In The South

18-year-old to fight East Brighton by-election for Lib Dems

Besi Besemar January 16, 2018

Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats select 18-year-old George Taylor as their candidate for the upcoming East Brighton council by-election.

George Taylor (far right)
George Taylor (far right)

George, a local 18-year-old with a passion for politics has been an active member of the Liberal Democrats since 2016, helping fight nearby council by-elections in Seaford and the East Sussex County Council election campaign.

He was a key campaigner in the snap General Election in June 2017, supporting Lib Dem Parliamentary candidates Emily Tester in Kemptown, Carrie Hynds in Hove and Kelly-Marie Blundell in Lewes.

He says he draws inspiration from Stephen Lloyd, Lib Dem MP for Eastbourne, and Stephen’s work with the local community – “showing that politics is done best at the local level.”

Recently, he has been campaigning alongside Carrie Hynds for more affordable homes in Brighton & Hove, including gathering signatures for the ‘Where’s the 40%?’ petition and running social media campaigns on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

On being selected, George said: “It’s a massive honour to be selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the East Brighton Ward. East Brighton is an area that I know very well, having grown up nearby and attended St John The Baptist Roman Catholic Primary School in the ward.”

“The success of our affordable homes petition shows that we are standing up for people in Brighton and Hove. We weren’t just gathering signatures; we were also listening to people’s individual stories which we highlighted in our presentation to the council.

“I will be the voice that has gone missing in this ward; housing, food banks and parking are just a few of the many topics on which the Labour group have failed the residents.”

The Liberal Democrats bring a fresh voice to the table. All the other parties have had their turn and have been unsuccessful; now it’s time for the Lib Dems.”

The by-election was caused following Cllr Lloyd Russell-Moyle’s decision to step down as ward councillor after being elected to Parliament at the June 2017 general election as the MP for Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven.

The by-election is on Thursday, February 8.