Cllr Claire Carr, who was newly elected as Labour councillor for Castle ward at the borough council election in May, announced last week that she had left the party and joined the Greens. That doubles the Green party representation but leaves Labour still in firm control.

Cllr Carr described her decision as “sad” but based it on “equality” issues: “I have reached the conclusion that I will never be treated fairly or have my voice properly heard on behalf of the residents of Castle Ward if I remain in the Labour Party. As the mother of a gender non-conforming child, a member of the LGBTQ+ community and a strong advocate for equality, I have been sidelined, gagged and isolated.” 

She added that she felt she had found her home. “Green Party policies align much more closely to my views… I now feel accepted and valued as part of a team who are working in the town’s best interest with a spirit of collaboration.”

Existing Green party councillor for Old Hastings ward, Julia Hilton, welcomed Cllr Carr’s move. “I am delighted that there will now be a Green group – rather than just me as an individual – able to hold Hastings Council to account for their actions.”

At the time of going to press, the local Labour party has made no comment. 

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