The Labour Party have selected Leila Erin-Jenkins as their candidate for the upcoming Brighton and Hove City Council by-election in Hollingdean and Stanmer, following the resignation of popular Labour councillor Tracey Hill for family reasons.
Leila is a local mum and community campaigner and explained why she is keen to retain the seat for Labour: “I was born, raised and educated in Brighton. In 2015 with cuts facing Children’s Centres, including Hollingdean which my children and I attend, I rallied families and we successfully fought to stop these cuts.
Now, as Secretary of ACORN Community Union, I campaign for citywide landlord licensing to improve the living conditions and wellbeing of renters, many of whom live in this ward. I also volunteer to protect local people from eviction and homelessness during the pandemic. I am a parent of a disabled child who attended Downsview Hollingdean and I am also Secretary of Sunflowers Support Group, championing fellow parent carers. I am eager to build good links with Coldean, oppose unnecessary houses of multiple occupation and protect our local services. I would be honoured to serve all the residents of Hollingdean and Stanmer, responding to concerns and representing this fantastic ward.”
Theresa Fowler one of the current councillors in the ward commented;
“Leila will make an amazing councillor. She understands this area and the people who live here. I was very impressed by her campaigning work over tenants rights and housing and it shows she has the ability to work with both our longstanding local and newer student residents, bringing them together to make Hollingdean and Stanmer a stronger community. Local Labour Party members are looking forward to working with such a terrific local campaigner.”
Leila, who is very local to the ward and has had her children attend local schools and the sure start centre has a strong track record campaigning on housing and against cuts to services, added:
“My priorities are housing, jobs, strong environmental policies that work for the ward and supporting our amazing local community. Alongside Labour ward councillor Theresa Fowler, I am determined to ensure that our local residents’ issues are not ignored by the council in favour of those areas closer to the centre of the city. Local people need to be heard and I will be their voice”
“As somebody who has sent their children to school in the area I have witnessed the amazing sense of community spirit that has seen us through the challenges of the last year. However I fear the impact of even more austerity measures. Hollingdean and Stanmer needs councillors prepared to defend our local services, protect our homeowners and tenants, and combat the climate crisis”
“I am keen to talk to local residents. Their views and thoughts are very important to me. I wish to thank Councillor Tracey Hill for her tireless work on behalf of all the residents of Hollingdean and Stanmer and alongside Theresa Fowler, I will continue to represent all the residents of this unique area”.
By re-electing a Labour Councillor, Leila will work hard for all the residents of Hollingdean and Stanmer. She will work to:
- protect children’s and family services
- protect local jobs
- combat the climate crisis
- protect renters rights and increase affordable housing
- resist austerity cuts to our local services