Brighton and Hove Labour Party and Labour Group of Councillors are mourning the loss of Cllr Dr Robert McIntosh, who passed away on April 1st. Elected as a Brighton and Hove City Councillor for Rottingdean Coastal ward on May 5th, 2022, Robert was diagnosed with bowel cancer soon after his election.
Despite his illness, Robert remained committed to the causes he believed in and was a hardworking and principled councillor. He was instrumental in building a Labour Party branch in Rottingdean Coastal, demonstrating that Labour was a party fit to represent all residents, even in a traditionally Tory ward.
Robert was a historian, and his PhD was in South African history. He was an anti-apartheid campaigner from a young age and remained a staunch defender of the EU, frequently participating in rallies and demonstrations in 2019. He was also a supporter of electoral reform, including proportional representation.
Labour members will miss Robert’s dedication and passion for social justice, but they will continue to honor his memory by door-knocking and listening to residents in both the May council elections and future campaigns. Robert’s legacy will live on as they continue the fight for a fairer, more equitable world.