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In a nutshell: The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity - and everything flows from that.

Hastings & Rye Liberal Democrats are a group of local residents who are passionate about and committed to our great towns.


On this site, you can find out more about the team, read about our latest activities and find out how you can get involved.


Liberal Democrat news and updates

Local News

  • Article: Oct 19, 2021

    The Hastings & Rye AGM will be held at

    7.30pm on Friday 19th November 2021 at The White Rock Hotel, Hastings, TN34 1JU. (small conference room)

    Both Members and Supporters are very welcome to attend the AGM but only Members will be able to participate in formal discussions or to vote.


    Agenda

    Introduction and welcome by Bob Lloyd (Chair)

  • hARoLD Sept 21 cover image
    Article: Sep 11, 2021

    Welcome to the latest edition of our local Newsletter.

    Open the article and then click on the image to download a pdf copy.

  • April 21 Newsletter
    Article: Apr 21, 2021

    Download the Newletter

    This newsletter contains

    • all the candidate information for the May 6th elections
    • The Chinese Year of the Ox that came in ion 12th Feb
    • A letter from Howard Norton on Championing Trees
    • A report from Rother District Councillor
  • Kate Lamb
    Article: Apr 14, 2021

    Kate Lamb is the Lib Dem candidate standing in the Eastern Rother By-election. Kate's strong commitment to improving the lives and prospects of local people will offer voters the chance to make a real difference on issues affecting Eastern Rother

    Now, more than ever, it's important that Eastern Rother chooses someone who really understands the issues that affect our lives here. Somebody who can rise to the challenges posed by rural and cross-border crime and the seemingly relentless threats to road safety in our area. Kate also knows that many local people share her commitment to protecting the environment and managing tourism.

  • Martin Griffiths
    Article: Apr 8, 2021

    HBC & ESCC Elections, 6 May 2021: Liberal Democrat candidates

    HBC Ward Candidate ESCC Division

    Ashdown: Martin Griffiths [Ashdown & Conquest]

    Martin moved to St Leonards from a village in Kent 5 years ago and lives in Ashdown Ward. Having worked in legal practices for over 40 year he brings experience of governance and decision-making, and wants our councils to make better decisions, and put an end to their current lack of openness and meaningful consultation with residents. His priorities are to see that our local roads and public transport infrastructure are improved; to increase the availability of good quality social housing, and to ensure that good Planning decisions are made, whilst protecting our valuable green spaces.

  • Hastings and Rye Manifesto 2021
    Article: Mar 27, 2021

    LibDems want an East Sussex Alliance

    Given the political landscape of East Sussex, Hastings and Rye Liberal Democrats are calling for an alliance to take over the running of the County Council from the Conservatives after the election on the 6th May.

    Manifesto

  • Article: Nov 3, 2020

    Some technical rather than substantive changes to the current local party constitution (see link here) are proposed just to ensure consistency with the 'Model Local Party Constitution', attached to the LibDem Constitution for England, as is required. The main change is for Article 7.2 (b) to be amended to include a reference for an independent report to be provided when the accounts for the previous year are submitted for approval by the AGM and then to delete Article 10.5 which provides for the annual accounts to be approved separately at a General Meeting to be held early each year

  • Article: Oct 31, 2020

    This has been a year like no other for the Liberal Democrats jointly running Rother District Council.

    The year started slowly with the Rother Alliance administration trying to put its stamp on the way the Council is run and administered through launching a Transformation programme. Following a tranche of voluntary redundancies amongst staff, the two Executive Directors also come up with a senior restructure plan which meant the redundancy of one of those posts.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2020

    Welcome to my first annual report as chairperson, and what a strange year it's been.

    We started the year dusting ourselves down from a national defeat in the General Election. I'm pleased to note that locally we fought one of our strongest campaigns of recent years; doubling our vote for Nick Perry with the help of some generous donations and a lot of leg work from our volunteers across the constituency. We had a highly successful leafleting campaign in the outlying villages, as well as in Hastings and Rye.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2020

    Hello Everyone.

    Understandably, 2020 has been a difficult year for maintaining momentum in social contact.

    By contrast, last year was a success with a Safari Dinner, an Open Garden event as well as a dinner with Stephen Lloyd. Of course, the last AGM was followed by lunch at the Royal Victoria Hotel with guest speaker Baroness Olly Grender.

    Member numbers have fluctuated with significant gains following the 2019 May local council election successes and again following the European election. A new leader, our unambiguous pro-European stance all contrasted with Labour's position and attracted local Labour supporters to us.

    Since the December 2019 general election membership numbers have declined as gains from Labour returned to the fold with Keir Starmer's election to Party Leader. This is in line with a decline in membership numbers nationally.

    Encouragingly, supporter numbers have been stable.

    I would like to thank Katy Hunter-Burbridge (who can't be with us tonight) for her hard work in sharing the membership development officer duties and being the human interface with members.

    We look forward to better times in 2021 with everyone being free to get out and about, keeping more in touch with our members and supporters and seeking out some new ones.

    Best wishes,

    Emlyn Jones

    Membership

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  • Article: Oct 22, 2021

    Conservative MP Philip Davies has started taking a surprising interest in the Liberal Democrats' commitment to an equal parliament, and our internal selection procedures.

    Perhaps he has decided to turn his back on his sexist views, or perhaps he has a different motive.

    Read Philip Davies' letter to Ed Davey, and Ed's reply:

  • Article: Oct 20, 2021

    We did it!

    The Vagrancy Bill is a blunt outdated instrument that makes criminals of rough sleepers. It hurts the people most in need in our society.

    Liberal Democrats have been fighting to scrap it for years. And today, the Prime Minister has been dragged kicking and screaming to a point where even he admits it needs to go.

  • Article: Oct 19, 2021

    The Hastings & Rye AGM will be held at

    7.30pm on Friday 19th November 2021 at The White Rock Hotel, Hastings, TN34 1JU. (small conference room)

    Both Members and Supporters are very welcome to attend the AGM but only Members will be able to participate in formal discussions or to vote.


    Agenda

    Introduction and welcome by Bob Lloyd (Chair)

  • Document: Oct 19, 2021
  • Article: Oct 14, 2021
    By Greg Foster

    In collaboration with the Liberal Democrat European Group, the Federal Policy Committee are organising regional events giving members a chance to shape our policy on Europe. We want to hear your thoughts on what our priority areas should be, what solutions you might have to problems raised and how we can continue to promote a close relationship with Europe.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2021

    The autumn party conferences traditionally mark the start of the new political season. They are a time to reflect on the past year and set out plans to succeed in the coming year.

    Both politics and coronavirus have made it a tough time since the last round of conferences. But we can look forward to this new political season with confidence that if we continue to raise our game, we can prosper. We've seen signs of that already, including with Sarah Green's fantastic win in Chesham and Amersham and also with the latest net favourability leadership polling from Savanta ComRes:

  • Article: Oct 13, 2021

    The Federal Conference Committee recently met to discuss the Conference format for 2022.

    We considered a number of options for next year's conferences and took the difficult decision to hold Spring Conference as an online conference and only returning to an in-person event for Autumn Conference. The dates of Spring Conference will be 11-13 March 2022 and we will announce the dates and venue for Autumn Conference in due course.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2021
    By Mark Pack

    On Monday 18th of October the Board will hosting a surgery for all Party members.

    This is an open invitation to everyone, whether you have a burning question for us, would just like to get to know the Board a bit better, or have an issue you'd like to raise. We are all ears.

    The session will run from 18:00-19:00, please feel free to drop in and out as best fits your day, and you can register here.

  • Article: Oct 8, 2021

    As seats begin to elect new Parliamentary election candidates, now's the time to get your stationary stocked up.

    After requests from a number of new candidates, we've worked with Election Workshop to put together a fantastic deal to ensure your candidate has a well stocked supply of letterheads for responding to casework.