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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

  • Article: Jun 20, 2022

    How is the cost of living crisis affecting you?

    Over the weekend we were out talking to residents on the doorstep in Burgess Hill. We wanted to better understand what the effects of rising inflation are here in Mid Sussex. It was clear that many people are finding it harder to make ends meet. One person told us that they are changing, "to a more cost-effective menu but it is not as healthy." Another that they are "not able to afford to take the children out." Others said that, "our family income does not go as far". And one person said that their, "wellbeing (was) affected - mental health stress". All these comments highlight the growing pressures ordinary working families are under.

  • Article: Jun 6, 2022

    The Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Mid Sussex, Alison Bennett has called for a new Prime Minister.

    The Mid Sussex Liberal Democrats have called on the local MP Mims Davies and all Conservative MPs to remove Boris Johnson as Prime Minister this week.
    A vote of no-confidence in Boris Johnson is being held by Conservative MPs this evening after enough Conservative MPs submitted their letters to the 1922 Committee.

  • Alison Bennett at Queen's Hall
    Article: Apr 7, 2022
    • Typical family in Mid Sussex set to pay an extra £208.30 in national insurance contributions (NICs) this year as cost of living crunch hits.
    • Local businesses are also set to feel the squeeze with £19,188,061tax hit.
    • Lib Dems demand emergency VAT tax cut to put money back in the pockets of struggling families.
  • Map of Tory Plans
    Article: Apr 2, 2022

    Download our Focus leaflet here

    Only a week after publishing plans for 1,000s more houses, Mid Sussex Conservatives put their proposals on hold as a result of pressure from local Lib Dem councillors

    There was a furious reaction in January when Conservative run Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) announced plans for over 7,000 new homes in the District.

  • Cllr Alison Bennett, Mid Sussex parliamentary candidate
    Article: Mar 28, 2022

    Real change for the better in Mid Sussex is possible, says Alison Bennett, Mid Sussex Parliamentary Candidate.

    Mid Sussex Liberal Democrats have selected Cllr Alison Bennett as their prospective parlimantary candidate for the Mid Sussex parlimentary constituency. Alison is a Mid Sussex District Councillor for Hurstpierpoint and is leader of the Liberal Democrats, who are the largest opposition group on the Council.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2022

    With council tax set to rise alongside hikes in national insurance and the cost of living crisis, residents expect that money to work as hard as possible for them say West Sussex Liberal Democrats.

    Speaking in advance of the County Council budget meeting on Monday, the Liberal Democrats said that, while the current Conservative budget has some good ideas, too much is being spent on back office functions like Human Resources and Organisational Change and they are asking for more to be spent on the services that residents need and use on a daily basis such as roads, schools and social care and to address the climate crisis more quickly.

  • Fly tipping
    Article: Sep 28, 2021

    "Trying to get Mid Sussex District Council to take action on fly tipping is like trying to catch a fly with one hand" said Cllr Simon Hicks after last Wednesday's Scrutiny Committee where he raised the issue of lack of action to combat fly tipping. "Despite having photographic evidence of two Burgess Hill delivery addresses which I recently found on fly tipping in the South Downs National Park it seems the Council is not willing to even notify the potential offenders that their waste carrier has committed an illegal act."

  • Cllr Kirsty Lord and Cllr Richard Cherry at Mid Sussex County 2021 Election Count
    Article: May 10, 2021

    The Mid Sussex team has been celebrating their success in the latest round of council elections, this time electing councillors for West Sussex District Council.

    In total, the party was successful in three seats, Hassocks & Burgess Hill South, a defense taking our majority from just 20 to over 1600 votes, Burgess Hill East and Burgess Hill North

  • Gattons Centre
    Article: Mar 27, 2021

    Liberal Democrats call to halt the consultation on West Sussex Children and Family Centres following Government's new commitment to family hubs

    Conservative led West Sussex County Council are currently consulting on proposed changes to its Early Help service which risk the closure of 32 Children and Family Centres and all Youth Centres. Burgess Hill will be left with NO Children and Family Centres or Youth Centres if these plans proceed, with services at The Gattons, Sidney West and Park Centre in Burgess Hill all slated for closure.

  • Fiona Jackson at the Library
    Article: Mar 25, 2021

    Concerns have been raised about school places at Downlands Community School in Hassocks being oversubscribed

    Fiona Jackson, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Hurstpierpoint and Bolney in May's elections to West Sussex County Council, has called for the Conservative controlled Council to get on the front foot in providing enough school places at Downlands Community School in Hassocks.