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

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We have all been shocked and sickened by President Putin's unprovoked and increasingly deadly invasion of Ukraine over the past weeks - click here for more

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.

Recent updates

  • Article: Apr 12, 2022

    Thank you

    With nominations now closed for the May elections, many thanks to everyone who has put in so much work to getting candidates approved, selected and safely nominated. From a first look at the numbers, we've seen a good increase in our candidate totals in Scotland and Wales, with the numbers broadly the same in England compared with last time.

  • Article: Apr 12, 2022

    We now have a criminal Prime Minister.

    Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have both been fined for breaking Covid laws. Laws they wrote, and you followed.

    While we made countless sacrifices to protect each other, they were partying in Downing Street. They think they're above the law.

    Neither of them are fit to hold office. If Boris Johnson won't resign, Conservative MPs must sack the Prime Minister.

  • Article: Apr 12, 2022
    By Cllr Kathryn Field in Battle Observer

    A LibDem Perspective

    Whether it's the cost of living crisis, saving the environment, reducing Putin's war chest or protecting our energy independence, sourcing our energy is fundamental to many of the major issues currently afflicting us. So the publication of the Government's energy strategy last week was eagerly anticipated, and, inevitably, a great disappointment.

  • Article: Apr 12, 2022
    By Stephen Hardy in Bexhill & Battle Observer
    How much do you have to pay to heat your home? One thing is certain, that your next bill will be a lot higher than the last one.

    However it is you who will have to pay that bill, unlike a certain privileged class - British MPs who have not only the benefit of us as taxpayers paying for their London homes, but we are also paying for their heating bills.

    Crusading organisation, Open Democracy, revealed last week that in the last three years MPs claimed back from you and me a staggering £420,000. They name names too, Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary (£1,548) and even a minister from the Department for Energy, George Freeman (£1,565). Matt Hancock claimed a whopping £4,800. This is on top of their already generous salaries as MPs, just increased to £84,144 a year, plus lots of other allowances and extra pay if they are ministers.

    Yet we are having to pay ourselves an increase of on average £700, with the threat of a similar one in October.

    Opposition parties have all argued for a windfall tax on energy companies. The Big Six UK energy companies have made an extra £1 billion in profit in the last twelve months. In the House of Commons debate on the matter, a Conservative MP, Andrew Bowie, said these tax proposals were a 'stunt'.

    What do the Open Democracy records reveal about him? He has claimed £1,300 in electricity bills over the last three years.

    Yours faithfully

    Stephen Hardy

    6 George Close
    Robertsbridge
    TN32 5BY

  • Article: Apr 6, 2022
    By Liberal Democrats

    Life's been tough for lots of people over the past few years. And it's still tough. But with their trademark decency and strength, the British people are rising to the challenge. Raising families. Caring for others. And playing by the rules.

    Now more than ever, it's time for a fair deal.

    Yet with the rising cost of living, this Conservative Government is letting you down badly and taking you for granted.

  • Article: Mar 25, 2022

    Our focus this year has been squarely on understanding the party's overall political direction, our target voters, and the role our policies can play in helping us to persuade people and win votes. This was the main focus of our in-person awayday at LDHQ at the end of February, and has underlain all our other discussions, with the aim of informing both our current policy development work, and its direction for the future.

  • Article: Mar 24, 2022

    The Spring statement was a Sunak Swindle - hiking up people's taxes today while promising to cut them in future.

    Rishi Sunak is following Boris Johnson's lead by not being up front and honest with the country.

    Buried in the small print is a tax bombshell that will see the average family paying £1,600 more in taxes over the coming years.

  • Article: Mar 24, 2022
    By Alison Suttie

    Tim Farron and I are currently conducting a review into the Party's candidate selection processes.

    The review has been commissioned by the The Federal Communications and Elections Committee (FCEC), following conversations with the State Parties. Candidate approval and selection is a State Party function within our governance.

  • Article: Mar 23, 2022
    By Tim Farron

    Over the past month, as more than 3.5 million innocent Ukrainians have been forced to flee their country to escape Putin's war, people across the UK have responded with enormous compassion and generosity.

    More than 150,000 have offered to open their homes to Ukrainian refugees.

    The Anti-Refugee Bill is an awful piece of legislation that flies in the face of the incredible spirit of the British people.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2022
    By Cllr Kathryn Field in Battle Observer

    Democracy must defeat dictatorship

    As a lifelong Liberal Democrat I've always known that I have to be an optimist. It was therefore

    encouraging to read the recent scientific research suggesting that optimists live up to 15% longer

    than pessimists- social media trolls please note. But goodness knows, it can be difficult.