Close call in election for Brighton and Hove Green Party leader

The Argus: Jason Kitcat was relected as convenor of Brighton and Hove City Council's Green group Jason Kitcat was relected as convenor of Brighton and Hove City Council's Green group

A council leader has admitted that there have been “ups and downs” during his tenure after being re-elected to lead his party despite opposition from many of his colleagues.

Jason Kitcat was the only declared candidate in the Green Party’s annual election to be convenor of its Brighton and Hove City Council group of councillors.

But despite facing no opposition for the post, 49 of the 126 Green Party members who voted chose to re-open nominations.

Of the 23 Green Party members in public office who voted, only 12 voted in favour of Coun Kitcat.

Despite squeezing back into the post, he will remain in the role for another 12 months.

Coun Kitcat, who was elected leader of the council nearly a year ago, said he was delighted to be re-elected.

He added: “I don’t think it’s entirely true that nearly half our members don’t support me. There were some people who didn’t vote, for example.

“The important thing is there are significant numbers who did back me and it was a winning result.

“There is hard work to do as it’s a tough time for local government right now, but I’m committed to the cause.

“It’s inevitable there will be ups and downs but we’ve achieved a lot so far.

Making progress

“We’ve got the £3m City Deal status for Greater Brighton, we’re expecting news soon on the Rugby World Cup and we delivered a sound budget.

“We have a fantastic new chief executive for the council too and we are making lots of progress.

“But there is still lots of work to do.

“We face a situation where councils are being cut harder and Brighton and Hove was the second hardest hit in the country.

“All things considered, we’ve done really well. We need to weather the tidal waves and storms that we’ll face ahead but we’re ready to work hard.”

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12:37pm Mon 25 Mar 13

D5 says...

Good news, keep on keeping on Greens!
Everyone will be voting in the Tories again in a few years then the argos boards will be full of the usual culprits protesting about all the cuts in services.
But at least we will have there legacy.
And the fab cycle lanes.
Good news, keep on keeping on Greens! Everyone will be voting in the Tories again in a few years then the argos boards will be full of the usual culprits protesting about all the cuts in services. But at least we will have there legacy. And the fab cycle lanes. D5

12:45pm Mon 25 Mar 13

Tippy Toes says...

D5 wrote:
Good news, keep on keeping on Greens!
Everyone will be voting in the Tories again in a few years then the argos boards will be full of the usual culprits protesting about all the cuts in services.
But at least we will have there legacy.
And the fab cycle lanes.
Are you serious???
[quote][p][bold]D5[/bold] wrote: Good news, keep on keeping on Greens! Everyone will be voting in the Tories again in a few years then the argos boards will be full of the usual culprits protesting about all the cuts in services. But at least we will have there legacy. And the fab cycle lanes.[/p][/quote]Are you serious??? Tippy Toes

12:59pm Mon 25 Mar 13

fred clause says...

Haha even his own members don't want him the sooner Jason and his cronies are gone the better
Haha even his own members don't want him the sooner Jason and his cronies are gone the better fred clause

1:05pm Mon 25 Mar 13

Stripes says...

The picture provices evidence he wears a t-shirt (or even worse a vest) under a formal shirt. This should be sufficient grounds for dismissal.
The picture provices evidence he wears a t-shirt (or even worse a vest) under a formal shirt. This should be sufficient grounds for dismissal. Stripes

1:14pm Mon 25 Mar 13

makoshark says...

and this mob are responsible for running the City and its coffers...
and this mob are responsible for running the City and its coffers... makoshark

1:15pm Mon 25 Mar 13

downbythesea says...

hahaha!

Great support, 52% voted for him to be leader, and 48% said no!

So basically ONE person held the deciding vote, and only one person standing for leader too.

How very Stalin!
hahaha! Great support, 52% voted for him to be leader, and 48% said no! So basically ONE person held the deciding vote, and only one person standing for leader too. How very Stalin! downbythesea

1:16pm Mon 25 Mar 13

Charismatic Andrew says...

It takes some doing to almost lose a one horse race.
It takes some doing to almost lose a one horse race. Charismatic Andrew

1:30pm Mon 25 Mar 13

NickBtn says...

Spectacular. There was only one candidate and he nearly lost! Now what does that say?

Perhaps time for some serious rethinking of policies? I thought that I was "green" - practical, energy saving etc. Now after seeing these "greens" in power realise that either they aren't "green" or I'm not! Their focus has been very anti. Anti car, anti business. Why not take a pro stance and encourage change rather than fight with all that you disagree with?
Spectacular. There was only one candidate and he nearly lost! Now what does that say? Perhaps time for some serious rethinking of policies? I thought that I was "green" - practical, energy saving etc. Now after seeing these "greens" in power realise that either they aren't "green" or I'm not! Their focus has been very anti. Anti car, anti business. Why not take a pro stance and encourage change rather than fight with all that you disagree with? NickBtn

1:32pm Mon 25 Mar 13

pleasantlydisturbed says...

Are we really expected to swallow this bunkum?

“I don’t think it’s entirely true that nearly half our members don’t support me. There were some people who didn’t vote, for example."

It is like some thing straight out of a The Thick of It.

Why didn't they vote mr Kitcat?

Isn't it time for the people of Brighton and Hove to stand up and give this council as vote of "no confidence" in this council?
Are we really expected to swallow this bunkum? “I don’t think it’s entirely true that nearly half our members don’t support me. There were some people who didn’t vote, for example." It is like some thing straight out of a The Thick of It. Why didn't they vote mr Kitcat? Isn't it time for the people of Brighton and Hove to stand up and give this council as vote of "no confidence" in this council? pleasantlydisturbed

1:47pm Mon 25 Mar 13

Pebbles says...

How embarrassing!

At least he didn't ask for a re-count!
How embarrassing! At least he didn't ask for a re-count! Pebbles

1:56pm Mon 25 Mar 13

tom servo says...

Pebbles wrote:
How embarrassing!

At least he didn't ask for a re-count!
Not that embarrassing for Kitcat. his skin is thicker than a rhinos.
[quote][p][bold]Pebbles[/bold] wrote: How embarrassing! At least he didn't ask for a re-count![/p][/quote]Not that embarrassing for Kitcat. his skin is thicker than a rhinos. tom servo

1:57pm Mon 25 Mar 13

Flippin Burghers says...

Definitely needs an image makeover. Looks like he's dropping a dreadful f@rt in that pic.
Definitely needs an image makeover. Looks like he's dropping a dreadful f@rt in that pic. Flippin Burghers

2:08pm Mon 25 Mar 13

Martha Gunn says...

Surely the most shocking aspect of the story is the revelation that this ridiculous cult has little more than a hundred members. And almost a half of the acolytes don't support wizard in chief!

So our city is being held to ransom and ruined by a tiny band of zealots. And fast becoming the laughingstock of the rest of the country. Roll on 2015.
Surely the most shocking aspect of the story is the revelation that this ridiculous cult has little more than a hundred members. And almost a half of the acolytes don't support wizard in chief! So our city is being held to ransom and ruined by a tiny band of zealots. And fast becoming the laughingstock of the rest of the country. Roll on 2015. Martha Gunn

3:03pm Mon 25 Mar 13

Dealing with idiots says...

No competition therefore no mandate. Out Kitbrat and your farcical lickspittles.
No competition therefore no mandate. Out Kitbrat and your farcical lickspittles. Dealing with idiots

4:00pm Mon 25 Mar 13

bikerjimbo says...

He certainly knows how to spin an almost a disaster into a positive doesn't he. The problem is that is what they have done with their policies when they say they have the backing of the locals with their hairbrained schemes, ie Lewes Road where if they took in the abstainers there would have been a negative result. Only 2 years of his spinning left, if they keep him in post that is. What will it cost for our City to be returned to normal, at our expense.
He certainly knows how to spin an almost a disaster into a positive doesn't he. The problem is that is what they have done with their policies when they say they have the backing of the locals with their hairbrained schemes, ie Lewes Road where if they took in the abstainers there would have been a negative result. Only 2 years of his spinning left, if they keep him in post that is. What will it cost for our City to be returned to normal, at our expense. bikerjimbo

4:10pm Mon 25 Mar 13

rolivan says...

So the Greens are claiming bragging rights for trying to get the Rugby at the Amex.I wonder what the Cub have to say about that?
So the Greens are claiming bragging rights for trying to get the Rugby at the Amex.I wonder what the Cub have to say about that? rolivan

4:16pm Mon 25 Mar 13

wexler53 says...

Says something that even his own party don't really want him.

It's about time this small band of zealots who are so far up themselves, they operate in total darkness, di the right thing and cleared off.

And it's about time the opposition parties put the good of the city first and got together to get rid of these nincompoops.

The Greens are a disgrace, but the lack of activity by the opposition parties is a bigger one.

They are happy to sit on their hands and do nothing. Who exactly can we trust to run the city effectively in the best interest of the majority?

It's about time the opposition parties stood up for the taxpayers and voters of this city.
Says something that even his own party don't really want him. It's about time this small band of zealots who are so far up themselves, they operate in total darkness, di the right thing and cleared off. And it's about time the opposition parties put the good of the city first and got together to get rid of these nincompoops. The Greens are a disgrace, but the lack of activity by the opposition parties is a bigger one. They are happy to sit on their hands and do nothing. Who exactly can we trust to run the city effectively in the best interest of the majority? It's about time the opposition parties stood up for the taxpayers and voters of this city. wexler53

4:17pm Mon 25 Mar 13

george smith says...

Lets hope his wife voted for him
Lets hope his wife voted for him george smith

5:04pm Mon 25 Mar 13

D5 says...

Tippy Toes wrote:
D5 wrote:
Good news, keep on keeping on Greens!
Everyone will be voting in the Tories again in a few years then the argos boards will be full of the usual culprits protesting about all the cuts in services.
But at least we will have there legacy.
And the fab cycle lanes.
Are you serious???
YEP!
MORE cycle and bus lanes!
[quote][p][bold]Tippy Toes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D5[/bold] wrote: Good news, keep on keeping on Greens! Everyone will be voting in the Tories again in a few years then the argos boards will be full of the usual culprits protesting about all the cuts in services. But at least we will have there legacy. And the fab cycle lanes.[/p][/quote]Are you serious???[/p][/quote]YEP! MORE cycle and bus lanes! D5

5:10pm Mon 25 Mar 13

musesboy says...

Yes, there have been problems but I'd like to see any of you do any better.

So, if you think you can why don't you put yourself forward for election and show the country how a council should be run?

I look forward to it.
Yes, there have been problems but I'd like to see any of you do any better. So, if you think you can why don't you put yourself forward for election and show the country how a council should be run? I look forward to it. musesboy

5:20pm Mon 25 Mar 13

steampunk says...

At least the Greens have the guts to run annual internal elections. That's good democracy.
At least the Greens have the guts to run annual internal elections. That's good democracy. steampunk

5:55pm Mon 25 Mar 13

WhatsNotToLike says...

Dealing with idiots wrote:
No competition therefore no mandate. Out Kitbrat and your farcical lickspittles.
Lickspittles, what a great word! Right up there for me along with Snozzcumber :-)
[quote][p][bold]Dealing with idiots[/bold] wrote: No competition therefore no mandate. Out Kitbrat and your farcical lickspittles.[/p][/quote]Lickspittles, what a great word! Right up there for me along with Snozzcumber :-) WhatsNotToLike

7:32pm Mon 25 Mar 13

Joshiman says...

More traffic chaos.Co2 emissions redundant cycle lanes.Admit it when did you last use a cycle lane? You didn't preffering the pavements .Admit it .Now you will be free to overtake poor car drivers with cars spluttering at 20 mph.less mpg.ruined cars.
More traffic chaos.Co2 emissions redundant cycle lanes.Admit it when did you last use a cycle lane? You didn't preffering the pavements .Admit it .Now you will be free to overtake poor car drivers with cars spluttering at 20 mph.less mpg.ruined cars. Joshiman

10:45am Tue 26 Mar 13

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Love it we have achieved a lot ???????
120 active members running the City into the ground.
Kitcan't is a disgrace and we the rate payers are about ot be hit with a massive bill because of these morons forcing their will undemocratically on us.
Watch this space High Court here they come.....
Love it we have achieved a lot ??????? 120 active members running the City into the ground. Kitcan't is a disgrace and we the rate payers are about ot be hit with a massive bill because of these morons forcing their will undemocratically on us. Watch this space High Court here they come..... upsidedowntuctuc

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