Jonathan Brown won a landslide by-election victory in December 2016 to become District Councillor for Southbourne. He is Chair of the Chichester Liberal Democrats and has a rising profile in the national party.
He grew up and lives in Southbourne and is deeply involved with community activities there. He worked tirelessly with other volunteers on the Neighbourhood Plan and chairs the local Environment Group. He has long supported making politics more open, encouraging people from all backgrounds to have the confidence to stand up and take part. He is a passionate believer in local democracy and strongly supports individuals and communities having control over the decisions which affect their lives.
He works locally as a Risk Manager, advising journalists, business travellers and aid workers on travel to remote and hostile parts of the world and producing medical emergency response plans.
He lived in the Middle East from 2004-2007 and brings his specialist regional knowledge to bear in his current work as well as chairing the Liberal Democrats for Free Syria. He has run briefings for MPs, debates in the Houses of Parliament and regularly writes and speaks in the media on the conflict.
He is a passionate believer in the benefits of international cooperation for business, individuals and the environment and was one of the leaders of the local cross-party Remain campaign in the EU referendum.
On being selected Jonathan said: “This election is much bigger than Brexit. When we meet people they tell us they are fed up with the current Conservative government brutally slashing key local services such as the NHS and Social Care, schools and infrastructure.
Of course, Theresa May’s plunge into a Hard Brexit black hole is going to make the pressures even more severe.
With everyone’s help I want to change Britain’s future.”