Foster to be awarded freedom of borough

Michael Foster first elected as a councillor in 1971
Michael Foster first elected as a councillor in 1971

FORMER Hastings MP Michael Foster will be awarded the freedom of the borough this week.

Mr Foster spent 13 years representing the town in Westminster following his surprise election in 1997, and also devoted many years to local life as a councillor.

He stepped down as Labour candidate last year after losing to his Conservative rival Amber Rudd by more than 2,000 votes.

And, at the time, plans to recognise his service with an award were postponed until it was clear he would not consider standing again amid rumours of a snap election.

Labour has now announced it will pick his successor from an all-woman short-list, so the path is clear for Mr Foster to receive the freedom of the town.

The mayor of Hastings, Cllr Kim Forward, will present Mr Foster with the award at the council’s annual meeting at the White Rock Theatre on Wednesday.

She said: “The meeting is open to all the public and we would like to encourage everyone to come along and witness Michael Foster being awarded for his hard work in the community.”

It starts at 11am.