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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.


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    • Article: Oct 11, 2018
      By Lucy Salek

      Q - I'm sure being at the centre of a parliamentary by-election is impossibly exciting, but also busy, exhausting and overwhelming, with huge highs and lows. What stands out the most for you from the campaign?

      A - It really was! But incredibly exciting at the same time. I had seen Liberal Democrats gear up for a by-election before, but until you are at the centre of it you really can't appreciate the extent of the support, the enthusiasm and sheer hard work we do as a team to have these great results at by-election. Seeing Lib Dems come together and campaign together - that is definitely what stands out for me.

    • Article: Oct 10, 2018

      The Government's Counter Terrorism Bill has now moved to debate in the House of Lords. The Liberal Democrats opposed the bill in the House of Commons for a simple reason: this bill does little to keep us safe, but a lot to erode the individual freedoms of people in the UK.

      In the future we might have a Government who are prepared to ride roughshod over our freedoms as citizens.

    • Article: Oct 4, 2018

      Will Corbyn stand up to the Tories and their chaotic Brexit? Can Theresa May provide any clarity about what a real Brexit deal might look like?

      No, and no.

      Labour's Conference was riven with divisions over Brexit. Keir Starmer said he wanted to give the people the chance to remain, John McDonnell says this isn't on the table.

    • Article: Oct 2, 2018

      The leader's consultation on proposals for party reforms is still running for the next 2 weeks - and we want to make sure as many people as possible can take part.

      That's why we've produced a consultation pack for your local party to use. You can see the pack here:

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    • Article: Oct 2, 2018
      By Greg Foster

      If you couldn't make the first online consultation session, fear not!

      We've recorded the entire thing - and you can cactch up now:

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    • Event: Nov 9, 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: Sep 28, 2018

      Saying hello is not difficult. And that is all you essentially need to do if you want to engage with diverse communities and open doors. I was determined to make sure I did that when I started campaigning in West Barnes, Merton.

      I am the first BAME councillor to win in the ward's 60 year history. Our team worked hard and we followed all the advice we were given by ALDC and HQ. But essentially it was won through hard work and the willingness to say hello and listen to your residents.

    • Article: Sep 28, 2018
      By Rachel Palma-Randle

      This week is National Inclusion week - a week designed to raise awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion.

      The theme this year is "everyday inclusion" which is looking at the practical ways you can foster inclusion through day to day activities.

      As a party, we are working hard to improve the diversity of our own membership and to ensure that our party reflects our society. And our local parties are best placed to reach out to the communities near them.

    • Article: Sep 24, 2018

      I'm often asked why I first joined the Liberal Democrats and I have often answered with the word 'Brexit'. But whilst it was true that devastating result of the EU Referendum in 2016 was the catalyst for me joining the party, it really encompasses many wider issues that I wish to make a stand against.