Your Queen's Park Team
Richard, Geoffrey and Stephanie with Natalie Bennett
Your candidates for May 2015 were:
First elected in 2011, Geoffrey served in the Cabinet of the country's first Green-led administration and since the reintroduction of the committee system has chaired the Economic Development & Culture Committee.
He has served on the Overview & Scrutiny Committee, the Health & Wellbeing Overview & Scrutiny Committee and has regularly substituted on the Planning Committee. For four years he sat on the Older Peoples' Council and chairs the Central Area Housing Panel - a key liaison committee for tenants and leaseholders. He has also been chair of the Queen's Park Local Action Team (LAT) for three years and instigated an enquiry into 'Party Houses’.
He is a journalist and continues to run his own Brighton-based PR company. He is chair of the Kemptown Carnival and a trustee of the charity Same Sky and a former trustee of Pride. He is a former prison visitor too.
Stephanie was elected in 2011-2015. She entered politics having been at the forefront of the campaign to save Connexions, as one of the Unison stewards. Once elected, she chaired the scrutiny committee for the children and young people. She went on to be Deputy Chair to Housing, and finally, Chair of the Licensing Committee for the last two years.
Stephanie's work background includes careers work with disadvantaged young people, working for Brighton Hove city council before being elected in. Since being elected in, she has worked for the Friends Centre, and then The FED Centre for Independent Living, in our city's charity sector.
Stephanie is a campaigner for women, for the LGBT community, and for disabled people; those who are disproportionately affected by austerity. Much of her ward work has centred around dealing with the direct impact of central government's severe cuts to residents; affecting their jobs, services, homes, and their benefits.
Stephanie is passionate about environmental issues; the impact of climate change, further damaged by practices such as fracking; to the mass clearing of the rainforest for Palm oil (found in just about every item, from biscuits, to bread), and the consequence of these actions to the survival of indigenous peoples, and many animal species, including the critically endangered orangutan.
Social justice works hand-in-hand with environmental justice. The Greens are committed to highlighting and changing this, which many other parties are failing to even address, let alone tackle.
No stranger to the ward, Richard Stanton was a Queen’s Park Labour councillor in the 80s and 90s and known as one of the city’s most competent politicians. He says: "Greens stand for values forgotten by Labour. Against greedy big business, the Party champions the needs of ordinary people and our environment, so our kids have a world worth inheriting."