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  • Welcome to Bexhill and Battle Liberal Democrats. We update our website very regularly and we hope it will tell you all you need to know about what the LibDems are doing both locally and nationally.

    In Rother we form a significant part of the ruling Rother Alliance, providing three of the nine Cabinet posts including both Environmental briefs, and at County we form the official opposition. If you would like to get involved at any level we would love to hear from you.

    Our Councillors are here to serve you, so please don't hesitate to get in touch, and please do check the website regularly.

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  • Article: Aug 2, 2021

    Anyone who was at the last two Liberal Democrat conferences should remember the two debates that were held on the party's position on the future relationship between the UK and the EU. In a passionately argued debate last September, conference resolved that the party should support a longer-term objective of UK membership of the the EU, but we rejected a proposal for an immediate campaign to reverse Brexit, which, it was argued, was more likely to alienate voters sick of the recent history of Brexit-inspired division and bitterness. Conference also called for the closest possible alignment between the UK and the EU on trade, security, environmental, social, judicial, educational and scientific issues.

  • Treasure Hunt 2
    Event: Aug 15, 2021 3:00 PM

    Dear Friends and Fellow Liberal Democrats,

    Make space in your diaries for the afternoon of Sunday 15th August.

    Why ?

    Because we are organising in Robertsbridge, a Treasure Hunt, with 2 different length walks and ending up with a Pizza at the Salehurst Halt.

    The start of the Treasure Hunt will be in the car park of Robertsbridge's railway station, as you might want to take the train, or if driving, park for £1. The Treasure Hunt is on foot, with various sneaky questions, the longer walk takes you through hop fields and sheltered bridle paths. All for just £10 per person, well it is a mini fund raiser. The prize will be a free pizza(s) for the winning team or person. The shorter walk will not be so arduous, and we also thought for those who really don't want to walk, they can do the treasure hunt bit in the village and then get themselves up to the pub. Just want to meet up for the Pizza, no problem join us between 5.30 - 6pm. Please invite friends, non-members, the more the merrier. As per usual I do need to know numbers, mainly for the Pub.

  • Event: Aug 18, 2021 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, 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. The food is good at the Denbigh too. We usually meet in the back room of the pub, but the Denbigh has a great beer garden.
  • Prize Draw Heading
    Event: Sep 1, 2021 12:00 AM

    Dear Members, Supporters and Friends

    Thank you for supporting our local Bexhill and Battle Liberal Democrat party: we really appreciate the contribution made by members and supporters.

    With your help, our elected Councillors have made real progress in bringing Liberal Democrat values and policies to both District and County Councils within our area. A revitalised Rother District Council under the control of the Lib Dem/Independent Alliance, after years of Tory indifference, is making significant headway in environmental, housing, and economic developments.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2021

    We all remember seeing the horrific scenes of the burning tower at Grenfell on the news over four years ago.

    The tragic loss of 72 lives was a dark moment for our country and the cladding scandal that emerged emboldened me to stand up for the rights of all those living in unsafe buildings.

    That event also was a lightning rod for the wider public and put a sharp focus on the quality of housing that many people live in - particularly in more densely populated urban areas.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2021

    Being involved in politics should be fun and rewarding. But it can be stressful and at times any of us may need to turn to others for help or support.

    Often that support can best come from colleagues in your local party or a party body you are active in. But sometimes help is needed elsewhere, and this piece sets out the main places to turn.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2021
    By Stephen Hardy

    Dear Editor

    Perhaps you remember the pledge made by Michael Gove in 2017 that a Brexited Britain would be a greener Britain and would enhance environmental protections. During our membership of the EU, a directive was negotiated with UK consent, to end the use of many single use plastics. These are things like plastic straws and bottles, coffee cups and takeaway containers made of expanded polystyrene which make up 50% of all the litter found on our beaches, the stuff that local organisations like Strandliners and Bexhill Environment Group collect on their beach clean ups.

    On July 3rd in the European Union, the use of these single use plastics has been banned but all we in the UK have done is ban the use of plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds, but not plastic bottles and takeaway containers. Well except that the UK rules have a load of exemptions as well so that plastic straws can continue to be used in all cafes and restaurants, schools, care homes and prisons. So not too much of a ban then. And plastic bottles make up a quarter of all the waste found on our beaches.

    The simple conclusion is that a Brexited Britain is rapidly regaining its former title of being the dirty man of Europe, back to the days when we used to dump all our sulphur dioxide pollution from power stations on the rest of Western Europe.

    Yours faithfully

    Stephen Hardy

    6 George Close
    TN32 5BY

  • Article: Jul 14, 2021

    Federal Conference Committee met via Zoom call on Saturday, 10 July for the agenda selection for our Autumn Conference 2021. The meeting was a lengthy one, which was in part due to the large selection of motions received.

    A few announcements before the report; as you may be aware Geoff Payne, departed the FCC in early May, and I am delighted to have been elected the new Chair of FCC. All of us wish Geoff the very best for the future. A recount was held for the vacant place on the Committee, and I am delighted that Keith Melton has joined as our new member of the Federal Conference Committee. Chris Adams has also been elected in the vacant Vice-Chair position and will take responsibility for the General Purposes Sub Committee.

  • Article: Jul 9, 2021

    Our political opportunity

    Sarah Green's brilliant victory in Chesham and Amersham shows the huge political opportunity for us - as long as we can continue to apply the lessons from our 2019 election post-mortem.

    As part of this, a trio of motions have been submitted for our autumn federal conference. One is from the Federal Board (FB) on the party's strategy. The other two are from the Federal Policy Committee (FPC), on the party's values and our policy platform. Hopefully all three can be debated in sequence, so we agree values, strategy and platform in a joined-up way.

  • Article: Jul 5, 2021

    As you may have noticed, this Conservative Government doesn't like to be challenged.

    Just look at how angry and red-faced Boris Johnson gets at Prime Minister's Questions every week. Just listen to how often Ministers rail against lawyers and the courts, because judges sometimes rule against them. Just remember how they refused to do interviews with journalists who might dare to ask difficult questions.