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Welcome to the Mid Sussex Liberal Democrats

We exist to bring liberal democratic values to our area and support the ideal of a powerful community politics based on the idea of local power for local people.

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.

Latest News

  • Cllr Alison Bennett in Hurst Meadows
    Article: Nov 10, 2020

    Mid Sussex Lib Dems warn that the Government's planning proposalswill allow developers to ride roughshod over local communities' wishes

    Lib Dems in Mid Sussex have led calls to challenge Government's power grab on planning. A motion proposed by Liberal Democrats at Mid Sussex District Council laid bare the risks of the Government's proposals, which the Party argues amount to a Government power grab that will reduce investment in affordable housing in Mid Sussex.

  • A home participating in Light It In Read
    Article: Nov 6, 2020

    COVID is catastrophic for the events industry and venues here

    The pandemic must not be allowed to destroy the events industry and threaten events spaces in Mid Sussex.

    The events industry was the first to close and will be the last to reopen. The Government has not provided specific support for a sector that employs 600,000 people nationally. Alison met Hurst residents whose livelihoods and businesses are under threat as part of #LightItInRed in Sept.

  • Fiona and Ed
    Article: Nov 4, 2020

    Introducing Fiona: Your County Council Candidate

    Hurstpierpoint Lib Dems have selected Fiona Jackson, a local business woman, to fight for the Hurstpierpoint and Bolney seat in next May's County Council Elections.

    Fiona lives in Hurstpierpoint with her husband and two sons having moved here seventeen years ago to work for a local energy company. In 2019 Fiona founded her own consulting business as well as running a Women's Business Club to support female business owners.

  • Miles for Refugees - Mid Sussex Lib Dem team
    Article: Nov 2, 2020

    Building consensus to treat refugees with dignity, compassion and respect

    Local members decided to make September a month of campaigning on the issues faced by refugees.

    A team of nine Mid Sussex Liberal Democrats have completed their 'Miles forRefugees' challenge. By walking, running, cycling, and even rowing, they have travelled more than 1400 miles and raised over £3,000 for the Red Cross.

  • Child eating food at school
    Article: Oct 26, 2020

    Cllr Kirsty Lord, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson, has called on West Sussex County Council to ensure West Sussex children don't go hungry in the holidays.

    In light of the decision by government last week not to support the provision of free school meals over the October half term, Cllr Lord has twice written to Cllr Nigel Jupp (Cabinet Member for Education) on behalf of the Liberal Democrat Group to ask that West Sussex County Council doesn't let children go hungry. Cllr Lord has been supported by other Liberal Democrats, including Cllr Adrian Moss at Chichester and Cllr Alison Bennett at Mid Sussex who have called on their district councils to work with WSCC to provide support for our families

  • Alison Bennett and Anne Marie Cooke at Clair Hall
    Article: Oct 26, 2020

    Opposition District Councillors have written a report which sets out the facts about Clair Hall that the Council wanted to conceal

    Four Lib Dem, and two Independent Mid Sussex District Councillors have jointly submitted a 'minority report' to the Council about the Conservative's September decision to close Clair Hall. The minority report examines each of the grounds for the original call-in. A number of these concerns were excluded from discussion when the decision was re-examined by a special scrutiny committee on 13th October.

  • Save Clair Hall
    Article: Oct 12, 2020

    Ahead of a special MSDC meeting to review the decision to permanently close Clair Hall, the Lib Dems say that these questions need answers:

    1. Why the Rush?

    What is driving the decision to push the closure of Clair Hall through at breakneck speed without proper regard to the Council's own decision-making rules?

  • Article: Oct 10, 2020

    We are fighting the Tory Cabinet's irrational decision to close Clair Hall - but to save it we're going to need a little help from you.

    As a result of our formal challenge, a special meeting of the Mid Sussex District Council Scrutiny Committee has been set for 13th October. At that meeting Liberal Democrats will challenge the decision on the grounds that there was:

  • MSDC Councillor Simon Hicks
    Article: Oct 2, 2020

    Liberal Democrats have warned that the Government's planning proposals will disempower local authorities like Mid Sussex District Council and allow developers to run roughshod over local communities' wishes.

    A motion proposed by Liberal Democrats at Mid Sussex District Council on Wednesday 30th September laid bare the risks of the Government's proposals, which the Party argue amount to a Government power grab that will reduce investment in affordable housing in Mid Sussex.

  • Miles for Refugees - Mid Sussex Lib Dem team
    Article: Oct 1, 2020

    Following a month of fundraising and awareness raising about refugees and asylum in the UK, we look back at what we have achieved and the areas where there is more work to be done.

    Over £2700 raised for the Red Cross

    A team of nine Mid Sussex Liberal Democrats have completed their 'Miles for Refugees' challenge. By walking, running cycling and even rowing, they have travelled more than 1400 miles and raised over £2,700. There is still time to donate here: https://miles-for-refugees-2020.everydayhero.com/uk/mid-sussex-lib-dems