Today marks the official launch of the 2019 General Election campaign and in the coming weeks we hope to bring you a genuinely balanced overview of what all the main parties are saying and what each of the candidates fighting to become OUR next Member of Parliament think they can do for OUR town.
What we already know is that Peter Chowney will once again contest the seat for Labour, he fell just 346 votes short in 2017 and Labour are determined to make the Hastings and Rye constituency theirs once again. Also standing will be Nick Perry for the Liberal Democrats. He has contested the seat on three previous occasions but believes his party has the wind in its sails and victory is within his grasp.
We’re still waiting for the local party to announce who will be the Conservative candidate and expect that announcement anytime.
Next week Hastings In Focus will be sitting down with the candidates from each of the three main parties to hear why they believe they are most deserving of your vote. Those interviews will be available on our Soundcloud Channel and will form part of the next edition of The Hastings Podcast. At the same time we want to get out on the streets and hear from you what you think the main issues facing Hastings are and what you want from a local MP.
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So just how marginal is the Hastings and Rye parliamentary seat, here are how the votes fell in the last two General Elections…
Hastings and Rye
Has been held by the now Independent, former Conservative, Amber Rudd. One-time home secretary and work and pensions secretary.
Who thinks they can win it? Tories, Labour and Liberal Democrats
- Conservatives – 25,668
- Labour – 25,322
- Lib Dems – 1,885
- UKIP – 1,479
- Ind – 412
- Majority: 346
Brexit referendum result: leave 55%
- Conservative – 22,686
- Labour – 17,890
- UKIP – 6,786
- Green – 1,951
- Lib Dems – 1,614
- Majority: 4,796
Expect big efforts by all the parties to persuade you to vote for them. For politics lovers it’s going to be an exciting five weeks, for the rest of us, it might not!