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Hastings and Rye

2010 Results:
Conservative: 20468 (41.09%)
Labour: 18475 (37.09%)
Liberal Democrat: 7825 (15.71%)
BNP: 1310 (2.63%)
UKIP: 1397 (2.8%)
English Democrat: 339 (0.68%)
Majority: 1993 (4%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Labour: 18528 (40.7%)
Conservative: 17323 (38.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 7229 (15.9%)
Other: 2418 (5.3%)
Majority: 1205 (2.6%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 16081 (37.4%)
Labour: 18107 (42.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 6479 (15.1%)
Green: 1032 (2.4%)
UKIP: 1098 (2.6%)
Other: 207 (0.5%)
Majority: 2026 (4.7%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 15094 (36.6%)
Labour: 19402 (47.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 4266 (10.3%)
UKIP: 911 (2.2%)
Green: 721 (1.7%)
Other: 824 (2%)
Majority: 4308 (10.5%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 14307 (29.2%)
Labour: 16867 (34.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 13717 (28%)
Referendum: 2511 (5.1%)
Other: 1667 (3.4%)
Majority: 2560 (5.2%)

Boundary changes: Loses a small part of Rother Levels ward (the villages of Rye Foreign and Bowler`s Town) but gains the Brede Valley from Bexhill and Battle.

Profile: A seat on the south-east coast at the eastern end of Sussex. Hastings, Rye and small town of Winchelsea are all historic cinque ports. Hastings is naturally best known for the 1066 Battle of Hastings, though the site of the battle is actually in the neighbouring constituency of Bexhill & Battle. It was once an important fishing port (a fishing industry remains, but much reduced) but thrived as a victorian seaside resort. It met with the decline common to most such seaside resorts with the growth of foreign package holidays, falling into deprivation and decline, run down hotels becoming bedsits and accomodation for asylum seekers. More recently Hastings has begun to recover though regeneration and redevelopment projects.

Rye is another historic town and tourist centre, though more genteel with cobbled streets and medieval buildings. To it`s south east is the village of Camber and the brash holiday parks of Camber Sands.

This was an unusual Labour gain in 1997. The Liberal Democrats had been in second place in 1992 and it would have seemed more natural for them to benefit from the anti-Conservative tide. In the event it was the Labour party, possibly as a result of an opinion poll published in the Observer shortly before polling day showing the Labour party best placed to defeat the Conservatives in the seat.

portraitCurrent MP: Amber Rudd (Conservative) Managing director of a recruitment and consultancy firm. Contested Liverpool Garston 2005.

2010 election candidates:
portraitAmber Rudd (Conservative) Managing director of a recruitment and consultancy firm. Contested Liverpool Garston 2005.
portraitMichael Jabez Foster(Labour) born 1946, Hastings. Educated at Hastings Grammar School and Leicester University. Solicitor, specialisting in employment law. Hastings councillor 1970-1977 and 1981-1985. East Sussex County councillor 1974-1997. Contested Hastings February 1974, October 1974, 1979. First elected as MP for Hastings and Rye 1997. PPS to the Attorney General 1999-2005. His unusual middle name is normally included to distinguish him from the other Michael Foster, the anti-fox hunting MP for Worcester who is disambiguated in his own way by being referred to as “Michael Foster Worcester” (more information at They work for you)
portraitNick Perry (Liberal Democrat) born 1976, St Helens. Educated at Cambridge University. Social worker.
portraitTony Smith (UKIP)
portraitNick Prince (BNP)
portraitRod Bridger (English Democrat)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 102075
Male: 47.8%
Female: 52.2%
Under 18: 22.8%
Over 60: 24.4%
Born outside UK: 5.3%
White: 97.3%
Black: 0.4%
Asian: 0.7%
Mixed: 1.2%
Other: 0.4%
Christian: 68.9%
Muslim: 0.7%
Full time students: 2.1%
Graduates 16-74: 14.6%
No Qualifications 16-74: 31.7%
Owner-Occupied: 65.8%
Social Housing: 15.1% (Council: 2.1%, Housing Ass.: 13.1%)
Privately Rented: 15.8%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 10.8%

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