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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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Recent updates

  • Article: Sep 12, 2021
    By Mark Pack

    Setting out our vision for the country

    Our September Federal Conference has a key trio of debates on our vision for a Liberal Democratic society, our overall policy platform and the strategy to give us the political power to achieve those aims.

    Having spent the first part of this Parliament fixing many of the practical organisational issues that caused so many problems in the 2019 general election, we now need to shift up a gear to get the external aspects right too. Sarah Green's victory in Chesham and Amersham is a wonderfully inspiring example of what we can achieve when we get this right. The challenge is now to do that across the country.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2021
    By Layla Moran

    The Conservative Government's decision to cut development spending has done extraordinary damage to Britain's reputation with our allies and partners from across the globe.

    In a week which will see the eyes of the world on the UK as we host the G7, now is the time for leadership - but instead, the Conservatives want Britain to hide from its responsibilities during a global pandemic.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2021
    By Lisa Smart

    Last week saw Jeremy Hargreaves (Federal Policy Committee Vice-Chair) join us to discuss policy development from the perspective of the FCEC and the impact our recent research projects have made on this work.

    We noted that whilst we needed a great deal of support from Liberally inclined Tory voters next time, it is imperative that we retain our core vote and are able to draw people from the Labour party as well.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2021

    Global leaders should hang their heads in shame.

    We've all watched the heartbreaking scenes at Kabul Airport showing citizens of Afghanistan trying to escape from the terror of the Taliban. Their situation is desperate.

  • Event: Oct 20, 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.
  • Article: Aug 10, 2021

    Only £1 to come to conference

    Our autumn federal party conference is being held online in September. There's a brilliant offer for people who have not come to conference before: you can register for just £1.

    Conference will include an important trio of linked debates: on our party's values, our policy platform and our strategy. Traditionally, we have debated these separately at conference, even years apart. But all three need to fit together in a coherent way - which is one of the lessons from the 2019 election post-mortem. So this time we're doing things differently.

  • 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.

  • 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
    Robertsbridge
    TN32 5BY