Politicians picketed Downing Street in a bid to protect Brighton and Hove from cuts.

Just a few hours after the Chancellor delivered his autumn statement, Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas joined senior members of Brighton and Hove City Council’s Green administration on the steps of Number 11 to present a letter.

It outlined their concerns about the speech and claimed the city was being unfairly singled out for government cuts.

Council leader Jason Kitcat said: “This government and this Chancellor are doing harm to the residents and businesses of Brighton and Hove, singling us out for cuts two or three times more severe than other south east authorities.

“They’re also threatening the very existence of local government, with forecasts of cuts so deep that there will be no government funding left for local councils after 2020.”

The letter said: “The people of Brighton and Hove do not deserve the Government’s short-sighted, irresponsible and wholly unjust programme of cuts to our city.”

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