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Brighton and Hove Greens hold event aimed at increasing councillor diversity

Brighton and Hove Greens are holding an informal networking event this week for people of colour interested in finding out more about standing as a councillor.

The event will be held on Saturday 30th July from 10am to 11.30am at the BMECP Centre in Fleet Street, Brighton. The event is informal, giving attendees the chance to meet current Green councillors and activists and to hear from speakers about their experiences as people of colour in the Green Party.

The speakers on the day will be councillor Ria Patel, Equality & Diversity Spokesperson from the Green Party of England and Wales and Green Party councillor in Croydon, and Kahina Bouhassane, who was Green Party candidate for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner in 2021, and is an upcoming candidate in the 2023 local elections in Brighton and Hove. Tea, coffee, and light refreshments will be provided and attendees are welcome to bring friends, and family, including children.

Co-deputy leader of the Council, Hannah Clare said:

“Brighton and Hove Green Party have worked hard on our diversity over the past five years and have successfully increased the number of women and young councillors but we recognise that there are still very few councillors from a minority ethnic background and we believe we need to do better. We want to make sure that our councillors accurately represent the communities we see across the city. This event is an exciting opportunity and a safe space for any people of colour with even a passing curiosity about what it is like to stand for the Green Party to find out more information, ask questions, and learn about the experiences of those who have already done it.”

Anyone interested in attending this event can RSVP via this link https://actionnetwork.org/events/be-a-green-councillor

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