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Labour's Paul Barnett and Maya Evans on the stump in Hollington.

Hastings remains a Labour stronghold

Thursday’s election saw Labour tightening its grip on the local council as it increased its number of councillors to 24. The Tories held onto the remainding eight seats, leaving other opposition parties out in the cold, though the Greens came tantalisingly close to taking a seat off Labour. Nick Terdre reports.

Local democracy suffers when a council is dominated by a single party, as in Hastings, the author maintains.

How would Tressell vote on 3 May?

How would Robert Tressell, author of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, vote in the forthcoming local elections? More than a century after his death, Tressell’s legacy is disputed among those who call themselves socialists. Former Labour Party member Michael Madden wonders how he would find today’s Hastings.

Posted 09:58 Monday, Apr 30, 2018 In: Local Elections 2018 Tags: entrepreneurial socialism Greens inequality Jeremy Corbyn Karl Marx LibDems Michael Madden Mugsborough Robert Tressell William Morris
Green Party canvassing 2018

Transport poverty in Hastings can be changed

Road planning in our town denies access to many residents. Those who do not have a car and rely on pedestrian routes, buses or bike routes are definitely getting a poor deal in Hastings. Transport poverty exists in our community and goes unrecognised. Green Party candidate for Tressell, Catherine Taylor writes.

Posted 15:14 Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018 In: Local Elections 2018 Tags: Alexandra Park Catherine Taylor Green Party Greenway Hastings Urban Bikes Nick Terdre sustainable transport forum transport poverty tressell ward
LibDems campaigning against a hard Brexit, with Eve Montgomery, fourth from right, next to Nick Perry.

LibDems tell it like it is!

The Liberal Democrats have already made a mark on this year’s local elections by choosing not to stand candidates in Old Hastings in order to improve the chances of the Green Party succeeding on the basis of opposition to the proposed harbour marina development which the two parties share. Now their best-known face in town, Nick Perry, along with his fellow candidate Eve Montgomery, tell HOT’s Nick Terdre how they see this moment in local politics and the changes they would like to see in local government.

Posted 20:30 Tuesday, Apr 17, 2018 In: Local Elections 2018 Tags: Eve Montgomery LibDems Liberal Democrats Nick Perry Nick Terdre Old Hastings
Hollington: Maya Evans and Paul Barnett point out the holes in the corroding Tory infrastructure

Confessions of a rookie Labour Party member

“I blame a cocktail of right wing media coverage, Ukelele Dave and a well-timed nudge by Kay Green.” HOT’s Erica Smith takes a partisan look at the local elections.

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.

Posted 14:19 Friday, Apr 13, 2018 In: Local Elections 2018 Tags: conservatives Nick Terdre Rob Lee Tories
Old Hastings, where Lib Dems will back the Green candidates in May's local elections (photo: MaryBeth Haas).

LibDems stand aside for Greens in Old Hastings

The Liberal Democrats have decided to stand aside in Old Hastings ward and switch their support to the Green Party candidates at the local elections in May. The Greens have welcomed the move – both parties are keen to see Labour’s control of Hastings Borough Council subjected to greater scrutiny and opposition. Nick Terdre reports.

Local Labour hopes to get a boost from the Corbyn effect at May's local elections. Here the Labour leader speaks in Warrior Square in July (photo: Hastings & Rye Labour Party).

Labour candidates prepare to make a stand

The Labour Party has selected all its candidates bar one for the elections to Hastings Borough Council in May. Following a series of minor boundary changes in several wards, councillor posts will be contested in all 16 of the town’s wards.  Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 15:58 Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017 In: Local Elections 2018 Tags: Jeremy Corbyn Jonathan Lee Labour party Maya Evans Nick Terdre Paul Barnett
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