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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.


Recent Liberal Democrat news and updates

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    • Event: Jul 13, 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
    • The flags of EU countries flying.
      Article: May 24, 2018

      Liberal Democrat Peers have been leading the fight against the Conservatives in the House of Lords and inflicted a whopping 15 Government defeats on the EU Withdrawal Bill. That Bill is key to reversing Brexit and is expected to return to the House of Commons in late June.

      The Liberal Democrats will now spearhead the resistance against Brexit in the Commons.

    • Vince Cable
      Article: May 19, 2018

      Congratulations to all the very many Liberal Democrats who stood for local council seats this month.

      Local democracy relies on those who put themselves forward to represent residents, so whether you won or not, I hope you will be proud of having stood.

      As a party, we saw results greatly exceeding expectations, with a big net gain of 75 councillors and four new councils under Liberal Democrat majority control.

    • Lib Dem conference delegates voting.
      Article: May 19, 2018

      We're looking for members for two new policy working groups: one on health and social care and one on climate change.

      Do you have expert knowledge of the healthcare system? Of social care? Or climate change and energy policy?

      If so there is an opportunity to help set the direction of party policy on these issues by joining a policy working groups. The party's Federal Policy Committee is launching two new working groups: a Health and Social Care working group and a Climate Change and the Low Carbon Environment working group.

    • Article: May 19, 2018

      I've been blown away by the thousands of people who have joined the campaign to ban upskirting so far.

      Together, I know we can achieve a change in the law.

      Two weeks ago at Prime Minister's, Questions the Prime Minister said the Government were considering supporting my bill ban upskirting. We need to make sure her warm words are backed up with action

    • Donald Trump and Theresa May holding hands at the White House.
      Article: May 16, 2018

      Trump's decision to scrap US participation in the Iran nuclear deal is reckless and short-sighted.

      The deal is far from perfect, but it is better to work with our partners to make changes than to pull out altogether and risk heightened tensions in the Middle East.

      Trump's careless actions serve as another reminder of the enormous value of our EU partners.

    • Sal Brinton speaking at Lib Dem conference.
      Article: May 16, 2018

      Thank you! Thank you for everything that gave us the best election night in some years.

      We took control of four councils: Richmond & Kingston in London, Three Rivers District in Hertfordshire, and South Cambridgeshire District.

      We also had a great increase in the net councillors across England, +75, just behind Labour on +79. The Tories had -33, with UKIP -123.

    • Liberal Democrat activists get a briefing in a by-election HQ
      Article: May 15, 2018

      The Liberal Democrats are seeking a highly qualified volunteer with significant experience of financial and compliance matters at a high level to become their Registered Treasurer and Chair of the Federal Finance and Resources Committee.

      The FFRC Chair and Registered Treasurer of the Party is a senior role within the party that requires a substantial commitment beyond the Chairing of the FFRC, including attending and contributing to both the Federal Board and the Operations Committee (a sub-committee of the Board comprising the Vice Chairs, English and Welsh Chairs, the Scottish Convenor and all the Federal Committee Chairs), as well as being an ex-officio member of the Federal Audit and Scrutiny Committee.

    • Palace of Westminster.
      Article: May 9, 2018

      Last night Theresa May suffered yet another series of damning defeats in the Lords, exposing the ever-increasing anger at her administration's undemocratic, destructive approach to Brexit.

      So far the government has been defeated a total of 14 times, with the Lords rejecting the Brexit deadline and exit date, securing a meaningful vote in the Commons, and quashing attempts to hand ministers 'blank cheque' powers.

    • Nick Harvey | Image: Chatham House
      Article: May 9, 2018
      By Nick Harvey

      Specifically, the Privacy Policy and a set of Fair Processing Notices (FPN). Both are vital to telling people how we will use, store and collect their data. This is a major milestone in our preparations for GDPR. All information gathered under the new legal notices will be compliant.

      You can view the notices and related guidance here: https://www.libdems.org.uk/privacy-advice

      An online webinar covering the specifics of the notices has been arranged for Thursday 10th May from 6.00pm. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8679668325408153603

      Amendments to the legislation have meant publishing has taken longer than hoped. For our lawyers and the Project Team, it's meant some late nights.

      Now is the time to start adding a suitable version of the new FPN wherever you are gathering information. Be this online, in emails or on leaflets. The next step is the reconsent campaign, asking email recipients to opt-in to receiving communication. You will receive advice on this shortly.

      For parties using Nationbuilder or Prater Raines websites, the information will be auto-updated. However, if your local party is on a different system then please let us know at help@libdems.org.uk immediately.