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Protesters outside Home Secretary Amber Rudd's house demand justice for child refugees (photo: Peace News).

Rudd’s bar on child refugees draws local protest

A new group calling itself Hastings Kindertransport 2017 – a reference to the rescue operations which brought thousands of refugee Jewish children to the UK to save them from the Nazis between 1938 and 1940 – protested at the weekend against Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s decision to wind up a scheme for bringing unaccompanied child refugees into the country. Here they explain their action.

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Members of Hastings and Rye Green Party display their banner in Alexandra Park (photo: HGP).

Greens join local protest against Trump

The inauguration of Donald Trump as US president last Friday sparked unprecedented acts of repudiation across the world. Thousands took part in the ‘Bridges Not Walls’ movement, which started in town and was supported by the Hastings and Rye Green Party. Nick Terdre reports.

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Council scraps planning notification letters

As from the New Year Hastings Borough Council will stop sending letters to notify residents of planning applications in their area. The move, confirmed at this week’s Cabinet meeting, has drawn a lot of criticism. Nick Terdre reports.

Nick Perry with colleagues at the North Kingston by-election campaign HQ.

Local Lib Dems help Olney to victory

Local Liberal Democrats played a part in securing Sarah Olney’s shock by-election victory in Richmond Park and North Kingston. Nick Terdre reports.

Letstart Letting: part of the council's strategy for housing homeless households.

Chowney responds to Lee’s allegations

Earlier this month HOT reported claims by Tory councillor Rob Lee that Labour councillor Kim Forward, lead member for housing, had failed to declare an interest in the Letstart Letting scheme. Council leader Peter Chowney has responded to the allegations. Nick Terdre reports.

Cllr Kim Forward, right, on Grotbuster duty earlier this year (photo: HBC).

Labour councillor refuses to step down after failing to declare interest in letting scheme

Labour councillor Kim Forward refused to step down as lead member for housing at the last full council meeting after Tory group leader Rob Lee said she had “deceived” the council by not declaring an interest in the Letstart Letting scheme. Nick Terdre reports.

Members of Hastings Against War Flying Kites Not Drones

Drone week of action in Hastings

Sometimes I find myself looking up at the sky and thanking my blessings that I am not being targeted by drones operated by people from distant shores who see me as their enemy. I’m aware that we have military personnel in this country trained in the art of drone warfare, sitting thousands of miles away from their chosen targets for surveillance and attack – and I think: if we’re doing this to other people, why wouldn’t others use the same tactics on us? There but for the grace of God, etc. Zelly Restorick reports. 

Nick Perry, once more the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Hastings & Rye, at the party's recent conference in Brighton.

Lib Dems first out of the election traps

Faced with the possibility of a snap general election, the local Lib Dems have stolen a march on their political rivals by selecting their parliamentary candidate. Nick Terdre reports.

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