Ghost buses

Liberal Democrats have branded as "farcical" the situation faced by Plumpton commuters during the rail strike on 11th January. For the first time Southern put on rail replacement buses for the village on an official strike day to go to Haywards Heath - something which has not happened before. But the company failed to tell anyone about them on their strike information page!

Kelly-Marie Blundell, Lib Dem Parliamentary Campaigner said: "Of course we all want to see the situation on Southern Rail resolved and the strikes called off. But it is crazy that if there are replacement buses for Plumpton to Haywards Heath no information about them is put on their website or on the national rail information page".

 

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Farmers set to suffer from Brexit

The release of a government report today reveals how farmers will be hit badly by any withdrawal from the single market, resulting in significant import and export tariffs.  

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Adult Social Care funding crisis in East Sussex

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In a major statement East Sussex Liberal Democrat Councillors have hit hard at the Conservative minority administration of East Sussex County Council.

Liberal Democrats condemn the government for not properly tackling the funding crisis in Adult Social Care. The Conservative government has said that councils can raise their Council Tax by up to 5%, of which 3% can be used to fund Adult Social Care. This is an extra 1% on what the government had planned. It is not known if the Conservative run County Council will levy the extra 1%. The extra 1% will bring in £2.3 million but will not bridge the funding gap, which in East Sussex has been £6 million each year for the last few years. This continued gap in funding will lead to further cuts which come on top of year on year cuts suffered by Adult Social Care in East Sussex.

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Full investigation needed into incident in Newhaven

Residents in Newhaven have been sharing footage on social media of an incident between a man and a police officer, allegedly recorded on the evening of 16th December on Newhaven High Street. 

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Passengers Protest at Southern Rail Chaos

Commuters from Lewes, Seaford and Polegate joined the Association of British Commuters on Thursday 15th December 2016 to protest about ongoing disruption to travel services follow a week of travel chaos hindered by conductor and driver strikes.

The protest started at London Victoria at 5.30pm with more than 200 people joining in the rally, continuing on to the Department for Transport at 6.10pm to deliver a list of demands to the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling.

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Lewes Lib Dems respond to Southern Rail Consultation

Lewes Liberal Democrats, including Seaford, Newhaven and Polegate have responded to Govia Thameslink Railways (Southern) timetable consultation for service changes in 2018. The party have been running the Save Seaford Trains campaign in Seaford since October, as proposals from GTR include significant service reduction to the largest town in the district.

The Save Seaford Trains campaign collected 3,211 signatures against the removal of trains which run direct to London from Seaford during peak hours. Liberal Democrats were accused of political scaremongering by the incumbent MP, but continued to campaign and raise the critical issue with residents. 

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Lewes Lib Dem Councillors in call to cancel fare rises


Liberal Democrat District Councillor Vic Ient is putting forward an emergency motion at this week’s Lewes District Council full council meeting on Wednesday at 6pm. The motion asks councillors to support him in condemning the rail fare increases on Southern Railway region because of the dreadful service. 

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Lib Dems tell Prime Minister to Sack Southern Rail Now

Liberal Democrats in Lewes are standing up for commuters and calling on the Government to Sack Southern Rail, handing over a petition of over 3,000 signatures to Theresa May at Downing Street Monday morning.

Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes Kelly-Marie Blundell, who has led the campaign to save Seaford trains, is joining Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake and London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon to hand in the petition calling for an end to Southern Rail's delivery of rail services. 

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Lib Dems condemn train fare rises

Lewes Liberal Democrats have condemned train fare rises announced today which will see the cost of travel increase by 1.8% in the Lewes District.

The Rail Industry announced rises of an average of 2.3% across all networks, meaning that a monthly season ticket from Lewes to London Victoria will top £400 while commuters are still facing ongoing delays and disruptions to services. 

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Lib Dems unapologetic pro-Europe message wins elections

Liberal Democrats in Lewes are celebrating the election of Sarah Olney in Richmond Park, where the Liberal Democrats overturned a 23,000 majority held by incumbent Zac Goldsmith, who resigned over Heathrow airport expansion in October.  

The Liberal Democrats campaigned unapologetically on Europe, where many constituencies who voted Remain are at odds with their Members of Parliament. In Lewes, incumbent MP Maria Caulfield campaigned for Leaving the EU, where as the Constituency voted by a majority to Remain.  

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