Labour would launch a “war on weeds”, tackle homelessness and actively listen to communities if the party wins control of the council.

The party is looking to achieve a majority on Brighton and Hove City Council for the first time in two decades in the local elections in May.

In a manifesto, unveiled at an event in Kemp Town this morning, Labour offered a vision of a "better Brighton and Hove for all" by restoring the city’s basic services, delivering decent affordable homes for all, and supporting communities through the cost-of-living crisis.

Labour also pledged to launch a “war on weeds” to make streets safer for children and elderly people.

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A message from Labour’s group of councillors and candidates in the city in the manifesto said: “The Green administration has let our city down, mismanaging a budget already decimated by years of Conservative government cuts.

“Labour will do things differently and has the experience and ideas to pull the city out of crisis while providing good local services and listening to residents’ voices.

“We believe only a Labour majority council can make things better - and will work hard with you and on your behalf to deliver the vital services that are needed and make our city a greener and fairer place to live and work.

“Now is the time for positive change and Labour can deliver for Brighton and Hove.”

The party’s other manifesto pledges include:

  • Improving rubbish and recycling collections
  • Implementing landlord licensing as a “top priority”
  • Creating more park and ride spaces and mobility hubs
  • Working with local independent shops to keep prices low and as affordable as high street chains
  • Exploring funding sources for mental health counsellors in schools and colleges
  • Protecting the city’s LGBTQ+ bars, clubs and cafes

Labour is the second of the three main parties represented on Brighton and Hove City Council to unveil their manifesto, with the Conservatives offering voters “ten good reasons” to back the party in May.

Among the Tories’ pledges are plans to fix the city’s recycling issues, install CCTV and lighting to make streets safe and “bring back pride in our city”.

Voters will go to the polls on May 4 to elect the city’s 54 councillors for the next four years.