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It’s all systems go for Christmas charities

Christmas is a busy time for charities working with homeless people and families short of the resources to provide for themselves at the toughest time of the year. This is especially true for those charities with a Christmas focus, such as Surviving Christmas, which will be providing its usual seasonal hospitality. Another event has been arranged at the YMCA. Nick Terdre (himself a Surviving Christmas volunteer) reports. Photos by Surviving Christmas.

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HOT’s Sean O’ Shea discusses the results of the election, critically reflects on some of the Labour manifesto commitments, and asks if socialism is amongst the winners.

A clutch of candidates: from right, Amber Rudd, Nick Perry, Nicholas Wilson, Bishop Richard Jackson (the exception), Michael Phillips and Peter Chowney.

No great surprises at Hastings hustings

Tuesday night’s hustings at the Hastings Centre was the last chance to catch all five parliamentary candidates in one place, and probably their last chance to impress a large live audience with their proposals. Nick Terdre sampled the atmosphere and the pronouncements.

The flag flies at half-mast outside Muriel Matters House following Saturday's terror attack in London.

Candidate “silenced” at Rye hustings

The hustings in Rye on Saturday was marred by controversy when independent candidate Nicholas Wilson was ”silenced” by the chair as he raised the question of the UK government’s relations with Saudi Arabia. Nick Terdre reports.

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Nicholas Wilson: Why you should vote for the independent anti-corruption candidate

HOT has invited all five parliamentary candidates for Hastings & Rye to send us an electoral statement saying why they should get your vote. Here is the statement from the independent anti-corruption candidate, Nicholas Wilson.

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Whistleblower stands as independent candidate

Then there were five – when nominations for the snap general election closed last week there were five candidates: Labour, LibDem, Tory, Ukip and an independent. The independent is whistleblower Nicholas Wilson who is standing on an anti-corruption ticket. Nick Terdre reports.

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Activists target Bexhill’s coal-financing banks

Campaigners from the Bexhill and Hastings World Development Movement (WDM) group held a Stop Bankrolling Coal walking tour of Bexhill on Saturday 19 July, to highlight the role of UK high street banks in financing the destructive coal industry worldwide. Christina Lucey reports.

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