The results: Labour bucks the national trend with a stronger presence at county hall

Labour councillors have been at the forefront in promoting the need for action to combat climate change. In Hastings we have set an ambitious target of working to become carbon neutral by 2030 and Labour county councillors successfully argued the case in East Sussex. It helped get the message through to voters: that it is possible to act on climate change at a local level.  But it is ironic – if not surprising – that Read more…

The results: Labour holds Hastings but loses some great councillors to the national swing

The May 6 elections once again resulted in a Labour council, despite some setbacks. The national swing – on the back of a ‘vaccine bounce’ for the Conservatives – clearly made it less about local issues than usual. This was a significant factor in the wards where hard-working Labour councillors lost their seats. So we were sorry to lose Antonia Berelson, Margi O’Callaghan, and Warren Davies. We can’t thank them enough for their support and commitment to Read more…

Hastings & Rye Labour Party Hastings Borough Council Election Statement

We are pleased that the May 6 elections in Hastings have once again resulted in a Labour run council. The national swing clearly made these elections less about local issues than usual, and this has been a significant factor in the wards where hard working Labour councillors lost their seats. We thank Antonia Berelson, Margi O’Callaghan, and Warren Davies for their support and commitment to the residents of their wards and to our town. We Read more…

Hope kept alive in Labour’s Hollington ward despite widespread disillusion and austerity

In a difficult election, in the midst of a pandemic, Labour’s vote held up well in some wards. Maya Evans thanks residents for their support and sets out how Labour will do all it can to help improve their lives. In Maya’s acceptance speech at the Election Count at Horntye sports complex, this is what she said: I would like to thank the residents of Hollington for turning out and putting their hope and faith Read more…

Still time to vote … for key workers, for affordable homes and a better post-Covid future

It’s been called the Faceless Election by one local media outlet. And it is true, this election has been mainly conducted online, and via leaflet, with little human contact, But bit by bit, as the campaign progressed, Labour canvassers began to knock on doors, and – socially distanced – engage with the voters. And what we found surprised us. Far from being reluctant to see us, they talked. They told us their stories, They wanted Read more…

This is the future I see for a vibrant, up and coming West St Leonards

by John Cannan Labour candidate for West St Leonards I love West St Leonards. For one thing it’s where I live. And I’m proud of the way the area, so long neglected, is looking up. We have a bypass at long last, which has taken some of the pressure off Bexhill Road. We have a new supermarket, an Aldi, where I believe one of my Conservative opponents works. I’m glad for him, and others, that Read more…

Tories unapologetic for foisting racist candidate on the people of Castle ward

Hastings Conservatives have picked a racist to represent them in the current Borough Council elections. In a Twitter post on March 9, John Sydes [@johnsydes] wrote: Every Tom Dick Harry and Meghan is jumping on the “race card” these days. Following up with this comment: Black people should by default win all awards regardless of talent. Also, all black people should be promoted regardless of talent. Black people are the future, white people should cower Read more…

After Sarah Everard, it’s happening here: attacks on women spark anger and demands for change

by Ann Kramer “We shouldn’t have to be jaywalking alone into our future. We shouldn’t have to hope we get home safe. We should be certain that we will.” That’s how Megan, a local woman and women’s rights activist in her early 20s, finished her powerful testimony at an online vigil for Sarah Everard, whose murdered body was found in woodland in Kent on 10 March, and Blessing Olusegun, who was found dead on Bexhill Read more…

And we’re off! But what a strange election campaign it’s turning out to be

Labour candidates, with their bright red rosettes, have been seen on the streets in recent weeks – Covid guidelines permitting – to begin what everyone acknowledges to be one of the strangest election campaigns in modern times. Social distancing has precluded mass canvasses, concern about spreading infection has limited person-to-person contact. Many conversations instead have taken place by phone. Door-to-door canvassing has only recently begun in some areas. The first election address is being delivered, not Read more…

It’s been a tough year for the town, but kindness and cooperation are seeing us through

Hastings Council leader Kim Forward reflects on a very difficult year for the town – and what we all need to do now Last week (23 March) we marked a year since we went into the first lockdown and it has been a very difficult year, with many sad times. My thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones. I would like to thank everyone, whether as part of an organisation or not, who Read more…