The ArgusGreens announce general election candidates for Hove and Brighton Kemptown (From The Argus)

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  • "
    Roundbill wrote:
    Is this the same Christopher Hawtree who led the protests against making Hove Library accessible for wheelchairs?
    Silly comment. If you want to know the truth, one Richard Scott was very diligent in looking into making Hove Library DDA compliant and lobbied officers with the obvious point that the circling stairwell area was possibly even designed to take a lift which would make the place DDA compliant.

    He also pointed out to me that the BME people were looking for a base that would get them £1 grant from Govt. (their Annual Statement contained details at the time). I promptly emailed the Policy & Resources Committee with a comment about this and the item on their Agenda a few days on was withdrawn immediately. It bought us time.

    Hawtree gathered petition signatures outside the Library with a couple of other men and then swanned about getting Adam Trimingham to put things in the paper about HIS campaign as though he was all there was. The big I am quite rightly did his bit and deserves some of the credit for keeping it in the public eye.

    It is now fully compliant and wheelchair users have access to all floors using the lift that went.....up through the stairwell that Richard Scott worked so hard to get the council to buy into. He also provided a lot of facts and figures to Hawtree....not that CH would ever dream of crediting him for it I'd wager."
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Greens announce general election candidates for Hove and Brighton Kemptown

The Argus: Green Party candidate for Hove Christopher Hawtree Green Party candidate for Hove Christopher Hawtree

The Green Party has announced its candidates to fight for two Brighton and Hove constituencies in the next general election.

Brighton and Hove councillor Christopher Hawtree is to contest Hove against Tory MP Mike Weatherley and Davy Jones, a nationally recognised expert on citizen participation, will be looking to unseat Conservative Simon Kirby in Brighton Kemptown.

Coun Hawtree said: “I am hugely honoured that the Greens have entrusted me with our banner in Hove, a bellwether constituency for national election trends.”

Mr Jones said: “I’m thrilled to stand for Parliament in Brighton Kemptown, having grown up in Saltdean as a teenager, attending the local youth club, playing pitch and putt and, as a student, teaching English to Italian students in Saltdean Lido.”

Caroline Lucas, the UK’s first Green MP, has already been reselected to stand in Brighton Pavilion.

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