Derry’s Phelim leads Green tide

A Derry man is spearheading a Green Party takeover of a local authority on the South coast of England.

Phelim MacCafferty, along with 22 of his colleagues, was elected to Brighton and Hove City Council in the recent local government elections in England.

After years of domination by the Conservatives and Labour, the seaside authority is now in the hands of the Green Party.

The election success comes just a year after Caroline Lucas was elected Westminster’s first Green Party MP for the Brighton Paviliion constituency.

Phelim, son of Seamus and Joyce McCafferty from Marlborough Street, works for the Institute of Employment Rights - a trade union think tank.

He is the Green Party’s national spokesman on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) rights.

In this role, he collaborates regularly with human rights campaigners across the world and has helped pioneer campaigns against bigotry in sport.

He is very well known in Brighton and Hove for his work against hate crimes and prejudice and, each year, he co-organises Brighton’s international Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

The Green Party says its success in Brighton is a “great result for the city and a huge vote of confidence in the Greens.”

A spokesperson said: “It is clear that people are impressed with our ideas and our candidates. They seem to be genuinely enthused by the option of a Green-led council.”