Amber Rudd, the Conservative MP for Hastings, told the Financial Times that people who are on benefits and want to be by the seaside move to Hastings to have easier access to friends, drugs and drink.A statement she’s getting a lot of stick for, but which is demonstrably true.
Just like Southend, which in the past few years has suffered the rush of benefit claimants being ‘encouraged out’ of London, and the increase in Somali drugs gangs, acquisitive violent crime, street beggars and rough sleepers.
And, like Hastings, Southend is also launching a bid for ‘City of Culture’:
Sarah Owen, the Labour Party’s candidate for Hastings and Rye said: “You don’t have to be from Hastings to love the place – it just so happens I was born and grew up here.
“So when I hear the MP talk down my hometown and the people who live here, I question what commitment they have to stand up for us.
“It’s also really disappointing given the timing for our City of Culture bid. We need an ambassador for Hastings and Rye not someone who rubbishes a place that has so much to going for it.”So, Sarah, what do you plan to do about it’s seedy reputation?
Nothing? Just sweep it under the carpet?
Shouldn't your voters be told?