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Welcome to the Arundel and South Downs Liberal Democrats

Our constituency of Arundel and South Downs comprises parts of four local-authority-based parties: Horsham & Crawley, Mid Sussex, Arun and Chichester. Its main feature is the South Downs National Park and the fortress 'city' of Arundel, but most of the electorate is spread across mainly prosperous townships and villages ranging from the largest, Hassocks, in the east through Steyning, Storrington, and Pulborough to historic Petworth in the west, including a number of other villages.


  • Alison Bennett
    Article: Dec 2, 2018

    Dear Mr Herbert,

    I am writing this open letter in my capacity as the newly selected Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for our constituency of Arundel and South Downs. My reason for writing to you now is to ask you to reconsider your decision to support the Prime Minister's proposed EU withdrawal agreement.

  • Alison Bennett
    Article: Nov 23, 2018

    Arundel & South Downs Liberal Democrats have selected a local candidate, described by colleagues as a 'rising star' of the party, as their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the next general election.

    In the week that saw the centenary of women being eligible to stand for parliament, party members gave their overwhelming backing to Alison Bennett when they met at a hustings event in West Chiltington on Tuesday (November 20).

  • Exit From Brexit Mid Sussex
    Article: Nov 19, 2018
    By Robert Eggleston

    Liberal Democrat PPC Robert Eggleston is calling upon local mid sussex political parties to support his call for a people's vote.

    As the hours ticked by last week it became increasingly clear that the draft Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU was unlikely to command a majority in the House of Commons when MPs vote on it in December.

    A near fatal blow was dealt to it when the Brexit Secretary and lead political negotiator, Dominic Raab, resigned and disowned it.

    The UK faces a constitutional crisis the like of which it has not seen, certainly since Suez, and, possibly, since the House of Lords tried to block the Liberal Party's "People's Budget" in 1909. Historians may call this the "Deadlocked Parliament" because there is clearly no majority for either (i) the Withdrawal Agreement; or (ii) a "No deal Brexit" or; (iii) an "Exit From Brexit" (to paraphrase the three options made by the Prime Minister on Wednesday 14th November 2018).

    If Parliament cannot decide then an alternative way must be found to break the deadlock. I see the only way of doing that by returning to the country and seeking a fresh mandate from the British public in a referendum on the deal (a "People's Vote).

    As representatives of our respective political parties we should not be afraid of asking the voters of Mid Sussex whether they want Parliament to accept the draft Withdrawal Agreement, or leave without any deal or reverse this process and remain as members of the EU. We can do this by holding a People's Vote.

    My views on this matter are not a secret. In a People's Vote I will campaign on a platform which says that there is no better deal than to Remain in the EU. I believe that an examination of the evidence and the alternatives will bear this out. However, none of us will want to see a stalemate in Parliament continuing because of the uncertainty and disruption that it is causes to our democratic structures and our economy.

    My request to you is that you join with me in calling on Parliament to grant us a People's Vote. If Parliament cannot decide the people deserve the right to decide our next step. The choices before us are known and a People's Vote can give Parliament the authority it needs to settle this matter once and for all.

    Robert Eggleston,

    Liberal Democrat Prospective Parlimentary Candidate

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    Article: Nov 17, 2018

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  • Article: Nov 12, 2018

    Hassocks and Hurstpierpoint Lib Dem's are currently distributing this autumn's focus leaflet.

    Highlights include Councillor Kirty Lord's motion to oppose centralised, fast track fracking decisions; issues of emergency water provision during the water cut; action for local housing support and plans for more sustainable transport options.

  • Robert Eggleston, Mid Sussex PPC
    Article: Nov 11, 2018

    For the first time ever, Mid Sussex residents will have to produce their polling cards or a verifiable ID at polling stations to cast their vote. Mid Sussex has volunteered to take part in a pilot scheme which, if successful, could see this scheme rolled out across mainland UK. The move follows a Conservative government report which claims such moves are necessary to prevent voter ID fraud.

  • Robert Eggleston & Single Use Plastics Motion
    Article: Nov 10, 2018

    Robert Eggleston, Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Mid Sussex has spearheaded a policy through the national party calling from comprehensive action to tackle plastic waste.

    From calling for individual and community action through to national legislation and international treaties, Robert, says that the "Liberal Democrats have the greenest policies for dealing with the environmental effects from the disposal of plastics.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2018
    By Tony Girard

    Dear Member,

    We are delighted to have attracted a potential Prospective Parliamentary Candidate to fight Arundel and South Downs Constituency at the next general election.
    You will see from the enclosed Hustings and Candidate CV that Alison Bennet, a lively and determined person from our neighbouring Hassocks and Hurstpierpoint branch, is seeking your approval.