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Join The Hastings & Rye Liberal Democrats

Hastings Rye Lib Dems winning here
In 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

  • Lib dems winning here
    Article: May 29, 2019

    Catch up on all the latest Hastings and Rye Liberal Democrats local news & updates. Click here to see read the newsletter.

  • Hastings Rye Lib Dems winning here
    Article: May 29, 2019

    Local Liberal Democrats joyfully took to social media on Sunday evening as the results for the European elections came in.

    Neck and neck with the Green Party in the Hastings only counting area, the Lib Dems won a clear second place in Rother District - four of whose wards are included in the Hastings & Rye parliamentary seat.

  • Vince
    Article: May 28, 2019

    Able Cable

    As previously announced, Vince Cable is standing down as Liberal Democrat leader, ending his time on an unexpected high. Not only brilliant local election results but also - if the polls are right - with the Liberal Democrats outpolling the Conservatives in a national election for the first time since 1906 (insert joke about how that is before even Vince was born). Perhaps even also outpolling Labour.

  • Safari Suppers
    Article: May 28, 2019

    You are warmly invited to Hasting and Rye Liberal Democrats' Safari Supper.

    And we have a reason to celebrate... in the words of Vince Cable "British liberals beat both the Conservatives and the Labour Party for the first time since the days of Lloyd George. We secured second place in a national election, our largest ever group of MEPs, and our best share of the vote in a decade."

  • Focus
    Article: Apr 23, 2019

    The Conservatives aren't listening. They are not listening in Parliament: they're certainly not listening in Rother.

    Click on the links to read what your candidate is going to do for you. Vote Liberal Democrats on the 2nd May 2019.

    Fairlight, Guestling, Icklesham, Pett. Andrew Mier - A Voice FOR the Villages

    Andrew has lived in Fairlight for almost twenty years with Carol. He has served on the Parish Council for eleven years, nearly five as Chair. Before that, Andrew was Chair of the Fairlight Residents' Association for four years. Andrew was instrumental in setting up a formal Fairlight Parish Council Planning Committee and has served on it since its inception. He chaired the Design Standards Working Group as part of Fairlight's Neighbourhood Plan (sadly abandoned due to being overtaken by events at Wakehams Farm). A qualified lawyer, Andrew worked for the Government Legal Service before retirement. He is a member of the Fairlight Players, plays tennis and tries his hand at rather bad amateur art.

    Howard has lived in Winchelsea for thirteen years with his partner David. He is a retired teacher who taught history and politics at Cranbrook School for thirteen years. Before that he worked as a vicar in south London and he is still busily active in the life of Winchelsea parish church. Howard is deeply involved in the life of Winchelsea. He is a passionate gardener; chair of the local Garden Society; organiser of the NGS garden openings for Winchelsea; president of the Literary Society and a regular bridge player. He is a keen environmentalist who keeps bees, enthusiastically supports the work of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Butterfly Conservation and the RSPB, and is a Friend of Great Dixter. He firmly believes that quality of life issues arising from openness to nature should be given a high profile in local politics.

    Brede, Broad Oak and Udimore - Introducing Derek Greenup

    Derek Greenup is a long-time resident of Rother who, now retired, spent 40 years in secondary education - 16 as a headteacher. He is a proud and committed husband, father and grandfather. He wants to be part of building harmonious communities which prioritise public (particularly mental) health, the environment, and inter-generational leisure time and activities. He is appalled at the lack of investment in local services by the Conservative Party and has been motivated to stand for election because at a local, and a national level, the Conservatives seem to have stopped listening to residents and voters.

    Playden, Rye Foreign, Rye Harbour & Winchelsea Beach - Introducing Sue Schlesinger

    Sue is a driving force behind much of the Rye area's cultural life. After some years as an actor on the stage and television, Sue studied ceramics whilst her children were growing up. With her husband, she decided to move down to Sussex to an Oast House, outside Rye, that they'd inherited. Since then Sue has been a governor at Rye College and the first chairman of Governors at the Studio School in Rye, now sadly closed. Sue enjoys being a volunteer coordinator at the Hastings International Piano Competition and is the Box Office for Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival. The Arts are an easy target for Tory austerity, yet are a vital part of our communities and play an important role in our tourist industry, on which much employment in our area depends.


    1) Rother is dominated by Bexhill and the Tories. Half of the councillors, but more than half of the money and time go into Bexhill. Brede & Udimore need a Voice.

    2) Rother's extreme application of Tory austerity policies have made its finances even worse. Austerity is now damaging the country and stifling Rother.

    3) Listen to the people of Rother District - across the country & the district the Tories are no longer listening to us nor speaking for us.

  • David Tutt v2
    Article: Mar 9, 2019

    At the meeting of the Governance Committee at East Sussex County Council this week the issue of employee pay was on the agenda.

    David Tutt (leader of the main Opposition, the Liberal Democrats) rightly supported the 2% increase for most staff, but he also proposed a freeze on the pay for Chief Officers (this is six members of staff earning £1.5m between them per annum).

  • international Womens day
    Article: Mar 8, 2019

    We Have a Great History of Liberal Women

    John Holmes the former Liberal Chief Agent once told us that HQ always thought of Hastings as "Women's World" because all the prominent members were women. On international woman's day let's remember and celebrate some famous and not so famous local, liberal minded women who have left their mark on society. You can read about them below.

  • West Marina
    Article: Feb 21, 2019

    Your objection must arrive before noon on Friday 1 March 2019

    If you want to object to the HBC proposal to dispose of the old bathing pool site (yes, HBC thought we would miss this if they referred to it as 'open space'), but have not yet done so, you can now send your objection directly to the Chief Legal Officer by email.

    This notice was hidden deep inside the page of the Hastings Observer because a notice of 'disposal' is required by law, under SECTION 123(1)(2a) of the LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972. Approval must occur before the old bathing pool site can be leased to the developers. So the council is desperate to have approval granted without delay. Once this is granted the lease can be signed and planning will begin in earnest.

    Your objection must arrive before noon on Friday 1 March 2019

    QUOTE ref: HM/001082 and send your email to
  • 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 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.

All News

  • Article: Oct 11, 2019

    I'm the son of immigrants, one parent from Germany, the other from Poland. My family history is in miniature the troubled history of Europe, scarred by the horrors of extremism and war - and then my parents making a new home together in our country.

    It's why for me our liberal democracy, despite all its flaws, is so precious. We need to step up to protect against the extremists and populists.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2019

    Waiting for the outcome of the nomination count for Party President felt a wee bit like that scene from The Big Bang Theory where Sheldon explains about Schrodinger's Cat.

    You know, where as long as the box is closed the cat is both dead and alive?

    The relief when they cat was actually alive, and I was nominated, was huge!

  • Article: Oct 11, 2019

    Download the manifestos

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    Voting for the federal board election will open at 9 a.m. on 29th October 2019. You can find out more about all the internal elections here:

    A note on the manifestos: The order in which candidates' manifestos appear was generated at random using the =RAND() Excel function. The document contains all the manifestos that were correctly supplied by the deadline for candidates supplied by the Returning Officer.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2019

    It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. Please click here.

    Voting for the federal board election will open at 9 a.m. on 29th October 2019. You can find out more about all the internal elections here:

    A note on the manifestos: The order in which candidates' manifestos appear was generated at random using the =RAND() Excel function. The document contains all the manifestos that were correctly supplied by the deadline for candidates supplied by the Returning Officer.

  • Document: Oct 9, 2019
  • Document: Oct 9, 2019
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  • Article: Oct 7, 2019

    I am delighted to announce that Heidi Allen has joined the Liberal Democrats.

    I'm delighted to welcome Heidi to the party. She has been a tireless campaigner for a people's vote and has time and time again put the country's interests ahead of her own.

    I'm absolutely thrilled for Heidi to join our fantastic and ever-growing team and I know that her skills, experience and passion will be a real asset to our party.

  • Article: Oct 7, 2019

    When I became an MP in 2015, I could never have imagined we would find ourselves in this position. Through the prudent and practical decisions taken during the coalition years, the economy was recovering and our country was on the up.

    Coming from business, joining the Conservative Party seemed the logical thing to do. But two general elections and an EU referendum later, the landscape has shifted beyond all recognition.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2019
    By Tahir Maher


    The Liberal Democrats are a Federal Party comprising England, Scotland and Wales with all their powers defined by the Party's Constitution. This principle embodies one of our most deeply held core values, which is our belief in the devolution of power to the most appropriate level.

    Consequently, the separation of power between the Federal and State parties is enshrined in the Constitution, and can only be varied with the agreement of Federal Conference and the Conferences and Conventions of all three state parties.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2019
    By Tahir Maher

    This has undoubtedly been a great start to the year. Thanks go to all the local campaigners who over the years never gave up and continued to deliver Focuses, campaign and push the Lib Dem message in their communities. When the opportunity came following Tory mismanagement of Brexit, we were ready and prepared to secure gains in the local elections. Over seven hundred local council seats gained - fantastic!