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Democrats!Welcome to Bexhill and Battle Liberals

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: Jul 6, 2020
    By Chris Spry in Rye and Battle Observer

    this is a test article for local news and battle news

  • Article: Jun 11, 2020
    By Paul Coleshill
  • Cycling
    Article: Jun 11, 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.

  • Battle Tribute
    Article: Jun 11, 2020
    By Cllr Kathryn Field in Bexhill & Battle Observer

    The NHS has rightly been taking centre stage in all our thoughts and hopes. There can be
    little prospect of a return to what until so recently we regarded as 'normality' until the
    world's pharmaceutical laboratories can develop an antidote for this pernicious virus. In the
    meantime we rely on the NHS to protect us, and to protect all those key workers who place
    themselves in danger in order to keep some semblance of normal life going.

  • LDs with Graham at March 19.10.19
    Article: Jun 11, 2020

    I was really proud to be in the March with my fellow Rother councillors, Andrew and Richard. We were separated at the beginning and then remarkably met up by chance at the end. A calculation based on some clever German stuff reckoned there were 2.2 million folk there. It certainly felt like it. There was such a diversity of people and many more young I thought. And there was a different atmosphere to the two earlier marches. It was less of a fun event, more serious. As ever the posters were clever and funny. The speeches were inspiring. I know I am biased, but Joe Swinson was really the best. Authentically passionate, could be heard, no notes and thinking ahead of how this country can be saved from our divisions. Thank you, thank you to everyone who was there.
    Cllr Susan Prochak
    Liberal Democrat and Green Group
    Deputy Leader Rother District Council
    Portfolio Holder Waste and Recycling, Rural Affairs, Parish and Town Council Liaison
    Lesley Abdela Fraser Kerr Cllrs Richard Thomas, Sue Prochak & Andrew Meir
  • Article: Jun 11, 2020
    By Stephen Hardy MBE
    Dear Editor
    Hastings and Rye's MP, Amber Rudd's decision to quit the Cabinet and the Tory Whip was yet another blow to the authority of Boris Johnson, who has now lost all the votes in Parliament since he became Prime Minister. She revealed the truth in her resignation letter that attempts to renegotiate a Brexit deal are a "sham". And she should know, having been in the Cabinet.

    She explained what many of us knew, that all the effort is going into No Deal planning, and very little into constructively trying to go back to the EU with a new plan.

    This weekend, the Mail on Sunday revealed that Michael Gove is preparing to put 1,600 troops on standby to keep fuel flowing at the pumps. The civil service team negotiating with Brussels is now down to just four people, according to a report in the Times.

    It is clear Boris Johnson has no serious intention of fulfilling his stated promise of trying to secure a deal. The only democratic and legitimate way to resolve this crisis is not to trust Boris Johnson but to trust the people through a final say referendum.

    Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News that the Government would "test to the limit" the new law blocking No Deal, while Johnson's cavalier and irrational declaration that he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than ask for another Article 50 extension forced his own Justice Secretary Robert Buckland, to remind Johnson of the "importance of the Rule of Law", an astonishing admonishment of any country's leader. What dangerous times we are now in.

    Yours faithfully

  • Margaret campaigning in 2007
    Article: Jun 11, 2020
    By Cllr Sue Prochak


    I imagine few knew Margaret Jones' background when she moved to Little Common in 1987. Fewer would have known her record of successful national campaigns. She decided at a very young age to become a journalist and was apprenticed for three years with Home Counties Newspapers. As one of the very few women in this field she rose to be one of the most successful journalists covering major political stories, royal overseas tours and then travelling all over the world as a foreign correspondent. (Margaret's photo album is a record of her with many famous names: the Queen and Prince Philip, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden as well as many foreign royals.) She twice won commendations in the Journalist of the Year Awards and as Best Woman Journalist of the Year in the mid seventies.

  • Article: Jun 11, 2020
    By Stephen Hardy MBE.
    Dear Editor

    Can we see at last the beginnings of a joint pro-Remain election ticket emerging with the announcement that both Plaid Cymru and the Greens are standing aside to let the Lib Dems have a clear path to winning the by-election in Brecon and Radnor on August 1?

    With Boris Johnson likely to move into Downing Street, it will be very significant if united pro-European forces take that seat from the Conservatives. If the Tories lose Brecon, their majority will drop to three - even if the DUP supports them. It will then be easier to stop Johnson crashing out of the EU without a deal, as he has threatened to do.

  • Vandalism at Hailsham 2
    Article: Jun 11, 2020

    As you can see from these photos the Hailsham club has suffered some damage during the recent elections. It's worse than it looks as the windows were shot out with a BB gun or catapult on two separate occasions, so 2 crime numbers and 2 insurance claims. On the third occasion, paint was thrown over the walls and windows. The Police were not really interested and would not register it as a hate crime.

  • Richard Moore at a LibDem Thankyou Party in 2017.
    Article: Jun 11, 2020
    By Stephen Hardy

    Richard Moore, formerly of Hancox, Whatlington, and long term resident of Battle has died. Battle is an appropriate word to be associated with Richard, who in his nearly ninety years, has fought the most vigorous and passionate fight for true Liberalism, for the vision of a united Europe and for internationalism to the very end of his life. Only recently he was on the streets of Battle arguing with passers-by for our country's continued full-hearted role in Europe and the European Union. He spoke wherever he could with enthusiasm and authority, borne of his years of experience with the Liberal Party, both here and during his time between 1979 to 1996 as an adviser in Brussels to the Liberal Party delegation to the European Parliament. Adviser may have been his official title but his contribution was so much more than that, as a mentor and nurturer of talent, and an advocate for the vision of Europe's founding fathers like Churchill and Monnet.