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Budget success at the Lewes District Council for the Lib Dems

Lib Dem leader Sarah Osborne (centre) arriving at the LDC budget meeting on Monday night with some of her fellow councillors L to R: Will Elliott, Steve Saunders, Sarah Osborne, Olivia Honeyman & Graham Amy

Budget success at the Lewes district council for the Liberal Democrats and their leader Sarah Osborne!  All 5 of Lewes District Council Liberal Democrat Leader Sarah Osborne’s amendments to the Lewes District Council budget were approved with cross-party support this week. Measures include:

  1. Special fund of £2.2 million to provide new temporary accommodation for the homeless
  2. Introduction of on-street recycling bins
    Feasibility study to create a trade waste
  3. recycling service for small businesses
  4. A major environmental initiative to develop new standards in relation to new planning applications & building regulations which will include a range of sustainability measures such as renewable energy for new developments and ‘green corridors
  5. A series of events during 2018 to celebrate the Representation of the Peoples Act 1918 where women began to get the vote for the first time. The events would also promote equality and diversity in our society.

Councillor Osborne said: “Punch and Judy politics doesn’t achieve anything for the people who elected us. All Councils face huge financial and social challenges, so we must work together were we can to deliver more housing and a cleaner environment and deliver the services our residents rightly expect from us.



Lib Dem Conference Report – Inspiring speech by Dr Vince Cable

The Liberal Democrat party autumn conference has just finished. Vince Cable’s excellent closing speech was inspiring!  – click the image below to view/listen:
It was necessarily comprehensive and wide-ranging, covering many of the issues which we in Britain face and how the Liberal Democrats, under Vince Cable’s leadership, will tackle them. It was compelling, easy to understand and well paced.
Also here is the full text of his  speech:
For the closing words of his speech on the BBC’s daily politics twitter blog below. The covering image shows Lib Dem leader Vince Cable MP with the deputy leader, Jo Swinson who is MP for East Dunbartonshire in Scotland.


Dr Vince Cable’s speech

Vince Cable visits Sussex!

Great speech today (Wed 30th August) by Liberal Democrat Leader, Sir Vince Cable in Eastbourne. He was inspiring! He expertly spent over an hour answering questions from the audience in a packed meeting room!

To read Vince Cable’s manifesto for the party please click here.

To read Vince Cable’s manifesto for the party please click here.


ESCC Election Results!

Dear Residents,

It was a great result yesterday here in the Lewes constituency for the county council elections. Lib Dems won all 4 of their target seats including the Ouse Valley West and Downs County division where our candidate was Sarah Osborne. She will now be the county councillor for our area for the next 4 years. Click here to see details of Sarah’s County ward/division.  I remain your district councillor. Click here to see: About Vic Ient’s ward. Sarah’s result was:



Party Votes Percentage
Lib Dems 1722 52% Sarah Osborne elected
Tory 1253 38%
Lab 205 6%
Greens 144 4%
Total votes 3324 100%

Lib Dems won in these wards:

  • Ouse Valley West and Downs – Sarah Osborne
  • Ringmer and Lewes Bridge – Philip Daniel
  • Newhaven and Bishopstone – Darren Grover
  • Seaford South – Caroline Lambert

Conservatives won in these wards:

  • Chailey
  • Peacehaven
  • Seaford North
  • Telscombe

Independent won in this ward:

  • Lewes

Click here for all Lewes District results.   Lib Dems gained seats and Labour lost seats in East Sussex.

Click image to enlarge and go to BBC table of results

Click here to see BBC report of East Sussex

Nationally, for Lib Dems,  results were a mixed picture. The headline don’t show the many council seats where the Lib Dems increased their share of the vote coming a good second place. There were also some stunning results for the Lib Dems in places like St Albans. In Eatbourne the Lib Dems won all 6 county seats. Overall the Tories gained from the demise of UKIP and the collapse of the Labour vote. Lib Dems increase their share of the vote by 7% to 18%. With proportional representation the actual council seats would be very different from those declared on Friday 5th May 2017!


Meet Kelly-Marie Blundell at Lib Dem Annual Dinner

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Please join me at this year’s annual Lewes Liberal Democrats’ Constituency dinner on November 17th. You can book on-line at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lewes-liberal-democrat-annual-dinner-tickets-28659723003   Alternatively you can pay by bank transfer. Please let me know and I will send you the details.

Kelly-Marie Blundell PPC for the Lewes Constituency

This dinner will be an opportunity to meet our new prospective parliamentary candidate for the Lewes Constituency, Kelly-Marie Blundell at the dinner.



Baroness Kate Parminter
Baroness Kate Parminter




Our guest speaker is Baroness Kate Parminter, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Environment and Rural Affairs in the House of Lords. In the 1990s Kate headed the Public Affairs for the RSPCA and she chaired the Campaign for the Protection of Hunted Animals. In 1998 she became Chief Executive of CPRE, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the leading conservation campaigning charity, which Kate led for nearly six years. She was a Liberal Democrat Councillor on Horsham District Council in West Sussex for eight years (1987-1995). Kate was created a life peer in July 2010 and during the Coalition Government she was a Co-chair of the Defra/DECC parliamentary party committee during this time.

During her time in the Lords Kate has campaigned on a diverse range of issues including the environment, equality, animal welfare and education. Kate successfully spearheaded campaigned to introduce a 5p charge on plastic bag usage to reduce the over reliance on a product that is incredibly damaging to the environment (recent figures show that 8.3 billion plastic bags are used annually in the UK alone). In 2015 she was appointed to the House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment.

Since 2015 she has been the Liberal Democrat Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Spokesperson in the team led by Tim Farron. Outside of politics Kate is a trustee of the think tank, IPPR and is also a Patron of the Meath Epilepsy Trust. Baroness Parminter grew up in West Sussex and was educated at state schools in Horsham. She studied Theology at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford between 1983 and 1986. She lives in Godalming, Surrey with her husband and two children.

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Kind Regards

Vic Ient

Vic Ient
Vic Ient

Victor S Ient, MSc MIoD MBCS  – Lewes District Councillor – [Kingston Ward: Falmer – St Ann Without – Kingston – Swanborough – Iford – Northease – Rodmell – Southease – Piddinghoe]




Report back September 2016

Dear Residents,

Here is my report back for Sept 2016. I hope you find this newsletter and my website useful. (Click here for previous reports). There are quite a few subjects covered  so here is the index (just click on a title to go straight to the item)

New Chief Exec at the Council    —    Rail dispute    —    Planning     —      Planning complaints

Local Plans   —      EU    —     Funding for Footpaths & Cycleways    —       C7 Road

Rodmell school   —   Bus services   —     Falmer bus   —    Parliamentary Boundary changes

Kingston school  —   A27  —       Broadband   —    Liberal Democrat Conference

Climate change   —   Linked to my reports   —    Questions?

Continue reading Report back September 2016


Rail Dispute

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Lib Dem Cllrs Olivia Honeyman & Vic Ient reviewing the rail despute at Seaford

Unless there is a major breakthrough this week the strike called by the RMT Union will go ahead next week affecting commuters and thousands of people who use the rail network every day across Sussex. Talks started yesterday (Wed) according to the Guardian.

Things don’t look good as the  ticket workers’ union to ballot over co-ordinated train strike for ‘maximum impact’ according to The Argus. This dispute has been a long time in the making and I have taken this opportunity to look back into how we got here and at the same time put some proposals forward to resolve things.

In this article you can see my proposals and a review of the background to the dispute:

Continue reading Rail Dispute