Last night I was selected as one of a team of Labour and Co-Operative candidates to contest Preston Park ward on Brighton and Hove city council, along with Julie Cattell and Kevin Allen. Preston Park is a key ward for Labour, one that is crucial to achieving our goals of winning the council and of electing Purna Sen as the next MP for Brighton Pavilion.
I am hugely honoured to have been selected. It will, of course, mean an enormous amount of work. So probably less blogging, but I will continue to do so, although obviously from the perspective of a Labour candidate working flat out to ensure a Labour victory in Preston Park ward, for the city council, and for the Brighton Pavilion constituency – and at the General Election; and, after that, I hope, as a Labour Councillor supporting a Labour administration in what, even with a Labour Government, will be challenging times. There’s always been a bit of tension between the urge to be active in politics and the desire to reflect and comment on it; the two are probably in my case inseparable but it’s the former that’s going to be the focus of attention now.
I am very excited and looking forward to it enormously. And I am hugely grateful to those who have stuck with my blog over the four years I’ve been writing it. I hope you’ll continue to stick with it for the future.