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The UK is not in a position to hold a free and fair election because of the distortions to public debate which take place through social media. So say Caroline Lucas MP and the Green MEP Molly Scott Cato who have written to Mark Zuckerberg demanding action be taken to ensure a general election is not disrupted by ‘malign or anonymous political actors operating with impunity’ on the social media platform.



This is my first newsletter since the summer break and what has turned out to be a tumultuous period in politics.  I’ve spent the summer juggling parliamentary and constituency work and trying to stop Boris Johnson manipulating Parliament so that we crash out of the European Union.   


First day back in Parliament after the summer recess and I was pleased to support a national campaign to increase education funding for 16-18 year olds. Sixth form and FE colleges have been especially bad hit by austerity-driven cuts in recent years.

The Raise the Rate campaign wants the government to increase the core funding rate from £4,000 a year to at least £4,760.  The rate's been frozen since 2013 and that's forced more than half of schools and colleges across England to cut courses in languages and 78% to reduce student support services or extra-curricular activities.  


On Monday morning I received a number of emails from constituents living near the waste recovery facility (WRF) in Hollingdean. The previous evening a fire had broken out at the depot, and worried residents were understandably extremely concerned to wake up to find their homes filled with smoke – with one constituent telling me that the smoke was so thick it set off her smoke alarm at 2am.


It can be tough for young people in Brighton.  There aren’t enough apprenticeships because of government failings, jobs which match people’s talent and potential are hard to come by, and the high cost of housing means too many are falling into debt or sofa-surfing – even when they are in employment.

Those are some of the reasons I’ve signed the Youth Friendly MP Charter.  It pledges my support to five key principles of youth employment in Brighton



It’s been a very busy last few days at Westminster with the resignation of Theresa May, Boris Johnson’s succession and the subsequent appointment of one of the most right-wing governments we’ve seen in years.  I shall be kept busy fighting for the progressive causes and action on climate that I know many of you want.


Holding the prime minister to account


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