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Green Party conference in Brighton this weekend

Video. Brighton and Hove plays host to the Green Party Conference this weekend. Brighton, of course, is home to the country's only Green MP and Green-led council.

Over the ext couple of days, leaders will unveil a radical manifesto including renationalising the railways, and a ban on advertising targeting children. But how much support is there for Green politics? Our correspondent Malcolm Shaw has been finding out.

By-election for Brighton - council statement

The Councillor for Hanover and Elm Grove, Matt Follett has resigned due to moving outside of the city with his family.

A by election will be called within 35 days time excluding weekends and bank holidays.

Council leader Jason Kitcat said: "I wish Matt and his family all the very best for the future.

"I want to thank him for his hard work serving the residents of Hanover and Elm Grove ward over the past two years"

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Green MP supports 'common sense' drugs policy

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas

The cross-party Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) has today called for a review of drug policy, saying that government action is needed "now, more than ever" to consider all of the alternatives to the UK’s failing drug laws.

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas said:

“The Greens warmly welcome this cross party call for a complete rethink of the UK’s drug policy, and the clear recognition of the need for an evidence-based approach to reducing drug related harms."

She added: “The committee is absolutely right that the principal aim of Government drugs policy should be first and foremost to minimise the damage caused to the victims of drug-related crime, drug users and others."

“However, it should follow this logic and examine ways to tackle drugs supply as well as use."

Caroline Lucas steps down

Caroline Lucas MP at the Green Party Conference Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The Green Party will announce who will replace Caroline Lucas MP as leader later.

The Brighton Pavilion MP announced she would be standing down as leader earlier this year to make way for a new generation of activists to enter parliament.

The 51-year-old will continue to serve her Sussex constituency.

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