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Cllr Rob Lee, leader of HBC's Conservative group.

Cllr Rob Lee, leader of HBC’s Conservative group.

Tories present full slate of 32 candidates

Hastings Conservatives “have their eyes set on seizing control of Hastings council,” they say. With a full slate of 32 candidates they are looking to improve their current tally of eight councillors, which has left them in a decided minority compared with Labour’s 23. Nick Terdre reports.

“Hastings and St. Leonards deserves a better council than the current Labour-run administration,” says Cllr Rob Lee, leader of the Conservative group on Hastings Borough Council.

“We have an excellent set of candidates in all 32 seats with a wide range of experience, including a nuclear engineer, teaching assistant, graphic designer, a renowned singer-songwriter, a former soldier and a member of the Hastings Lifeboat Crew.”

In the partial elections in 2016, when 17 seats were contested across the 16 wards, the Tories achieved a swing from Labour in five wards, but lost ground to Labour in six wards.

While in recent years the Tories have been in a minority, things were different when central government was last in Labour hands: in 2006-08 they had an absolute majority on the council and in 2008-10 they were the single largest party and in minority control.

It remains to be seen how the boundary changes mandated by central government – only Baird ward is untouched – affect voting. This time round the candidate with the highest vote in each ward will be rewarded with a four-year term and the candidate coming second with two years.

Six of the current Tory councillors are standing for re-election: Rob Lee, Matthew Beaver, Andy Patmore, Martin Clarke, Mike Edwards and John Rankin, while Liam Atkins and Robert Cooke are standing down.

The full list of candidates is as follows: Ashdown Mike Edwards, Sorrell Marlow-Eastwood Baird Terry Fawthrop, Peter Pragnell Braybrooke Mark Charlesworth, Janet Grigg Castle Kevin Tomlin, John Sydes Central St Leonards Graeme Williams, Sue Clarke Conquest Paul Foster, John Rankin Gensing Cath Burrows, Craig Andrew Hollington Nigel Barry, Joel De-Roe Maze Hill Rob Lee, Andy Patmore Old Hastings Alan Hay, Lisa Rankin Ore James Dee, Oliver Devaux Silverhill Claire Hamill, James Hollis St Helens Martin Clarke, Matt Lynch Tressell Terry Keen, Patrick Millar West St Leonards Karl Beaney, Matthew Beaver Wishing Tree Bexx Veness, John Waterfall.

Posted 14:19 Friday, Apr 13, 2018 In: Local Elections 2018