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About the Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity (From the Preamble to the Federal Constitution of the Liberal Democrats)

Some reading matter - On Liberty by John Stuart Mill

Wealden parliamentary constituency is the northern part of the Wealden District in the County of East Sussex. It stretches from the parishes of Forest Row and Danehill in the west to Wadhurst in the east and Hailsham in the south. At the May 2010 General election new boundaries came into force for the constituency. We lost part of the constituency in the Heathfield area and gained a very small part from the Lewes constituency. The map below shows the new boundaries. Wealden has three main towns, Crowborough, Uckfield and Hailsham which between them house some 55% of the 78,000 voters (based on the new boundaries). Up until now, Weadlen has been a safe Conservative seat.

Wealden Constituency Map

The north of the constituency is dominated by the Ashdown Forest which is part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Ashdown Forest is a Special Protection Area (an EC designation under the Habitats Directive). It is also contains a number of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). These designations impose planning constraints

The north of the constituency is dominated by the Ashdown Forest which is part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Ashdown Forest is a Special Protection Area (an EC designation under the Habitats Directive). It is also contains a number of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). These designations impose planning constraints

The paucity of public transport and the rural character of the constituency puts great pressure on the road network. Improving this network is constrained by the AONB status of much of the area and the need to conserve the Ashdown Forest. People are increasingly aware of the conflict between their needs as drivers and their needs as residents.

There is a conflict between those who profit by tourism and those who feel it damages their amenity. To a very large extent the problem is not the tourists themselves but their motor cars which choke 'honeypot' areas and villages such as Hartfield (home of Pooh Bear).

There is a wide recognition that house prices are rising above the reach of 'ordinary people' and an acknowledged need for more 'social housing' for local people and their children.