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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.


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  • 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 below to read what we are 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.

    3 REASONS TO VOTE FOR SUE ON 2nd MAY.

    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 Democraticservices@hastings.gov.uk
  • 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 ARE DELIVERING LIBERAL VALUES

    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.

  • Brexit news coverage
    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!

  • Chair of Hastings & Rye LibDems - Steve Milton
    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.

  • Anti-Brexit march in Exeter, 2018
    Article: Oct 29, 2018

    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

    l 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.

  • Victoria Court Flats derelict
    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 were 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 London are all the surrounding areas.

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  • 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 below to read what we are 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.

    3 REASONS TO VOTE FOR SUE ON 2nd MAY.

    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.

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  • Article: Apr 21, 2019

    Today we join Christians in the UK and across the world in celebrating Easter- a time of reflection, renewal and redemption. Across the globe, Christians will come together to worship and spend time with family and friends in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Meanwhile as liberals who believe in freedom of worship for all, we stand in solidarity with those Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2019

    Five reasons to vote for the Liberal Democrats in the European elections on 23rd May.

    1. To vote against Brexit

    The Liberal Democrats are the only nation-wide party to have been fighting Brexit since the very beginning.

    We've spent three years campaigning for a People's Vote with an option to remain in the EU.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2019

    I suspect that many people outside the church think that Christmas is the most important date in the Christian calendar. It isn't Christmas, but Easter. While at Christmas we celebrate Jesus, the son of God coming to earth, taking on human form and living like we do. At Easter, we remember he died for us and was brought back to life.

  • gif of printer printing our Euro addressed mailings
    Article: Apr 19, 2019
    By Shaun Roberts

    Our printers are working through the night to create mailings to 2.8 million people across the UK - telling them why they need to vote Liberal Democrat in the European elections.

    We're off to a flying start thanks to your generous donations.

    THANK YOU.

    In both the local and European elections, we have a real story to tell. Your support enables us to tell our story to millions online and offline.

    Our campaigning up and down the country is delivering more Lib Dem voters in the local elections and more votes to stop Brexit.

    But as the EU election has been called so suddenly, it means we don't know if we can raise the funds to keep campaigning at this high level.

    The Liberal Democrats are the ONLY pro-Remain party with the capacity to deliver a European election campaign on such short notice - here's what the papers are saying: