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Labour promise leader’s surgeries and a listening council

May 12, 2023

The new Labour administration on Brighton & Hove City Council have today announced plans to begin leader’s surgeries and monthly walkabouts to make the Leader of the Council more accessible to residents.

Cllr Bella Sankey, the new Labour leader, wants to run regular “leader’s surgeries” to give residents right across the city the opportunity to raise issues of concern with her directly, as well as partake in monthly walkabouts in different communities to see residents’ issues first-hand.

Labour won a historic landslide victory at last week’s local elections, off the back of a manifesto that promised to change the culture in the local authority and lead a “listening council” that does policy with residents not to them.

Labour are steadfast in their mission to serve residents, and understand the best way to do that is to listen.

Regular leader’s surgeries and monthly walkabouts mark a clear statement of intent from the new council leader to do things differently, make the council leadership more accessible and accountable to residents, and to listen to the communities that we serve.

Labour leader, Cllr Bella Sankey, said:

“I love this city dearly and so I know that for too long residents have felt disconnected and under-served by their city leadership.

“I am going to be a listening leader and I want to be visible and accessible to residents from Portslade, to North Laine to Saltdean.

“We will only fix the problems in our city and reach our full potential if we work together and harness all the best ideas our brilliant residents have for their local communities.”

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