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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

  • 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.

  • 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: Jun 14, 2019

    I went into politics to put something back into the community I am from and to take our country in a progressive direction. My progressive values lead me to strive to work for a fair and open Britain, which has a strong, mixed market economy, in which everyone can achieve their dreams regardless of their background.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2019

    In the UK currently seven million people are carers. That is one in ten people and the figure is only rising as demographics change and people live longer with more disabilities and illnesses.

    Three in five of us will be carers at one point or another in our lives.

    That is why it is so important this week, Carers Week, that we understand and recognise the contribution carers make to society.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2019

    We've had an exception two months, winning elections, breaking records and growing our movement. Get the low down here:

    Local Elections

    We saw our party's best ever local election results, taking control of twelve councils and winning 706 council seats across England.

    We took control of Vale of the White Horse, Hinckley & Bosworth, North Norfolk, Winchester, Bath and North East Somerset, Cotswolds, Chelmsford North Devon, Mole Valley, North Devon, Somerset West & Taunton and Teignbridge Councils.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2019

    I went into politics to put something back into the community I am from and to take our country in a progressive direction. My progressive values lead me to strive to work for a fair and open Britain, which has a strong, mixed market economy, in which everyone can achieve their dreams regardless of their background.

  • Article: Jun 13, 2019

    Leaving a political party is never an easy decision - nor one that one makes lightly. I know that from my own experience nearly 40 years ago!

    Tonight, Chuka Umunna announced that he has joined the Liberal Democrats.

    And I am delighted to welcome him to our party, as the Liberal Democrat MP for Streatham.

  • Article: Jun 13, 2019
    By Dan Schmeising

    We kicked off a series of leadership hustings in London this weekend. Ed Davey and Jo Swinson, contending to succeed Vince Cable as leader of the Liberal Democrats, were grilled on their vision for our party.

    You can read more about the candidates' plans here:

    Ed Davey Jo Swinson

    Or, you can get involved - find your nearest hustings here:

  • Article: Jun 13, 2019

    We are currently looking for members for three new policy working groups on the future of work, the natural environment and utilities.

    The working groups will take evidence and prepare policy proposals to submit to Autumn Conference 2020.

    Working group members are expected to attend meetings (in person or by dialling in), input their ideas for policy, and play a role in drafting the policy paper. The position is voluntary.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2019

    As a Party we depend on our volunteers - members like you - to run things. We are introducing the new Liberal Democrat Disciplinary Procedure this Summer and need members to volunteer to make it work.

    As part of the new disciplinary procedures we need teams of members to volunteer for the four roles that need filling. These are Adjudicator, Investigator, Independent Person (Mediator), and Party Mentor.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2019

    We can stop Brexit - we must. For our economy. For our families, friends and neighbours who've made Britain their home. For what it says about us, as a country.

    You could pick a hundred reasons why we must stop Brexit. Top of my list is the fight against the Climate Change Emergency.

    Climate change's devastation won't respect borders - you have to work internationally, with other countries, if you want to save our planet.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2019

    It has been an amazing week since I launched my campaign to become Leader of our party.

    From my campaign launch with young tech apprentices to appearances on the Andrew Marr Show, Question Time, Good Morning Britain and the Today Progamme (twice!), my feet hardly touched the floor.

    I am standing because our party, and our country, are at a turning point.