‘Ore-some’ leap in station usage

Almost a quarter-million rail journeys started or ended at Ore station in 2018/19, according to the latest official estimates of station usage from the Office of Rail and Road.  The 240,652 station entries and exits in the year to March 31st 2019 represent an annual increase of nearly 40 per cent. The Marshlink station is […]

Ambitious and optimistic and in receipt of an ‘enormous privilege’

Later this week Hastings In Focus will be recording an interview with the town’s new MP Sally-Ann Hart. In the meantime Mrs Hart has outlined here what she sees as her immediate priorities in her new job. I am writing this as your Member of Parliament, sitting at my kitchen table. The early morning house […]

Backing conservation and offering protection for songbirds

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) met Amber Rudd MP last week and presented her with a birdbox to encourage conservation in her constituency. It’s that latest in a series of cross-party political meetings by the BASC. The organisation’s Political Affairs Manager Jak Abrahams discussed a range of ongoing conservation projects, including an […]

Rudd backs rebel Letwin amendment as large Hastings contingent march to remain

Hastings’ outgoing MP Amber Rudd yesterday voted against the government and backed the rebel amendment that scuppered the Prime Minister’s chances of passing a new Brexit deal. And while the drama unfolded inside parliament, outside a claimed one million people gathered to march on Parliament, demanding that any deal agreed by our MPs is put to […]

Rudd says October rail summit was most successful to date

Her tenure as MP for Hastings might be coming to an end very soon but Amber Rudd has just staged her sixth and what she says has been her most successful transport summit. The event took place earlier this month at East Sussex College in Hastings, speaking afterward Ms Rudd said: “I was encouraged by the […]

Business numbers rise while unemployment falls

Showcasing job opportunities while helping people show off their talents and fulfil their ambitions is why Amber Rudd says she stages her Job Fairs. Sussex Coast College was again the destination for jobseekers today. Thy were able to meet around 40 innovative exhibitors that were showing what their businesses have to offer to those looking […]

Has Amber set her sights on number 10?

It’s being reported in the morning’s national press that Hastings MP Amber Rudd is preparing to pt herself forward as caretaker Prime Minister if MPs ‘sack’ Boris Johnson over Brexit. Ms Rudd, who criticised Mr Johnson’s language during Wednesday’s ill-tempered debate in parliament, is reported to be ‘positioning herself’ as a unifying figure to unite the Commons […]

Sandown Primary – teaching youngsters about the Big Outdoors

Local school children have brought a taste of the Royal Family to Hastings, by building a chicken hut named Cluckingham Palace and it has already received a famous visitor. The energetic school children from Sandown Primary hosted local MP Amber Rudd who helped the school win £2,000 to spend on outdoor projects just like Cluckingham […]