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Vigil on the Stade to mourn family drowned in Channel

A well-attended vigil was held in the Stade Open Space on Sunday to mourn the family of five who lost their lives in the Channel last week. Seeking refuge is not a crime but a legal right, Polly Gifford of Hastings Community of Sanctuary told the gathering. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 12:32 Tuesday, Nov 3, 2020 In: Politics Tags: Hastings Community of Sanctuary Hastings Welcomes Refugees Nick Terdre Polly Gifford Sally-Ann Hart vigil

Busy month for local refugee support groups

October is a month of action on various fronts for local refugee support groups, including a food collection this coming weekend, a poster campaign around town and the delivery of a petition urging the government to lift the ban on asylum seekers working – all this against the background of the Home Secretary’s announcement that she plans to reform the “broken” asylum system. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 21:58 Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020 In: Politics Tags: Community of Sanctuary Felicity Laurence Nick Terdre Priti Patel refugees Safwa Chowduhry Sally-Ann Hart

Why the Tories still cannot be trusted with our NHS

While the country’s ability to fight the Covid-19 virus continues to be hampered by the government’s insistence on prioritising private means over public resources, Michael Madden finds no reason to change the conclusion he arrived at in May, that the Tories cannot be trusted with our NHS.

Posted 18:42 In: Politics Tags: Boris Johnson Emily Thornberry Michael Madden nhs Tories

MP moves into overdrive

Hastings and Rye MP Sally-Ann Hart has suddenly gone into overdrive, sending out half a dozen press statements in the last few days. This publication, however, is still waiting for her to respond to enquiries from more than two weeks ago. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 19:11 Sunday, Jun 28, 2020 In: Politics Tags: economic recovery homelessness Migrants motorcyclists Nick Terdre Sally-Ann Hart Tory cabinet

Why the Tories cannot be trusted with our NHS

An assessment of how well the government has handled the coronavirus emergency will certainly be needed – but now is not the time, according to many voices. Michael Madden begs to differ, arguing that the controlling forces within the government are dedicated to the privatisation of the NHS and its subordination to market forces.

Posted 19:41 Thursday, May 21, 2020 In: Politics Tags: Boris Johnson Dominic Raab ERG Margaret Thatcher Michael Madden nhs Tories Winston Churchill

Suspected arson at Labour’s Bohemia Road headquarters

Police are investigating a fire at Hastings Labour Party headquarters on Tuesday evening, an incident they say they are treating as suspicious. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 19:32 Thursday, Mar 12, 2020 In: Politics Tags: labour Nick Terdre

Caroline Lucas to launch local Greens’ election campaign

Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP, will return to Hastings in late March to launch the party’s local election campaign in which the Greens will stand candidates in all wards. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 19:35 Wednesday, Mar 11, 2020 In: Politics Tags: Caroline Lucas Green Party Julia Hilton Kim Forward Labour party Old Hastings

Kim steps forward to become Labour’s first  female council leader in Hastings

Hastings is about to get its first Labour female council leader following the party’s choice of Cllr Kim Forward to replace Peter Chowney. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 21:50 Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 In: Politics
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