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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 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

  • Cycling
    Article: May 12, 2020
    By Cllr Kathryn Field

    Let's face it, two months in to COVID 19 and we are all thoroughly fed up with this nightmare. We
    yearn to get back to 'normal', even if 'normal' didn't seem all that great at the time. The Prime
    Minister's confusing 'stay alert' instruction earlier this week offered some tentative glimpses of
    hope, but raised more issues than it answered. We all want to see major areas such as construction
    and manufacturing returning to work but without safe access to public transport, a return to school
    or playgroup for our children, and clear instructions to employers about health and safety standards
    this will simply put more workers at risk. Many of those under greatest financial pressure cannot
    drive to work and not every household has the technology to support home learning or working.
    Disparities in home schooling support will reinforce social inequalities for years to come. The
    random nature of the instructions around social distancing, sports, and inward travel do not inspire
    confidence. Their mantra 'we'll do the right thing, at the right time' rings hollow when it becomes
    increasingly clear that large numbers of care workers and care home residents are paying with their
    lives for the Government's failure to implement the lessons from its own disaster planning.

  • Article: May 12, 2020

    The Furlough scheme has helped protect jobs and it is something the Liberal Democrats have campaigned to protect.

    So we are delighted the Government has done just that and adopted many of our ideas.

    However there are still millions of people that need significant help through this challenging period.

  • Article: May 12, 2020
    By Helen Burton

    I can't believe it was a year ago I was elected as an Eastbourne Borough Councillor, the time has absolutely flown by. What a year it's been, and who could have imagined a year ago that I would be writing this during lockdown in the middle of a pandemic, a crisis affecting local councils across the country?

  • Article: May 11, 2020

    Govt must act to stop mass redundancies in critical moment for our economy

    The furlough scheme is protecting 1 in 5 workers from redundancy.

    But this protection is under threat. The Chancellor said last week he wants to "wind down the scheme" while another senior Conservative has insultingly suggested that people are "too willing to stay at home".

    This is wrong. Ending the scheme too early would be a disaster for millions of families and our economy.

  • Article: May 9, 2020

    Europe Day is a reminder of the value of international cooperation.

    Only by working internationally can we effectively combat international challenges.

    It is also an opportunity to recognise the contributions EU citizens living in the UK make to our society. These friends, colleagues, neighbours, and family members enrich our lives every day.

  • Article: May 8, 2020

    On this 75th anniversary of VE Day we remember all those who put their lives at risk to defend our freedoms and defeat fascism.

    Paying tribute to the sacrifices made during the Second World War, Liberal Democrat Acting Leader Ed Davey said:

    "Today we honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as all today's armed forces who continue to sacrifice so much to keep us all safe. We cannot thank them enough for what they are doing at home and around the world today, defending freedom.

    "We must never grow complacent or be fooled into thinking that war is impossible.

  • Community phoning
    Article: May 7, 2020

    1. Make some calls

    Join our Covid-19 Community Phoning effort to help vulnerable people in your area during this crisis.

    We've already spoken to more than 28,000 people since the beginning of lockdown, providing vital contact and support to people across the country.

    Sign up here to find out more: digitallibdems.typeform.com/to/IW3l6r

  • Article: May 6, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    The Coronavirus crisis has left millions of families facing financial hardship, with unemployment rocketing up.Without the Jobs Retention Scheme, it would have been worse.

    That has enabled around 6 million employees to be "furloughed", staying at home, safely, with most of their wages paid by the Government.

    But the Government is now talking about ending the scheme. With the scheme due to end on 30th June, many businesses are set to start consulting on mass redundancies next week.

    And the Chancellor has yet to say what will happen next.

    If this support is stripped away overnight, millions more could become unemployed.

    That is why - working with businesses - Liberal Democrats have created a new plan to protect employees, their families and the businesses they work for.

    Our plan includes keeping some furlough payments as lockdown is eased so businesses can recover. The shadow of the lockdown will be long, and the 'new normal' will be challenging for businesses.

    The Liberal Democrat Job Protection Scheme will help businesses to rebuild, stop job losses and stop unnecessary damage to our communities.

    The plan includes:

    1. A "Safe to Return to Work Scheme" providing new wage subsidy for all employees coming off furlough, with:

    50% of salary paid during the first month in work, after furlough.

    40% of salary paid during the second month in work, after furlough.

    30% of salary paid during the third month in work, after furlough.

    The current £2,500 cap under the Job Retention Scheme would be reduced in line with these percentages.

    The scheme would begin from 1st July, or if lockdown ends later, as soon as it has been eased.

    If a company commits to employing the staff member for at least 6 months, this new 3 month wage subsidy could be paid upfront, to ease cashflow further.

  • Article: May 4, 2020

    Frontline workers still lack the testing they need, report shows

    A new report from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) found more than 76% of Health and Social Care workers have not been offered a test for Covid-19.

    In response to these findings, our Health spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

    "It is good news the Government has managed to significantly expand testing, but these reports are deeply concerning.

    "Health and Social Care workers on the frontline of the fight against the Coronavirus have put their lives on the line to protect their communities. It is outrageous they have not received the PPE and testing they need.

  • Article: Apr 30, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Revised death toll shows case for public inquiry could not be stronger

    Responding to the new figures including deaths in all settings being released, Acting Leader Ed Davey said:

    "As we finally see the Government's revised figures of how many people have tragically lost their lives to coronavirus, the sheer scale of this human disaster is becoming clearer.