It was Hastings & Rye which became representative of Labour’s worrying attitude to democracy. The campaign was full of bullying and smears and there was a total refusal to accept the democratic result. The Conservative candidate was Amber Rudd who managed to hold onto her seat regardless of being targeted by a very cruel campaign, that had the word Momentum running through it like a stick of Hastings rock.
The Facebook trolls rumbled on … and on …. and on!
Even though many people came forward to say what had happened that night, the left wingers still claimed that the system was rigged (the usual cry from people who don’t like the results). Basically, it was simple. The count was close, Labour asked for a recount and the recount confirmed that the first count was correct and Rudd had won by a few hundred votes.
The toxic side of Corbyn’s campaign was clear to see in Hastings & Rye, although all over the country candidates were being abused and campaign signs and posters vandalised. A spokesman said: “The graffiti was reported by Hastings Borough Council and affected council property, locations administered by East Sussex County Council and Highways England and one private dwelling.”
Many people have suggested that the anger comes down to Hastings being hit hard by cuts and Amber Rudd being viewed as an MP more concerned about her roles as Home Secretary than about her constituents. However, some say that there was a more sinister reason the nasty and humiliating Labour campaign which planned to unseat Rudd. It has not gone unnoticed that Rudd has the potential to be a future Prime Minister and one candidate actually rejoiced, after Rudd managed to keep her seat by just a few hundred votes, that she would not be a viable leadership candidate any longer.
Many who attended the hustings that took place before the June 2017 elections were embarrassed by the way that Rudd was treated and by the personal attacks she faced. The Momentum based audienced showed no regard for democracy and seemed intent to get a Labour win by any means.
The way the hard left has tried to bring down the Home Secretary is one of the most undemocratic acts I have ever seen in the UK.
I will finish with just one of the comments made on Amber Rudd’s facebook page with the condolences after the death of her Father.
These people are sickening and are stealing our democracy away with bullying. Corbyn praised the left of Hastings and Rye for a great campaign. None of the acts against Amber Rudd were condemned.