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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

  • 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.

  • 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: Aug 12, 2019

    As I spent my first week in Westminster on my induction programme, in the forefront of my mind is that there are less than 80 days until Boris Johnson tries to take us out of the EU without a deal. So, of course, my first priority was to learn my way around so I am able to find Boris Johnson like I said in my victory speech:

  • Article: Aug 11, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    For those who have taken part in Hajj, this is a season of new beginnings and Muslims across the globe will be taking time out to reflect on the significance of their faith in their own individual lives.

    Sadly, we are witnessing a horrifying rise in Islamophobia which is often accompanied by exclusionary, right-wing nationalism. Islamophobic tropes are becoming commonplace and attacks on Muslims have been espoused by the man who has just become our Prime Minister. This is unacceptable. We must confront this poisonous rhetoric which, if left unchecked, will permeate our communities in the most extreme and hateful ways.

  • Article: Aug 11, 2019

    This year, Eid ul-Adha (The Festival of Sacrifice) begins on Sunday 11 August and end on Thursday 15 August. It is the second Eid occasion during the Islamic year; the first, Eid-ul-Fitr, marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

    Eid ul-Adha signifies the end of the Hajj Pilgrimage - the world's largest annual pilgrimage to Makkah - and is a time for Muslims around the world to share, help others and be thankful, whilst remembering those who are less fortunate.

  • Article: Aug 2, 2019

    We did it!

    We won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election!

    We won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election!

    I am so incredibly grateful to every person that got me here.

    Thank you to everyone who traveled, from near and far, to get here and campaign with us. Thank you for the thousands of doors you knocked on, for the tens of thousands of leaflets you delivered, the letters you wrote and stuffed, the leaflets you bundled.

  • Article: Aug 2, 2019

    Jane Dodds and the local Liberal Democrat team just WON the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election!

    And we're all thrilled!

  • Article: Jul 31, 2019

    We've just confirmed our party conference for 2020.

    Spring conference returns to York in 2020!. Registration will later this year, but for now save the date in your diary: 13-15th March 2020!

    And Autumn conference will be in Brighton in 2020, and the dates for your diary are 26-29th September!

    In the meantime, make sure you are registered for this year's Autumn conference - where we will celebrate our big victories in the local and European elections this year - and welcome our newly elected leader Jo Swinson!

  • Article: Jul 31, 2019

    In Uxbridge and South Ruislip Boris Johnson is big on words, little on action, and completely lost when it comes to listening. When I talk with constituents, three key issues come up time and again: Brexit, Heathrow, and Police presence in the constituency.

    On Heathrow, his words were just sound and bluster, leading to disappointment for local residents

  • Article: Jul 28, 2019

    The appointment of Dominic Cummings should send shivers down the spines of UK citizens.

    This is a man who has peddled lies and flouted the truth for sheer, cynical political gain.

    The dark arts that he proffers should have no place in Government, and no place in Downing Street.

    That is why I have written to Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill calling on him to block the appointment of Dominic Cummings as an Advisor to Boris Johnson on grounds of suitability.

  • Article: Jul 28, 2019

    By announcing his intention to resign Jared is doing the right thing - both for himself and his constituents.

    People in Sheffield will now get their chance to have their say, both on Boris Johnson's dangerous Conservative Government and on Jeremy Corbyn's failure to provide effective opposition at a time of national crisis.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2019

    I have been hugely touched by the many messages I have received since the result of the Leadership election was declared on Monday afternoon.

    Thank you to everyone that supported me, and thank you so much to my incredible campaign team.

    I am incredibly proud of our campaign we fought - and know we made a huge difference to the party.