About Us

The Federation of Brighton Pavilion and Hove & Portslade Conservatives represent the Conservative Party in the Brighton Pavilion and Hove & Portslade Constituencies, which stretch from the Pier to the Portslade/Fishersgate boundary and from the sea to the South Downs.

As an organisation we work to elect Conservatives to Brighton & Hove City Council, Parliament and the European Parliament. In May 2010 the residents of Hove & Portslade elected Mike Weatherley as their Member of Parliament.

The Federation works in 16 of the 21 wards of the Brighton & Hove City Council. The other wards are located in the Kemp Town Conservative Association area. For information on the Kemp Town Conservatives, please visit their website here.

People

Linda EDIT

Born in Brighton, Linda attended St Margaret’s and Varndean schools.

Later, she was a branch officer for a clearing bank, then managed the family law firm and volunteered at a mental health drop-in centre.

In addition to having been chairman of three City wards, Linda is currently a governor at a local primary school focusing on special educational needs. She also works at Martlets Hospice listing vintage donations for sale on eBay.

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Geoffrey

Geoffrey Theobald OBE

President and Conservative Group Leader

Geoffrey represents Patcham Ward and am the leader of the Conservative Group. Geoffrey has lived in Brighton & Hove all of his life and was educated locally at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Grammar School. Geoffrey is married to Carol who is also a Patcham Ward councillor and was Mayor of the City in 2007-2008.

Geoffrey was Mayor of Brighton in 1982-1983 and Leader of East Sussex County Council from 1989-1993, continuing as Leader of the Conservative Opposition Groups on the County Council and then Brighton and Hove City Council until 2001.

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Graham

Graham Cox

Deputy Chairman (Political)

Graham Cox is a Conservative Councillor on Brighton and Hove City Council. He represents the Westbourne ward in central Hove.Having been born in Portslade, he joined Sussex Police in 1981. He worked his way through the ranks of his local police force, serving mainly as a Detective in Brighton & Hove.

He was the last Superintendent in charge of Hove Police Station. Graham formed the Sussex Police Major Crime Unit, and oversaw the investigation of numerous serious crimes throughout the County. He finished his career as Head of the Sussex CID. Away from local politics Graham is secretary of Brighton and Hove Cricket Club, and a season ticket holder with the Albion.

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Steve H-S

Steve Harmer-Strange

Deputy Chairman (Membership)

Steve is a former Brighton & Hove City Councillor for South Portslade. He is currently a Trustee for Autism Sussex and played an instrumental role in the council’s autism review in 2009-2010.

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Sue

Sue Ellerton

Deputy Chairman (Membership)

Sue is a lifelong Conservative but only became seriously involved about 10 years ago. She started work in the office after taking early retirement. Sue puts her experience as an office organiser, as well as her secretarial skills, to good use in the office and works closely with Heather, our Agent.

As well as being chair of her local Goldsmid ward, Sue is also chair of the Ladies Luncheon Club and Secretary of the Supper Club. As a way to relax, Sue is a keen philatelist and an avid traveller, having worked in the travel industry for the last 20 years of her career.

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Kerry EDIT

Kerry grew up in Portslade where she attended Portslade Community College before gaining a business degree at the University of Brighton. She currently works for a commercial property company based in London. Kerry also volunteers for a local committee of a national cancer support charity.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, swimming & running.

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Heather EDIT

Heather loves her job and always quips that there is never a dull moment in the world of politics. She especially enjoys meeting so many interesting people from all walks of life. The office is located in the centre of Hove and she has a strong team of volunteers who work tirelessly alongside her.

One aspect of her job is to secure the election of the parliamentary candidates, as well as securing Councillors in Local Government elections. Having worked alongside Mike Weatherley during his successful General Election campaign, Heather was invited to join him for the State Opening of Parliament and counts this as one of the best experiences of her life.

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Andrew Wealls

Andrew Wealls

Hove and Portslade

Andrew is a Councillor for Central Hove, having been elected in May 2011. He is a committed community activist and advocate of the voluntary and third sectors.

Within Brighton & Hove City Council, Andrew is the Opposition Spokesman for Children & Young People and also sits on the Children & Young People’s, Adult Social Care and Housing and Audit Committees.

Andrew is also a trustee of Impact Initiatives, a Sussex wide charity which runs a wide range of projects for those in need across Brighton & Hove. He occasionally teaches on a voluntary basis at a programme for young people who are not in education, employment or training.

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Ann (2)

Ann was born in Brighton and went to school at the Convent of the Blessed Sacrament in Eastern Road. Ann’s working career was spent firstly at Roedean School and then the University of Sussex. She was elected to represent Westdene Ward in 1996 in what would become in 1997, the newly formed Brighton & Hove Unitary Authority Council.

Ann has chaired the Brighton and Hove Music Trust for a number of years and is a Trustee at the Martlets Hospice. She was Mayor of the city of Brighton and Hove 2009/2010. Ann is married to Ken, who is also a Councillor for Withdean Ward.

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Tony Janio

Tony has been a councillor for Hangleton and Knoll since 2007. Tony plays a very active role in campaigning for Brighton & Hove Conservatives and was instramental to getting Mike elected as the Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade.

When he gets a break from politics, Tony enjoys cycling.

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Rachael

Rachael is a University of Sussex graduate who moved to Brighton & Hove from Northern Ireland. During her time at university she was the Vice-President of the Conservative Association and was involved in spearheading challenges to the students’ union regarding many of their policies. The day immediately after handing in her dissertations, Rachael began working as the PA for Mike Weatherley MP.

In her spare time, Rachael enjoys going to rock and metal nights, local gigs and festivals and continues to be involved with the Rock and Metal Society at the University of Sussex. She also has a keen interest in films and follows American politics closely.

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