Here’s five good reasons to vote for our Conservative by-election candidates on 6th May.
The 2021 local elections campaign is into its final week and our Conservative Councillor Team has been out supporting our two by-election candidates for the Patcham and Hollingdean & Stanmer wards with our message that we need to improve the state of the city and restore civic pride.
This Council is now exactly halfway through its 4-year term and these by-elections provide a good chance to improve the balance on the council and add some much needed voices of scrutiny to the decision-making process.
With five days to go until polling day, here’s five good reasons to vote for our Conservative candidates on 6th May.
1. Conservatives focus on Council issues
Conservatives understand that City Councillors are elected by residents to manage the City’s £1bn annual budget and run city services for the benefit of residents.
Our Conservative Councillors devote our full focus and time at City Council to local issues first and foremost.
By contrast, since the 2019 local elections Green and Labour Councillors have spent 76% of their debating time at Brighton & Hove City Council raising national and international matters that are well outside the job description of a City councillor.
This has included two lengthy debates on nuclear weapons and motions requiring council officers write over 40 letters to international and national institutions on their behalf.
With the lack of attention on local matters it is no surprise that the City is in the poor state it is.
When you vote for a Conservative Councillor Candidate, you know that they will be focused 100% on matters that the council is responsible for.
2. Our Conservative Councillors get results for our residents.
Our local approach gets results for our residents.
At the City Budget Meeting in March, our Conservative Team negotiated £7 million for Conservative priorities such as improving the state of the city with more bins for parks, playground equipment and trees. This is far more than what Greens (£476,500) or Labour (£447,000) achieved on the night.
The funding delivered by our Conservative team will improve the state of Patcham Roundabout, upgrade Patcham playgrounds and landscape unsightly 5G phone mast at Carden Park.
And while Greens and Labour have talked a lot about climate change, Conservatives on Brighton and Hove City Council have taken action locally, delivering a new woodland at Carden Park in Hollingbury.
Conservative Councillors get results for your ward.
3. Conservatives are the only party committed to protecting the urban fringe from development in the City
The last two years have demonstrated that Conservatives have become the party of conservation in the City.
Our Conservative Councillors were the only party to support thousands of residents that objected to plans to build on 16 urban fringe sites across the city, including in the by-election wards of Patcham and Hollingdean & Stanmer.
Our Conservative councillors want to protect the urban fringe from development and will provide you with a voice for Conservation in the City.
4. Conservatives are the only voice of scrutiny for residents on the Council
The Green-Labour coalition arrangement means that our 12 Conservative Councillors are now the only group providing the opposition and scrutiny on the council that residents need and deserve.
Labour, although designated the ‘City’s Official Opposition’, has been failing to fulfil a duty of standing up for residents who may be unhappy with Council decisions.
Even on occasions when Labour Councillors said they disagreed with Green policies, such as cycle lanes, parking permit hikes and the Homeless Bill of rights, the most they ever did when it came to vote was to ‘abstain’. What is the point in voting for Labour?
Conservatives have taken on the mantle of scrutiny and are holding this administration to account.
Two new Conservative councillors on our team would allow us to do more to scrutinise, expose and break the cycle of bad decisions being made by this Green-Labour council.
Our Conservative Team stands up for residents first, not a Coalition deal with the Greens.
5. Conservatives have two great by-election candidates
Our Conservative candidates Anne Meadows for Patcham and Dr Emma Hogan for Hollingdean & Stanmer have the experience and focus to make positive difference for residents, hold the council to account and make better decisions.
Both work in the NHS and understand the issues in this city and would be great additions to the council for the next two years as part of a united Conservative team that will put residents first.