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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

  • 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.
  • Emlyn Jones
    Article: Oct 19, 2020

    AIR POLLUTION SURVEY

    As a local GP before his retirement, Emlyn Jones (pictured here) is well aware of the number of people with respiratory illnesses in the area. Local councils have a duty to monitor air pollution, but their ability to do so has been severely restricted by Tory spending cuts, which have particularly hit local authorities. Together with his colleagues Susan Stoodley and Stewart Rayment, Emlyn thought it would be good to try to get an idea of how people see airborne pollutants in your locality as potentially affecting their health and wellbeing.

    It is known that gases such as nitrogen and sulphur oxides and particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5 size) from traffic exhaust, dust, smoke can aggravate existing heart chest and brain disease. They can also be factors in producing these conditions, as well as impacting mental health from road noise for example. Statistics for these conditions are raised locally.

    We are focusing on Battle Road, Bohemia Road, London Road and Sedlescombe Road, north & south, around the major junctions, and their immediate area. We are concerned that there are the Christ Church & Silverdale Primary Schools in the area.

    Click on the Picture Link below to complete the Air Pollution Survey

All News

  • Article: Jun 18, 2021

    Liberal Democrats showed that we are a force to be reckoned with.

    Last night Liberal Democrats gained a 25% swing in Chesham and Amersham electing our 12th MP, Sarah Green.

    We struck at the heart of the Conservatives' blue wall and took one of their safest seats.

    Liberal Democrats showed that we are a force to be reckoned with. We have a team to match anyone.

  • Article: Jun 18, 2021

    Sky and the BBC have led with our story all day, we are cutting through.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2021

    Chesham and Amersham

    I'm writing this month's report before we know the result. But we do already know that we've had the best candidate in Sarah Green, run the best campaign and had an awesome amount of help from people all around the country.

    That would all be impressive even in normal times, but coming off the back of the huge May elections and while we're all still dealing with coronavirus and lockdowns, that's been an amazing achievement.

  • Article: Jun 16, 2021

    Chesham and Amersham

    I'm writing this month's report before we know the result. But we do already know that we've had the best candidate in Sarah Green, run the best campaign and had an awesome amount of help from people all around the country.

    That would all be impressive even in normal times, but coming off the back of the huge May elections and while we're all still dealing with coronavirus and lockdowns, that's been an amazing achievement.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2021

    At the weekend we met with old friends and new from our European sister parties for ALDE Congress, albeit via a Zoom link, as the Congress was online for the first time. It was my privilege to lead a diverse Lib Dem delegation of around 40, which in addition to the official categories for diversity, included several UK nationals resident in the EU and a few EU citizens resident in the UK.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2021

    Priti Patel says refugees should come to the UK through safe and legal routes, and is threatening to punish any who don't.

    The Conservative Government is failing to provide any safe and legal routes for refugees to take.

    But at the same time, the Conservative Government is failing to provide any safe and legal routes for refugees to take.

  • Article: Jun 11, 2021

    Many congratulations to Nick da Costa who has been elected as the new chair of Federal Conference Committee (FCC), following Geoff Payne's decision to stand down earlier this year.

    Nick is a councillor in Haringey as well as an experienced FCC member, bringing to the role a great understanding both of how conference works and of what we need to do as a party to win.

  • Article: Jun 11, 2021
    By Ed Davey - Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    People looking after their loved ones too often feel forgotten.

    Yesterday, I spent some time meeting with a wonderful group of unpaid carers.

    We had been brought together by Carers UK and a number of other carers' organisations as part of Carers Week, so they could share their experiences directly with me and we could discuss what changes might make their lives better.

  • Article: Jun 4, 2021

    We want your views on how to improve the party's independent complaints process.

    Any organisation with a hundred thousand members will have conflicts: what matters is how we deal with them. Wherever possible the process needs to be quick and effective - and it must always be transparent, fair and independent of political influence. It is key that if someone actions are damaging to other party members or members of the public, they can't expect to be protected by who they know or what role they hold in the party.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2021

    Pride Month is a time of LGBTQ+ celebration, activism and commemoration.

    Whilst pride marches across the world have been cancelled for a second year due to Coronavirus, Pride Month is an opportunity to take stock of the march towards LGBTQ+ equality in the UK, while acknowledging and continuing to fight for progress.