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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

  • Mid Sussex Recycling
    Article: Mar 17, 2021
    At last weeks Scrutiny Meeting Liberal Democrat Councillor Simon Hicks highlighted that important parts of the District Council's sustainability strategy had not been achieved - the key target in the strategy of achieving a 50% domestic recycling rate by 2020 had not been met, with a 43% recycling rate reported for the last quarter.
  • Help Point
    Article: Mar 9, 2021

    Speaking after Conservative Councillors failed to back a plea for all party support to urge the government to reform council tax, Liberal Democrat councillor Simon Hicks highlighted that average council tax is now over £2,000 for some parishes in Mid Sussex. "It is vital that local services are properly funded yet council tax is out of date and unfair. It is the 'not quite poor' who suffer the most. Those who have enough income that means they don't qualify for benefits but get hit by above inflation council tax increases which costs them more than income tax."

  • Clair Hall
    Article: Jan 15, 2021

    Great News! In a dramatic turn of events Mid Sussex District Council agreed in the High Court on Tuesday to withdraw the decision of the Cabinet to permanently close Clair Hall. The Council was taken to court by Haywards Heath CIC, supported by the Save Clair Hall campaign group and 'it's Magic', who challenged the decision on the grounds that the Council was unlawful in not consulting in accordance with legal requirements and the rules in MSDC's own constitution.

  • 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.