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Join The Hastings & Rye Liberal Democrats

Vince Cable and Nick Perry campaigningIn 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

  • Lib dems winning here
    Article: May 29, 2019

    Catch up on all the latest Hastings and Rye Liberal Democrats local news & updates. Click here to see read the newsletter.

  • Hastings Rye Lib Dems winning here
    Article: May 29, 2019

    Local Liberal Democrats joyfully took to social media on Sunday evening as the results for the European elections came in.

    Neck and neck with the Green Party in the Hastings only counting area, the Lib Dems won a clear second place in Rother District - four of whose wards are included in the Hastings & Rye parliamentary seat.

  • Vince
    Article: May 28, 2019

    Able Cable

    As previously announced, Vince Cable is standing down as Liberal Democrat leader, ending his time on an unexpected high. Not only brilliant local election results but also - if the polls are right - with the Liberal Democrats outpolling the Conservatives in a national election for the first time since 1906 (insert joke about how that is before even Vince was born). Perhaps even also outpolling Labour.

  • Safari Suppers
    Article: May 28, 2019

    You are warmly invited to Hasting and Rye Liberal Democrats' Safari Supper.

    And we have a reason to celebrate... in the words of Vince Cable "British liberals beat both the Conservatives and the Labour Party for the first time since the days of Lloyd George. We secured second place in a national election, our largest ever group of MEPs, and our best share of the vote in a decade."

  • Focus
    Article: Apr 23, 2019

    The Conservatives aren't listening. They are not listening in Parliament: they're certainly not listening in Rother.

    Click on the links to read what your candidate is going to do for you. Vote Liberal Democrats on the 2nd May 2019.

    Fairlight, Guestling, Icklesham, Pett. Andrew Mier - A Voice FOR the Villages

    Andrew has lived in Fairlight for almost twenty years with Carol. He has served on the Parish Council for eleven years, nearly five as Chair. Before that, Andrew was Chair of the Fairlight Residents' Association for four years. Andrew was instrumental in setting up a formal Fairlight Parish Council Planning Committee and has served on it since its inception. He chaired the Design Standards Working Group as part of Fairlight's Neighbourhood Plan (sadly abandoned due to being overtaken by events at Wakehams Farm). A qualified lawyer, Andrew worked for the Government Legal Service before retirement. He is a member of the Fairlight Players, plays tennis and tries his hand at rather bad amateur art.

    Howard has lived in Winchelsea for thirteen years with his partner David. He is a retired teacher who taught history and politics at Cranbrook School for thirteen years. Before that he worked as a vicar in south London and he is still busily active in the life of Winchelsea parish church. Howard is deeply involved in the life of Winchelsea. He is a passionate gardener; chair of the local Garden Society; organiser of the NGS garden openings for Winchelsea; president of the Literary Society and a regular bridge player. He is a keen environmentalist who keeps bees, enthusiastically supports the work of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Butterfly Conservation and the RSPB, and is a Friend of Great Dixter. He firmly believes that quality of life issues arising from openness to nature should be given a high profile in local politics.

    Brede, Broad Oak and Udimore - Introducing Derek Greenup

    Derek Greenup is a long-time resident of Rother who, now retired, spent 40 years in secondary education - 16 as a headteacher. He is a proud and committed husband, father and grandfather. He wants to be part of building harmonious communities which prioritise public (particularly mental) health, the environment, and inter-generational leisure time and activities. He is appalled at the lack of investment in local services by the Conservative Party and has been motivated to stand for election because at a local, and a national level, the Conservatives seem to have stopped listening to residents and voters.

    Playden, Rye Foreign, Rye Harbour & Winchelsea Beach - Introducing Sue Schlesinger

    Sue is a driving force behind much of the Rye area's cultural life. After some years as an actor on the stage and television, Sue studied ceramics whilst her children were growing up. With her husband, she decided to move down to Sussex to an Oast House, outside Rye, that they'd inherited. Since then Sue has been a governor at Rye College and the first chairman of Governors at the Studio School in Rye, now sadly closed. Sue enjoys being a volunteer coordinator at the Hastings International Piano Competition and is the Box Office for Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival. The Arts are an easy target for Tory austerity, yet are a vital part of our communities and play an important role in our tourist industry, on which much employment in our area depends.


    1) Rother is dominated by Bexhill and the Tories. Half of the councillors, but more than half of the money and time go into Bexhill. Brede & Udimore need a Voice.

    2) Rother's extreme application of Tory austerity policies have made its finances even worse. Austerity is now damaging the country and stifling Rother.

    3) Listen to the people of Rother District - across the country & the district the Tories are no longer listening to us nor speaking for us.

  • David Tutt v2
    Article: Mar 9, 2019

    At the meeting of the Governance Committee at East Sussex County Council this week the issue of employee pay was on the agenda.

    David Tutt (leader of the main Opposition, the Liberal Democrats) rightly supported the 2% increase for most staff, but he also proposed a freeze on the pay for Chief Officers (this is six members of staff earning £1.5m between them per annum).

  • international Womens day
    Article: Mar 8, 2019

    We Have a Great History of Liberal Women

    John Holmes the former Liberal Chief Agent once told us that HQ always thought of Hastings as "Women's World" because all the prominent members were women. On international woman's day let's remember and celebrate some famous and not so famous local, liberal minded women who have left their mark on society. You can read about them below.

  • West Marina
    Article: Feb 21, 2019

    Your objection must arrive before noon on Friday 1 March 2019

    If you want to object to the HBC proposal to dispose of the old bathing pool site (yes, HBC thought we would miss this if they referred to it as 'open space'), but have not yet done so, you can now send your objection directly to the Chief Legal Officer by email.

    This notice was hidden deep inside the page of the Hastings Observer because a notice of 'disposal' is required by law, under SECTION 123(1)(2a) of the LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972. Approval must occur before the old bathing pool site can be leased to the developers. So the council is desperate to have approval granted without delay. Once this is granted the lease can be signed and planning will begin in earnest.

    Your objection must arrive before noon on Friday 1 March 2019

    QUOTE ref: HM/001082 and send your email to
  • Put it to the people
    Article: Feb 20, 2019

    Put The Brexit Deal To The People - 23rd March 2019

    Join us on 23rd of March for the 'Put It To The People March' to make the calls for a People's Vote too loud to ignore.

    On the 23rd of March, just six days before the Government hopes to take Britain out of the EU, hundreds of thousands of people will march on Parliament offering a solution to a crisis that threatens their living standards, businesses and jobs. We demand a People's Vote, come on 23 March, it could be a case of now or never.

  • Two big wins v2
    Article: Feb 19, 2019


    We have been fighting to change the law on upskirting and tenancy fees - to improve the lives of those living in Britain. these two bills receive Royal Assent - ie they become law!!

    Two bills that the Liberal Democrats have been fighting on, to improve the lives of those living in Britain.

All News

  • Article: Jun 24, 2019

    We have a by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire!

    The current MP, a hard Tory Brexiter, has been overwhelmingly recalled by his constituents.

    And if we take this seat off the Tories and they may lose their working majority in the Commons.

    Brecon and Radnorshire is a seat that we held until 2015, and we hold the Welsh Assembly Member seat.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2019
    By Isabelle Parasram

    Please be advised that this article contains language that some may find offensive

    As a child of the Windrush generation, Windrush Day is hugely important to me. I'm so glad that we, as a society, are marking it.

    The term 'the Windrush Generation' stems from the arrival, on June 22, 1948, of the ship The Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks, just east of London, bringing with it the first immigrants from the Caribbean.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2019

    Do you get excited by a big by-election? Do you want the inside track on how we are performing?

    We are setting up a new email list to give you just that - a first-hand account from the Campaign Managers and candidates of how we are performing in big Parliamentary by-elections and most importantly how you can help.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2019

    If you're not down in Brecon and Radnorshire campaigning on the doorstep with the fantastic Jane Dodds and team,
    there's still a very important way you can help us win.

    Every week (often twice a week), we welcome volunteers at Lib Dem HQ in London who come and help us phone canvass.

    You don't need any experience and we love to see new faces join us!

  • Article: Jun 20, 2019

    Three years on from the 2016 referendum and we are still in the EU.

    This in itself is a huge achievement. It is also a fact that I find myself reminding journalists and political figures of fairly frequently. In three years we have come a long way. On the devastating morning after the referendum, I was numb. It felt like it was a foregone conclusion that Brexit would happen, and our country would inevitably have to undergo the associated irreparable damage. Very quickly it became clear that wasn't the case.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2019

    Brexit is the most serious threat to our country in my lifetime.

    Yet the Conservative Party leadership contest shows they still haven't got it - and are even willing to make things worse. Enthusiastic talk of a No Deal Brexit? Of sending MPs home - proroguing Parliament - so MPs can't stop a No Deal? By people who want to be our country's Prime Minister? Whoever wins that leadership contest has to be stopped.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2019

    My number one priority as leader would be stopping Brexit. It should be the number one goal of everyone in our party.

    It's why I've worked so hard as the leading Liberal Democrat in the People's Vote campaign to bring together a group of like-minded MPs who want to give the British people the final say.

  • Article: Jun 16, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    Over the past three years, I have been proud to help lead the calls for a People's Vote in the belief that the challenge of Brexit required not only the strong leadership provided by the Liberal Democrats but also for us to work together with people of all parties and none.

    I never imagined that I would be able to say that Michael Heseltine and Alastair Campbell voted the same way as me, but our message to stop Brexit brought together voters from all corners of our politics.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2019
    By Sir Ed Davey MP

    I'm running to be Leader of the Liberal Democrats - but your choice could be about far more than simply who leads our Party.

    The tectonic plates of British Politics are shifting, and its the most volatile I have seen it in my lifetime. With the Liberal Democrats on 20% in the polls, two main Parties crumbling from the inside, and a re-alignment of political allegiances across the country, we have a golden opportunity to cement our place as the leading force of Remain.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2019

    This month is Pride month. This year, June is also 50 years on from the pivotal Stonewall riots. We've come a long way, yet still couples in Northern Ireland are still denied the right to marry the person that they love.

    Internationally, huge progress has been made when it comes to the rights and freedoms of LGBT+ people. Just this summer, Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage while Botswana decriminalised homosexuality in a landmark ruling. But we still have so far to go. In the UK many LGBT+ people still face a grim reality in which discrimination, both socially and in the eyes of the law, blights their everyday reality. The shocking image of a young lesbian couple covered in blood having been subjected to violence on a bus in London this month was a stark reminder that bigotry and prejudice persist.