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Thursday night’s Hustings event will now be held in the main auditorium at the White Rock Theatre

More tickets available for Thursday night’s hustings

The Thursday 27 June hustings co-organised by Hastings Online Times and Hastings Independent Press has been moved to the main auditorium at the White Rock Theatre to ensure more local voters get a chance to see their parliamentary candidates in action. Erica Smith writes…

The 200 tickets for Thursday night’s hustings made available on Friday at noon were all booked by the end of the weekend. In response, the White Rock Theatre has offered use of the main auditorium rather than the studio space on the lower ground floor. 300 more tickets have been made available for the event.

Seven of the eight candidates have agreed to attend:

  • Phil Colley – Workers Party of Britain
  • Nicholas Davies – Communist Party of Britain
  • Helena Dollimore – Labour & Cooperative Party
  • Lucian Fernando – Reform UK
  • Guy Harris – Liberal Democrat
  • Sally-Ann Hart – Conservative
  • Becca Horn – Green Party

The independent, Paul Crosland, will not be at the event.

It is still recommended for you to book your ticket in advance via Eventbrite. Tickets are free, but HOT and HIP strongly encourage you to make a donation towards the hire of the venue and staff needed to make this event happen. Doors are at 6.30pm with a sharp 7pm start time for the debate. The event will run until 8.30pm.

Surfers Against Sewage hustings

Tuesday 25 June saw a well-attended evening hustings on the beach by Goat Ledge with a focus on our seawater and the water emergencies that have taken both Hastings and Rye by surprise over the last year.

Phil Colley (Workers Party of Britain), Helena Dollimore (Labour), Guy Harris (Liberal Democrat), Sally-Ann Hart (Conservative) and Becca Horn (Green) all answered questions. Only candidates with at least one MP already in parliament were invited to attend. Nicholas Davies, candidate for the Communist Party attended as part of the audience.

Whilst all candidates were in agreement that Southern Water should be held to account for the mis-management of the water supply. Only two of the candidates (Workers Party of Britain and Green) advocated for renationalisation of the water supply, but surprisingly, Sally-Ann Hart (Conservative) stated that she felt unlike privatisation of other services like gas and electricity, it had been wrong to privatise the water system because customers have no choice in who to buy their water from. Helena Dollimore (Labour Party) felt it would be wrong to renationalise the water industry because it would involve buying out the shareholders with tax-payers money. Liberal Democrat Guy Harris advocated for turning the profit-led companies into community interest companies.

Watch this space for a fuller hustings report from Bernard McGinley.

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Posted 21:43 Tuesday, Jun 25, 2024 In: Elections

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