Greens retain seat at Brighton and Hove City Council by-election

The Greens have retained the St Peter and North Laine seat in the Brighton and Hove City Council by-election.

Lizzie Deane took 1816 votes in the by-election on Thursday, beating Labour’s 24-year-old student Tom French into second place with 880 votes.

Conservative candidate Rob Buckwell won 365 votes, Liberal Democrat candidate Trefor Hunter got 103 and independent candidate Gerald O’Brien recorded 32 votes.

Turn-out for the by-election was low at just over 24%.

The result means the Greens have held onto the seat vacated by Keith Taylor and maintained their position as joint second largest party on the council.

The by-election was called when Mr Taylor resigned after 11 years on the council to take up a seat as an MEP – the position vacated by Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas.

Coun Deane said: “I would like to thank the voters for putting their faith in me to represent them as a councillor.

“I look forward to representing the people of St Peter and North Laine. We look forward to increasing our number of councillors.”

She had pledged to try and protect urban green spaces, reduce traffic and improve air quality during her campaign.

After the result was announced at about 11.45pm Mr French called on the Greens to work in coalition with Labour councillors to “oust the Tories” but admitted it was unlikely.

He added: “I am really proud of all our campaigners – ordinary Brighton people who love the city and want to improve it.”

Mr Buckwell said: “I think our vote share held up quite well. It was a positive campaign but we always knew it was a difficult seat.”

It is the latest victory for the Green Party in the city after Dr Lucas became MP and Alex Phillips took the Goldsmid ward from the Conservatives at the last by-election in July.

Both Labour and the Greens have 13 seats and the Conservatives remain a minority administration with 25 seats.

The Liberal Democrats have two councillors.

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5:31am Fri 9 Jul 10

The Brighton Bear says...

Oh well, never mind.
Oh well, never mind. The Brighton Bear

7:46am Fri 9 Jul 10

Metro Reader says...

Turn-out for the by-election was low at just over 24%. - That's a MASSIVE understatement.
Local government quite possibly has a bigger daily impact on your everyday life, your council tax; bus service; leisure services; footpaths; refuse collection (or not in B&H) the list goes on. Yet just 24% of the ward, eligible to vote, bothers SHAME ON YOU.
B&H Council member don’t give fudge about anything other than party lines, they work against each other and against the people of B&H, and the loony green will make it even worse.
People living in this ward should be TOTALLY ASSAMED, the sooner we get compulsory voting the better.
Turn-out for the by-election was low at just over 24%. - That's a MASSIVE understatement. Local government quite possibly has a bigger daily impact on your everyday life, your council tax; bus service; leisure services; footpaths; refuse collection (or not in B&H) the list goes on. Yet just 24% of the ward, eligible to vote, bothers SHAME ON YOU. B&H Council member don’t give fudge about anything other than party lines, they work against each other and against the people of B&H, and the loony green will make it even worse. People living in this ward should be TOTALLY ASSAMED, the sooner we get compulsory voting the better. Metro Reader

7:53am Fri 9 Jul 10

Spanners says...

Totally Assamed ? Don't agree but they should be at least partially Darjeeling'd.
Totally Assamed ? Don't agree but they should be at least partially Darjeeling'd. Spanners

8:06am Fri 9 Jul 10

mtmoocher says...

Green tea is so much more relaxing.....
Green tea is so much more relaxing..... mtmoocher

8:14am Fri 9 Jul 10

salty_pete says...

The other, probably bigger issue here, is Mr Taylor’s “appointment” as MEP. Can anyone answer just how many people voted for him to be our MEP ?
The other, probably bigger issue here, is Mr Taylor’s “appointment” as MEP. Can anyone answer just how many people voted for him to be our MEP ? salty_pete

8:20am Fri 9 Jul 10

Andy R says...

salty_pete wrote:
The other, probably bigger issue here, is Mr Taylor’s “appointment” as MEP. Can anyone answer just how many people voted for him to be our MEP ?
It's how the list system works, rightly or wrongly, and Taylor was next on the Greens' list at the election. You can criticise it but it's not some arrangement cooked up specifically to suit him and his party.

That electorate eh? Still insisting liking what the Greens are saying and voting for them in huge numbers. Sack the lot of 'em and get some new voters I say!

....and let's not even talk about "ConDem's" dismal showing.....
[quote][p][bold]salty_pete[/bold] wrote: The other, probably bigger issue here, is Mr Taylor’s “appointment” as MEP. Can anyone answer just how many people voted for him to be our MEP ?[/p][/quote]It's how the list system works, rightly or wrongly, and Taylor was next on the Greens' list at the election. You can criticise it but it's not some arrangement cooked up specifically to suit him and his party. That electorate eh? Still insisting liking what the Greens are saying and voting for them in huge numbers. Sack the lot of 'em and get some new voters I say! ....and let's not even talk about "ConDem's" dismal showing..... Andy R

8:36am Fri 9 Jul 10

mike_on_the_mike says...

Unfortunately, with all the candidates jumping on the bandwagon and showing support for the tresspassing that was going on down in Lewes Road, I decided I couldn't bring myself to vote! I backed the garden when it was legal (i.e. allowed by the land owner) but when it turned sour, I'm surprised all the candidates were still so happy to support something which was breaking the law! I was all for an alternative legal solution, but hijacking someone else's property was not it!
Unfortunately, with all the candidates jumping on the bandwagon and showing support for the tresspassing that was going on down in Lewes Road, I decided I couldn't bring myself to vote! I backed the garden when it was legal (i.e. allowed by the land owner) but when it turned sour, I'm surprised all the candidates were still so happy to support something which was breaking the law! I was all for an alternative legal solution, but hijacking someone else's property was not it! mike_on_the_mike

8:40am Fri 9 Jul 10

ants4t says...

I dont know how many people actually knew it was happening. We have had so many party leaflets through our door this year they get instantly recycled. I only saw it was on because I walked past a polling station on my way to work.
I dont know how many people actually knew it was happening. We have had so many party leaflets through our door this year they get instantly recycled. I only saw it was on because I walked past a polling station on my way to work. ants4t

8:45am Fri 9 Jul 10

Le Chiffre says...

If you don't vote - you can't complain. And that's 76% of you.
Simple.
If you don't vote - you can't complain. And that's 76% of you. Simple. Le Chiffre

9:39am Fri 9 Jul 10

chipmunk77 says...

ants4t wrote:
I dont know how many people actually knew it was happening. We have had so many party leaflets through our door this year they get instantly recycled. I only saw it was on because I walked past a polling station on my way to work.
That's not an excuse though is it, if you have them coming through the door, try reading them.

Anyone registered to vote also GOT an official poll card, like we did.

We voted, but unfortunately the Greens still got in, even with our tactical voting for the party that were second largest at the last local election!

Shame on the people who couldn't be ars-d to vote, you really have brought it on yourselves.
[quote][p][bold]ants4t[/bold] wrote: I dont know how many people actually knew it was happening. We have had so many party leaflets through our door this year they get instantly recycled. I only saw it was on because I walked past a polling station on my way to work.[/p][/quote]That's not an excuse though is it, if you have them coming through the door, try reading them. Anyone registered to vote also GOT an official poll card, like we did. We voted, but unfortunately the Greens still got in, even with our tactical voting for the party that were second largest at the last local election! Shame on the people who couldn't be ars-d to vote, you really have brought it on yourselves. chipmunk77

11:53am Fri 9 Jul 10

Christophe Hawtree says...

People who did vote were all galvanised to do so, evidently, but is a fact that, with a by-election, it is quite a feat - amidst the press of events - to make a voting date uppermost in the mind.

That said, the turnout was surely a valid sampling of any level of turnout. But enough of that: it's not the weather to put on anorak.
People who did vote were all galvanised to do so, evidently, but is a fact that, with a by-election, it is quite a feat - amidst the press of events - to make a voting date uppermost in the mind. That said, the turnout was surely a valid sampling of any level of turnout. But enough of that: it's not the weather to put on anorak. Christophe Hawtree

12:18pm Fri 9 Jul 10

leobrighton says...

Metro Reader wrote:
Turn-out for the by-election was low at just over 24%. - That's a MASSIVE understatement. Local government quite possibly has a bigger daily impact on your everyday life, your council tax; bus service; leisure services; footpaths; refuse collection (or not in B&H) the list goes on. Yet just 24% of the ward, eligible to vote, bothers SHAME ON YOU. B&H Council member don’t give fudge about anything other than party lines, they work against each other and against the people of B&H, and the loony green will make it even worse. People living in this ward should be TOTALLY ASSAMED, the sooner we get compulsory voting the better.
You complain about peoples lack of enthusiasm to vote then explain the reasons why. So it should be compulsory to vote for councillors who work against them should it.
[quote][p][bold]Metro Reader[/bold] wrote: Turn-out for the by-election was low at just over 24%. - That's a MASSIVE understatement. Local government quite possibly has a bigger daily impact on your everyday life, your council tax; bus service; leisure services; footpaths; refuse collection (or not in B&H) the list goes on. Yet just 24% of the ward, eligible to vote, bothers SHAME ON YOU. B&H Council member don’t give fudge about anything other than party lines, they work against each other and against the people of B&H, and the loony green will make it even worse. People living in this ward should be TOTALLY ASSAMED, the sooner we get compulsory voting the better.[/p][/quote]You complain about peoples lack of enthusiasm to vote then explain the reasons why. So it should be compulsory to vote for councillors who work against them should it. leobrighton

1:01pm Fri 9 Jul 10

Gubbins says...

Le Chiffre wrote:
If you don't vote - you can't complain. And that's 76% of you. Simple.
Spot on. They can now be ignored. It also appears the other political groups failed to get their own individual messages / policies out. That in itself is disgraceful - particularly the tories.
[quote][p][bold]Le Chiffre[/bold] wrote: If you don't vote - you can't complain. And that's 76% of you. Simple.[/p][/quote]Spot on. They can now be ignored. It also appears the other political groups failed to get their own individual messages / policies out. That in itself is disgraceful - particularly the tories. Gubbins

1:03pm Fri 9 Jul 10

TheInsider says...

There are a large number of students probably registered who have actually gone back to their families for summer and who are not interested in local politics. This large influx of students probably lead to the green mp getting voted in. The student households near me were awash with green party posters hidden behind mounds of rubbish and broken furniture. Do parks letting agency ever get their tenants to clear up.
There are a large number of students probably registered who have actually gone back to their families for summer and who are not interested in local politics. This large influx of students probably lead to the green mp getting voted in. The student households near me were awash with green party posters hidden behind mounds of rubbish and broken furniture. Do parks letting agency ever get their tenants to clear up. TheInsider

2:58pm Fri 9 Jul 10

brightondrjohn says...

Well I was surprised that I got two letters and a party political leaflet from the Green Party, a letter from the Labour candidate and that was it. I knew nothing about the other candidates or their policies, stance or intent.
All I want is the traffic on the St Peter's traffic system to be controlled so that we don't have to suffer from car horns going off every time someone wants to move into the right lane either because they didn't know the right way out of Brighton or (and more often the case) because they are trying to avoid waiting in line. The pollution coming into my windows literally is inches thick each year. I want that managed. I want more green areas developed like that opposite Gloucester Place. And I want more than anything else is a council that works for the people not for party centralised politics.
Well I was surprised that I got two letters and a party political leaflet from the Green Party, a letter from the Labour candidate and that was it. I knew nothing about the other candidates or their policies, stance or intent. All I want is the traffic on the St Peter's traffic system to be controlled so that we don't have to suffer from car horns going off every time someone wants to move into the right lane either because they didn't know the right way out of Brighton or (and more often the case) because they are trying to avoid waiting in line. The pollution coming into my windows literally is inches thick each year. I want that managed. I want more green areas developed like that opposite Gloucester Place. And I want more than anything else is a council that works for the people not for party centralised politics. brightondrjohn

3:14pm Fri 9 Jul 10

Thumper Hove says...

brightondrjohn wrote:
Well I was surprised that I got two letters and a party political leaflet from the Green Party, a letter from the Labour candidate and that was it. I knew nothing about the other candidates or their policies, stance or intent. All I want is the traffic on the St Peter's traffic system to be controlled so that we don't have to suffer from car horns going off every time someone wants to move into the right lane either because they didn't know the right way out of Brighton or (and more often the case) because they are trying to avoid waiting in line. The pollution coming into my windows literally is inches thick each year. I want that managed. I want more green areas developed like that opposite Gloucester Place. And I want more than anything else is a council that works for the people not for party centralised politics.
Did you not notice that busy road before you moved in then?
[quote][p][bold]brightondrjohn[/bold] wrote: Well I was surprised that I got two letters and a party political leaflet from the Green Party, a letter from the Labour candidate and that was it. I knew nothing about the other candidates or their policies, stance or intent. All I want is the traffic on the St Peter's traffic system to be controlled so that we don't have to suffer from car horns going off every time someone wants to move into the right lane either because they didn't know the right way out of Brighton or (and more often the case) because they are trying to avoid waiting in line. The pollution coming into my windows literally is inches thick each year. I want that managed. I want more green areas developed like that opposite Gloucester Place. And I want more than anything else is a council that works for the people not for party centralised politics.[/p][/quote]Did you not notice that busy road before you moved in then? Thumper Hove

4:01pm Fri 9 Jul 10

TheInsider says...

I was sat on the grass a few weeks back waiting for a mate at exactly the point where brightondrjohn is talking about and yes, horns were being sounded all the time by angry motorists due to this lane issue.
Then a van driver (a local company I shall not name) shouted at a driver with two small kids in the back: "Fu** off you c**t" and then continued a foulmouth rant. The children looked really frightened.
The problem along there is that visitors leaving Brighton are always in the wrong lane and don't realise until they get right up to the locaton where they have to change lanes.
It could be improved very simply with better signage earlier along that stretch.
I was sat on the grass a few weeks back waiting for a mate at exactly the point where brightondrjohn is talking about and yes, horns were being sounded all the time by angry motorists due to this lane issue. Then a van driver (a local company I shall not name) shouted at a driver with two small kids in the back: "Fu** off you c**t" and then continued a foulmouth rant. The children looked really frightened. The problem along there is that visitors leaving Brighton are always in the wrong lane and don't realise until they get right up to the locaton where they have to change lanes. It could be improved very simply with better signage earlier along that stretch. TheInsider

4:44pm Fri 9 Jul 10

taxidiy says...

heInsider, Brighton says...
4:01pm Fri 9 Jul 10
I was sat on the grass a few weeks back waiting for a mate at exactly the point where brightondrjohn is talking about and yes, horns were being sounded all the time by angry motorists due to this lane issue.
Then a van driver (a local company I shall not name) shouted at a driver with two small kids in the back: "Fu** off you c**t" and then continued a foulmouth rant. The children looked really frightened.
The problem along there is that visitors leaving Brighton are always in the wrong lane and don't realise until they get right up to the locaton where they have to change lanes.
It could be improved very simply with better signage earlier along that stretc
Can i suggest as you know the company involved that you report him to Operation Crackdown!!
heInsider, Brighton says... 4:01pm Fri 9 Jul 10 I was sat on the grass a few weeks back waiting for a mate at exactly the point where brightondrjohn is talking about and yes, horns were being sounded all the time by angry motorists due to this lane issue. Then a van driver (a local company I shall not name) shouted at a driver with two small kids in the back: "Fu** off you c**t" and then continued a foulmouth rant. The children looked really frightened. The problem along there is that visitors leaving Brighton are always in the wrong lane and don't realise until they get right up to the locaton where they have to change lanes. It could be improved very simply with better signage earlier along that stretc Can i suggest as you know the company involved that you report him to Operation Crackdown!! taxidiy

4:49pm Fri 9 Jul 10

TheInsider says...

I will indeed report him taxidiy. It was a packed Sunday evening so other drivers may have reported it too.
I will indeed report him taxidiy. It was a packed Sunday evening so other drivers may have reported it too. TheInsider

5:32pm Fri 9 Jul 10

yorkie44 says...

Le Chiffre wrote:
If you don't vote - you can't complain. And that's 76% of you. Simple.
The 76% perhaps decided that none of the candidates were worth a vote! If we had an option on the voting form saying "None of these" and made it a legal requirement to vote then we would know the true possition.
[quote][p][bold]Le Chiffre[/bold] wrote: If you don't vote - you can't complain. And that's 76% of you. Simple.[/p][/quote]The 76% perhaps decided that none of the candidates were worth a vote! If we had an option on the voting form saying "None of these" and made it a legal requirement to vote then we would know the true possition. yorkie44

8:19pm Fri 9 Jul 10

The Brighton Bear says...

Christophe Hawtree wrote:
People who did vote were all galvanised to do so, evidently, but is a fact that, with a by-election, it is quite a feat - amidst the press of events - to make a voting date uppermost in the mind. That said, the turnout was surely a valid sampling of any level of turnout. But enough of that: it's not the weather to put on anorak.
I think you have completely missed the point!
[quote][p][bold]Christophe Hawtree[/bold] wrote: People who did vote were all galvanised to do so, evidently, but is a fact that, with a by-election, it is quite a feat - amidst the press of events - to make a voting date uppermost in the mind. That said, the turnout was surely a valid sampling of any level of turnout. But enough of that: it's not the weather to put on anorak.[/p][/quote]I think you have completely missed the point! The Brighton Bear

10:38pm Fri 9 Jul 10

Gubbins says...

yorkie44 wrote:
Le Chiffre wrote: If you don't vote - you can't complain. And that's 76% of you. Simple.
The 76% perhaps decided that none of the candidates were worth a vote! If we had an option on the voting form saying "None of these" and made it a legal requirement to vote then we would know the true possition.
A total irrelevance in the wider issues of democracy.
[quote][p][bold]yorkie44[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Le Chiffre[/bold] wrote: If you don't vote - you can't complain. And that's 76% of you. Simple.[/p][/quote]The 76% perhaps decided that none of the candidates were worth a vote! If we had an option on the voting form saying "None of these" and made it a legal requirement to vote then we would know the true possition.[/p][/quote]A total irrelevance in the wider issues of democracy. Gubbins

12:12pm Tue 13 Jul 10

Emmin says...

24% turnout? 24% is about the proportion of the population who pay council tax. Scrap council tax and make everyone pay a local income tax and more people will suddenly take an interest.
24% turnout? 24% is about the proportion of the population who pay council tax. Scrap council tax and make everyone pay a local income tax and more people will suddenly take an interest. Emmin

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