Fresh from the success of Caroline Lucas in the general election, one would have expected the Greens to be all over St Peters and North Laine defending the seat vacated by Keith Taylor’s ‘elevation’ to the European Parliament.
But Green candidate, Lizzie Dean, has been noticeable by her absence. She hasn’t updated her blog for a couple of weeks, and to date there have been no leaflets from her.
By contrast, the Labour candidate, Tom French, a likable young man, has been out and about, knocking on doors and getting himself known. So too has the Tory candidate, Rob Buckwell.
St Peters and North Laine is the home of the Greens in Brighton, the ward where they gained their first seat over a decade ago. The chances of them losing is remote, but a poor Green campaign and a strong showing by Labour could give that party the momentum it needs going into next year’s council elections.