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Nick blasts Labour and announces intention to run for Council

February 3, 2012

Labour Councillors have failed to secure the future of St Mary in the Castle as an arts centre

Nick Perry, the Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesperson for Hastings & Rye, has announced that he intends to run for election to Hastings Borough Council on 3 May this year.

Nick, who was his party’s candidate at the 2010 General Election said to The Observer,

“There are local and national reasons for wanting to be selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Castle – the ward where I live and work.

“The failure of Labour Councillors to secure the future of St Mary in the Castle as an Arts Centre, the unbelievably poor treatment of the fantastic Barbara Rogers, and Labour’s lack of a credible and integrated tourism strategy for Hastings and St Leonards number among the local reasons.”

Nick lives on the West Hill with his family and has been involved for a number of years with ward-based organisations like the Castle Ward Forum and WHAC – West Hill Against Communal Bins.

He also cited national politics as a reason for deciding to run:

“I am sick and tired of Labour’s hypocrisy about the cuts. The Leader of Hastings Borough Council takes no responsibility whatever for Labour’s failure in Government; he blames the Coalition for a reduced central grant, and by extension the Borough’s failure to improve its position in the deprivation league tables. At the same time, Ed Miliband and Ed Balls are saying at a national level that the cuts are necessary and they won’t reverse them. This is economic irresponsibility of the worst kind.

“Finally, I am determined to do all I can to expose the control-freak tendencies of the Labour leadership on the Council. The recent decision to get rid of the Chief Executive and give the Leader more power should have been a decision for the full Council, not just Cllr Birch and his cronies.

“The Conservatives, by the way, are offering nothing of value. I am sorry to say that the Conservative Group and its invisible leader are to Hastings politics what Anne Widdecombe is to ballroom dancing.

“At a national level the country is benefitting from Liberal Democrat determination to combine economic responsibility with fairness. So in Hastings we need committed, co-operative and caring councillors, and that’s what I will be if I am elected in May.”

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