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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 2022 No5
    Article: Jun 26, 2022

    Brede and Udimore by-election results.
    A significant increase in LibDem votes but not enough to overturn the Conservative majority.

    Celebration BBQ for a great fight
    Sunday 26th June from 12 noon to 3pm at 2 Leylands Manor, Tubwell Lane, TN6 3RH

    Update on the proposed Sewage Tax to stop the scandalous amount of raw sewerage being released.

  • hARoLD 2022 No4 cover
    Article: Jun 16, 2022

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    Whether by accident or design, we have come straight out of the Hastings Borough Elections and into a by-election in BREDE & UDIMORE, which the Tories have called for 16th June. MARTIN GRIFFITHS, who acted as agent for the Hastings elections has been selected as our candidate. Martin lives in Three Oaks, which is just outside the ward, which comprises of Brede, Broad Oak, Cackle Street, Cock Marling and Udimore. There is an added attraction (some rather fine inns aside) in that our MP, Sally Ann Hart(less) lives in Udimore.

  • Martin Griffiths 1
    Article: May 25, 2022


    I am excited to be standing as the LibDem candidate for Brede, Broad Oak and Udimore in the forthcoming Rother District Council by-election. It is called in sad circumstances and I extend my condolences to Jonathan Johnson's family and thank him for his years of service to the community.

  • hArold 2022 No3
    Article: Apr 28, 2022

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    • Polling Day May 5th
    • LibDem Candidates
    • LibDem Pint - 29th April at the Bo Peep
    • Asylum Seekers in Rwanda
    • Support Ukraine
  • Article: Apr 28, 2022

    Ashdown; Nick Perry

    Nick has been visible in the town's politics for over a decade, having been the Liberal

    Democrat parliamentary candidate at the four general elections between 2010-19.

    He also stood for Hastings Borough Council a number of times during that period.

    Whilst he had thought he had retired from local politics he has been motivated to

  • hARoLD 2022 no2
    Article: Mar 31, 2022

    Click for the full pdf file

    Spring Conference Report

    Bulverhythe Plans Dropped by Borough

    LibDem - Politics and a pint - Last Friday of each month

    Fairlight Housing Planning appeal

    Sea Change Sussex - Rother's continued representation on the board of SeaChange as providing reputational damage to the council.

  • hARoLD 2022 No1
    Article: Feb 25, 2022

    The latest news and events from the local Hastings & Rye LibDems (click to download)

    • LibDems come from 30,000 behind
      To beat the conservatives in
      North Shropshire by-election
    • Bob's bulletin
    • Ending sewage discharges
      & the spring conference agenda
    • Martin wins Dennis Black award
    • May elections - candidates wanted.
    • Rother district report
    • Hastings in the liberal press
  • 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.


    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

All News

  • Article: Aug 12, 2022

    Serving on a committee is one of many great ways you can support the Party, and we are always keen to encourage new talent. The Party website has lots of information in the internal-elections hub.

    We have upcoming Federal elections for:

  • Article: Aug 12, 2022

    With our Brighton conference approaching (agenda and registration here), I've recently written the latest report back to conference on the Board's work. Here is a slightly expanded and updated version of that report.

    The next general election

    With a new Conservative Party leader nearly upon us, the range of plausible dates for the general election is wide open. As it now may well be much sooner than seemed likely at the time of our last conference, the Federal Board has been reviewing our general election plans.

  • Article: Aug 9, 2022
    By Liberal Democrats

    We need bold and urgent action to help families pay their bills and heat their homes this winter. There is no other choice.

    Families and pensioners across the country are in the grip of a cost-of-living crisis. We have already seen energy bills rise by £700 this year. They simply cannot afford another, even bigger rise of £1,400 in October.

  • Article: Jul 29, 2022

    General Election preparedness

    As is our key focus, in our last meeting we continued to discuss our General Election preparedness and planning.

    In summary, our plan builds on what worked in the 2019 general election (and previous plans), changes what didn't work, and looks to the future for new ideas and approaches.

  • Article: Jul 15, 2022

    When will the next general election be?

    Sorry, I don't know. But I do know that the range of plausible dates is wide open - from only a couple of months away through to January 2025. And that whenever the date is, we also have a massive round of local elections in May.

    Which is why we need to step up our campaigning, capacity building and planning through the second half of this year. Even if this Parliament goes its full term, the benefits of extra canvassing, member recruitment and training this summer will still be considerable.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2022

    The Federal Conference Committee (FCC) met on Saturday, 9th July to start its work on the final agenda for Autumn 2022 Conference, which will be taking place in Brighton, with an option for online attendance.

    If you haven't yet registered for Conference, I would recommend doing so here.

    At the meeting we discussed several items in relation to future venues and the meeting and motions schedule for 2023 into 2024. As previously reported, we will be returning to York for Spring Conference 17 to 19 March 2023.

  • Article: Jul 6, 2022
    By Munira Wilson

    Each year, thousands of grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and family friends step up to support a child who is unable to live with their birth parents. They deserve more support.

    Yesterday, I introduced the Kinship Care Bill in the House of Commons. This bill calls on the Government to provide all friends and relatives who look after a child who cannot live with their birth parents with an allowance of at least £137 a week: the same level as for foster carers.

  • Article: Jul 1, 2022
    By Wera Hobhouse

    Today, 1st of July, we are marking an incredible 50 years since the first Pride rally took place in the UK.

    We have made incredible strides when it comes to protecting the fundamental human rights of those with LGBT+ identities. I am proud that our party has supported LGBT+ rights since its very conception.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2022

    The Liberal Democrats have made political history by winning in Tiverton and Honiton.

    Richard Foord overturned a Conservative majority of 24,239, the biggest ever!

    Richard polled 22,537 votes, winning a majority of 6,144 with a swing of 29.9%.

  • hARoLD 2022 No5
    Article: Jun 26, 2022

    Brede and Udimore by-election results.
    A significant increase in LibDem votes but not enough to overturn the Conservative majority.

    Celebration BBQ for a great fight
    Sunday 26th June from 12 noon to 3pm at 2 Leylands Manor, Tubwell Lane, TN6 3RH

    Update on the proposed Sewage Tax to stop the scandalous amount of raw sewerage being released.