General election shake-up likely to result in Brighton by-election

Politicians across Sussex have been waking up to life after the General Election.

Six of the county’s 16 MPs were elected for the first time last week - four Conservatives, one Liberal Democrat and one Green.

They now have a week to get settled into life in Westminster before the new Parliament is scheduled to sit for the first time on Tuesday.

But as they became familiar with their new surroundings, their election has seen a number of changes on a local level.

Caroline Lucas, the Green’s MP for Brighton Pavilion, is expected to arrive in Westminster tomorrow.

Brighton and Hove City Councillor Keith Taylor said he expected to take her place as MEP for the South East in the next couple of weeks.

Mr Taylor, who represents St Peter’s and North Laine ward, said: “The process is underway and I’m looking forward to continuing Caroline’s work and representing the views of the entire region in the second biggest parliamentary forum in the world.”

He added he was in discussions with his Green party colleagues about stepping down from his role as a councillor.

Any resignation would result in a fiercely fought by-election, which could affect the fragile make-up of the minority-run council.

On arrival the new MPs were asked to wear green stickers to identify themselves as “newbies” and a guidebook to help familiarise them with the traditions of the House of Commons.

Simon Kirby, new Tory MP for Brighton Kemptown, said he had already received hundreds of letters and emails from constituents.

He said: “It’s certainly a bit like starting school.

“The important thing is to get up and running as quickly as I can so I can do the job I was elected to do.”

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2:37pm Tue 11 May 10

Old Dog says...

It'll all end in tears. It always does!
It'll all end in tears. It always does! Old Dog

5:54pm Tue 11 May 10

TheInsider says...

What did Mr Kirby's emails say?
Dear Mr Kirby,
When will you sort out the shi* hole of a town created by the lazy, greedy, absent landlords who leave neighbours and the council to manage the properties?
or Dear Mr Kirby,
I know your children go to private school, but what are you going to do about my children's failing school.....and the fact he has to travel four miles to another school due to the council's lottery system?
Or Dear Mr Kirby,
Can you please come and remove the dumped furniture from our streets as its the end of term coming up and the students are piling it up already and the council wont take it?
Dear Mr Kirby,
I know you made millions from the Labour licensing hours, but can you change some of them in the week so I can get to sleep instead of being woken up on a Tuesday morning at 4am when the students come home pi**ed up after another night out at one of your bars?
Dear Mr Kirby,
Will you be cutting my wife's job in nursing to cut the UK's deficit or will you assure her she is safe, even though you probably use private health care?
Any other ideas?
What did Mr Kirby's emails say? Dear Mr Kirby, When will you sort out the shi* hole of a town created by the lazy, greedy, absent landlords who leave neighbours and the council to manage the properties? or Dear Mr Kirby, I know your children go to private school, but what are you going to do about my children's failing school.....and the fact he has to travel four miles to another school due to the council's lottery system? Or Dear Mr Kirby, Can you please come and remove the dumped furniture from our streets as its the end of term coming up and the students are piling it up already and the council wont take it? Dear Mr Kirby, I know you made millions from the Labour licensing hours, but can you change some of them in the week so I can get to sleep instead of being woken up on a Tuesday morning at 4am when the students come home pi**ed up after another night out at one of your bars? Dear Mr Kirby, Will you be cutting my wife's job in nursing to cut the UK's deficit or will you assure her she is safe, even though you probably use private health care? Any other ideas? TheInsider

8:47am Wed 12 May 10

PeteBrighton says...

Hopefully that by-election will result in a power shift away from the useless in adequate Tory 'cabinet' and let's get some people in power who really care rather than just line their own pockets.
Hopefully that by-election will result in a power shift away from the useless in adequate Tory 'cabinet' and let's get some people in power who really care rather than just line their own pockets. PeteBrighton

9:25am Wed 12 May 10

Rostrum says...

What ... No mention of the new MP for Hove !!!!!
What ... No mention of the new MP for Hove !!!!! Rostrum

8:15pm Thu 13 May 10

Betty Blue says...

I think Mike Weatherley MP for Hove will do well. Better than the person who was here before.
I think Mike Weatherley MP for Hove will do well. Better than the person who was here before. Betty Blue

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