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Welcome to Bexhill and Battle Liberal Democrats

We are local members and supporters of the Liberal Democrats. Our constituency covers the East Sussex towns of Bexhill, Heathfield and Battle and the other communities nearby. 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.

In May 2019 we had successful results in both the District Council and European Parliament elections. We now share power on Rother District Council as part of the Rother Alliance.

In recent months we have had a surge in new members and we are now busy fighting the general election. Our candidate is Martin Saunders and you can find out about him on this website, or contact him using the details on our Contact Us page. If you can help with our campaign please complete the online volunteer form in the Contact Us menu.

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. So 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 hope to see you soon.

Recent updates

  • Article: Dec 14, 2019
    By Paul Coleshill

    This is by way of being a simple and heartfelt thank you, for everything that you have done during the course of this campaign and for the cause of Remain. Thank you for leafleting, canvassing, donating and generally supporting the Liberal Democrats either here or in target constituencies.

    Nonetheless - we now have Boris Johnson majority Government. Like you, this makes me sad and frustrated, however it means that Britain needs the Liberal Democrats today more than ever!

  • Article: Dec 14, 2019

    I am honoured and delighted to have been elected as President of the Liberal Democrats.

    The news is overshadowed by the results of the general election where, in amongst the individual brilliant results, there were so many disappointments and tragedies. After such a promising start as our party leader only a few months ago, Jo's own defeat is particularly saddening.

  • Article: Dec 14, 2019
    By Mike Dixon

    The new President of the Liberal Democrats is….

    Mark Pack

    Many congratulations to him on his election and commiserations to Christine Jardine. Both were superb candidates and fought an election in the best traditions of Liberal Democrat internal elections.

    I'd also like to give my thanks also to the staff and volunteers who have been counting in Liberal Democrat HQ since early this morning and who have run this set of elections whilst also preparing for and playing their party in the General Election campaign.

  • Article: Dec 13, 2019

    This winter election has been dark in more ways than one.

    This winter election has been dark in more ways than one.

    Leaders evading scrutiny, whether it was Corbyn ducking phone-ins or Johnson hiding in a fridge.

    Voters feeling forced to choose the least worst option, squeezing out positivity.

    Even before it started, we saw an exodus of MPs, especially women, ground down by abuse, intimidation and threats.

  • Article: Dec 13, 2019

    I'm tired, I'm sad and I'm frustrated.

    In 6 seats, we were less than a thousand votes away from winning. That is agonising. Some of these campaigns saw increases in vote share of 20-30% - an extraordinary leap forward, achieved by hard work from fantastic teams.

    We lost three outstanding MPs. Jane Dodds in Brecon and Radnorshire, Tom Brake in Carshalton and Wallington and of course, Jo Swinson in East Dunbartonshire.

    We are still coming to terms with these three results. Jo missed out by just 149 votes. To have lost our Leader so soon after she was elected is a very bitter blow.

    And on top of all that, we have a Boris Johnson majority Government.

    Despite these disappointments, we got 1.2 million more votes yesterday than in the last General Election. Our vote was up 4% across the country. We have now established ourselves in close second places in a string of seats. We held three of our Scottish seats despite the SNP's best efforts, and kept three London MPs against the Tory surge.

    We elected 11 brilliant MPs:

    Alistair Carmichael in Orkney and Shetland
    Christine Jardine in Edinburgh West
    Daisy Cooper in St Albans
    Ed Davey in Kingston and Surbiton
    Jamie Stone in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
    Layla Moran in Oxford West and Abingdon
    Munira Wilson in Twickenham, taking over from Vince Cable
    Sarah Olney in Richmond Park, retaking the seat from the Conservatives
    Tim Farron in Westmorland and Lonsdale
    Wendy Chamberlain in North East Fife - which we lost by 2 votes last time!
    Wera Hobhouse in Bath

    That is a talented team and I know they will make their voices heard in Parliament against the new Conservative Government.

    After any election, there are lessons to learn - and believe me, we will be thinking a lot about our results over the next weeks and months. But we were honest and open with voters about our vision, and I stand by that decision.

    Let's all get some sleep and some rest. And then let's get ready to hold this Prime Minister to account.

  • Article: Dec 13, 2019

    We wake this morning to a double blow. A Conservative majority Government, hell-bent on pushing Brexit through, and the loss of our Leader, Jo Swinson from Parliament.

    First, let me pay tribute to Jo. Her declaration speech in the early hours of this morning moved us all. Focusing on the future of our country and, importantly, standing by our principles and values as a Party. She will make a formal statement later today.

    Parliament and our party will sorely miss her determination, passion and talent.

    If you are wondering what happens now, Ed Davey will act as temporary Leader in the Commons and our Party President, Sal Brinton will help fulfil the other functions of Leader for the wider Party. Together they will jointly assume the Leadership functions of the party.

    There are some wonderful gains amongst the shocking loss. Seeing talented people like Munira Wilson, Wendy Chamberlain and Daisy Cooper win, and Sarah Olney retake her seat - is something from which we can collectively draw strength.

    We have achieved astonishing rises in vote share in places like Esher and Walton, Wimbledon, South Cambridgeshire and so many more. There is much we can build on from here, and we will be careful to learn the lessons to build for the future.

    As I write, there are still some results yet to come in, so we will send you another update later.

    Britain still needs the Liberal Democrats, today more than ever.

    Thank you for everything that you have done during the course of this campaign and for the cause of Remain.

  • Event: Dec 19, 2019 7:00 PM
    The Denbigh Pub, Little Common Rd, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 4JE

    Our wonderful Christmas meal at the Denbigh is now on Thursday 19th December at 7pm.

    Can you believe that 3 courses will be £19.50 and 4 courses £23.50, believe me the food is really good. You will need to contact Thomas Taylor thomastaylor464@gmail.com to reserve your place and choose from the menu. We will also be holding a secret Santa. For those attending, each of whom has to bring a wrapped present or promise/token in an envelope, something unique to you or home-made, but otherwise something universal that costs under £5. During the evening, the magic hat will go round, you pick a number and find out what you have picked hopefully to cries of delight.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2019

    We've been fighting Brexit since day one.

    We've asked Parliament to support a confirmatory referendum (a People's Vote) on Brexit 17 times - and we're not going to stop. We've got another motion ready to go as soon as Parliament returns.

    Every single Liberal Democrat MP elected today will work to stop Brexit.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2019

    Across the country today, thousands of activists are knocking on doors for the Lib Dems.

    We've had hundreds of people join us here my own constituency, reminding Liberal Democrat supporters that it's now time to get out and vote.

    Britain is tired of the politics of the past.

    Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have no vision for the future of this country. Only the Liberal Democrats have a detailed, credible and radical plan to build a future where every person, every community and our planet can thrive.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2019

    Today is our chance to change the future of this country. It could be the day we make history.

    Tomorrow morning, we could be waking up to see top Brexiteers have lost their seats to Liberal Democrats who will fight to stop Brexit. We're already hearing some great reports from key seats across the country.