A new politics
I applaud Green Party members for deciding democratically to withdraw their candidate in the forthcoming election in Kemptown and Peacehaven, where it is a close race between the Labour Party and the Conservatives. Whilst I do have differences of opinion with the Greens, this election will not just be about the current state of our politics but the future direction that we want the UK to go in and our relationship with Europe and the world. I campaigned for the UK to remain in the EU, I have worked in Brussels, negotiated on Erasmus plus (the EU education funding programme) and will fight against a Tory Hard Brexit.
At the UN, I worked negotiating on sustainable development and have recently proposed a motion supported by the Labour and Green groups on Brighton and Hove Council for the pension fund to divest from fossil fuels, and I would continue this work if elected in parliament.
At this time of national need (in house building, the NHS and schools, to name just three) stopping the destruction of this Tory government must be the top priority for all.
I believe our current electoral system is not fair or fit for purpose and I support a new kind of politics where single seat constituencies remain but no vote is wasted and all votes are represented, where we have an elected Lords which represent regions and local government, and communities have a greater say in their day to day lives. This politics must be bigger than just one party, and achieved though working together across the divide.
I hope that on the 8th June the voters of Kemptown and Peacehaven will share my vision for a NHS in public hands, housing for all and education that is well funded so that together we shall usher in a new politics for the many not the few.
Labour and Co-operative Parliamentary Candidate for Kemptown and Peacehaven