Rock the Vote

I will be at this exciting event next Sunday 21st May, organised by Sam Kinch, community organiser, to encourage young people to register to vote – and to vote! I will answer questions on my campaign and why I’m standing in Hastings & Rye against Amber Rudd. Hope you meet you there. Sam Kinch’s description is below the poster.

About: A day of live music, poetry, comedy, performance and food – Set across three stages, this all day event comes one day before voter registration cutoff for the 2017 general election, one of the most important elections in living memory – free entry
Times: 12 midday – 12pm, Sun 21st May 2017
Location: The Printworks Ltd, 14 Claremont, Hastings TN34 1HE

Local musicians, comedians, poets and creatives will be gathering at the Printworks in Hastings on 21st May from 12 noon to 12midnight for a jam-packed day of fun and performance with the aim of encouraging people to register to vote in the upcoming General Election, in what is being billed as the single biggest music event of the year outside of Hastings’ now infamous Fat Tuesday Festival.

The lineup so far includes over 30 of Hastings most popular local musicians, as well as a number of international stars, who are all playing voluntarily in support of a good cause, with new acts adding themselves to the lineup daily. Amongst them are King Size Slim, otherwise known as Toby Barelli, who was awarded the prestigious prize of best emerging blues artist of the year in 2015 at the British Blues Awards, and who regularly gets airtime on BBC radio 6. Also on the bill are up and coming local progressive soulsters SOMEONE/ANYONE who have regularly been featured on BBC Introducing South East and have built up quite a following locally amongst younger music lovers. The event is aimed primarily at younger people, but the lineup has expanded to offer something to people of all backgrounds and ages and with pop-up food stalls being opened in the alleyway besides the building it’s expected that the event will be attended by upwards of 500 people.

The day is being organised by local community organiser Sam Kinch who said “I work part time at the venue and was heading out to a shift 2 days after the anouncement by Mrs May, and I read an article saying that 100,000 young people had registered to vote the day after. 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 local barstaff and sound technicians offering to work for free, as well as so many amazing artists offering to play for free. I’d like to thank them all so much for joining in on this.”

The organisers are keen to keep the event strictly non-partisan with the aim of bringing people together from all political backgrounds to enjoy the day and to make sure they are registered to vote and are making an informed decision. In the interest of balance the organisers have invited all local Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) and local political groups who are standing a candidate to attend the event and to make their case directly to the electorate.

Helpers will be on hand throughout the day with iPads to help people register to vote, to register for postal voting if they’d prefer and to offer people more information about the process for voting on 8th June.

For more up to date information visit the Facebook event page at: <>

Sam Kinch 07421995019 Community Organiser


Open door

I’m going to invite local people to write guest blogs about issues that concern them that are a direct result of corruption or bank wrongdoing. I will have to vet the blogs and they must be fully evidenced.

Also anyone who has informed opinion about any matter currently in the news relating to the election is invited to offer a blog. I will need ultimate editorial control and blogs must not be abusive, offensive or libelous.

But no blogs a purely personal matter please, it must effect people generally. I can deal with personal issues if I’m elected!

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