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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.

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.

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 hope to see you soon.

Recent updates

  • Article: Oct 15, 2020
    By Ed Davey

    The Government have completely lost control of coronavirus across vast swathes of the country, and the situation in London is looking very difficult.

    In the north of England, and now in London, the sacrifices of millions of people have been squandered by this Government.

    Because of Boris Johnson's failure to ensure our test, trace and isolate system worked, millions of people will have to make those sacrifices again.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2020
    By Wera Hobhouse

    On behalf of the Liberal Democrats, I have written to Equalities Minister Liz Truss calling on her to stop all forms of hair discrimination.

    We must combat racism wherever we find it in our society, and this all-too-prevalent form of prejudice must end.

    Read my letter in full...

    Dear Liz,

    We are writing to urge you to take action to end hair discrimination in schools, colleges and workplaces, and throughout society.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2020

    People across this country have endured terrible hardships over the past six months: losing loved ones, losing livelihoods and isolating from friends and family.

    People are angry to see their hard work and sacrifices utterly wasted by the incompetence of Boris Johnson.

    That's why people are so angry to see their hard work and sacrifices utterly wasted by the incompetence of Boris Johnson.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2020

    Sue was elected as a Rother District Councillor for Salehurst and Robertsbridge at a by-election in July
    1989, following the death of a long-standing Conservative councillor and has been a prominent member
    of the local community over the last thirty plus years.
    Her extensive activities include not only fulfilling her duties conscientiously as a District Councillor, but
    also contributing enormously to the life of the local community through her involvement in a variety of
    different activities and roles.

    Sue was a long-term governor at Robertsbridge Community College, serving as Chair of Governors for a
    number of years. As Chair of Charity Trustees, she was the driving force behind the local pre-school,
    Robertsbridge Children's Services acquiring its new dedicated premises in 2007, and remains their Chair
    to this day. At every Ofsted inspection, Robertsbridge Children's Services has been rated outstanding.
    She helped set up Robertsbridge Arts Partnership in 2000 and was its Chair from 2000 until 2016.
    Robertsbridge Arts Partnership has been able consistently, to bring high quality professional
    performances of theatre, music of all descriptions, poetry and literature to enthusiastic local audiences
    and has provided support and funding for community art endeavours.

    In 2013 Sue helped set up the very successful Helping Hands community friends organisation in
    Robertsbridge and is its co-chair with her friend, Anne Wells. Helping Hands has been a vital resource
    for the local community in supporting villagers to cope with the Covid 19 crisis.

    Sue has served for twenty years on the Romney Marsh Internal Drainage Board, a local authority
    concerned with land drainage and maintenance of watercourses. She was appointed after the disastrous
    flood of 2000, which dramatically afflicted Robertsbridge and she campaigned vigorously with Ministers
    for flood defences for the village to ensure they were one of the first to be completed.

    Sue has been a trustee of the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill from 2012 to 2015 and was reappointed to
    the Board in 2019 and has always been a fan of the Grade 1 starred listed building and one of its patrons
    for many years.

    During the mid-1990s, Sue was Leader of Rother District Council, leading a minority administration of
    Liberal Democrats and since May 2019, has been Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member in a rainbow
    coalition of Independents, Liberal Democrats, Labour and Green, leading a transformational agenda of
    reform, after twenty years of Conservative in control.
    On 10 October 2020, it was announced in the Queen's Birthday Honours that Sue had been awarded an
    MBE in respect of her service to the community of Robertsbridge.Sue said 'It is an honour for me to be awarded an MBE. It is also an honour for the very special parish of
    Robertsbridge and Salehurst. I have so many stories about the kindness and generosity of our
    residents. This has recently been underlined so much during the current pandemic.
    I could not have achieved half of what I have been involved in, without the support of residents, our
    Parish Council and officers at Rother District Council, the latter always answering questions and solving
    problems so efficiently. I also have to thank my husband, Stephen, who gives me such wonderful

  • Article: Oct 10, 2020

    What are we calling for?

    We want the Government to commit to three steps which will make a world of difference to struggling families and help end child hunger:

    1. Extend eligibility for free school meals to every pupil in primary and secondary school, whose parents or guardians are in receipt of Universal Credit
    2. Food vouchers for every one of those pupils in every school holiday
    3. Food vouchers for every one of those pupils during any period of lockdown
  • Article: Oct 9, 2020

    This World Mental Health Day, it's more important than ever that we take the time to reflect on our wellbeing.

    The coronavirus crisis has exacerbated mental ill health for many people across the UK, and although tackling Covid-19 is the most critical battle our health system is facing right now, it's crucial that we remember to take care of our mental health too.

  • Article: Oct 9, 2020

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 5th October

    Monday 5th October

    Another week, another issue with Track and Trace.

  • Article: Oct 9, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to extend access to Free School Meals to all children whose families are on universal credit, and guarantee food vouchers to those children when schools are closed for holidays or during periods of lockdown.

    Coronavirus has shone a new spotlight on the issue of child hunger - but this is not a new issue

  • Article: Oct 7, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    This is an incredibly difficult time for people. Right across our country, coronavirus has caused enormous upheaval and uncertainty.

    Too many have lost loved ones. Too many have lost their livelihoods.

    In many ways this crisis has amplified pressures in our communities that have for too long been ignored. That must change.

  • Article: Oct 2, 2020

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 28th July

    Monday 28th September

    We had a relatively quiet start to the week with a general debate on Covid-19. Munira led our response to this debate, highlighting our concerns with the situation in care homes.