Debate Not Hate

Joint statement from Brighton & Hove City Council’s political leaders

We’re united in our support for democratic debate and stand firmly against hate. Debating and disagreeing with one another is a healthy part of democracy, but abuse and intimidation crosses the line. 

As councillors we’re supporting the Local Government Association’s 'debate not hate' campaign. We share concerns across the country about increasing levels of abuse and intimidation in public life which are negatively impacting democracy at all levels.  

It’s a key democratic principle which all councillors champion, that local government should be open and transparent and that decisions made by elected councillors should be open to scrutiny and challenge.

Residents who are unhappy with decisions made by the council or services that the council provides have every right to object and have their voices heard.  

This is a civil liberty that must be maintained and protected. 

Our councillors stand at the heart of local democracy. Elected from our diverse communities and forming a vital link between the council and residents, it’s a privilege and responsibility to be elected to public office. 

We will continue to encourage healthy debate and discussion and challenge intimidation and abuse.  

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, Leader of the Council, Convenor of the Green Group 

Councillor Carmen Appich, Co-Leader of the Labour Group 

Councillor John Allcock, Co-Leader of the Labour Group 

Councillor Steve Bell, Leader of the Conservative Group