Politician says PM's cash for Eastbourne is “slap in the face” for Hastings

Sarah Owen

Sarah Owen

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A prospective MP has called the £2million awarded to Eastbourne as a “slap in the face” after those in Hastings were offered nothing when their pier was destroyed by fire in 2010.

Sarah Owen, who is set to stand for Labour in the Hastings and Rye constituency at next year's general election, added that questions would be asked about the timing of the government grant.

She said: “To have both David Cameron and George Osborne stroll into Eastbourne with £2million of taxpayer's money in their back pockets so close to a general election is going to raise questions. Many people are saying this is a blatant attempt to buy votes.”

Hastings Pier was ravaged by fire in October 2010 and has been closed ever since.

They received no funding from central government and have relied on local fundraising to get to a position where they are hoping to reopen next year.

She added: “I feel sorry for the people of Eastbourne, we know exactly what it is like for a town so reliant on tourism to go through something like that.

“I'm going to be submitting a question to Mr Cameron to ask him what the criteria was for awarding this money.

“If he doesn't answer then people will continue to ask questions.”

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4:04pm Mon 4 Aug 14

s&k says...

Are you accusing Cameron of trying to butter up a Tory stronghold that might possible slip over to UKIP? Never.
Are you accusing Cameron of trying to butter up a Tory stronghold that might possible slip over to UKIP? Never. s&k
  • Score: 30

4:12pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Cory and Trevor says...

It's a marginal seat and they want to win it. Cameron and Osbourne even found time to go down there and visit the town. Wish i could take half a day off at a whim in my humble work but i can't...

What a flagrant, disgraceful, yet transparent attempt to buy the votes of Eastbourne folk by the artless original Bully boys. **** them all.
It's a marginal seat and they want to win it. Cameron and Osbourne even found time to go down there and visit the town. Wish i could take half a day off at a whim in my humble work but i can't... What a flagrant, disgraceful, yet transparent attempt to buy the votes of Eastbourne folk by the artless original Bully boys. **** them all. Cory and Trevor
  • Score: 31

4:27pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Nikski says...

They will get their a*ses kicked come the election don't worry. Most British people are not amoral and can't be bought by slimy politicians, and resent those who try! Shameless and shameful tory posh boys think money can buy anything...
They will get their a*ses kicked come the election don't worry. Most British people are not amoral and can't be bought by slimy politicians, and resent those who try! Shameless and shameful tory posh boys think money can buy anything... Nikski
  • Score: 27

4:52pm Mon 4 Aug 14

PracticeNotTheories says...

Perhaps it should be taken into account that the Hastings Pier, at the time of the fire in 2010, was closed to public access, and was in the process of being taken over by the council to look at redevelopment. Effectively, it was a ruin before the fire occurred.

The Eastbourne Pier was an ongoing business, with arcades, shops, and a nightclub, with a number of visitors. It was also a Grade II listed building.

The pier is also insured, so should be repaired with funds from there.

If people actually read what was said, Number 10 has stated the £2mill is to 'provide financial support so we can minimise the effect on business and tourism'. NOT to rebuild the pier.

There is also a further £6.5m for development of another 9 coastal towns.

I assume those are all marginal too?

Unfortunately ANYTHING that is done in the year prior to an election will be attacked to score points.
Perhaps it should be taken into account that the Hastings Pier, at the time of the fire in 2010, was closed to public access, and was in the process of being taken over by the council to look at redevelopment. Effectively, it was a ruin before the fire occurred. The Eastbourne Pier was an ongoing business, with arcades, shops, and a nightclub, with a number of visitors. It was also a Grade II listed building. The pier is also insured, so should be repaired with funds from there. If people actually read what was said, Number 10 has stated the £2mill is to 'provide financial support so we can minimise the effect on business and tourism'. NOT to rebuild the pier. There is also a further £6.5m for development of another 9 coastal towns. I assume those are all marginal too? Unfortunately ANYTHING that is done in the year prior to an election will be attacked to score points. PracticeNotTheories
  • Score: 17

4:53pm Mon 4 Aug 14

salty_pete says...

It will be an interesting result in Hastings & Rye if the ultimate party apparatchik gets elected. Very little life experience outside of the Labour party machine I understand. I believe she went straight from being a researcher for the Labour councillors in BHCC to a prospective MP. Why can't prospective MPs come from some other background instead of clones from central office.
It will be an interesting result in Hastings & Rye if the ultimate party apparatchik gets elected. Very little life experience outside of the Labour party machine I understand. I believe she went straight from being a researcher for the Labour councillors in BHCC to a prospective MP. Why can't prospective MPs come from some other background instead of clones from central office. salty_pete
  • Score: -13

5:09pm Mon 4 Aug 14

EllieSimpson says...

salty_pete wrote:
It will be an interesting result in Hastings & Rye if the ultimate party apparatchik gets elected. Very little life experience outside of the Labour party machine I understand. I believe she went straight from being a researcher for the Labour councillors in BHCC to a prospective MP. Why can't prospective MPs come from some other background instead of clones from central office.
She was a care assistant at the Conquest Hospital and worked for London Fire Brigade. I'd say that was quite good 'life' experience.
[quote][p][bold]salty_pete[/bold] wrote: It will be an interesting result in Hastings & Rye if the ultimate party apparatchik gets elected. Very little life experience outside of the Labour party machine I understand. I believe she went straight from being a researcher for the Labour councillors in BHCC to a prospective MP. Why can't prospective MPs come from some other background instead of clones from central office.[/p][/quote]She was a care assistant at the Conquest Hospital and worked for London Fire Brigade. I'd say that was quite good 'life' experience. EllieSimpson
  • Score: 55

7:01pm Mon 4 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

She's not too bad looking either.
A 7 out of 10, perhaps even an 8.
She's not too bad looking either. A 7 out of 10, perhaps even an 8. sussexram40
  • Score: -46

7:17pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Sussex jim says...

Eastbourne is a quality town on the south coast of England. Despite the fact that Bellotti got elected as a result of the assassination of MP Ian Gow by the IRA, and parts of Hampden Park have been used as a dumping ground for benefit-claiming foreigners, it has done well over the years.
Hastings, however, with its culture of unemployed street drinkers, has been the butt of jokes throughout Sussex for years. For goodness sake, Hastings Labour party: when are you going to clean up your town and make it a fit resort for people to visit?
Eastbourne is a quality town on the south coast of England. Despite the fact that Bellotti got elected as a result of the assassination of MP Ian Gow by the IRA, and parts of Hampden Park have been used as a dumping ground for benefit-claiming foreigners, it has done well over the years. Hastings, however, with its culture of unemployed street drinkers, has been the butt of jokes throughout Sussex for years. For goodness sake, Hastings Labour party: when are you going to clean up your town and make it a fit resort for people to visit? Sussex jim
  • Score: -3

7:27pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Cyril Bolleaux says...

s&k wrote:
Are you accusing Cameron of trying to butter up a Tory stronghold that might possible slip over to UKIP? Never.
And there was me thinking that Eastbourne has a LibDem MP called Stephen Lloyd.
[quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: Are you accusing Cameron of trying to butter up a Tory stronghold that might possible slip over to UKIP? Never.[/p][/quote]And there was me thinking that Eastbourne has a LibDem MP called Stephen Lloyd. Cyril Bolleaux
  • Score: 5

8:13pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Nikski says...

sussexram40 wrote:
She's not too bad looking either.
A 7 out of 10, perhaps even an 8.
You are a first class pr*tt
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: She's not too bad looking either. A 7 out of 10, perhaps even an 8.[/p][/quote]You are a first class pr*tt Nikski
  • Score: 15

8:16pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Nikski says...

Nikski wrote:
sussexram40 wrote:
She's not too bad looking either.
A 7 out of 10, perhaps even an 8.
You are a first class pr*tt
Actually first class tw*t is more fitting!
[quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: She's not too bad looking either. A 7 out of 10, perhaps even an 8.[/p][/quote]You are a first class pr*tt[/p][/quote]Actually first class tw*t is more fitting! Nikski
  • Score: 11

9:40pm Mon 4 Aug 14

stevensavage says...

shes a nice looking politicion
shes a nice looking politicion stevensavage
  • Score: 0

9:46pm Mon 4 Aug 14

steve@emphotography says...

Some really silly and off point comments posted here. I completley understand why Sarah Owen would want answers to her question and without a doubt it does look like a an attempt to buy votes. Hastings should get more support than it does being in the top 10% of deprived areas un the uk (ons) However there is no avoiding the public service cuts agenda. I earlier in the year i was made compulsory redundant from the fire service whilst others were brought in and given promotion. And the EDGH has been stripped back.

Where do i put my vote niw?
Some really silly and off point comments posted here. I completley understand why Sarah Owen would want answers to her question and without a doubt it does look like a an attempt to buy votes. Hastings should get more support than it does being in the top 10% of deprived areas un the uk (ons) However there is no avoiding the public service cuts agenda. I earlier in the year i was made compulsory redundant from the fire service whilst others were brought in and given promotion. And the EDGH has been stripped back. Where do i put my vote niw? steve@emphotography
  • Score: 16

7:07am Tue 5 Aug 14

Plantpot says...

Talking of a slap in the face, I've yet to hear why Labour refused to get involved in constituency boundary reforms that would have made the first past the post system fairer. England votes Conservative but gets landslide Labour govts. Bad for all concerned.

Sarah Owen might ask what Hastings got under the last, disastrous Labour administration over the many years they bled this country dry? For sure the rest of us got nothing from it except an incrediblly toxic legacy. If Milibandwagon gets in it will be even worse than it was last time.
Talking of a slap in the face, I've yet to hear why Labour refused to get involved in constituency boundary reforms that would have made the first past the post system fairer. England votes Conservative but gets landslide Labour govts. Bad for all concerned. Sarah Owen might ask what Hastings got under the last, disastrous Labour administration over the many years they bled this country dry? For sure the rest of us got nothing from it except an incrediblly toxic legacy. If Milibandwagon gets in it will be even worse than it was last time. Plantpot
  • Score: 4

8:29am Tue 5 Aug 14

HJarrs says...

"Sarah has proper life experience, currently working for Lord Sugar in the House of Lords."
"Sarah has proper life experience, currently working for Lord Sugar in the House of Lords." HJarrs
  • Score: -7

9:35am Tue 5 Aug 14

ThinkBrighton says...

HJarrs wrote:
"Sarah has proper life experience, currently working for Lord Sugar in the House of Lords."
Skills in nothing, and now working for a self opinionated p!llock in the
House of Lords.
That should set her up really well to be an MP.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: "Sarah has proper life experience, currently working for Lord Sugar in the House of Lords."[/p][/quote]Skills in nothing, and now working for a self opinionated p!llock in the House of Lords. That should set her up really well to be an MP. ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 2

9:48am Tue 5 Aug 14

Mrbrightside1 says...

HJarrs wrote:
"Sarah has proper life experience, currently working for Lord Sugar in the House of Lords."
Far more life experience than you I suspect, you keyboard warrior
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: "Sarah has proper life experience, currently working for Lord Sugar in the House of Lords."[/p][/quote]Far more life experience than you I suspect, you keyboard warrior Mrbrightside1
  • Score: 6

12:20pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Pitviper says...

Hastings is just jealous, after all Eastbourne is the sunshine coast!
Hastings is just jealous, after all Eastbourne is the sunshine coast! Pitviper
  • Score: -2

12:21pm Tue 5 Aug 14

NathanAdler says...

Nikski wrote:
Nikski wrote:
sussexram40 wrote: She's not too bad looking either. A 7 out of 10, perhaps even an 8.
You are a first class pr*tt
Actually first class tw*t is more fitting!
You use some leftish politics and call me a sexist dinosaur, yet use a swear word (insult) referring to a woman's vagina. So birds' lady gardens are an insult are they?

If the irony was not so thick, I would laugh.

I won't swear, I will just state a fact and mention that you are a baboon.
[quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: She's not too bad looking either. A 7 out of 10, perhaps even an 8.[/p][/quote]You are a first class pr*tt[/p][/quote]Actually first class tw*t is more fitting![/p][/quote]You use some leftish politics and call me a sexist dinosaur, yet use a swear word (insult) referring to a woman's vagina. So birds' lady gardens are an insult are they? If the irony was not so thick, I would laugh. I won't swear, I will just state a fact and mention that you are a baboon. NathanAdler
  • Score: -1

1:38pm Tue 5 Aug 14

whatevernext2013 says...

ThinkBrighton wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
"Sarah has proper life experience, currently working for Lord Sugar in the House of Lords."
Skills in nothing, and now working for a self opinionated p!llock in the
House of Lords.
That should set her up really well to be an MP.
yep how to look down ones nose at the voters
[quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: "Sarah has proper life experience, currently working for Lord Sugar in the House of Lords."[/p][/quote]Skills in nothing, and now working for a self opinionated p!llock in the House of Lords. That should set her up really well to be an MP.[/p][/quote]yep how to look down ones nose at the voters whatevernext2013
  • Score: -1

5:18pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Dave in Hastings says...

Sussex jim wrote:
Eastbourne is a quality town on the south coast of England. Despite the fact that Bellotti got elected as a result of the assassination of MP Ian Gow by the IRA, and parts of Hampden Park have been used as a dumping ground for benefit-claiming foreigners, it has done well over the years.
Hastings, however, with its culture of unemployed street drinkers, has been the butt of jokes throughout Sussex for years. For goodness sake, Hastings Labour party: when are you going to clean up your town and make it a fit resort for people to visit?
Your comment is way off the mark. The Labour Party have made a massive positive difference to Hastings. It is only the butt of jokes among people who are ignorant. You might have had a point in the 80's and early 90's, but that was because the tories let the town go to ruin.
This is a great place to live and visit unless you are a total snob and don't like all the brilliant community events that go on here.
Like many seaside towns it has suffered from the despicable practice of social cleansing carried out by wealthy London suburbs, but despite that it is on the up.
I suggest if you want to get to the bottom of the problems that places like Hastings do have, then you should look in the direction of central government. Admittedly when the tories ran the place, they didn't give a tinkers cuss about the town and let it fall into disrepair. Thankfully they have been sent packing and are unlikely to run the show again for the forseeable future.
I have lived in many parts of Sussex, and wouldn't give you tuppence for most of them, but I will spend the rest of my days here. I suspect you have not visited here for many years. Get yourself to the Old Town and have a great day out.
[quote][p][bold]Sussex jim[/bold] wrote: Eastbourne is a quality town on the south coast of England. Despite the fact that Bellotti got elected as a result of the assassination of MP Ian Gow by the IRA, and parts of Hampden Park have been used as a dumping ground for benefit-claiming foreigners, it has done well over the years. Hastings, however, with its culture of unemployed street drinkers, has been the butt of jokes throughout Sussex for years. For goodness sake, Hastings Labour party: when are you going to clean up your town and make it a fit resort for people to visit?[/p][/quote]Your comment is way off the mark. The Labour Party have made a massive positive difference to Hastings. It is only the butt of jokes among people who are ignorant. You might have had a point in the 80's and early 90's, but that was because the tories let the town go to ruin. This is a great place to live and visit unless you are a total snob and don't like all the brilliant community events that go on here. Like many seaside towns it has suffered from the despicable practice of social cleansing carried out by wealthy London suburbs, but despite that it is on the up. I suggest if you want to get to the bottom of the problems that places like Hastings do have, then you should look in the direction of central government. Admittedly when the tories ran the place, they didn't give a tinkers cuss about the town and let it fall into disrepair. Thankfully they have been sent packing and are unlikely to run the show again for the forseeable future. I have lived in many parts of Sussex, and wouldn't give you tuppence for most of them, but I will spend the rest of my days here. I suspect you have not visited here for many years. Get yourself to the Old Town and have a great day out. Dave in Hastings
  • Score: 4

9:22pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Jef Dunn says...

Sarah Owen will undoubtedly be the next MP of the area. Shallow as she is, the pendulum of Hastings politics will guarantee it.
Sarah Owen will undoubtedly be the next MP of the area. Shallow as she is, the pendulum of Hastings politics will guarantee it. Jef Dunn
  • Score: 2

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