Historian reveals more about Seaford’s turbulent political history

A talk about the links between Seaford and parliament will be given by historian Kevin Gordon on Friday November 2.

It is part of Seaford Museum and Heritage Society’s celebration of Parliament Week, which is organised by the House of Commons and House of Lords and (November 19-25).

Seaford has had parliamentary representation since 1298 when two local men, William Hobey and Geoffrey Cuckoo travelled up to York to represent the Cinque Port of Seaford at a Parliament which was called there by Edward I.

By the 18th century Seaford had become a ‘Rotten Borough’ with just a handful of people to elect two Members of Parliament.

People who wished to become an MP would simply travel to Seaford and bribe the electorate.

Three Prime Ministers used this method to become MPs for the town and Seaford was represented by millionaires, slave-holders and art collectors.

An important port and town like Seaford also needed a council to represent the needs of its people.

For hundreds of years a wealthy group of Seafordians ran the town, appointing their friends and relatives to political posts.

Despite protests this corrupt system was abolished to be replaced with a council of properly elected representatives, which helped it through the difficult periods of wartime.

Today Seaford is represented by 20 local councillors.

Kevin’s illustrated lecture takes place at the Little Theatre, Steyne Road. at 7.15pm.

The lecture will be about two hours long with refreshments.

Tickets are £5 in advance from Seaford Museum or the Tourist Information Centre or and £6 on the door and the price includes a drink.