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#EastSussex County Council result: Lib Dems make progress; Labour falls away

May 8, 2017

Nick campaigning with Stephen Lloyd at the weekend – where Eastbourne Lib Dems held all their County Council seats and fought off the Prime Minister’s visit to Upperton

As someone who has spent the last 10 years working in mental health care locally, I was grieved to see the Tories gain majority control of the County Council on Thursday night. 

The side story however is that the Liberal Democrats have made progress whereas Labour has fallen away – in Hastings.

The Lib Dems continue to have strongholds in Eastbourne, Seaford, Newhaven, Lewes, Battle and their rural hinterland. Labour’s erstwhile strength has been in Hastings borough. But on Thursday night they lost three seats to the Tories and another nail in their General Election coffin has been hammered home.

The reality is that across East Sussex the Lib Dems are the real opposition to the Tories. This is true across the country too as, in all likelihood, it will only be Liberal Democrats taking parliamentary seats from the Tories on 8 June.

I have now spent a quarter of my life fighting the Tories in Hastings & Rye. It gives me no pleasure to predict Amber’s comfortable return here.

What is needed is effective Opposition to the Tories at Westminster. So. If you are someone that would fight Brexit with every fibre of your being, like I would (and have), please get in touch. Please join the team.

En Marche!

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