Principal Speaker Keith Taylor becomes UN Peace Messenger
Greens across Brighton & Hove are celebrating the appointment of Cllr Keith Taylor as the city's representative on the UN International Association of Peace Messenger Cities (IAPMC).
Brighton & Hove is one of only four UK Peace Messenger Cities, (the others are Milton Keynes, Coventry and Sheffield).
The appointment was confirmed at today's meeting of the council's Policy & Resources Committee, with support from the Conservatives and the Green Party. Cllr Taylor replaces long-standing IAPMC rep Cllr Brian Fitch (Lab).
Cllr Taylor said:
"I am honoured and humbled in accepting this appointment. Brighton & Hove has a strong peace movement, and there is an increasing need for Peace Messenger Cities to champion peace and tolerance. I look forward to working with local and national peace and anti-war groups.
"With the government preparing to spend £25bn on replacing the Trident nuclear missile system I believe the city has an important and immediate role to play in making the case for peace."
Cllr Bill Randall (Green) who nominated Keith added:
"As well as the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq, Tony Blair has taken this country into more armed conflicts than any other British PM. A representative from his party is hardly fit for purpose as Brighton and Hove's peace messenger."