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  • Article: Jun 24, 2022
    By Liberal Democrats

    Richard Foord will be our Liberal Democrat candidate for the upcoming Tiverton & Honiton by-election.

    I was proud to serve my country in the Armed Forces for ten years and now want to serve my community in Westminster.

    Richard Foord

    Richard lives in Uffculme with his wife and family. He grew up in the West Country and served for ten years in the army after graduating from Sandhurst, reaching the rank of Major and receiving three campaign medals for service in Iraq and the Balkans.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2022
    By Stephen Hardy in Nexhill & Battle Observer

    Irony upon irony flows from our rulers at the moment.

    At the same time we have inflation threatening to soar past 11%, the highest in thirty years, we have dire warnings from the Government not to allow pay settlements to fuel more inflation. Government seems, given the huge number of workers beholden to it for their jobs, in essential services such as education, the Health Service, and emergency services, to be saying pay increases of 3% are the order of the day.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2022

    We saw last year what a huge boost it gave to the party getting two new excellent MPs elected in Parliamentary by-elections. It's good for their constituents and also good for the party's prospects across the whole country.

    We've also seen this month how Conservative MPs have failed to do what our country needs - to remove Boris Johnson from 10 Downing Street.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2022
    By Cllr Kathryn Field in Bexhill & Battle Observer

    Surely even the most committed republican could not fail to have been a little moved by the
    events of the Platinum Jubilee. Whatever your views about hereditary monarchy, the Queen
    under whose reign most of us have lived most or all of our lives has been an outstanding
    example of constancy, integrity, and dedication.

    The contrast with the country's elected leader could hardly be more stark, and it is perhaps
    a cruel irony that 148, over 40%, of his own MPs spent that celebratory weekend coming to
    the conclusion that he was in fact the antithesis of everything that was best about our
    monarch, and it was time for him to go. And that's before we get the results of the two
    imminent by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton.

    Despite all the red-wall-targeted rhetoric about 'levelling up', the gulf between 'haves' and
    'have nots' continues to grow across the country. Those with good homes, good jobs, or
    good pensions are, on the whole, OK. But ask anyone involved with a local Foodbank about
    the 'affluent' South East and they will quickly point you to the ever growing numbers of
    people desperate to find the next meal for their family, and living in fear of what next winter
    has in store for energy bills.

    Against this challenging background, last weekend's outpouring of community celebration
    for the life of that most privileged of individuals was poignant but uplifting. Just for a few
    hours many of the current tribulations could be set aside as whole neighbourhoods
    reverberated with music, dancing, entertainments, eating and drinking. Much of the
    community spirit that was born during the trials of Covid was re-awoken. Local shops, pubs,
    cafes, restaurants, schools and churches all joined in the celebrations with gusto.
    Now we face the challenge of maintaining the positive spirit that was so evident last week.
    We need to remember how important our community and our neighbours are, and how
    great is the impact of a little help, kindness, or cash. While there are many who are forced
    to minimise their spending, there are plenty of others who have the ability, should they
    wish, to support our local businesses, services, and charities. That in turn helps provide local
    jobs or relieve anxieties. Many small businesses just barely survived the various lockdowns
    and we must each now do what we can to reward them with our custom. If we do not, more
    of our High Streets will see businesses close, and local services and jobs disappear.

    One of the great joys of being part of the cross-party Rother Alliance has been to see how
    much energy and enthusiasm can be unlocked when politicians of differing political stripes
    bury their party political differences and pull together. We all want the best for the
    communities we serve and when party dogma is set aside we find there is more that unites
    than divides us. I like to think of it as a microcosm of our community. If we all can work
    together, we all can benefit.

    Cllr Kathryn Field

  • Article: Jun 8, 2022

    It's Carers Week - a chance to recognise, celebrate and, most of all, listen to the stories of unpaid carers.

    People looking after their loved ones are doing a remarkable job in difficult circumstances. As a carer for most of my life - first for my mum, then for my gran, and now for my disabled son, John - this is something I know all too well.

  • Article: Jun 7, 2022
    By Stephen Hardy MBE in Bexhill & Battle Observer

    Dear Editor


    A question of ethics.

    In November 2020, Prime Minister Johnson's adviser on the

    Ministerial Ethics Code, Sir Alex Allan resigned when Boris Johnson

    rejected his findings that Home Secretary Priti Patel had bullied her

    staff, thus breaching the Ministerial Code.

    In May 2022 Lord Geidt, Johnson's current ethics chief said in his

    annual report that he considered receiving a fixed penalty notice for

    breaching the law constituted a breach of the Ministerial Code and

    therefore was a resigning matter. Johnson rejected this saying he

    did not 'consider the circumstances in which I received a fixed

    penalty notice were contrary to the regulations.'

    In June 2022 Johnson's anti-corruption champion in the House of

    Commons, MP John Penrose resigned his own post because, as he

    wrote, 'The only fair conclusion to draw from the Sue Gray report is

    that you have breached a fundamental principle of the Ministerial

    Code - a clear resigning matter'.

    Is there a discernible thread here? How long will it take the 211

    Conservative MPs who voted for Johnson to stay as Prime Minister

    on Monday to realise that they have been supporting a man without

    any ethical principles and no moral fibre at all?

    Yours faithfully

    Stephen Hardy

    6 George Close

    Robertsbridge

    TN32 5BY

  • Event: Aug 20, 2022 6:30 PM

    A Turkish Night to remember, £25 for members, £15 friends,

    Further information to follow. Keep the date free !

  • Article: Jun 1, 2022

    We all have our own special memories of the Queen's Jubilees. For me, they have spanned my entire life. So it is with great pleasure that I will join the entire nation in celebrating seventy years of Her Majesty's reign - on this Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend.

    In her coronation speech, the Queen said: "Throughout all my life, and with all my heart, I shall strive to be worthy of your trust." I think the whole country will agree that our Queen has more than fulfilled her promises made to our nation.

  • Event: Jul 13, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    The Denbigh Pub,LittleCommon Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN39 4JE
    Join the Bexhill Lib Dems in the Denbigh pub in Bexhill, on the third Wednesday of every month, (EXCEPT FOR JUNE WHEN IT WILL BE THE SECOND WEDNESDAY) for 'Pint & Politics'
    -- informal discussions on politics and current affairs. All welcome, even non-members. This is a relaxed opportunity
    to meet your local party and find out how you can get involved, or just chat over a pint, or a cup of tea.
  • Article: May 20, 2022
    By Liberal Democrats

    Richard Foord will be our Liberal Democrat candidate for the upcoming Tiverton & Honiton by-election.

    I was proud to serve my country in the Armed Forces for ten years and now want to serve my community in Westminster.

    Richard Foord

    Richard lives in Uffculme with his wife and family. He grew up in the West Country and served for ten years in the army after graduating from Sandhurst, reaching the rank of Major and receiving three campaign medals for service in Iraq and the Balkans.