Liz Collis's blog

Uber in Brighton and Hove

Since the news broke last month that Transport for London (TfL) had rejected Uber’s operating license due to ‘lack of corporate responsibility’, questions have been raised about the company's future in Brighton & Hove.

Our city has always been a place that embraces bold ideas and exciting new technologies, and as a result Brighton is home to the fastest growing digital festival in the UK and many of the country's most promising start-ups.

But with new technologies come new challenges.

Brighton Digital Festival

On Friday I visited ONCA Gallery as part of Brighton’s Digital Festival (BDF). 

BDF, the UK’s fastest growing festival, runs for a month and showcases over 150 events across Brighton & Hove reflecting the growth that the digital sector has enjoyed here in recent years. Brighton’s digital economy, which is worth over £1bn a year, shows that our city is leading the way in creative, digital innovation in the UK.

Local projects in the running for One Family Foundation funding

Some amazing local projects have been shortlisted for Community Award funding from the OneFamily Foundation. The number of votes cast will determine which projects successfully receive the funding and I would be delighted if one of the projects based in my constituency, or a service providing city-wide benefits in Brighton and Hove, is selected.

Brighton's new bike share scheme

This Sunday brings the opportunity for residents to head to Preston Park and try out one of the new rental bikes that will be popping up at different sites across the city from September.

The bike share scheme is an initiative that’s been in the pipeline for a number of years, and is something the Greens have championed from the outset – including securing funding from the Local Economic Partnership (LEP) to help with start-up costs.

Urgent answers needed on Grenfell Tower

My heart goes out to all of those affected by the horrific fire and tragic loss of life at Grenfell Tower.

With facts emerging about the speed the fire spread, witness accounts of alarms not sounding, no sprinklers in the building, and advance warnings of residents’ safety fears being ignored, it’s our duty to prevent a similar tragedy ever occurring again, and to hold to account those responsible for the failures that make this potentially not just a tragedy but a crime.

My letter to Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP on Chechen abductions and killings

Letter to Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office:

 

Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP

Minister of State

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

King Charles Street

London

SW1A 2AH

 

Ref: ML.C0082.ID.12.04.17

12th April 2017

 

Dear Alan,

 

Local projects in the running for funding

A few brilliant local projects have been shortlisted for ITV People’s Projects funding. As the local MP, it’s difficult for me to pick one project over another, but I would love it if one of the amazing local organisations in the running is successful. To win the funding it comes down to votes, so I’m hoping my blog will help to draw attention to the incredible work those in the running do, and just what the funding would mean to them.

 

Schools Funding Crisis

This morning I made my submission to the Government’s Schools National Funding Formula consultation. The proposals would see schools in Brighton and Hove lose over £11 million by 2019/2020.

School budgets are already at breaking point, there is no fat left to trim. Local head teachers, who I’ve kept in close contact with, have issued stark warnings about what the proposals mean for our schools. Some schools are relying on charity PTA fundraising to buy essentials like pens and glue sticks – and there are serious fears that job cuts will become inevitable.

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