The Green Party this month won an historic victory to take control of its first council. Here, in an exclusive interview with Rhiannon Bury, Brighton & Hove’s new leader Bill Randall reveals his plans
All things being well Bill Randall will create a little bit of history today.
The long-time housing activist is set to write his name into the record books by becoming the first ever Green leader of a UK council, after the party won 23 of 54 seats in Brighton & Hove’s local elections two weeks ago.
As Inside Housing went to press it was still ‘squeaky bum time’ as the party awaited confirmation of Mr Randall’s leadership – but only an unexpected last minute bid by Labour or Conservative councillors to form a minority coalition administration with another party could derail the Green celebrations.
Mr Randall is in a confident but reflective mood when Inside Housing meets him in the shade of a Brighton pub on a gloriously sunny day shortly after news of his leadership broke.
‘It’s been a long process,’ he says of his new status. ‘The first Green Party councillor [in Brighton] was elected in 1996, we had six in 2003 and 12 in 2007. Then Caroline Lucas was elected last year as the first Green MP.’
With an MP and now the town hall, Brighton is truly the nation’s Green power base. So – barring a last minute disaster – what will the country’s first Green council mean for housing and what will Mr Randall bring to the mix Read the full Story by following the link below