Skip to content

#Hastings #StLeonards #Rye – this is a Brexit Election

As Mrs May fires the starting gun for the 8 June election, Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron MP says:

“This is a Brexit election and chance to change the direction of Britain.  On one side of the debate is Theresa May, UKIP and Labour and on the other side is the Liberal Democrats.

“The Prime Minister admitted that she is rolling the dice on her Brexit talks and if we don’t get it right then our economic security will be at risk.  Despite admitting these talks could end in disaster the Prime Minister refuses to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal.
 “We need to judge the Prime Minister on her record and a matter of days after her personal intervention the Brexit bill rocketed from 50 billion to 100 billion.  She is the person behind the go home vans, blocking child refugees and the rape clause.  Her vision of the world is cold and uncaring.
“If you want and believe in a politics that is open, tolerant and united and reject Theresa May’s view of the world I urge you to vote for the alternative, vote for the Liberal Democrats.”


My statement for the #MLAG AGM in #Rye this evening.

Nick campaigning with Norman Baker – a Minister who actually had a passion for improving our rail infrastructure…

Dear Stuart,

Please pass on my apologies to your members for not being able to attend your AGM this year, as I have in the past. As you are aware, I fully appreciate the necessity of radical improvements to our transport infrastructure if any meaningful regeneration for Hastings and Rye is to be achieved, and regret that I will not be able elaborate on this in person.

Both myself and the Liberal Democrats (styling ourselves, since the beginning of the Great Brexit Folly, as the new party of business) have been consistent in our belief
that an efficient, affordable and fully integrated rail system that
links Rye and Hastings to both London and Europe is essential to our future economic prosperity.

The drive to achieve this has slowed since the end of the Coalition government. The Liberal Democrat Minister and former MP for Lewes, Norman Baker, hasn’t been replaced by anyone who shares his same level of enthusiasm and capability; and Amber
Rudd’s efforts have dwindled since she embarked on her ministerial careers.

If elected as your MP on 8 June I will beaver away to ensure that work begins on the extension of the St Pancras/Ashford HS1 train link to Rye, Hastings and beyond as soon as possible. And, in order fully to realise the potential of Ashford as
a transport ‘hub’, linking East Sussex to Europe, I would also press for more Eurostar and other European bound trains to stop at Ashford International.

The Lib Dems have been very actively helping to ensure that there is an end to the ongoing
industrial action that has blighted the lives of ten of thousands of
Southern Rail passengers, and seriously damaged the local and regional economy, by pressing the Government to make a positive intervention in the dispute. Southern Rail doesn’t have a standard franchise arrangement. It is effectively acting as an agent for the Department of Transport
and, as such, the Government has both the powers and the moral
responsibility to use its influence to bring a permanent end to the
seemingly endless succession of damaging strikes.

Similarly, I share your concerns regarding some aspects of the ‘new’
South Eastern Trains franchise and will certainly lobby the Government to review its current proposals and change those aspects that will have a negative impact on the frequency and quality of service.

If you have any further queries, please contact me direct or via my press officer, Lee Allane (

Your members are welcome to do the same.

Kind regards.

#Hastings #Rye Labour finally announce their candidate: the man who just closed down the town centre toilets…

Over the past two weeks, and despite being the only candidate in place actively opposing the Home Secretary, I have been asked a number of times to stand aside for the non-existent Labour candidate. 

This has been on the understandable basis of many folk being utterly fed up with Amber Rudd and her losing her focus on our constituency.

Now that Labour has announced their candidate, I will share with you my comment to the Hastings Observer, and explain my rationale for saying that it is game over for Labour here. And that people who want an effective Opposition to Mrs May on Brexit, should vote Liberal Democrat.

‘Although I welcome Peter to the fray, the truth is that Labour has already lost this election, and there are four reasons why. One, they are not adequately prepared. Two, they have betrayed in Parliament the 45% of Hastings & Rye folk who do not want Brexit. Three, hopelessly divided parties don’t form governments. And four, Labour has announced as their candidate the man who has just closed the town centre toilets. I am afraid that for all these reasons it is game over for Labour in Hastings & Rye.’

Labour still minus a candidate for #Hastings #StLeonards and #Rye as General Election looms!

The Hastings & Rye Lib Dem campaign for #GE2017 is off to a flying start!

Labour has thus far failed to select a candidate in Hastings & Rye with the general election just weeks away. The news has been revealed by the Liberal Democrats, who say that it shows Labour has “given up”, even in some of its former strongholds.

There are over 340 constituencies Labour has still not selected for in England, including Hastings & Rye.

In contrast the Liberal Democrats have selected 92% of their candidates in England.
Liberal Democrat candidate Nick Perry said:  
“It seems that Labour have simply given up on beating Amber Rudd. But I have spent 10 years of my life opposing her, and I am not going to stop at this crucial time for our country.

“This election is now a two-horse race between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives.

“Labour claimed to be prepared for a general election, but many of their approved candidates are simply refusing to run under Jeremy Corbyn’s banner. 
“And who can blame them? They see a leader who is ineffective and a party that is too divided to stand up for local people.
“Every government needs to be held to account and the Liberal Democrats are rapidly emerging as the real voice of opposition.
“If you want to ensure our country has a real opposition, the Liberal Democrats are the only choice in Hastings & Rye.”

Notes to editors
A full list of seats in which a Labour candidate is yet to be chosen can be found here:

SNAP GENERAL ELECTION: ‘We will fight the #Hastings and #Rye Hard Brexit Tories on 8 June!’ – Nick Perry

Nick campaigning with colleagues in March, Hastings town centre

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s decision to call a Snap General Election on 8 June, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Hastings & Rye Nick Perry said,

‘Amber Rudd should be very worried indeed that Mrs May has called a snap General Election.  Many local residents have expressed concern to me about an increasing lack of focus on the constituency coupled with a downright refusal to advocate for individuals and families who have EU connections.

‘The Liberal Democrats are the only party to have a parliamentary candidate already in place. We are the real opposition to the Hard Brexit Tories in Hastings & Rye.

‘Unlike Jeremy Corbyn’s divided Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats are promoting an open, tolerant and united vision of Britain. This will be the real choice at the election on 8 June.’

Amber has betrayed EU nationals in #Hastings #StLeonards and #Rye


The Liberal Democrats have criticised local MP Amber Rudd and the Conservative Government for voting last night against the right of thousands of EU nationals in our area to stay, as a majority of MPs gave the final go-ahead to a hard Brexit.
There are 3,589 residents from elsewhere in the EU living in Hastings & Rye.

This includes over 400 staff from European Union countries at our local Healthcare Trust.
Last night MPs overturned amendments backed by the Liberal Democrats to give Parliament a vote on the terms of the deal and to guarantee the right of EU nationals to stay after Brexit.
Lib Dem parliamentary spokesman Nick Perry commented:
“On this historic occasion, Amber and Teresa May have chosen to support a hard Brexit and to vote against giving EU nationals living here the right to stay.
“This is a betrayal of thousands of people from the EU in our constituency as well as their friends, colleagues and neighbours.
“Dozens and dozens of local nurses and doctors from the EU are already worried about their futures here, this vote sends them completely the wrong signal at a time when our NHS is already facing huge pressures.
“Sadly, you can’t have a hard Brexit and a strong NHS.
“Unlike our MP, the Liberal Democrats will keep fighting to give EU nationals living in Hastings & Rye the certainty they deserve and to stand up against a damaging hard Brexit.”

#Hastings #Rye Lib Dems help send Richmond Park message to Tory Brexit Government 


Nick and fellow campaigners at the North Kingston HQ during the last weekend

Liberal Democrat members in Hastings & Rye have helped, along with hundreds of campaigners from across the country, deliver a shock by-election victory in Richmond Park, sending a warning to the Tory Government about a hard Brexit.

Chair of the Hastings & Rye Liberal Democrats, Nick Perry‎, said,
‘I am very proud that local members have contributed to this incredible Liberal Democrat fightback. ‎It was fantastic to see Progressives from different political parties working together to promote an open, tolerant and united vision of our country.’
By-election winner Sarah Olney said,

‘When I saw what happened at the general election last year I felt I had to get involved.

‘I think a lot of people in [the Richmond Park] community had the same feeling after the referendum. [It] is full of people like me who felt something was going wrong, that the politics of anger and division were on the rise, that the liberal tolerant values we took for granted were under threat. We perceived the Ukip vision of Britain in the ascendancy, intolerant, backward-looking, divisive, just as we see it in America and across Europe.

‘Well, today we have said no. We will defend the Britain we love. We will stand up for the open, tolerant, united Britain we believe in.‎’

‘Amber’s rhyming couplets haven’t helped our girls’‎ say #Hastings #Rye Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrats Hold Their Annual Party Conference

Baroness Lynne Featherstone says gender equality issues must be tackled in Hastings (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Last week, the Daily Telegraph’s chief reporter Robert Mendick enjoyed sharing with the country the Home Secretary’s safe-sex poem from back in 2008, before she became MP for Hastings & Rye.

This week local Liberal Democrats seek to switch the focus back to the issues of gender inequality and teenage pregnancy for girls growing up in Hastings, which a recent Plan International UK report shows is one of the top ten worst places in the country.
Local Lib Dem spokeswoman Xan Brooker says:
‘The Liberal Democrats want to keep the focus on Hastings girls’ life chances, rather than our MP’s love life.

‘We are not surprised by the findings of the Plan International UK report. It’s clear that that a Labour Borough has been ineffective at championing and protecting the rights of our girls, and this is evident by the fact that Hastings is comparatively worse than Rother across the indicators.

‘But Amber and her Tory chums are no less culpable. This Tory Brexit government is gender blind on welfare cuts, which disproportionately affect women particularly in places such as Hastings.

‘Nick Perry, our parliamentary spokesperson, has already called on Amber to declare her position on Grammar and secondary modern schools, as these will only serve to further restrict opportunity for girls in Hastings.

‘Gender equality should be an issue for all of us, and the Plan International UK report highlights that Hastings is a priority area for the South East, and within Sussex.’

Baroness Lynne Featherstone, former minister for Equalities in the Coalition government has also waded in saying:

‘It is great to have another woman Home Secretary. It’s just a shame it’s another Conservative one.
‘Amber Rudd is showing that girls can aim high, but ‎every girl deserves to be able to reach her full potential.

‎’We need to face the issues that girls in Hastings are facing head on.
‘Our children deserve better,  and this includes by the way, empowering our boys to recognise and speak up about the inequalities and expectations they see. 
‘As Xan and Nick have argued, girls in Hastings need to be prioritised. This issue must be addressed by local and national government, or Hastings risks being forever considered the poor relation in the South East.‎’

Liberal Democrats get boost from Brighton Conference


Nick in Brighton on Sunday

Local Liberal Democrats have been attending their Party’s Autumn Conference ‎in Brighton this week in the wake of a number of local government by-election victories across the country.

Policy discussions have centred on the party’s determination to give the country a further say on the terms of the proposed Brexit deal; as well as to oppose segregating children at age 11 and the return of secondary modern schools.
There has also been a push from leading Lib Dems in the South East to raise the plight of commuters suffering terribly at the hands of Southern Rail.
Speaking to the Observer on Monday, Hastings & Rye Liberal Democrat Chair Nick Perry said,
‘I have been very encouraged to attend this Conference with a number of our new members and with a growing realisation that there is a real and important job for us to do in the centre ground of politics. Particularly given what is happening in the other parties. The country absolutely needs a decent opposition to Mrs May’s government. Local Liberal Democrats are ready and willing to play their part.’

#Hastings #StLeonards Liberal Democrats: ‘We care about our Borough!’

IMG_20160228_162240_editThe local Liberal Democrat Association has welcomed the nomination of a full slate of candidates for 5 May, predicting gains, and a foothold back in Hastings and St Leonards politics.

‎Speaking about the party’s vision for the Borough, Association Chair Nick Perry said,

‘We want Hastings & St Leonards to be a thriving hub for tourism, the arts and green and hi-tech industries.  We want to invest imaginatively in our towns’ housing, commercial and transport infrastructure. And we want our most deprived communities to be actively included in, and benefit from, the towns’ regeneration.

‎’We are a group of campaigners who are not career politicians but care about our Borough and local communities. ‎ We want to work with local residents to respond to their vision for our neighbourhoods and the Borough. ‎ We want each person to be able to fulfil their potential, whatever their background’, he said.

The Liberal Democrats are different from the Conservatives because we will provide effective and independent-minded scrutiny of the Council. And different from Labour because we want to promote transparent local democracy, not token consultation and decision-making behind closed doors.