A newly elected Labor councilor said the party will fight for overall control of the City Council next year after winning a seat from the Conservatives.
Bella Sankey won the Wish congregation by-election with a landslide victory, beating Conservative candidate Peter Revell by more than 750 votes.
In a victory speech shortly after her election was announced, Ms Sankey said: “The message of this by-election, and the message we have heard repeatedly from residents, is that they are angry at the neglect they are being shown by the Government in Westminster and feel are frustrated by the stagnation they feel here in our city.
Thanking residents “for their trust in me,” she said, “I will work every day to listen to them, advocate for them, and bring about the change they want to see.”
The by-election will likely be the final test of support for major political parties ahead of city-wide elections in about six months.
Ms Sankey said: “Labour will work to not just be the largest party on City Council, but to take overall control so that we can become a city that is fair and sustainable and where everyone can live and thrive with dignity. ”
Brighton and Hove City Council has not had overall control since 2003.
Mrs Sankey’s election gives Labor a total of 16 councillors, with the Greens retaining the most seats at 20. The Conservatives have 11 councillors, seven of whom are independent.
A total of 28 council members are required for an overall majority in the council.
Hove MP Peter Kyle hailed the result as a “stunning achievement”.
He said: “Bella has run a vigorous and sensitive campaign and I know she will represent residents with the same values at heart. I am very proud of their achievement.
“Labour with Keir Starmer is proud of the positive change that people across the country are crying out for and the same goes for us in Brighton and Hove.”
The by-election was triggered after the death in September of Conservative councilor Garry Peltzer Dunn, who had served as council representative in Hove for 50 years.
Paying tribute to Mr Peltzer Dunn, Ms Sankey said: “I know from speaking with local residents that he was an incredibly decent man and will be greatly missed.”
The by-election result is the second Labor win in Brighton and Hove City Council this year after the party won a Rottingdean Coastal seat in May.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23182856.labour-to-fight-majority-council-hove-by-election-win/?ref=rss Labor are fighting for a majority in the Council after Hove’s victory in the by-election