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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

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    • A cluster of Liberal Democrat balloons.
      Article: Jul 27, 2018

      Today the Government reported that patients in need of cannabis-based medicines will be allowed access to them in 'exceptional circumstances'.

      This is very welcome and long overdue change, which will be a relief for many patients and their families. It is disgraceful that people have been left to suffer for so long, because the Conservative Government have refused to accept evidence of the benefits of cannabis based medicines.

    • Article: Jul 27, 2018
      By Almona Choudhury

      I want to tell you why I joined the Liberal Democrats and to encourage you to make the same journey.

      As first-generation immigrants, my parents could have barely imagined the journey they or their children would make in the mother country. As an immigrant from South Asia, barely able to communicate in English, my mother built up a real estate business in London, in a country which has increasingly diversified in the intervening years.

    • Nick Harvey | Image: Chatham House
      Article: Jul 26, 2018

      Since its launch in 2013, the Membership Incentive Scheme has helped our party not just grow, but thrive.

      The money from it has helped local parties grow their membership, fight campaigns and demand better for their communities.

      In recent years, we've seen a worrying trend developing though. More and more local parties stopped actively recruiting new members.

    • Event: Sep 14, 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
      The White Rock Hotel

      The Executive aims to meet on the 2nd Friday of every month and the normal venue is The White Rock Hotel in Hastings.

      These meetings are primarily about the management of the party rather than policy discussions.

      • Keeping track of the Party finances.
      • Choosing candidates
      • Planning campaigns
      • Preparing literature
      • All the vital elements that enable the Party to operate effectively
    • Article: Jul 23, 2018

      The last article talked about building your team - once you've got them you have to give them something to do. Delivering leaflets is essential, but the most effective thing we can do to get people to vote for us is talk to them.

    • Lib Dem conference delegates voting.
      Article: Jul 20, 2018

      Federal Conference Committee met this weekend - unusually at Amnesty HQ in London rather than LDHQ - to set the Agenda for Autumn conference in Brighton.

      If you have not yet registered, please don't forget - conference runs from the 15th to 18th September, and you can sign up at https://www.eventsforce.net/autumnconference2018. Or, if you'd like to take advantage of our new refer-a-friend discounts, see https://www.libdems.org.uk/refer_a_friend

    • The flags of EU countries flying.
      Article: Jul 19, 2018

      1. He approves of a higher pay rate for men

      His statements on the gender pay gap are shocking. He stated, "men work longer hours, die earlier but retire later than women." He expanded, saying "from the cradle to the grave, men get the raw deal".

      Raab's comments are completely out of touch with reality, plain and simple.

    • Article: Jul 18, 2018

      It is a day when we must remember that every person has the power to change the world.

      It has been 100 years since Mandela's birth. His dedication to the service of humanity and his contribution to the struggle for democracy continue to inspire millions of people.

      Global inequality remains a serious problem facing in the world and protecting human rights is an ongoing struggle of immense importance.

    • Article: Jul 18, 2018

      Today the Electoral Commission ruled on what we all knew - Leave cheated.

      Vote Leave have been fined £60,000 for incomplete and inaccurate expenses and for working jointly with pro-Brexit group BeLeave - and using this to get around their spending ceiling of £7 million.

      And, lest we forget, the referendum result was just 51.9% for Leave and 48.1% for Remain.

    • Jo Swinson speaking at Lib Dem conference.
      Article: Jul 18, 2018
      By Jo Swinson

      Two weeks ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. His name is Gabriel and we adore him.

      My situation isn't typical - I'm an MP. I'm not only an MP, I'm the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

      And our party's goal right now - above all else - is to stop Brexit. We want to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal, including the option to remain in the EU.