‘East Sussex Stop Brexit’ Bus, street theatre tour Sat 24th March

Come join us on our ‘East Sussex Stop Brexit’ Bus and street theatre tour on Saturday 24th March to let people know it’s not too late to Stop Brexit!

Join 50 others on the ‘Big Lemon’ coach round trip from Brighton, leaving at 8.45am from Jury’s Inn (back of Brighton rail station) and calling at: Hailsham (10.00), Heathfied (11.15), Crowborough (12.30), Forest Row (14.15), Ringmer (15.30), Peacehaven (17.00), returning to Brighton by 18.00.

At each stop we’ll meet local supporters to leaflet the main street, and also perform a fun Brexit-themed street play. You can join/leave the coach at other stops en route. Come suitably dressed in EU-themed clothing ready to chat to the people of Sussex and cheer the street performers.

Fare: £10 min per seat.

Seats are limited so please confirm you are coming by email to elizabethdrury@btconnect.com.

If you can’t join the bus and would like to join others as local supporters at one of the stops, please also let Elizabeth know.

Elizabeth Drury

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Wealden DC – Becoming a Councillor

Wealden District Council is running two events in March for anyone interested in becoming a District Councillor and representing their community at the 2019 elections.

The informal drop-in events are taking place in Hailsham on Tuesday 13 March from 6pm-9pm at the Civic Community Hall (Vicarage Lane, BN27 2AX) and in Uckfield on Saturday 17 March from 10am-1pm in the Ashdown Room of the Civic Centre (TN22 1AE). They will provide an early opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a councillor to find out more.

More info on the Wealden DC website.

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Gina Miller – EU citizens should vote LibDem

Gina Miller has led the campaign through the courts to ensure that parliament has a say on the final outcome of Brexit.

It was extraordinary that the power brokers in the Tory party did not want parliament to have a say on the outcome of the negotiations given that they campaigned to regain sovereignty, which of course we had never lost.

The Libdems are the only party have since the referendum have campaigned to remain. We all agree that the EU is not perfect but being in it we can change it. Being out we lose access to our most important trading partner which will have devastating economic consequences. We can still trade outside. We are also diminished on the world stage. Worse the problems this country really faces of poor education, an NHS on the brink, lack of skills, no developing strategy for a future with more technology, all of these things are not being addressed while everyone is focussed on Brexit.

We welcome Gina Millers endorsement of the Liberal Democrats.

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Vince Cable on Boris’s Brexit speech

From BBC Newsnight 13 February – Vince Cable says of Boris Johnson’s Brexit speech:

“It’s either a deliberate misuse of language or intellectual confusion”

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Vince Cable Q&A

Vince Cable at a Q&A session for Party members in Sheffield – introduced by LibDem MP Tom Brake

Live from Launchpad North

Join me LIVE for a Q&A from Launchpad North in Sheffield. Tom Brake MP will follow me with a Brexit Q&AComment below to ask me a question.

Posted by Vince Cable on Saturday, 10 February 2018

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Hailsham TC LibDem candidate Anne Blake-Coggins says

I will listen to you!Anne Blake-Coggins
I will want to hear your concerns and issues so I can deal with them for you. I value keeping in touch with my residents.

07590 478881 Email Anne

I will challenge unsafe decisions!
The steps down to the proposed new medical centre are not suitable for pushchairs or any kind of disabled access.

They have to be changed with better lighting!

I will Campaign!
Access to the Grovelands school urgentlyneeds major Road Safety measures!

I will represent YOU on the Town Council.

I am Experienced , Reliable, Approachable, Pro-Active

 

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Hailsham Town Council South & West by-election 8 February

Anne Blake-CogginsOur candidate Anne Blake-Coggins says

Hello I’m Anne,

  • Hailsham has been my home for just about 30 yrs now, where l have brought up my children and regularly help with my grandchildren.
  • My career was in the Health and Care sectors with a focus on elderly / special needs people.
  • l have been the instigator in setting up Beaver Scout groups within Eastbourne and surrounding districts.
  • I think about and am concerned for others so have served as a Hailsham Town Councillor before.
  • My experience means I know why residents are dissatisfied with the performance of our current Council.
  • We have seen many aspects of our town disposed of without any apparent direct benefit to those it may affect, and the wider community.
  • The Council needs more representatives who have the residents needs at heart, and are prepared to put in the effort to work for everyone.
  • Hailsham will be going through big changes over the next few years and will need to have experienced and motivated individuals prepared to work to get the best for us
  • We are losing a great many of our open public places and this has to be controlled to ensure we don’t lose them all, ruining the character of our town.

I hope you will support me, someone who will work hard for you, with a strong commitment to represent all our residents.

Anne Blake-Coggins

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Government backs Lib Dem pension proposal

LibDem MP for Eastbourne Stephen Lloyd

The government has agreed to bring forward plans to review the current rules concerning the priority of pensioners following pressure from the Liberal Democrats.

Responding to calls from the Lib Dem Spokesman for the Department for Work & Pensions, Stephen Lloyd MP, new DWP Secretary of State Esther McVey agreed that a review into the current rules – past and current – after companies go bust is “something that needs to be brought forward”.

Responding to the comments, Liberal Democrat Work & Pensions Spokesman, Stephen Lloyd MP said:

“Under current rules, pension obligations are unsecured meaning that insolvent companies only fund their pension schemes once they have compensated their other supposedly more important secured creditors.

“Today I urged the new Secretary of State to review the rules and provide further protection for employees with private pensions by giving them greater priority when companies fail. I was delighted to hear the Minister agree that this is something ‘which needs to be brought forward’.

“Then and only then will employees with private pensions be wholly protected when large companies collapse. I will be making sure that the Minister sticks to her word on this.”

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Nearly 500 homes in Wealden left empty for years

Derelict empty homeNearly 500 homes in Wealden district are sitting empty, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

The figures, uncovered through Freedom of Information requests, show that there are 467 homes across the district that have been empty for six months or more. Of these, 168 had been empty for two years or more, 77 for five years plus, and 24 have stood empty for at least 10 years.

Wealden Lib Dems’ parliamentary spokesperson Chris Bowers said, ‘We are as keen to tackle homelessness as anyone else, but unlike other parties we have stressed that we can’t build our way out of trouble – we have to ensure maximum use of existing buildings as well.”

Councils have the power to make Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMO) to take over properties that have been empty for at least two years. Wealden District Council has yet to issue one EDMO, despite the fact that some local families spent Christmas without a home.

Nationally only 19 of the 247 councils in England and Wales that responded (the powers do not apply in Scotland) had used an EDMO in the past five years. Of these only six had used one in the past year.

Chris added, ‘At a time when the homelessness crisis is worsening, more and more people are sleeping out in the cold on our streets, and vast swathes of greenfield land are being given over to new housing, it is a scandal that so many homes that already exist are sitting empty across Wealden. These homes could be turned into affordable places to live for those that need it.

‘The government needs to urgently review the current system which is clearly not working, and Wealden District Council needs to use its powers to bring empty homes back into use. It’s shameful that the Conservative-dominated council gives the impression that it just doesn’t care.’

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Vince Cable’s Christmas Message

Vince is asking people to support a charity that works with the homeless.

Vince Cable's Christmas message

Vince Cable: I expect that you are as shocked as I am by the number of people who are sleeping in the streets, on beds of cardboard, huddled in doorways for shelter and safety.Last week, I went to help at The Connection, at St Martin’s in the Field’s Church in Central London. The brilliant staff and volunteers there are an example to all of us. They provide much-needed shelter, laundry services, and hot food – day in day out.In my Christmas message this year, I am asking you to do something similar with a charity near to you.In the meantime, I want to thank each and every one of you for your membership of our party for your work, and your campaigning for the causes that we all believe in.Together we are making a real difference.Merry Christmas.

Posted by Liberal Democrats on Wednesday, 20 December 2017

 

Vince says

“I expect that you are as shocked as I am by the number of people who are sleeping in the streets, on beds of cardboard, huddled in doorways for shelter and safety.

“Last week, I went to help at The Connection, at St Martin’s in the Field’s Church in Central London. The brilliant staff and volunteers there are an example to all of us. They provide much-needed shelter, laundry services, and hot food – day in day out.”

Some charities people might wish to support
Shelter emmaus St Mungo’s

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