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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

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  • Article: May 7, 2021

    Liberal Democrat have had some great early wins:

    • We made gains from Labour in Sunderland;
    • We became the largest party on Stockport council;
    • We held Orkney, re-electing Liam McArthur MSP;
    • We made gains in Cambridgeshire, taking away the Conservative's majority.

    Find out how to help the Lib Dems in the Chesham and Amersham by-election

    Learn more

  • Article: May 6, 2021

    In the Lords we get to grips with the detail of the legislation and improve it; we take part in debates on a whole range of issues; and we question and hold to account government ministers.

    For up-to-date information about the work of the Lib Dem group in the Lords, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemLords

  • Article: May 4, 2021

    We have decided that Autumn Conference will take place from 17th to 20th September. It will be held online. That was a very difficult decision to take and we had a very lengthy discussion about it.

    We recognise that a lot of people would like to meet again in person - believe me, so we would we - but the question is whether, at this time, we can absolutely guarantee that conference could go ahead in the format that we know and love. Having consulted a range of others, FCC considered, with some reluctance, that it was not possible at this time to give such a guarantee. Although things are now a lot better in terms of the pandemic, we do not know if there are any final bumps in the road still to come. Medical experts say they expect a third wave in the Autumn but the extent is not yet clear. Of course, things seemed better in the early Autumn of 2020 but then took a marked turn for the worst a few months later. We do not, at this stage, know what social distancing requirements there will be or how many people will be able to attend the venue. We therefore cannot make meaningful plans and set any meaningful budget for the event. The risk of going ahead in person but having to cancel or heavily restrict the event such that it is not inclusive, is just too great. In the same way, we take any risk to the personal safety of party members very seriously. That is why we cancelled Spring 2020. We would not want to expose anyone to any unnecessary risk of catching this dreadful virus in a close setting.

  • Article: Apr 29, 2021

    Today Liberal Democrats are launching our new campaign to protect British farmers and maintain our food standards.

    The Tories failing to commit to maintaining our high animal welfare and environmental standards"

    I am deeply concerned that family farming businesses are at risk as the Tories continue to botch our transition away from the EU agricultural system.

  • Article: Apr 29, 2021

    Yesterday the Fire Safety Bill passed through Parliament without vital protection for leaseholders and tenants against exorbitant bills for fire remediation works.

    The government's failure to address the fire safety scandal properly is now a scandal in itself.

    The devastating consequences of this Bill passing cannot be overstated.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2021

    In the Lords we get to grips with the detail of the legislation and improve it; we take part in debates on a whole range of issues; and we question and hold to account government ministers.

    For up-to-date information about the work of the Lib Dem group in the Lords, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemLords

  • Article: Apr 23, 2021

    Air pollution is an invisible enemy threatening the community spaces we love and the people we care most about.

    Our Community Clean Air Fund would let councils and communities invest in the transport systems and options they need.

    It kills thousands of people every year and affects the quality of life for all of us.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2021

    The Conservatives are cutting our commitment to overseas aid at the time it is needed most.

    We're in the middle of a global pandemic - global problems need global solutions. Instead, the Conservatives are shirking their moral and legal responsibilities.

    Cutting funding to research and development will directly impact our ability to help vital Covid response work worldwide, such as genome sequencing to detect new variants.

  • Article: Apr 21, 2021

    Today the Government is seeking to reverse Lords amendments to the Overseas Operations Bill that add important provisions to properly support our Armed Forces.

    This comes hot on the heels of their long-overdue concession that ensures torture, crimes against humanity and genocide remain open to prosecution, which is the right thing to do. This is a victory for the Liberal Democrats and others who have consistently called out the Bill's moral failure. Further provision is urgently needed from the Government to ensure all war crimes remain open to prosecution. The Government must ensure cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, as well as all other war crimes prosecutable by the International Criminal Court remain open to prosecution.

  • 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