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Martin & supporters

We are local members and supporters of the Liberal Democrats. Our constituency covers the East Sussex towns of Bexhill, Heathfield and Battle and their neighbouring villages. We campaign on local and national issues. We want to build a constituency and a country that is fairer and greener, with strong and reliable public services. . We now share power on Rother District Council as part of the Rother Alliance.

Much of our constituency is in Rother District, which also includes some wards that are in the Hastings and Rye Parliamentary constituency. The western part of our area (including Heathfield and Pevensey) is in Wealden District. We work closely with our neighbours in Wealden Lib Dems and Hastings and Rye Lib Dems.

On this website you can see our local policies. You can also find out about the different ways you can support us and learn about our Councillors. If you would like to know more about us please do get in touch or come to one of our social events (please see our events page).

We start this new year of 2021 with a new Chairman (Jon James) and Treasurer (Rob Clutterham) who, with the Executive Committee, will strive to provide our residents with the servicers and infrastructure that is needed.

There now appears to be light at the end of the Covid tunnel but please remember we still need to follow the guidelines and rules and, as a note of caution, plastic visors provide little protection unless worn with a face mask.

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Recent updates

  • Article: Jan 15, 2021

    For years, this Government have promised our fishing industry a sea of opportunity, but, today, our boats are tied up in harbour, their propellers fouled with red tape manufactured in Whitehall.

    Our boats are tied up in harbour, their propellers fouled with red tape manufactured in Whitehall.

    Boats that are able to go to sea are landing their catches in Denmark-an expensive round trip of at least 72 hours, which takes work away from processors and other shoreside businesses in this country.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2021

    I tabled the Immigration (Health and Social Care Staff) Bill 2019-21, which was due for its second reading on Friday.

    Lib Dems will continue to fight for healthcare workers' rights

    But the Government have decided to axe all sitting Fridays until the end of March, meaning dozens of Private Members Bills will effectively be shut down.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2021
    By Edward Davey

    It's been a huge privilege to come to know many Tamil people in my constituency and across the UK since being elected to Parliament back in 1997, and I can therefore say with total certainty, that the contribution of British Tamils to our country and society has been exemplary, with the hard work, intelligence and dedication of so many amazing British Tamils.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2021

    It is completely unacceptable that parents have received woefully inadequate food parcels in place of free school meals.

    The Secretary of State must urgently investigate this situation.

    The amount of food parents have received to feed their children is not anything like enough to provide an adequate, nutritious lunch every day.

  • Article: Jan 12, 2021

    Over the past year, Liberal Democrat MPs have tabled a number of Private Members' Bills that would make important changes to help build a fairer country, tackle deep-rooted inequalities and ensure a more effective response to the Covid pandemic.

    Eleven key Liberal Democrat Bills were due to have "Second Reading" - the next stage of their progress through Parliament - over the next three months.

  • Article: Jan 11, 2021
    By Lisa Smart

    Last month's Federal Communications and Elections Committee (FCEC) kicked off with a productive Q&A with deputy Leader Daisy Cooper. Daisy's approach to collaborative working across parts of the party was warmly welcomed and FCEC expressed its support, and desire to assist, Daisy's ongoing work to support a diverse range of candidates to stand.

  • Article: Jan 8, 2021
    By Tim Farron

    In the early months of this pandemic, the Government's messaging was clear. 'Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.' And so it is once again. Monday's lockdown announcement, although belated, was absolutely right.

    But why must we protect the NHS? So that it can continue to tackle COVID, but also, equally, so that the NHS can carry on its life-saving work in every other area.

  • Article: Jan 8, 2021

    Like you, I watched domestic terrorists and insurrectionists storm the US Capitol last night with a sense of horror and shock.

    I watched with a sense of horror and shock

    A symbol of democracy worldwide was shown to be fragile, vulnerable.

    It is a stark reminder that will remain etched in our memories.

  • Article: Jan 7, 2021

    The chaotic incompetence of a government that declares schools safe on a Sunday, sends children back for a day and then closes them is the sort of thing that should be the domain of political fiction.

    Sadly and tragically, it's the government we suffer from in Westminster. It is a reminder about how important it is that we recover as a party, and a spur to our efforts to ensure we do our part in defeating the Conservatives at the ballot box.

  • Article: Jan 7, 2021

    Our intervention comes amidst growing concern for safety in schools, including headteachers launching legal action to force ministers to reveal data behind the decision for some schools to reopen.

    Time and time again, this Government has squandered opportunities to get ahead of the virus in schools.