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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

  • Focus cover image
    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: Apr 19, 2019

    Whether Brexit ever happens or not, what is certain is this week we will commemorate the original Exodus some 3,332 years ago.

    The evening of April 19th marks the beginning of the eight-day Jewish festival of Passover (Pesach) - a religiously significant period which commemorates the Israelite's journey out of Egypt after years of slavery and bondage under ancient Egyptian rule. An epic journey from slavery to freedom.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2019

    Local election campaigns around the country are going well with just under two weeks left. Like many of you, our home has moved into our regular election machine, and our driveway is the Watford garden poster factory!

    If you haven't yet, make sure to ask your local team for a garden poster (or window poster if you cannot have a garden one) and show your friends and neighbours that the Lib Dems are winning here!

  • Article: Apr 18, 2019

    Whether it's young people taking time off school or the Commons' naked protestors: they are right. We face a climate crisis.

    Liberal Democrats should provide the emergency plan. In 3 parts.

    • UK-wide action to green ourselves.
    • Action to decarbonise capitalism - starting with the City of London.
    • And an international green new deal - where richer countries support poorer countries.
  • Article: Apr 17, 2019

    Today, 50 years on from the UK extending the franchise to 18-year olds, British politics is still blighted by democratic inequality. This is particularly stark in the case of the 3.6 million EU citizens living in the UK. In just under three weeks these nationals will have a vote in local elections, but this is a right they are denied in General Elections and referendums. Fifty years on from giving more people the vote we still have a long way to go.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2019
    By Vince Cable

    The Liberal Democrats will fight these elections as an unapologetically pro-European Party campaigning hard for People's Vote with an option to remain in the the EU.

    We are determined to give a voice to the millions of people who demand better than Brexit Britain.

    Today we've announced a strong, diverse mix of candidates, from those who've joined the Liberal Democrats recently to those with long experience of the European Parliament.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2019
    By Layla Moran

    I want to talk about something that we shouldn't have to talk about in 2019.

    It should be a given that our schools have the funding they need to give our children the best start in life.

    But that's not the case. The Conservatives repeatedly tell us that schools have never had more money. That they've never had it as good.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2019

    When my son Gabriel was born, I didn't imagine that he'd have quite such an active political career before his first birthday.

    But now he's experienced one anti-Trump march, two People's Vote marches, one debate in the House of Commons chamber and one very infamous breach of the pairing arrangements in Parliament. He's probably the most politically active baby in the country.

  • Article: Apr 14, 2019

    I'd like to wish all of our Sikh members, supporters and candidates a Happy Vaisakhi.

    I know that today is a very special day for you as you celebrate not only the year that Sikhism was born as a collective faith, the anniversary of the founding of the Khalsa (the collective name given to Sikhs who've been baptised), but also the start of the Sikh New Year.

  • Article: Apr 12, 2019

    We're now fighting TWO elections. Together, we're going to deliver the best results in both elections that we've had in years!
    On 2nd May we need to gain more councils and councillors across England. On 23rd May, we want to elect a Liberal Democrat MEP in every part of the country.

    Our local election campaign is well underway. But we've got a lot to do to ensure our European Election campaign gets off to a flying start too.

  • Article: Apr 12, 2019

    The time he campaigned for Roy Moore in Alabama. When nine women had come forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct.

    Fortunately, Moore lost the seat to Democrat challenger Doug Jones. Which is good, because much like Farage himself, Moore's kind of the worst.