It’s two months since the General Election that saw the Labour Party nationally achieve its worst result since 1935.
In Hastings and Rye there had been a strong expectation that Labour could win the seat back from the Conservatives but, just as across the rest of the UK, many traditional supporters abandoned their usual preference to back other parties.
This week James Prentice of Coastal Action, who carried out opinion polling in the constituency in the run-up to the election told Hastings In Focus: “A month on, as Labour prepares to elect a new leadership team, there is growing interest in the reasons for the defeat, taking in the issues that need to be addressed in order for the party to regain the trust of former supporters and identifying the leadership candidates most likely to appeal to this group.
“In Hastings Coastal Action, is exploring what happened here in a marginal seat widely expected to swing Labour’s way, but which, on the night, saw the Conservative Party significantly increase its majority.”
One element of Coastal Action’s work will be hosting a focus group made up of traditional Labour voters who abandoned their usual preference. It will take place in a town central location, during the daytime, over a weekend during February, and will take up no more than 90 minutes of the participants time and organisers say the will be providing refreshments for those taking part.
If you live in the Hastings, St Leoanrds and Rye area and are one of these voters then Coastal Action would love to hear from you go to this event page to contact us https://www.facebook.com/events/188834092200573/.”
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