I’ve written to the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds MP, to ask whether he will agree to meet a delegation of head teachers from schools in my Brighton Pavilion constituency.
The Green Party have long argued that animal acts in circuses are cruel and degrading, and should not be allowed to continue.
In Westminster, and previously as an MEP, I’ve actively fought for measures that would bring greater animal protection – including the campaign to end the use of wild animals in circuses.
I’m delighted to announce the results in the competition to design the greetings cards that I’ll send out in the run-up to Christmas
The winning designs are by:
Carlos Delgado Villalta in Year 4 at St Joseph’s Primary School
Zuzanna Wszola in Year 6 at St Joseph’s Primary School
Angela Dhelpra in Year 1 at St Bartholomew’s.
All pictured above.
Over the last few months I’ve written to Brighton and Hove City Council on a number of occasions about their use of the herbicide glyphosate – a chemical currently used in many weedkillers – and one that the local authority uses for weed control in the city.
At the Environment, Transport, and Sustainability next week councillors will look to end the contract it has with 3GS Environmental Solutions for waste and litter enforcement, and take the service back in house. It’s something I’ve been lobbying the Council on for some time, and if this motion passes it will mark a huge victory for the dozens of residents and businesses who've contacted me about the absurd fines 3GS has landed them with for innocent mistakes.
In early October I was contacted by yet another constituent experiencing problems at Windsor Court.
It’s a seven storey building that Brighton and Hove City Council lease from a private landlord to provide emergency and temporary accommodation for people that it has a legal duty to house.
At the Conservative Party conference last week, aside from the distraction of Theresa May cracking jokes and dancing to Abba, she announced that the Government would be lifting the cap on the ability of councils to borrow money to build new homes.
The cap was introduced by the Tories, and along with other housing policies introduced by them decades ago, its role in the housing crisis is significant - effectively stifling local authorities from acting to address the shortage of affordable social housing, including council housing.
Earlier today I went along to St Peter’s Church in Preston Park.
It’s a wonderful 13th century flint church which is re-opening after extensive restoration work, thanks to the hard work of the volunteer group, the Friends of St Peter’s.
Earlier this week I was made aware of problems that passengers are having with the Brighton and Hove Buses mobile app.
I contacted Martin Harris, Managing Director at the bus company about the problems being reported to ask him what steps the company is taking to put things right.