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Labour councillor refuses to step down after failing to declare interest in letting scheme

Labour councillor Kim Forward refused to step down as lead member for housing at the last full council meeting after Tory group leader Rob Lee said she had “deceived” the council by not declaring an interest in the Letstart Letting scheme. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 12:25 Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016 In: Politics Tags: Kevin Boorman Kim Forward Nick Terdre Rob Lee

Drone week of action in Hastings

Sometimes I find myself looking up at the sky and thanking my blessings that I am not being targeted by drones operated by people from distant shores who see me as their enemy. I’m aware that we have military personnel in this country trained in the art of drone warfare, sitting thousands of miles away from their chosen targets for surveillance and attack – and I think: if we’re doing this to other people, why wouldn’t others use the same tactics on us? There but for the grace of God, etc. Zelly Restorick reports. 

Posted 19:27 Tuesday, Oct 4, 2016 In: Politics Tags: Afghan Peace Volunteers Amnesty International Fernando Bauza Fly Kites Not Drones Hastings Against War Human Rights Watch Maya Evans Rona Drennan

Lib Dems first out of the election traps

Faced with the possibility of a snap general election, the local Lib Dems have stolen a march on their political rivals by selecting their parliamentary candidate. Nick Terdre reports.

WASPI women are buzzing…

Women of a certain age throughout the UK are gearing up for new careers as political campaigners and activists. Hastings is no exception to this groundswell of female unrest and has an active group of go-getting women, intent on righting an injustice of which many people are unaware. Sandra Morris is one of them, and sets out their case here.

Posted 16:09 Thursday, Sep 8, 2016 In: Politics Tags: Amber Rudd Sandra Moore Morris WASPI Day of Local Action

Clear majority to leave in Hastings

Along with the rest of the UK, Hastings voters gave a clear vote in favour of leaving the European Union in last week’s referendum. As a result of the vote, the council expects to be worse off, whilereports of racist actions against foreigners resident in the UK have raised concerns in town. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 07:41 Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 In: Politics Tags: Amber Rudd Andrea Needham Brexit EU referendum Green Party Human Rights Act Liberal Democrats Mandelson Nick Perry Nick Terdre Peter Chowney Polish community ukip

Brexit’s con-trick is a poorly camouflaged power-bid on behalf of the ultra right

In a hard-hitting contribution to the EU referendum debate In campaigner Rachel Lever explores the not-so-hidden agenda of the forces of Out.

Posted 16:35 Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 In: Politics Tags: BBC Boris Johnson Brexit EU Jo Cox John Major Michael Gove Neil Hamilton nhs Nigel Farage Rachel Lever Thatcher ukip

Why I’m voting Brexit

A personal contribution on the leave side of the EU referendum debate from DAR, a HOT reader who has made his presence felt in our comments columns and prefers to write under a pseudonym.

Posted 19:56 Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 In: Politics Tags: Bank of England BHLR Brexit DAR Gordon Brown Greens Hastings Borough Council MEP referendum Rother District Council
Vote In © Penny Johnson

Reasons to stay in Europe

On both sides here has been much anger, lies and, at times, debate that would embarrass a four-year-old. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths asked a few local Hastings and St Leonards-ites about their thoughts and concerns on Europe and why they are in favour of remaining.

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