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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.


Meet Alison Bennett, prospective parliamentary candidate for Arundel and South Downs

Alison Bennett PPC for Arundel & South Downs

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News

  • Robert Eggleston
    Article: Sep 13, 2019

    Please join us for our members' evening at 19:30 on Tuesday 17th September at the Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead RH19 2HL.

    Robert Eggleston, the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Mid Sussex, will introduce himself and to answer your questions about himself and the campaign he plans to run. He also would like to hear your ideas about the key local issues in East Grinstead that should be included in our campaign.

  • Article: Aug 31, 2019

    Read what Louise has to say:

    Stop Brexit

    Brexit is tearing our country apart. It's costing jobs at home and respect abroad. I want to be part of a tolerant and inclusive country within Europe. So let's stop Brexit now - we've got more important things to deal with

    The wrong homes in the wrong places

    We desperately need more affordable homes for our families and key workers. But the Tories are letting developers decide what they want to build. Not nearly enough of them are for local needs. We're being asked to find room for 10% more people in just 5 years - and an astonishing 40% in 18 years!

  • Article: May 2, 2019
    In Mid Sussex Times

    Politics is broken in Mid Sussex say the Liberal Democrats with too much power held in too few hands. We are planning to break that and bring a new style of grown-up politics to our towns and villages. We will be more open and transparent with residents and consult more widely on issues which affect them.

  • Robert Eggleston, Mid Sussex PPC
    Article: Apr 25, 2019

    We're delighted to introduce to you your Liberal Democrat Burgess Hill Town Council Candidates for the elections on 2nd of May:

    Robert Eggleston for St Johns Ward

    Robert has lived in Burgess Hill for most of his adult life. A qualified solicitor he is a company lawyer and Head of Credit for a major vehicle and equipment finance company. He is Chair of Burgess Hill Fairtrade and is an active promoter and supporter of arts development in the town. He is using his experience to provide advice on the proposed new community arts venue.

    A former councillor, he has served at all levels from town to county council. Robert believes that the community must have a greater say in the town's redevelopment.


    For Meeds Town:
    Joseph Foster

    Joseph has lived in Burgess Hill since 2015 and works in the centre of town, as a digital product manager. He's passionate about providing practical solutions to local problems, calling for a common sense approach to solving local traffic issues (e.g. the McDonalds roundabout).

    He is focused on how the council can connect better with residents making democracy more transparent and accessible. Joseph is also Chair of Burgess Hill Liberal Democrats
    Tofojjul Hussain

    Tofojjul has lived in Burgess Hill for thirty five years as owner of the popular Shapla Restaurant and retired last year.He has supported local charities and is a Committee member of Mid Sussex Islamic Centre in Haywards Heath and former Chair of the Sussex Bangladeshi Caterers Association.

    Tofojjul has three sons and a daughter. His grandson goes to London Mead School.Town centre parking and congestion is a particular concern and the need to support local businesses in the town.
    For Leylands:
    Simon Hicks

    Simon is a long term resident of Leylands ward and has served the area as a Councillor on Burgess Hill Town Council. Trained as an accountant Simon works with disadvantaged people across the South East.

    Simon is concerned at the prospect of traffic congestion in the area, particularly on Leylands Road and Maple Drive and will campaign for better parking facilities at Wivelsfield Station.
    Max Nielson

    Max has lived in Burgess Hill for 22 years. Max was a co- opted governor at a local primary school for four years. A retired teacher, Max taught at a high achieving maintained school in Crawley for 27 years.

    Max will work hard to get a community arts centre in Burgess Hill, to replace the Martlets Hall that the Tories gave away.He will also campaign to save the town's library from being downgraded. Town centre regeneration is important but not at the expense of public assets.
    For Franklands:
    Graham Allen

    Graham has lived in Burgess Hill for 33 years, the last 21 as a resident in Franklands ward.He has served as a PTA treasurer and a school governor over that time and feel that education is extremely important for our next generations.

    He is concerned about uncontrolled building of new houses in and around the town, without the right infrastructure to support it.Graham wants to see the town centre redeveloped for the benefit of the residents rather than the developers.
    Janice Henwood

    Janice has lived in Burgess Hill for 39 years in the heart of Franklands ward.She has had many years' experience as a District Councillor and is the only opposition councillor on Burgess Hill Town Council.

    Janice is a governor at Manor Field Primary School and is actively involved in the Burgess Hill Community Food Bank.An active environmentalist, Janice is a member of the Friends of Green Circle and was, for many years, a volunteer in the education programme at Wakehurst.
    Sarah Lawrence for Hammonds Ridge

    Sarah lives in Burgess Hill. She has a long and successful career in Human Resources and is currently Head of HR for a top London public relations firm.She is highly experienced in mediation, dispute resolution, negotiating and providing both common sense and strategic advice to resolve complex issues.Her previous charity work includes working as a call volunteer for the Samaritans.

    Sarah cares deeply about fairness, equality and putting local people at the heart of every decision. As a commuter, addressing issues to improve the towns' transport links and services are also a key interest.
    Lee Gibbs for Victoria

    Lee lives in the heart of Victoria ward and commutes to Gatwick Airport where he has worked for the past 5 years in Aviation Security. He previously did work for the Salvation Army and Surrey Clubs for Young people, a charity raising funds in order to provide outlets and opportunities for the development of young people.

    Lee is passionate about the need to press on with the regeneration of the town centre which has stalled under the Tories and in particular want to see the replacement for the Martlets Hall built as soon as possible.
  • Robert Eggleston, Mid Sussex PPC
    Article: Apr 24, 2019

    We're delighted to introduce your Mid Sussex District Council Candidates for Burgess Hill, for the forthcoming local elections on 2nd May. If you'd like to ask any questions or get in touch please drop us an email at burgesshill@midsussexlibdems.org.uk

    Standing for Meeds:

    Robert Eggleston Robert has lived in Burgess Hill for most of his adult life. A qualified solicitor he is a company lawyer and Head of Credit for a major vehicle and equipment finance company. He is Chair of Burgess Hill Fairtrade and is an active promoter and supporter of arts development in the town. He is using his experience to provide advice on the proposed new community arts venue.

    A former councillor, he has served at all levels from town to county council. Robert believes that the community must have a greater say in the town's redevelopment.


    Standing for Meeds: Tofojjul Hussain

    Tofojjul has lived in Burgess Hill for thirty five years as owner of the popular Shapla Restaurant and retired last year. He has supported local charities and is a Committee member of Mid Sussex Islamic Centre in Haywards Heath and former Chair of the Sussex Bangladeshi Caterers Association.

    Tofojjul has three sons and a daughter. His grandson goes to London Mead School. Town centre parking and congestion is a particular concern and the need to support local businesses in the town.

    Standing for Leylands: Simon Hicks

    Simon is a long term resident of Leylands ward and has served the area as a Councillor on Burgess Hill Town Council. Trained as an accountant Simon works with disadvantaged people across the South East.

    Simon is concerned at the prospect of traffic congestion in the area, particularly on Leylands Road and Maple Drive and will campaign for better parking facilities at Wivelsfield Station.

    Standing for Franklands: Graham Allan

    Graham has lived in Burgess Hill for 33 years, the last 21 as a resident in Franklands ward. He has served as a PTA treasurer and a school governor over that time and feels that education is extremely important for our next generations.

    He is concerned about uncontrolled building of new houses in and around the town, without the right infrastructure to support it. Graham wants to see the town centre redeveloped for the benefit of the residents rather than the developers.

    Standing for Franklands: Janice Henwood

    Janice has lived in Burgess Hill for 39 years in the heart of Franklands ward. She has had many years'experience as a District Councillor and is the only opposition councillor on Burgess Hill Town Council.

    Janice is a governor at Manor Field Primary School and is actively involved in the Burgess Hill Community Food Bank. An active environmentalist, Janice is a member of the Friends of Green Circle and was, for many years, a volunteer in the education programme at Wakehurst.

    Standing for Victoria: Lee Gibbs

    Lee lives in the heart of Victoria ward and commutes to Gatwick Airport where he has worked for the past 5 years in Aviation Security. He previously did work for the Salvation Army and Surrey Clubs for Young people, a charity raising funds in order to provide outlets and opportunities for the development of young people.

    Lee is passionate about the need to press on with the regeneration of the town centre which has stalled under the Tories and in particular want to see the replacement for the Martlets Hall built as soon as possible

    Standing for Dunstall: Stuart Condie

    Stuart moved to Burgess Hill in 1985. He was a governor at Southway school and is now a governor at Burgess Hill Girls. Stuart is the longest serving member of Burgess Hill Runners where he was Head Coach for over ten years. He has also served as a regional counsellor for England Athletics. Stuart has worked in airports in senior roles and has an MBA in Finance.

    Reversing the decline of the town centre is a priority for Stuart. As a keen athlete he is determined that the proposed centre for sport is not downgraded in the way that the library is going to be under the Tories.

  • Dr Fathi Tarada ()
    Article: Apr 6, 2019

    East Grinstead Lib Dems are fielding two outstanding candidates for the local elections on 2nd May.

    Dr Fathi Tarada is standing as councillor in the Baldwins Ward in East Grinstead. Fathi is qualified in engineering, management and law, and runs a local consultancy business. Prior to his current position, Fathi acted as a director of major infrastructure design in the UK. A graduate of the University of Sussex, he has lived in East Grinstead for the past fourteen years and was a parent governor at St Mary's School. Fathi supports local charities including the Eve Appeal, which raises money to fight ovarian cancer. He is married with two children, both of whom have grown up in East Grinstead.

  • Article: Mar 10, 2019
    By Joseph Foster

    The Liberal Democrats and the Green Party in Burgess Hill have agreed a ground-breaking partnership in Burgess Hill. They are pledging to work together for the benefit of the town and have agreed to back each other in the local elections on Thursday 2ndMay.

    In a joint statement Joe Foster, local Lib Dem chair and Anne Eves for the Green Party said, "We want to show the town that it is possible for two political parties to work constructively together and fight for the improvements that the town deserves and is crying out for.

  • Article: Mar 4, 2019

    As Theresa May keeps kicking the can down the road and the final say on Brexit still has not been secured, we have to march again. The new People's Vote March, aptly named the "Put It To The People March", is probably our last chance to make it loud and clear that we will not be inflicted an undemocratic, lie and dark money obtained, economy damaging, influence reducing, NHS and job destroying... Brexit. We had over 700,000 people on the street last October. This time, let's make it over one million!

  • Alison Bennett
    Article: Feb 22, 2019

    FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The defection of three Conservative MPs to The Independent Group has cast a light on an organised campaign to deselect Mid Sussex MP Sir Nicholas Soames.

    Mid Sussex Liberal Democrats have pledged to fight a wave of right-wing Conservative 'entryists' in this May's local elections. Anna Soubry, one of the MPs who left the Conservative Party on Wednesday 20 February, highlighted in her resignation speech that Mid Sussex is one of many local Conservative Associations being transformed by Brexit extremists.

    LEAVE.EU is running a campaign urging former UKIPPERS to join the Conservative Party with the aim of deselecting sitting MPs and turning the party into a hard-right organisation. Leave.EU claims on its website that 25,0002 people have joined the Conservative Party as a result of this campaign. If true, it would mean that 1 in 5 members3 of the Conservative Party are now what are being called 'BLUKIPPERS'.

    Ms Soubry named Mid Sussex MP Sir Nicholas Soames as one of their potential targets. She said: "Overwhelmingly the majority of associations are being infiltrated by nationally orchestrated entryism, blatantly designed to remove rebel MPs who they label traitors. Conservatives with the stature, the service and loyalty of Sir Nicholas Soames.


    Robert Eggleston, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Mid Sussex said, "I am alarmed at what is happening to the Conservative Party. It is no longer a party of moderate 'small c' conservatives, but a party of zealots. With local elections to Mid Sussex District Council two months away, the Lib Dems are urging voters to look very carefully at the biographies of the Conservative candidates standing for election. This is especially true where sitting councillors are standing down and new candidates are seeking to be elected for the first time."
    Nicholas Soames, Sir Oliver Letwin, the former party chairman Dame Caroline Spelman, are being hounded and they are being pilloried."1

    Alison Bennett, the Arundel and South Downs Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Lib Dems added, "In the same way that we have seen Momentum take over the Labour Party, this 'Purple Momentum' is just as dangerous. The Liberal Democrats welcome the decision of moderate Labour and Conservative MPs who this week have said 'enough', and left their parties to sit as MPs in 'The Independent Group'. It is a brave decision, and we wish them well."

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    ENDS

    FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

    Alison Bennett, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Arundel and South Downs
    Mobile - 07740 648956, Email - AlisonBennettLD@gmail.com

    NOTES TO EDITOR:

    1. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/02/20/tory-grassroots-deny-blukip-infiltration-mp-defectors-accuse/
    2. https://leave.eu/deselect-these-shameful-tory-mps/
    3. The Conservative Party does not release its membership statistics. However, it was reported to be 124,000 people in April 2018. https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN05125
      25,000/124,000 = 1 in 5
  • Article: Jan 29, 2019
    In Mid Sussex Times

    Local Liberal Democrat's for Mid Sussex have been fighting against proposed cuts to bus services in Mid Sussex. The Tory led council is cutting £300,000 from the subsidised travel budget, and has now outlined which services will be affected.

    Lib Dem Kirsty Lord, county councillor for Hassocks and Burgess Hill South, said: "Residents repeatedly tell us that they want better services so that they can get around more easily. Buses are more environmentally friendly than cars and can reduce road congestion.