This is the disaster waiting to happen that I predicted here. Crucially the seats lost by Labour to the Tories in Portslade and Moulsecomb have cost the people dear. These should be rock solid Labour seats - there are now no safe Labour seats in Brighton. The election results were an unmitigated disaster. Simon Burgess (who lost his seat) and Gill Mitchell will argue that we have to continue our pathetic cautious line on policy and that radical policies would have cost us even more. It is difficult to see how more disastrous the results could have been. The only saving grace was Juliet McCafferty and Kevin Allen in Preston Park - but they only held their seats by defying the Labour leadership and in effect ironically picking up some of the 'anti-Labour' vote.
It is clear that Brighton Pavilion is lost to the Greens (31% to our 25%) who will almost certainly install their first MP here at the next election. What is more serious however is whether Labour can persuade Green voters in Hove and Kemptown to back them as the only way of stopping the Tories getting these two seats (Tory 42% to Labour 28%). It would need a virtual miracle to stop the Tories in Hove but Kemptown might still be redeemable (but extremely difficult).
Labour and the Greens combined got well over 50% of the vote but only 46% of the seats. Once again our wonderful electoral system gives arbitrary power to the Tories.