is ticket only and there are 500 tickets, available through the Old Market website priced at £30.

A limited number of tickets are available to low income/unemployed members for £5. Please phone Damian Wylie, (Fundraising Officer, Central Hove, Brunswick and Adelaide Branch) on 07581 504670 for details.

Peter Kyle MP and Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP will be attending, and we are very pleased to announce that Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry MP, and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice Richard Burgon MP, will be very special guests.

The evening will combine speeches, entertainment, with music from Jazz For Labour, a raffle and a special buffet supplied by The Real Patisserie.

Book your tickets now!


Labour members support Fair Trade – protest at Sainsbury’s 28 October

Continuing the theme of reports from October’s meeting of our General Committee (GC) – here is something we didn’t get to as we didn’t reach “any other business” – but it’s a fair bet that delegates would have been unanimous in their support if we had.

Sainsbury’s is ditching the Fairtrade mark from some of their own-brand tea and replacing it with a ‘Fairly Traded’ label.  They’ve decided to abandon Fairtrade and pilot their own scheme.

Tea farmers will no long be able to decide for themselves how to spend the money that they have earned through the Fairtrade mark.

Please come along at 2.30pm on Saturday 28th October for a photo outside the Sainsbury’s at Ann Street (just off London Road, past St Bartholomews), bringing with you a cut out of the green cup shown below, which you can print out here.  Or just bring your favourite mug!


Please also sign this petition to tell Sainsbury’s not to ditch Fairtrade.

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A positive debate about Brexit in Pavilion Labour

October’s meeting of the General Committee (GC) of Brighton Pavilion Constituency Labour Party, began with a briefing on Brexit organised (very well) by two members of our Executive, Ian McIsaac and Anne Thompson.  Members split into groups to discuss various aspects of the referendum result and the European Union.

A majority of members had supported “remain” in the referendum (in line with 69% of the voters in Brighton and Hove) and were still in favour of remaining within the EU – but a sizeable minority had voted “leave” or now felt that the UK should leave the EU. Delegates with varying opinions and a range of different knowledge and understanding about the EU engaged in wide ranging and comradely discussion.

This constructive exercise set the scene for an equally comradely debate around policy motions which divided opinion on the GC, but which ended with clear policy being adopted which reflected the majority “pro-remain” position of local people and Party members.

Brighton Pavilion Labour Party understands that the national Party needs, in developing its policy, to take account of the wide range of views about the EU and “Brexit” among labour supporters across the country – but we need to reflect the views of Party members in our locality in order to play a constructive role within that process.

Enemies of the Party, and its leadership have tried, on more than one occasion to make use of the issue of “Brexit” to attack the leadership for the cautious approach which they have adopted since the outcome of the referendum.  The balanced and friendly debate between Labour Party members with different opinions at Brighton Pavilion GC demonstrates that the time when this important issue could be used mischievously to cause dissent within the Party has passed.

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Brighton & Hove residents voted strongly to remain in the EU Referendum of June 2016

This is the first resolution which was agreed, proposed by Preston Park Branch:

This CLP calls on the national Labour Party to adopt a policy of retaining membership of the Single Market through remaining in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Customs Union.  The Treasury estimate that moving from the soft Brexit of the EEA to the hard Brexit of a Canadian-type deal costs an additional £16 billion in lost tax revenue each year (equivalent to 4 pence on the basic rate of Income Tax). If we default to WTO rules, then the annual, additional tax loss may be as high as £25 billion. Existing Labour Party policy of seeking ‘access’ to the Single Market, or stressing ‘function not form’, is too risky as the UK may not be able to gain comparable benefits to Single Market membership in negotiations. The current approach risks major economic harm and cuts to public services in future years.  This CLP calls on our Chair to send this resolution to the Leader, to adopt this motion as CLP policy and to encourage CLP delegates to support the position of retaining membership of the Single Market and Customs Union in any relevant vote at Party Conference.


And this is the second resolution, eventually agreed by 29 votes to 27 with 9 abstentions, following a lengthy debate, which was proposed by Hanover and Elm Grove Branch:

This branch notes that:

  • The Article 50 Bill passed through parliament without significant amendment committing the UK to withdrawing from the European Union
  • It is now expected to take around two years for negotiations on Britain’s exit to be completed
  • Brexit Secretary David Davis has promised parliament a final vote before the conditions of withdrawal are put to the European Parliament, although this will be a ‘take it or leave it’ choice, the alternative is likely to be to leave without a trade deal and rely on higher World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariffs.
  • The people of Brighton and Hove voted three to one in favour of remaining in the European Union.

This branch believes that:

  • Labour is an internationalist party that considers peace and prosperity in Europe is best served through membership of the European Union.
  • The outcome of the EU Referendum in June 2016 is noted. The referendum was on a broad principle with no details of what leaving the EU means.
  • False promises were made, especially about funding to the NHS. The franchise was limited with 16 and 17 year olds, who are most likely to be affected by Brexit, denied a vote.  And in normal circumstances a constitutional change would be expected to require more than a simple majority.
  • A second referendum asking whether the British people support the terms and conditions of leaving the EU should be held before it is sent to the European Parliament for ratification.
  • The status quo should prevail in event of a ‘No’ vote rather than the adoption of WTO tariffs. It should then be up to parliament whether renegotiations take place.
  • While supporting the Labour party position, as set out by Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer in his six tests before supporting the final Brexit deal, we believe that should include a firm commitment to remaining in the Single Market and to protecting the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU.

This branch therefore calls on Pavilion CLP to:

  • Adopt this motion as its submission to the Labour Policy Forum.
  • Support a campaign for a second referendum on the final terms of leaving the EU and in the event of a ‘no’ vote, stay with the status quo and revoke Article 50 rather than fall back on WTO tariffs.
  • Support Keir Starmer’s six tests, strengthening its commitment to remain in the Single Market and to protect the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU.
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Voting in the EU Referendum of 23 June 2016 was 52% leave (blue) to 48% remain (yellow) 

Pavilion no longer facing oblivion?

Significant changes in the proposals (for new boundaries for Parliamentary constituencies) from the Boundary Commission have been published today.

Now they propose that the parliamentary constituency of Brighton Pavilion will continue to exist (yay!), but we shall lose Regency (sob!) to a renamed “Hove and Regency” constituency while gaining Moulsecoomb & Bevendean from Kemptown, which still gets stretched out along the coast.

These revised proposals are less absurd than the last lot, but members (and branches) are still encouraged to have a good look and make representations during the last phase of the consultation between now and 11 December 2017.

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The revised boundaries for the Brighton & Hove parliamentary constituencies move Regency ward out to Hove and Moulsecoomb & Bevendean ward into Pavilion

There is no guarantee that these proposals will proceed of course, since the Tories will need the support of the Democratic Unionist Party – who are themselves waiting for revised proposals for their part of the world.

Look at the positive difference our responses have made already!  You can find the proposals online here.

We’ve saved the Pavilion. Now all we need to do is keep the historic heart of Brighton.  It seems that the Boundary Commissioners don’t realise that Regency is where Brighthelmstone began.  Perhaps we ought to tell them about our history now before it’s taken into Hove.

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