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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

  • 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

  • Article: Oct 30, 2020

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    7.30pm on Friday 27th November 2020 via Zoom Video Conferencing

    AGENDA

    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.

    1. Apologies for Absence
    1. Minutes of Previous Annual General Meeting (see here) held on 3rd November 2019.

All News

  • Article: Sep 23, 2021

    In our new film, Ed Davey sets out a vision for a fair deal for future generations.

    Boris Johnson's failure to defend children's education meant that his Government spent the same amount in one month on Eat Out To Help Out as in a whole year for our children's school catch-up.

    We're offering a new bulk-buy deal for England on digital advertising to show the film to voters in your area.

  • Article: Sep 23, 2021

    Autumn Virtual Conference 2021 was a smorgasbord of policy-making, debate, fringe sessions, training and incredible speeches. So you'd be forgiven for missing something or other. Catch up on all the weekend's major events with our Autumn Conference 2021 Recapped.

    Click the tiles to explore more ⬇️

  • Article: Sep 22, 2021

    Boris Johnson's failure to defend our children's education meant that his Government spent the same amount in one month on Eat Out To Help Out as in a whole year for our children's school catch-up.

    Imagine a future where our children's education is a priority. Where schools raise their mental well-being and their maths grades. Where they can excel at English and find their talent for music or sport. Where they grow into happy, healthy, adults.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2021

    In 2019/20, 4.9 million women were victims of sexual assault in England and Wales. This statistic is appalling. We must put an end to this.

    The justice system is failing victims of domestic abuse. Only 2.4% of reported rape cases end in convictions. Out of 139,000 rapes estimated by the ONS, only 58,848 were reported to the police.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2021

    What a conference we've had!

    From motions to keynote speeches to training, there was something for everyone and the quality of debate was, as ever, excellent.

    We also got a huge amount of press coverage. Our stunning win in Chesham and Amersham has put us back in the spotlight - and the media are beginning to see that only we can dismantle the Tory Blue Wall.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2021

    Online fraud has risen by a third in the pandemic. We must ensure justice is delivered to victims and need to tackle this endemic of scams and frauds head on.

    The push to a virtual world in the pandemic has increased the rate of online fraud and scams. Hackers and fraudsters take advantage and prey on people over the internet.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2021
    By Sarah Olney

    Boris Johnson's woeful government has done it again.

    Their needless belligerence towards our neighbours has devastated the national supply chain. Shelves are bare and prices will rise.

    By refusing to work with the European Union, importing and exporting goods has become much harder. The skilled worker visa system brings high costs, inflexibility and bureaucracy. It's too hard to hire from the EU, and many EU nationals have gone home. And that's all thanks to this divisive government.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2021
    By Liberal Democrats

    I want to take you back to May 1999, and the first-ever elections to the then Welsh Assembly.

    Almost 600 years after the first Welsh Parliament was established in June 1404, the people of Wales once again had its own national democratic institution.

    Wales was entering a new dawn - an opportunity to meaningfully hand power to people, to communities, away from the corridors of power.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2021

    We have enjoyed fantastic links with our European neighbours for decades.

    Our school children have benefitted from easy language exchanges and visa-free school trips. Young people have been able to live, study, and work across 27 different countries. Students have enhanced their education via the Erasmus scheme. Artists and musicians have been able to travel freely between us and the continent.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2021

    Alex Cole-Hamilton, MSP for Edinburgh Western (Constituency) and Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats delivered an emotional speech to conference today.

    We've gathered the highlights for you to explore, or you can read or watch his full speech here:

    See Alex's full speech

    Alex kicked things off by expressing his heartfelt thanks to his Scottish Liberal inspirations: