Hastings and Rye Liberal Democrats put themselves on a war footing at the weekend when they confirmed that Nick Perry will be their candidate when a General Election is called and they are ready for that contest whether it comes sooner or later.
Mr Perry, who lives on the West Hill, has fought the Hastings and Rye seat three times before and says that his experience as a candidate, combined with his work as a local mental health social worker, means that he will be able to represent the needs of the constituency’s diverse communities effectively at Westminster.
“Hastings and Rye has a history of political upsets and the political circumstances of the coming election will produce some surprising and unexpected results.
“With the Leave vote split between the Conservatives, Labour and the Brexit Party, the pro-Remain Liberal Democrats expect to do very well,” he says.
“I am determined that Amber Rudd is held to account: for betraying her Remainer convictions to keep her cabinet job in a hard-right government and for the adverse impact this Government’s policies have on our most disadvantaged fellow citizens. Brexit will make things even worse.”
The climate crisis, more affordable and social housing in the constituency, properly funded core services and the preservation of local jobs are Mr Perry’s key concerns in addition to Brexit.
Local party chair Anne Gallop said: “We are delighted that Nick has agreed to be our candidate at this time of national crisis. He knows Hastings and Rye like the back of his hand and I know he will be an excellent M.P. for all constituents, irrespective of their position on Brexit.”
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When he spoke to Hastings In Focus just before the European elections Mr Perry said local people were responding warmly to the Liberal Democrats ‘stop Brexit’ message.