Only one seat in Brighton and Hove has remained consistently Labour during the last 25 years.

North Portslade, an isolated area of the city, has always been rather fond of its local councillors.

First, there were the Hamiltons, father and son. Now there is Bob Carden, bearer of a famous surname in the city's history.

The nature-loving councillor, who first came to prominence opposing the Brighton bypass more than 20 years ago, has spent the last year as acting chairman of the planning committee considering several major schemes.

Standing with him once again is another veteran Labour councillor, Don Turner, once parliamentary candidate for Hove and now in charge of economic development.

Now that North Portslade is reduced from three to two seats, the third councillor, former mayor Harry Steer, is standing down.

None of the other parties has serious hopes of winning this Labour stronghold but that will not stop them from trying.

The Liberal Democrats are fielding two members of the political Barnard family, while Tories and the Greens are each putting forward two candidates.

It ought to be straightforward but never forget that for a short time 30 years ago, the unthinkable happened and North Portslade was lost to the Tories.

Candidates (two seats):

Labour - Bob Carden, Don Turner, Liberal Democrats - Ann Elizabeth Odette Barnard, Anthony Ronald Francis Barnard.

Conservatives - Timothy Charles Catt, Harinder Singh Gill.

Greens - Deborah Jane McElroy, Guy Richardson.