The Cyclist-Supporting Green Council That's Now Attacking Cyclists

The Cyclist-Supporting Green Council That's Now Attacking City CyclistsHave you heard the one about the cyclist-supporting Green Council that is now telling cyclists to remove their bike sheds by the end of the month?Given the Greens' much-vaunted backing for cycling specifically and for sustainable transport policies in general, this latest example of their bureaucratic hypocrisy has all the makings of another Green farce for Brighton. 

Travellers should abide by the law, not be "tolerated" in yet more of our city parks - and it's not racist to say so

Jason Kitcat, the Green Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, is reported in The Argus today talking about further “tolerated" sites for travellers and suggests opening up yet more city spaces for them, including outlying parks. In so doing he is simply encouraging Brighton’s white van caravan to keep on growing. Frankly, he may as well put down a welcome mat at each site too.

Clarence Supports The Argus Big Beach Clean Up 2014

A team from Brighton and Hove Conservatives, including Clarence, was up early and down on the beach between the Palace Pier and the West Pier from 08.30am on Tues May 27th to support the 2014 Argus Big Beach Clean Up. Among those BHCA members picking up the litter along with Clarence was BHCC Conservative Group Leader Cllr Geoffrey Theobald, Cllr Carol Theobald, Cllrs Ken and Ann Norman, Cllr Graham Cox and Withdean BHCC Candidate Nick Taylor. Kemptown MP Simon Kirby also took part.

Clarence supports Robert Jenrick in Newark

Clarence, the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Pavilion, joined the Prime Minister, Transport Secretary, Northern Ireland Secretary and dozens of other Tory candidates in Newark on Sunday (May 25th) to support the Conservative candidate Robert Jenrick ahead of the town's vital by-election on June 5th. Clarence spent the morning meeting Newark voters and delivering leaflets for Robert, working alongside colleagues including Mark Reckless, the MP for Rochester and Strood.

Clarence Mitchell meets William Hague

Clarence Mitchell, the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Pavilion, met the Foreign Secretary recently as he was passing through the region ahead of the European Elections on May 22nd.

Clarence appears on BBC Sunday Politics South East BBC 1

Clarence appeared again as a guest on the BBC Sunday Politics South East on BBC1, alongside Labour PPC Tris Osborne (Chatham and Aylesford) In a broad debate with Tris, Clarence discussed the urgent need for greater investment in the South East's railway infrastructure, not least his support for the campaign to introduce vital capacity via another mainline for Brighton to London (BML2) and he expressed his concern over Labour's suggestions of a limited reintroduction of rent controls. House prices and rents in Brighton remain prohibitively high for many people, not just the city's young people and its student population, while nearly 19,000 people remain on Brighton's housing waiting lists. Clarence made the point that against the backdrop of the government successfully delivering growth in the national economy to improve people's living standards and wages overall, the answer actually lies in more affordable housing being built, with effective enforcement action being taken simultaneously against rogue landlords and poor conditions. Historically, rent controls have been shown not to work, often choking off the housing supply when landlords simply stop renting their properties out or sell up altogether rather than accept capped rents.You can view Clarence's appearance here:…(from 31.05 - 51.05)  

Clarence on BBC Sunday Politics South East, BBC1

Clarence appeared as a guest on the BBC Sunday Politics South East on BBC1, alongside Liberal Democrat PPC Jasper Gerard (Maidstone and The Weald) In a wide ranging discussion with Jasper, Clarence condemned the attempts by Brighton's Greens to hold a referendum to raise the city's council tax by more than twice the rate of inflation, whilst failing to properly deliver basic core services. He also discussed compensation for sufferers of mesothelioma, his support for properly regulated, environmentally assessed fracking operations and the continuing poor performance of Brighton's rubbish and recycling services.

Clarence condemns the Greens' council tax referendum stunt

The Greens on Brighton & Hove City Coucil have today proposed to hold a local referendum to seek an inflation-busting 4.75% increase in the city's Council Tax - a referendum that in itself would cost the city's hard-pressed, hard-working council tax payers nearly a quarter of a million pounds, money that could and should be better spent on the provision of council services.This also from a council that already raises its council tax demands, despite refusing Government funding to freeze it, while failing to ensure Brighton's rubbish is collected from the streets.

Out and about in Withdean

Another great Withdean canvass with the first hint of winter in the air. Thanks to all including Nick Taylor (Withdean ward candidate), Withdean ward Councillors Ken and Ann Norman, Cllr Geoffrey Theobald (BHCC Conservative Group Leader and Patcham ward councillor), Cllr Carol Theobald (Patcham ward councillor) and Karen Miles (Patcham ward candidate)