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In better days: Amber Rudd campaigning in Hastings in 2015.

Sudden halt to Rudd’s meteoric rise

Local MP Amber Rudd’s resignation as Home Secretary brings her hitherto meteoric rise to the top of British politics to a sudden halt. While opposition parties in Hastings welcome the widespread condemnation of the ‘hostile environment’ policy for immigrants which Ms Rudd was in charge of implementing, they have different takes on its wider significance and her political future. Nick Terdre reports.

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Making war history

For 15 years, local peace activist and anti-war campaigner, Chris Coverdale has dedicated his life to getting local and central government to obey and enforce the laws of war. Here, he confronts HOT readers with some of the agonising questions and dilemmas facing conscientious taxpayers and makes a heartfelt appeal to everyone – to do what they can to end war

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Calais Children: A Case To Answer

At the January Hastings Debates, Clare Moseley, founder of Care4Calais, spoke about the current desperate situation on the ground for refugees in Calais. Professor Sue Clayton (Goldsmiths University) concluded the talk with an introduction to her award winning investigative film Calais Children: A Case To Answer. Next week, on March 28th, Professor Clayton returns to Hastings for a full screening of the film, with Q and A following. Felicity Laurence from Hastings Supports Refugees writes.

Picture Credit Laurie Holden

Flying kites instead of drones

On Sunday 18 March, kites flew on Hastings seafront as part of the Fly Kites Not Drones campaign, an international action launched by the Afghan Peace Volunteers (APV), a group of peace activists based in Kabal, the Afghan capital. The AVP began the event in 2014, concerned by civilian deaths caused through armed drones and by children being afraid to fly kites in their country because of the fear of these aircraft, which can fly so high as to be invisible from the ground. Kite flying is a much loved pastime in Afghanistan. The AVP were encouraged to begin the event by Voices for Creative Non-violence UK, a peace group co-ordinated by St Leonards resident, Maya Evans. John Enefer writes.

Members and supporters of Hastings PSC gathered in the town centre last week to show solidarity with imprisoned schoolgirl Ahed Tamini (photo: Laurie Holden).

PSC vigil for jailed schoolgirl Ahed Tamimi

News of the imprisonment of Palestinian schoolgirl Ahed Tamimi in an Israeli military jail has sparked international outrage. Laurie Holden of the Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) reports on the local campaign to support her.

Posted 22:27 Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018 In: Politics Tags: , , , , ,
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Chowney to stand against Rudd again

Council leader Peter Chowney has been reselected to stand for Labour in the next general election. Nick Terdre reports, photos by Roberts Photographic.

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The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme

HOT wanted to spread the word about this grant scheme, aware of so many active and empowering women’s groups in Hastings. 

Posted 13:18 Thursday, Jan 4, 2018 In: Politics Tags:
Boarded-up public toilets in Harold Place - an unpopular measure taken by HBC in response to funding cuts.

Budget disappoints council leaders

There were no gaffes when the chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his budget in late November but nor was there much on offer for hard-pressed councils. Nick Terdre asked local council leaders for their reaction.

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