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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: Jan 21, 2019

    Last Tuesday night Theresa May lost the vote on her Brexit deal by 432 votes to 202. It's the biggest defeat by a Prime Minister in Commons history.

    The next day, Jeremy Corbyn called a no-confidence vote in the Government. It failed.

    Now, Theresa May wants MPs to vote on a deal that's barely different to the one we already rejected.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2019

    What times we live in. The SODEM team led by Steve have been outside my office with their cries of "Stop Brexit!" for the last two and a half years and earlier this week we came closer to doing that very thing. The vote was the biggest loss by a government ever and you, our members, contributed to that immensely. Each and every time we've asked you to get involved in the Brexit campaign over those last two and a half years you've stepped up to the plate and exceeded expectations. When the history of Brexit is written (if Tim Shipman isn't already writing it!) the Liberal Democrats will be at the heart of it as having led the way from start to finish for a people's vote and that's because of YOU.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2019

    All 11 Lib Dem MPs voted against this shambolic Conservative Government in last night's vote of no confidence.

    In the aftermath, Theresa May invited me to discuss the next steps. I accepted, but in our discussion, I was clear.

    There will be no progress until no deal is off the table. We won't vote for this needlessly destructive Brexit. We need a people's vote.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2019

    Theresa May's Brexit deal just lost in the Commons by 230 votes. This is huge - she's failed to convince her party, failed to convince Parliament and failed in her attempt to scaremonger MPs into backing her. It's the biggest loss in the Commons by a Government - ever.

    Brexit is a national embarrassment.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2019

    Theresa May's botched Brexit deal goes to the Commons tomorrow night, and its chances are looking slim.

    A Lords motion regretting the damage Brexit would do and rejecting no deal has passed by a stonking 169 votes.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2019

    The media's been laser focused on Theresa May's sinking Brexit deal. But today, 3 crucial bills have gone through the Lords, with significant Lib Dem input. We're fighting to:

    • Protect the privacy of people who wear skirts
    • Outlaw exploitative letting fees
    • Allow people to go about their lives without the Government butting in
  • Article: Jan 14, 2019

    We all remember waking up to that awful result two and a half years ago. We were all braced for uncertainty. But nobody could have predicted how disastrously the wheels came off the Brexit wagon.

    Warnings of food and medicine shortages. Tearing up vital environmental laws. Becoming rule takers, not rule makers.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2019

    Two and a half years ago, on the steps of Downing Street, the Prime Minister promised to tackle society's burning injustices.

    My constituents elected me to fight for a People's Vote and to keep our Union together.

    I was glad to hear it. We could argue all day why people voted to Leave. But at the heart of it for many was a loss of faith in the basic promise that if you work hard and play by the rules, you'll get on in life.

  • Article: Jan 11, 2019

    For more than two years, the Liberal Democrats have been leading the fight on Brexit. And it's working - a year ago, less than 20% of the British people wanted a final say - now a majority of the public want to have their say.

    The full film launches on Monday evening at 7pm, and you will be able to watch it here: facebook.com/libdems/videos/542764446198355

  • Article: Jan 11, 2019

    Deputy Director of Campaigns, Dave McCobb, Head of Campaigns for England and Wales, Elspbeth McCobb and Head of Campaigns for Scotland, Paul Moat, talk you through the Pathway Programme.

    And you can read more about it here: Welcome to the Pathway Programme