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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.


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    • Article: Apr 11, 2019

      Brexit latest

      Brexit is still paralysing government and parliament. But I think a significant corner has been turned with the decision of the European Council to extend the timetable for Brexit until Halloween on Oct 31st.

      The sense of drama and crisis has abated somewhat, now that Brexit Day is no longer imminent.

    • Article: Apr 11, 2019

      It's our job to win big for fellow Remainers across the country in these European elections.

      Last night Theresa May met with EU leaders and, in a dashing blow to her plans, was forced to agree to extend Article 50 to October 31st, with the ability to review at the end of June.

      She's still doing the hokey-cokey and dancing around the issue but as a result, it's clear European elections are incredibly likely this Spring.

    • Article: Apr 10, 2019

      These past few months have been nothing short of a national humiliation.

      For nearly 3 years, the government has used a wafer thin referendum majority to sow division in our towns, our cities and even in our families.

      But those who seek to divide us will never win. We demand better than Brexit.

      Labour and the Conservatives are fighting amongst themselves, and they have taken their eye off the ball when it comes to local services.

    • Article: Apr 5, 2019

      One of our strengths as a party is our broad, committed base of activists. Sometimes, it can be hard to pick out who in your area might be willing to help - so we've put together a guide for you!

      You likely already have a large amount of data that you can use to identify potential volunteers - even without canvassing. When someone signs a petition on the national party's website, the data they provide is synced to Connect too.

    • Article: Apr 5, 2019

      Vince Cable kickstarted our local election campaign today in Yeovil.

      And what a place to get the ball rolling.

      After the last lot of elections in 2015, the Liberal Democrat group was the largest on South Somerset District Council.

      South Somerset is just one of many councils up for election this year which last elected councillors in 2015.

    • Article: Apr 3, 2019

      Last night, the People's Vote option got more support from MPs than any other option.

      When MPs get the chance to vote on it again, I want to make sure it passes with a majority.

      We've asked you to help us by contacting MPs to persuade them to back a People's Vote in the past.

      You responded in your thousands.

    • Article: Apr 3, 2019

      The Conservative MP for Brecon & Radnorshire has pleaded guilty to two charges of making a false expenses claim.

      It's likely that this will lead to either his resignation or a recall petition. This means that we could be fighting a by-election in Brecon & Radnor as early as next week! We have to be ready for this. Will you chip into our fighting fund today?

    • Article: Apr 2, 2019

      Last night, the Liberal Democrats could have delivered Brexit.

      True, it would have been a 'softer' version of Brexit than Theresa May is pursuing. But it would still be a Brexit that stopped the free movement of people, a Brexit which made us rule takers but not rule makers and a Brexit that does nothing to protect 80% of our economy.

    • Article: Apr 1, 2019

      Last week's damning report from the Chief Inspector of Probation makes it clear. We need a radically new approach to rehabilitation.

      The primary purpose of our penal system should be to prevent crime by rehabilitating offenders. Right now, it's failing.

      Prisons are overcrowded and understaffed. Violence, riots, drug use, self-harm and suicide are all far too common.

    • Article: Mar 29, 2019

      The Supporter's Scheme

      We launched a new Lib Dem supporter scheme at conference - and thousands have already joined us as a supporter from across the country.

      Find out more about the supporter scheme here: www.libdems.org.uk/supporters-local-party-guide
      And ask your friends and family to become supporters of the Lib Dems here: www.libdems.org.uk/build-our-team