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Speech at selection meeting

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I wanted to thank those members that voted for me at the selection meeting last week and I hope that I will be a good Labour-Co-operative candidate for East Brighton.

The campaign will launch straight after the referendum with door knocking and deliveries of leaflets. Below you can see the speech I gave at the selection meeting.

No man is an island,

Entire of itself,

Every man is a piece of the continent,

A part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea,

Europe is the less.

As well as if a promontory were.

As well as if a manor of thy friend’s Or of thine own were:

Any man’s death diminishes me,

Because I am involved in mankind,

And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;

It tolls for thee..”

 

That John Donne poem was read today at the Orlando Massacre service in St George’s Church and I hope it is a fitting way to start today.

It has been an incredibly difficult week for many of us, and standing here asking for your votes without reflecting on that didn’t feel quite right.

On Monday after the disgusting events of the weekend seeing hundreds of people come to the New Steine to support the LGBT community, of which I am a part, was both heart breaking and heart warming.

Equally last night, hundreds turning up to remember Jo Cox to deplore her assassination and remember her gave me strength as a member of the Labour family.

These events must not reduce our resolve or make us scared, as socialists, as human beings, they must make us more determined to combat hate. In the referendum next week, in our communities and across Britain we must continue to work for the social values we stand by.

This is one of the reasons I want to stand as a Labour Councillor in the ward where I live, representing the streets where I walk every day.

This morning I was at the Bristol Estate Community Rooms where we have a volunteer led breakfast café at the weekends as a place for people to come and connect with their communities, and this afternoon I am asking you to select me to represent those communities.

I have run a cooperative café, set up a cooperative housing association, chaired the local party, been a local youth worker, represented youth organisations in Brussels and worked at the UN.

I’ve been a member of the Labour and Cooperative Parties for over 10 years, campaigning for our current leader Jeremy Corbyn to get elected and last year campaigning here in East Brighton for our councillors and Nancy Platts to get elected.

I believe that I have a breadth of experience and with the support of my union the GMB and, I hope, the co-nomination of the Co-operative Party I want to stand as a Labour-Co-operative candidate, for you.

We have achieved so much in the last year from the Brighton and Hove Labour manifesto but we still have so much to do.

East Brighton has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the city, two of the most economically deprived areas in the south east are in this ward and there are still too few homes for people.

I believe we must keep up the push to build more houses – at social rents, with secure tenancies for local families. We must ensure emergency accommodation so that those who are the most vulnerable are enabled to get decent homes and we can only do that with council owned, operated or socially managed developments in our ward; we can only do that with a Labour Council.

I remember as a child spending time at the Royal Alexandra and then after returning back to school being taken out of classes and offered the support I needed – that support has helped me and it should be offered to every child in our city, therefore the continuing push to invest and improve educational services in East Brighton will be close to my heart.

I want to support our councillors to continue to strive to keep affordable transport across our ward and finally I believe with my background in advocacy, conflict resolution and law I can help represent you, the residents of our ward for the better.

I hope that you will vote for me today

 

Thank you.

Standing for Labour’s East Brighton nomination

Following the news that one of our fantastic councillors, Maggie Barradell, has had to resign in order to undertake family caring responsibilities outside of the Brighton area, I have decided to seek nomination to be the Labour Candidate in the up and coming by-election.

Maggie has been an absolutely fantastic councillor, and her leaving is a real shame. I have worked with Maggie very closely over the year (in her role as Chief Whip and my role as Chair of the District Party). In standing to fill Maggie shoes, I realise that it will be a hard task to replace such as formidable local councillor, but I hope will serve the people of East Brighton as she has.

East Brighton is where I have lived for a number of years and I was born here and I had my formative years and education near by. It therefore seems the appropriate time to commit to serving our community.
I will in the coming days write more about my intention. I still have to undergo a shortlisting process and interview by a panel of party members, but I hope to be on the final shortlist drawn up for East Brighton members to choose from on the 18th June.
I have had paid employment in the Youth Service in Lewes and Peacehaven, with the National Youth Agency in Leicester, at the University of Bradford and more recently for the United Nations in New York.
I care about our youth services, decent housing and transportation. I have a personal interest in advocacy for people in relation to health, development and improving the environment.
I have been a director of a cooperative cafe, set up a housing cooperative and sat on a number of cooperative bodies and boards and I am a member of the Cooperative Party. Last year I stood for parliament in Lewes, doubling the vote, and have also stood for other by-elections, in various places, increasing the vote each time.
For many years I have been a union member, originally with Unison and now jointly with Unite (Community Section) and GMB (Sussex Branch).
During the short selection process I will step back from my role as Chair of the Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party for the purposes of this by-election. If you have any questions please contact me on 01273 252929 or lloyd@russell-moyle.co.uk
I hope to speak to you soon.
Lloyd

 

Support the NHS Bill

Dear Editor,

I am delighted that Labour Party members will be joining a cross party campaign to restore the NHS by supporting and calling on all MPs to vote for the NHS bill tomorrow.

At the last all members’ meeting of Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party the members voted overwhelmingly to support the bill. Whilst no bill is perfect, and I would expect good Labour MPs to table friendly amendments at later readings, I am clear that all Labour MPs should be supporting the sprit of the bill, which is seconded by our party leader.

I have written to our shadow health secretary and local MPs to remind them of the strong view of our members on this matter and I hope they take heed of the single largest Labour Party in the South East.

The NHS is too important to divide along party lines, but what is clear is that the current government is slowly attacking every aspect of the NHS. They have attacked our doctors, our nurses and the very make up of the service and therefore I’m delighted that the NHS bill has support across a number of parties.

I’m proud that the Labour Party locally have joined our junior doctors and patient transport staff on each walk out that they have undertaken to save our services. I’m also pleased that during the final years of the last Labour government the creeping privatisation was halted by making the NHS the preferred provider, but we must go further.

I will continue to support our fantastic NHS staff whilst calling on all of our MPs to vote for the reading of the NHS bill tomorrow.

Yours

Lloyd Russell-Moyle
Chair of the Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party

Response to “We Tories are all Eurosceptics now”: The tories are putting their ideology above democracy

Letter “We Tories are all Eurosceptics now”: Why the tories are putting their ideology above democracy

Dear Editor,

I read with interest John Redwood’s article this weekend in the Financial Times (“We Tories are all Eurosceptics now“, 8th January 2016). Mr Redwood claims that we would be more democratic outside of the EU, the truth is the opposite.

Outside of the EU we would have to abide by the vast majority of EU regulation without any say in how the rules are created.

Take Switzerland where after a referendum last year they wish to restrict immigration but are unable to change the EU rules to do so. Despite not being in the EU the European Commission has withdrawn a number of cooperation programmes with them including the Erasmus+ programme, which many students will know for supporting university exchanges, and has threatened more restrictions if they prevent freedom of movement.

Norway, another example, pays into the European Union budget but gets almost nothing back and has little say in the regulations that it has to abide by. The final example Turkey, as part of the customs union has no ability to set its own external tariffs. Even more so, Turkey will have to accept most of the terms under the US-EU trade deal (TTIP) for inward trade but will not automatically have free outward trade with the USA.

Mr Redwood says that we would be able to have our own representation at climate change conferences, but the truth is we already do. We get to be represented twice, once as the UK and once as the EU. I have observed a number of sustainable development negotiations over the last 10 years including for the Sustainable Development Goals. In the final push member states turn to bilateral/closed door negotiations with the big players agreeing the final text; this year that was the EU, G77 (representatives of poor states), Russia, USA and on occasion small island states. If we were to leave the EU we would end up with the other states such as Iceland, Norway, Canada et al who at the last moments have to sit outside the negotiation table and be onlookers.

Finally he talks of “self-government” for the UK, but what is this democratic state he talks of? The UK has an unelected upper house (the Lords) compared to the elected governments who sit in the EU’s upper chamber; a lower chamber (the Commons) which is elected on winner takes all compared to the proportional EU Parliament; and local councillors who have no say in UK wide decisions compared to their role putting forward amendments to EU laws in the Committee of the Regions. In almost all counts the EU is equal or more democratic, representative and pluralist than the UK. The EU is not perfect but it has improved over the last 10 years whereas here in the UK we have spent 100 years arguing over Lords reforms. Leaving the EU would leave us unprotected from the tyranny of UK governments and allow the state to go unchecked between elections.

The Tories might be united in leaving the EU but this would leave the UK weaker, poorer and less democratic. For this reason alone, not to mention trade, security and culture, I’m proud that most Labour Party MPs, members and voters are putting their country before ideology and recent reports show that they will be voting to stay in the EU.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Brighton

Me [second right] with the President of the European Parliament [centre]

Me [second right] with the President of the European Parliament [centre]

Lloyd was the parliamentary candidate in Lewes for Labour in 2015, represented youth workers and youth organisation in Brussels and Strasbourg for 8 years and is the chair-candidate for Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party.

Chair of the Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party

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This week I have sent out a message to Ward Secretaries in Brighton Hove and District saying that I intend to stand for Chair of the District Party Executive Committee.

Download my statement here or read it below.
Dear Friend,

I am standing to be the Chair of Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party (BHDLP).
Hopefully this short letter will help explain why and introduce me to you.

My Background:

Currently I am a part-time researcher and student of International Law at the University of Sussex. I also chair an international organisation that supports people to get active in the United Nations.

Born in Brighton, I grew up in Sussex and now live in East Brighton. I was educated at a local comprehensive and went on to study Conflict Resolution. After leaving college I joined the Youth Service in Lewes and Peacehaven, where I also got involved in Unison. I joined the Co-operative Party and Labour Party in 2005 and have been active in Bradford, Brussels, Lewes and now BHDLP.

I have sat on the board and chaired organisations including the British Youth Council and the Woodcraft Folk. Over the last 12 years I have advised governments and worked in places as diverse as Sri Lanka, Kosovo, Mexico and Germany, and sat on advisory panels for the EU, Council of Europe and the UN. I stood twice for local council and, this summer, supported Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership campaign. I believe we must now ensure that Labour remains united and the Party grows our appeal in all directions.

My affiliations:

I am a member of Unite and the GMB and have supported my local Trades Councils. I am a member of LGBT Labour, Labour Campaign for International Development, Labour Movement for Europe, CND, and a number of other political and campaigning organisations on the left. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

In 2015 with the support of LGBT Labour I was Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Lewes. As well as fighting Lewes hard, I spent a lot of time in Kemptown supporting Nancy Platts, helping with emails, leading teams of volunteers and mobilising activists. When possible I also campaigned across the city.

My vision for the next few years:

Like many of us I was bitterly disappointed that we didn’t achieve a Labour government, but our gains on the City Council and in Hove are a testament to everyone’s hard work. Now I believe that we must focus on the following areas:

At Meetings: We need a firm but fair approach to ensure that our meetings are orderly and democratic, that everyone’s voice is heard respectfully, and that we reach out to all our members, new and old.

With the Public: I want to continue the work started by Nancy as Chair and Jeremy as Leader – supporting the BHDLP executive to position ourselves as the anti-austerity party and major campaigning force locally. Austerity is a political choice, not an economic necessity, and we must stand with the public in fighting back against the Tories’ regressive policies.

Supporting our Council: I applaud our councillors for speaking out against Tory cuts while managing our council in difficult circumstances. Locally Labour must work with local unions to gather the evidence to prove that outsourcing and privatisation do not save money, and develop alternative solutions, not just lofty worded motions, that our councillors can support and take forward.

Creating a positive message: Far more than just an anti-cuts party, we must ensure we are seen as pro growth, jobs and homes. We must be a party of education, fairness, internationalism and Europe.

We can only achieve our aims with a Labour Government and a Labour Council. My aim is to ensure we keep building in Brighton, Hove and District to help form the next government in 2020 and get a majority Labour Council in 2019. I hope to see you on 16th January 2016 at City College, 10:30am – and will ask for your vote then. Please contact me beforehand if you have any questions or issues.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

The boundary review: Manipulation of the electoral system

First published in the Brighton and Hove Independent November 27, 2015

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Lloyd Russell-Moyle is a Brighton resident and the former Labour Parliamentary Candidate in the Lewes Constituency. He has been coordinating the campaign for voter registration on behalf of the Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party.

On Tuesday, the starting gun for transforming Brighton and Hove into a Tory stronghold will be sounded.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

When the new electoral register is published it is estimated that more than 25,000 people will have their right to vote removed, taking the total electorate down to around 190,000 people in the city. This is happening because the government has brought the deadline forward for people to re-register to vote by one year.

Anyone the council fails to match against the national insurance database may face removal from the register – even if they voted in May 2015.

It has been widely reported that a ratio 2:1 of Labour vs Tory voters are being removed from the register. Those hardest hit by the changes is set to be students, young people, those living in the rented sector, and those with lower English skills.

In Brighton and Hove the highest drops in numbers are expected to be in the following areas: Hollingdean and Stanmer (Pavilion); Moulsecoomb and Bevendean (Kemptown); Brunswick and Adelaide (Hove); Regency (Pavilion); Preston Park (Pavilion); Hannover and Elm Grove (Pavilion); St Peter’s and North Laine (Pavilion); Central Hove (Hove); Goldsmid (Hove); and Queens Park (Kemptown).

MP numbers will be reduced from 650 to 600 and all constituency boundaries are to be redrawn.

Previously the Independent Boundary Commission used many data sources such as census data, but now they are only allowed to look at the December 1 register, even if they know there are more people eligible to vote living in the area. Based on last year’s numbers constituencies would have to be between 80,000 and 73,000 voters.

How will this affect our constituencies? Kemptown at 68,000 voters is already too small and will need to expand further into East Sussex. Hove too, with 73,000 will likely be at risk of being extended into West Sussex. Pavilion looks safer with 76,000 voters but last year the registered voters dropped by 10% (the 9th largest fall in the UK).

Five of the 10 wards with the highest reduction in registration are in Pavilion, meaning another 10% drop in numbers is likely and would mean Pavilion being extended north into Mid Sussex. While we don’t know the result of the boundary redrawing, it could make it impossible to elect anyone other than Conservative MPs in Brighton and Hove.

The UK could return up to 50 more Conservative MPs on the same vote we had in May 2015. If the people of Brighton and Hove really do choose Conservative MPs exclusively, then I accept the democratic result. However, what is currently happening is a cynical manipulation of our electoral system.

The Labour Party has been out every day in the last month ensuring people are registered to vote and we will fight to ensure that your votes are not discarded.

 

Thanks and where to go next

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I wanted to thank the voters of Lewes that voted for Labour last week. Voters in Lewes came to Labour in similar numbers as in 1997 when were able to get a landslide Labour government, unfortunately voters in the rest of the county didn’t. 
There is a myth circulating that Labour and Green voters let in the Conservatives by not voting tactically for the LibDems in this election. Even if every increase in Labour votes (around 2,500) and every increase in Green votes (around 1,500) was a tactical Liberal voter returning to vote for what they believed in, it does not add up to the 8,000 votes the Libdems lost between the 2010 and 2015. It was traditional Liberal voters who sacked Norman because of his betrayal of supporting the Tories. 
 
We have seen in recent days small acts of defiance against the Tories: from Matt Woodruff’s garden centre sign which went viral to legal cases being prepared against sell off of social housing. The government has  reduced its majority from 73, when Norman propped them up, to now just over 10. Anyone who remembers the Major government will know that this will mean that we, the people, will be more able to hold the government to account and in Lewes we must start by making sure that the new Tory MP works for us and not her bank rollers. 
If you want to help build a stronger left, an alternative to the Tories, a party that will stand up for working people. If you want to help ensure that never again do we get a LibDem that betrays us or a Tory that sells our country off then join the Labour Party and help build the fight back and select our new leader. You can join online at join.labour.org.uk
 
Lloyd Russell-Moyle
Lewes and Seahaven Labour Party candidate for 2015 general election 

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LGBT Labour

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Last week the Labour Party launched the manifesto for LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans*) people in Brighton. Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour’s candidate for parliament in Lewes, who is sponsored by LGBT Labour attended the event. 

lgbt.jpgLloyd said “It was great to launch the manifesto with so many candidates including my fellow Sussex LGBT Labour sponsored candidate Peter Kyle and our partner constituency candidate Nancy Platts”

The event was launched by the first Lesbian MP and Shadow Cabinet member Angela Eagle in the Komedia, Brighton and includes pledges to introduce a global LGBT envoy, further protect workers. Make the pention arrangments for LGBT people equal to thoese in hetrosexual marradges and much much more. 

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Save our NHS

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Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour’s candidate for Parliament in Lewes, joined 38 Degrees activist in a day of action to save our NHS and ensure that we use our votes to keep it in public hands. 

lloydlove_NHS.jpgLloyd said

Labour is the only party putting a public NHS at the heart of our country. We have recognised that private involvement has gone too far and will roll it back completely. I will campaign for the write off of all PFI contracts, which at the time brought needed money into the NHS but now cost the NHS too much. I have been dismayed at the Lib Dems support of the privatisation, with Norman Baker describing it as a positive thing, but also the Greens in Brighton have split up Substance Misuse Services and Mental Health services into private services and have tried to privatise Sexual Health Services. This is why I’ve also met with NHS workers during my campaign and I am aware of the many challenges they face in providing services locally and I have been supporting both UNISON and the Royal College of Nurses campaigns on the NHS.

Labour has made a range of promises in relation to the NHS. A Labour government will:

  • Repeal the Health and Social Care Act and restore the right values to the heart of the NHS – collaboration and integration, not competition and fragmentation

  • Ensure that the NHS is exempt from trade agreements such as TTIP

  • Invest an extra £2.5bn a year in staff and services, hiring 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more home-care workers and 3,000 more midwives

  • Guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours and cancer test results within one week

  • Bring together physical health, mental health and social care into a single service to meet all of a person’s care needs – whole person care, built around patients, not bureaucrats.

  • Place a greater emphasis on early intervention so that people don’t have to reach crisis point to get the help they need

  • Make the NHS legally the preferred provider to ensure that we only use private companies when the treatment is specialised and cannot be done anywhere in the NHS.

This is an ambitious agenda for our NHS but one that is both achievable and necessary. However, we can only achieve the type of NHS that you and I want if it remains in public hands. That’s why I’ll vote to repeal the Health and Social Care Act and do everything within my power to ensure that our NHS continues to be there for everyone who needs help.

 

I’m determined to secure a bright future for both our national and local health services if elected in May.

What is clear is that both the Liberal Democrats and the Tories are happy for our NHS and other key public services to be sold off; this is why its vital that we achieve a Labour government in 2015.

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