Without even a skirmish, council defines where is stands on antisemitism

What was being widely tipped by council-watchers as a potentially acrimonious and divisive debate on where Hastings Borough Council stands on anti-semitism turned out to be something of a damp squib for those expecting fireworks! With the exception of Councillor Leah Levane, who abstained, all other members present at last night’s ‘virtual’ council meeting agreed […]

Fireworks in store and it’s not even bonfire night!

There’s the prospect of fireworks tonight when Hastings Borough Council meets in full session for the first time since February and Councillor Dany Louise – who quit the Labour party over alleged anti-semitism last year – asks that the authority endorses the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-semitism. That’s likely to put her […]

Surely fixing what’s wrong with Hastings should be the priority?

Tomorrow evening Hastings councillors will meet, as a full council, for the first time since February. One of the first items on their agenda is a motion from Councillor Maya Evans. Tom McCann asks, in the midst of the current crisis, what relevance her issues have for the people of Hastings and St Leonards What’s […]

‘Zionist’ comment shows party’s ‘failure’ to deal with antisemitism

Just seven months after borough councillor Dany Louise quit her party saying: “Sensible people have long ago abandoned the Hastings and Rye branch of the Labour Party,” the acting chairman of the branch has had to refer a comment made by a member to the party’s complaints department. As part of a spirited debate on […]

Borough councillors’ attendance record since May 2018

In December we carried a story detailing the level of allowances paid to members of Hastings Borough Council (HBC), the 32 men and women elected almost a year ago to represent your views on local issues. So, as we approach the first anniversary of those council elections, when all 32 seats on HBC were being […]

Former labour councillor says ‘sensible’ people have abandoned the party

Sensible people have long ago abandoned the Hastings and Rye branch of the Labour Party. That’s the view of Hastings Borough councillor Dany Louise who quite the party in February, driven out she said because Labour had become a ‘welcoming environment for antisemities’. When, earlier this week, Hastings MP Amber Rudd called for Labour leader […]

Old Hastings Labour councillor quits party ‘in despair’ over antisemitism

Old Hastings Labour Councillor Dany Louise has quit the party saying the “level of denial” by Jeremy Corbyn supporters over Labour’s antisemitism problem leaves her “in despair”. Her shock resignation was reported in the Jewish Chronicle and her resignation comes amid claims that thousands of members are now leaving the Labour party as a result of Mr […]