Vote Labour in the Rother Council elections on May 7th

voteOn the 7th May you will have the opportunity to vote in a General Election that will set the direction of our nation for the next 5 years. If you live within Rother District then you will also have the opportunity to vote for your Rother District Councillors to represent you for the next four years.

We urge you to use your ballot wisely and vote for the excellent Sarah Owen, to represent and fight for the area that she grew up in and to reject the misery of five more years of Conservative austerity.

But please also vote for your local Labour candidates for Rother Council to end the incompetent one-party Tory rule in Rother, recently condemned by their own Conservative Secretary of State for a lack of transparency.

Please vote for:

RYE: Sam Souster & Ray Prewer
EASTERN ROTHER: Paul Carey & Nick Warren
MARSHAM: Bob Ball & Jonathan Lee
BREDE VALLEY: Cheryl Creaser & Elaine Lee

Together with Sarah as our new MP we can start making some positive changes in Rother.


Sam Souster

SamSam has been a Rye Town Councillor for 16 years and is a former Mayor of Rye. He has served two stints on Rother District Council and has had experience of representing local communities for over 36 years.

From his background working for P&O, the Central Electricity Generating Board and PowerGen he now runs a Rye B&B with his partner Rita Cox. He is on Rye Partnership, the Harbour of Rye Advsirory Committee, Rye & District Day Care Centre and Marshlink Action Group.

Sam has always argued that the requirements for tourism must be balanced with the needs of the community. He has worked with residents of Tilling Green Estate to ensure they got a much needed Community Centre and that the facility will continue when site developed. His work over the years led the Rye Observer to say “Cllr. Sam Souster is a man of great integrity who has always worked hard for the local community”

Sam says “If elected I will continue to work tirelessly for the betterment of Rye and its residents, and to represent their best interest on Rother District Council.”

Ray Prewer

RayRay has been married for over 30 years to Linden Thomas and moved to Rye in 2007. Ray joined the Civil Service to train in IT and has worked in IT for numerous public and private organisations, and has been a member of different trade unions.

Ray was involved in amateur football at club, league and county level for over 40 years, retiring on our move to Rye. Since when, he has worked as a volunteer for the Rye Museum and, in the last year, for the local on-line newspaper, Rye News.

Ray says “I would like to see Rother District Council be more transparent and the allocation of funds fairer. We need more affordable housing locally to stop young families moving out of the area. Traffic is a big concern in Rye, a medieval town that was not designed for cars. So we need to consider a new approach. I want to encourage more people to join in our local community, possibly by volunteering.”


(Icklesham, Winchelsea, Rye Harbour, Camber, Iden, Playden, Winchelsea Beach, E Guldeford)

Nick Warren

nickNick and his wife, Kim, have lived in Icklesham for 12 years. Nick worked in high street banking for 40 years, and is now Centre Manager for Hastings & St Leonards Christians Against Poverty, specialising in helping people work their way out of crippling debt.

Nick is a serving Icklesham Parish Councillor, is ViceChair of the Planning Sub-Committee & chairs the Sports & Recreation Working Group. He is Treasurer of The Icklesham Trust, managing the village hall & sports pavilion, and of the local Youth Club. He has been involved in schemes to reopen village stores, improve play facilities, refurbish the sports building & facilities, and open a youth club, while opposing inappropriate planning applications. He is a Senior Hastings Street Pastor and Health & Safety Officer of the Robin Hood Bonfire Society.

Nick says “I am passionate about keeping and improving amenities in Eastern Rother to ensure that residents get the services they need, while protecting the wonderful rural heritage & environment.”

Paul Carey

paulPaul was born in Rye in 1949 and this area of Rother has been his home for more than 55 years. He worked for twenty-five years in the aircraft industry travelling most of the world, with many of his jobs in developing countries. Paul then worked for more than twenty years at Dungeness Power Station.

Paul was first elected to Rye Town Council in 1990, serving for seventeen years. He undertook two separate stints as Chair/Mayor and was also elected as a Rother District Councillor in 1999 for a four year term. Paul was involved in promoting and raising money for the development and construction of Rye Swimming Pool from the initial concept in 1990 to the final opening in 2003 Paul has been a life-long and very active member of Rye Bonfire Society and is currently a member of Rye Emergency Action Team.

Paul says “I am pleased to be re-entering local politics and I would promote honesty, transparency and fairness in my work on Rother District Council.”


(Fairlight, Guestling, Pett, Pett Level, Three Oaks)

Bob Ball

bobBob is a retired scientist and has worked most of his life in the electronics industry. He moved with his wife to the area from London 21 years ago to work for a small company near Battle which designs and manufactures scientific camera systems for research applications. They lived at first in Hastings but for the last 7 years in Pett Level.

Bob does voluntary work for Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and other local conservation organisations. He has been involved in campaigns such as supporting the Ridge Fire Station and campaigning to save local bus services.
Bob says “I will be a councillor that speaks up for the local community, not just defending it against threats like the bus cuts but also proposing positive ideas to make life better for the villages in Marsham ward.”

Jonathan Lee

jonathanJonathan has lived in Guestling with his wife Elaine for the past 7 years and has lived in the Hastings area for 33 years. Jonathan is a Registered Nurse and worked at the Conquest Hospital (and before that, the Royal East Sussex Hospital) for 25 years.

As Secretary of UNISON Hastings & Eastbourne Healthcare Branch, Jonathan has supported staff and campaigned to protect the NHS services locally. Jonathan is Secretary of Hastings & District Trades Union Council, liaising with other unions for the benefit of working people.

Jonathan says “I am committed to protect the public services for our community. Only with a strong Labour voice within the Council will crucial services be protected. With massive government funding cuts to councils, the correct priorities must be madeI want to ensure the voice of rural areas like Fairlight, Pett, Guestling, Doleham, Three Oaks and Pett level are heard at the Town Hall in Bexhill.”


(Westfield, Brede, Broad Oak, Udimore)

Cheryl Creaser

cherylCheryl has two children, who attended Thomas Peacock School, and one grandchild, who lives with her son and his wife in Rye. She has lived in Rother approximately 30 years, firstly, in a village near Rye and then in Rye for the last 17 years.

Cheryl has worked in housing management and development locally, and in shipping, manufacturing and construction companies. She has been involved in Rye & District Community Transport, Rother Environmental Group, fundraising for the Rye Swimming Pool and has been active in Rye & District Bonfire Society.

Cheryl says “I believe I have the ability and humanity to represent the interests of our community. I have extensive experience working within Rother, professionally and within the voluntary sector. I am passionate about this area and would like to do what I can to support the people of Rother.”

Elaine Lee

elaineElaine has lived in the 1066 area for all of her life. For the past 7 years she has resided in Guestling with her husband, Jonathan. In the past she has worked in local solicitors offices, estate agencies and building societies. For the last 14 years she has worked within the Money Advice Unit of Citizens Advice Bureau 1066.

Elaine currently works and volunteers as a Debt Coach for the Hastings and St. Leonards, Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Centre and is passionate about alleviating the burden of debt, poverty and its causes, from those in our community.

Elaine has been a member of Calvert Methodist Church, Hastings for 19 years and has been their Church Council Secretary for 12 years.

Elaine says “I would welcome the opportunity to represent local people by being a member of Rother District Council in order to give a voice to the most vulnerable members of our community.”