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Welcome to Hastings & Rye Liberal Democrats


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.

Vince Cable and Nick Perry campaigning

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.


Recent Liberal Democrat news and updates

Local News

  • Article: Nov 14, 2018

    I realise it is a bit nerdy, but if you would like the full text of the agreement so that you can form your own opinion on this agreement - it is 585 pages...

    Download the agreement full text

    We also have a political declaration on the future relationship. This is arguably the more important document as it outlines the agreement that we hope to negotiate with the EU over the next couple of years, and it is only 15 pages long!

  • Article: Nov 11, 2018

    At 11am on the 11th Nov 2018 Hastings joined with the rest of the country and the world in remembering the end of World War I.

    While the primary focus of the day is the soldiers that died in that singular mass slaughter and all the wars that have followed that so-called "war to end all wars", it is worth meditating on the total cost in human lives that it is estimated was the result.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2018

    20th Oct 2018 - London

    About 700,000 people descended on London to complain about the way the Brexit negotiations are going. That is 1% of the population of the UK. https://photos.app.goo.gl/wDaD46NAc1tA8ABz5

    The mood was peaceful and friendly, aided by the gloriously unseasonal weather. People of all ages and from all over the country and beyond, all wondering how we have managed to end up in such a terrible self-destructive mess. Foreigners used to look to England and whether they liked us or loathed us, they all had a sneaking respect for our competence. Suddenly they think that we have gone mad.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2018

    The number of households being moved out of London by councils has increased dramatically, was the headline in the Guardian today. 1,200 households where sent out of the capital in the first 6 months of this year. And, of course, the councils that are worst affected by this forced exodus from the London are all the surrounding areas.

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    Article: Jun 1, 2018

    Liberal Democrats have always been the party of local involvement and this is never more important than right now with the local council elections on the 3rd May. The following are 3 links to the local Focus newsletters that we regularly publish to keep you up to date with local events and developments.

  • Article: Apr 21, 2018

    Here is our list of candidates for the forthcoming election on 3rd May 2018 for Hastings Council. Click here for photos

    Ashdown Ward

    Robert Wakeford: Robert works in London and commutes every day. He is married with two young children. He wishes to see greater public participation and higher standards in planning.

All News

  • Article: Dec 14, 2018

    Brexit is a national embarrassment

    Brexit is a national embarrassment. The events of the last few weeks have proven that the government is in absolute chaos.

    The Prime Minister pulled her Brexit vote; but if that wasn't bad enough her MPs' leadership challenge also spoke volumes: Conservative MPs can change their minds, but the British people cannot!

  • Article: Dec 14, 2018

    Earlier this year, we enjoyed our best council election results in 15 years. We snatched control of councils like South Cambridgeshire, Kingston-upon-Thames and Richmond upon Thames from the Conservatives. And in cities like Hull, Sunderland and Liverpool, we gained ground against complacent Labour councils who've taken their residents for granted.

    Next year over 9,000 council seats and the control of councils around the country will be in the balance. It's a huge chance to build on our successes and make more headlines for the Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: Dec 14, 2018

    1. Thersa May rules out revoking Article 50

    The ECJ rules that No Brexit is an option but Theresa May blindly ploughs ahead with her broken deal. We were given the option to get out of this mess and Theresa May turned it down.

    Only by having a People's Vote will Theresa May listen and cancel Brexit before it's too late.

  • Article: Dec 13, 2018

    After years of putting pressure on the Government, on Tuesday they agreed major concessions on the Tenant Fees Bill.

    We campaigned to:

    • significantly limit the fees that could be charged to a tenant by their landlord or lettings agent,
    • require a greater amount of transparency when deciding not to refund a holding deposit, and
    • limit the maximum security deposit a landlord can require to five weeks rent.
  • Article: Dec 12, 2018

    Yesterday I introduced a bill in Parliament to legalise cannabis for recreational and medicine use.

    The evidence is clear - prohibition isn't working.

    The war on drugs has been a catastrophic failure, leaving young people vulnerable to dangerous strains of cannabis sold by dealers who have absolutely no interest in their welfare.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2018

    The Government is in absolute chaos. We are closer than ever to securing a People's Vote on Brexit, thanks to your hard work and support.

    Today Theresa May was forced into an embarrassing delay of her Brexit vote. She knew she was going lose by a huge margin. She is running scared.

    It's a huge moment, and it has been driven by Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    On 10th December 1948, history was made. The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    In the shadow of the Second World War, the nations of the world came together to declare that everyone - no matter who they are and where they live - has the same fundamental rights.

    With one voice, we pledged to "strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance."

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018

    For two years the Liberal Democrats have led the fight to give the people the final say on Brexit and the opportunity to Exit from Brexit.

    Tuesday's vote is the best chance yet to secure a People's Vote and the Liberal Democrats will be using every opportunity to demand better than Brexit.

    The Conservatives have made a mess of Brexit, aided and abetted by the Labour leadership.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018
    By Sir Ed Davey MP

    To try and sell a plan that would rob us of many vital cross-border crime-fighting tools on the basis of national security takes quite the brass neck.

    Consider the European Arrest Warrant. It enables us to bring criminals who've fled our shores back to justice in the UK, as well as to extradite thousands of others to face justice in other European countries.

  • Article: Dec 5, 2018
    By Bansri Buddhdev

    Parliament found the Conservative Government in contempt over its failure to release their Brexit legal advice

    Yesterday, Parliament found the Conservative Government in contempt over its failure to release their Brexit legal advice.

    So they are publishing the full advice this morning - and our team of experts are ready to pour over the detail and find out what they were trying to hide.