A POLITICAL campaign led by Jeremy Corbyn supporters encouraging community activists to “take back control” is coming to Sussex.
The Take Back Control will be in Hastings on May 27 as the only Sussex stop of a countrywide tour.
It was billed earlier this year as Labour’s fightback in areas targeted by Ukip with leading party figures including John McDonnell, Diane Abbott and Clive Lewis expected to attend prior to the announcement of the election
The first rally was hosted by film director Ken Loach in Sunderland last month with events also proposed in Croydon, Hackney, Bradford and Plymouth.
The selection of Hastings among the tour surprised even local Labour figures as Ukip lost its last council seat in 2014 while the party was a distant third in the 2015 election albeit with a ten per cent lift in the proportion of the constituency vote.
Organisers of the event say it is a chance for an activist-led bid to take back control of Brexit, the Establishment and residents’ own lives.
The events, sponsored by Momentum and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association union, feature a mixture of talks, workshops, skill sharing sessions, gigs and cultural events.
Before then, community organisers have also arranged a “non-partisan” day of comedy, poetry and performances to boost voter registration on the eve of the national deadline on Sunday.
The event is billed as the single biggest music event of the year outside Hastings’ Fat Tuesday Festival, featuring more than 30 of the town’s performers.
Organisers say the event is aimed primarily at younger people but the line-up has been to accommodate all backgrounds and ages.
Community organiser Sam Kinch said: “I felt like it’s hugely important, with the situation we’re in right now, for everyone to have a voice and to have their say, as it’s the last chance to do so for five years and these five years are due to change the course of our country economically and politically in ways we can’t yet imagine.
“I put the shout out locally and the response from the local creative community has been amazing with bar staff and sound technicians offering to work free, as well as so many amazing artists offering to play for free.”
Helpers will be on hand throughout the day with iPads to help people register to vote.