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A local councillor since 1999, Peter Chowney has been council leader since 2015.

Peter Chowney chosen as Labour’s candidate in parliamentary election

Another parliamentary candidate is in place, with the selection of Hastings Borough Council leader Peter Chowney to represent Labour. The LibDems chose their man long ago and the Greens make their choice later this week, but the signs are that Ukip will not be contesting the seat this time. Nick Terdre reports.

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Thursday 4 May: vote, vote, vote…

Brenda from Bristol might have nailed the mood of the nation with her reaction to the news of the General Election – but don’t let that stop you from using your vote in the East Sussex County Council elections this Thursday, 4 May. Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm. If you are on the electoral register, you don’t need to take your polling card with you, but you will need to give your name and address details. HOT’s Erica Smith takes a look at who is standing where.

From the hustings in 2015: far left, Nick Perry of the LibDems, on his right the Tories' Amber Rudd, and second from left, Labour's Sarah Owen.

Local politicians prepare for electoral battle

She said she wouldn’t, then she did. In the end political calculation looks to have won out over sticking to one’s word. Not that that little matter hindered Prime Minister Theresa May from winning a large majority in Parliament this week for a snap general election to be held on 8 June. Nor did her U-turn faze Hastings’ politicians, who are raring for the fight. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 12:37 Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 In: Politics Tags: Amber Rudd Brexit Green Party Labour party Liberal Democrats Molly Scott Cato Nick Perry Nick Terdre Paul Burnett Theresa May
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Reaction to O’Shea’s ‘Say no to hate speech’

HOT’s Chandra Masoliver reports on one of the few hostile reactions to Sean O’Shea’s recent article, Say no to hate speech.

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.

Posted 18:58 Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 In: Politics Tags: Amber Rudd Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Dubs Peace News
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.

Posted 13:25 Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 In: Politics Tags: Andrea Needham Andy Patmore Chris Hurrell Chris Lewcock Combe Haven Defenders Dawn Poole Nick Terdre notification letters Rob Lee Rocklands Save Ecclesbourne Glen site notices Statement of Community Involvement
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.

Posted 19:26 Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 In: Politics Tags: Brexit Lib Dems Liberal Democrats Nick Perry Nick Terdre Richmond Park Sarah Olney Zac Goldsmith
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