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Welcome to High Peak Liberal Democrats!

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.

High Peak Liberal Democrats thank candidates and voters

Dont get mad

On a difficult night for the Liberal Democrats nationwide the picture was not much different here in High Peak, with the Liberal Democrats Stephen Worrall being beaten into 4th place by UKIP and narrowly missing out on retaining his deposit. There was slightly more positive news in the local elections with both sitting Borough Councillors, Ray Atkins and David Lomax retaining their seats for High Peak Liberal Democrats. The situation was similar at Parish and Town Council level with Stephen Worrall retaining his Charlesworth Parish Council seat in the election and joining David Lomax and Barrie Taylor who were elected unopposd to Whaley Bridge Town Council.

There were also many hard working candidates who were unsuccesful in their attempt to win their Borough Council Wards and the local party wishes to thank them for all of their efforts which were greatly appreciated by the party, its members and those who voted for them.

We also wish to thank the thousands of people who did vote Liberal Democrat in this election, whether in the General, Borough or Parish elections. We will all work hard to represent you in the coming weeks, months and years.

Finally, membership of the party has been increasing markedly in the days after these elections and we welcome these new members with open arms. If you too feel that we need 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" then don't get mad. Get active. Join now!

The Constituency Party of the High Peak Liberal Democrats is managed by an Executive Committee which is elected annually. It manages the affairs of the party within the High Peak.

The Executive consists of a Constituency President, Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Data Officer and Ordinary members. Meetings are held regularly please contact the secretary at secretary@highpeaklibdems.org.uk for more information.

We are one of the six counties which make up the East Midlands Region of the Liberal Democrats. It oversees matters like the selection of Prospective Parliamentary Candidates.

Like all constituencies of the Liberal Democrat Party we follow national policies which are voted on at conference, taking our lead from the party headquarters at Cowley Street in London.

Recent updates

  • Mark Pack
    Article: Jul 29, 2016
    By Mark Pack

    It may be traditional for Doctor Who fans to hide behind a sofa, but in the face of potentially controversial decisions, the right instinct is to get out in front of the issue and start communicating - rather than hiding behind the sofa and hoping no-one much will notice or discuss them.

    I've often commented about the problems with internal communication in the Liberal Democrats, so here is another practical example of what could be done. This time it's how canny internal communications in good time (i.e. ahead of the issue) regarding the party's expedited candidate selection process could have headed off many of the questions and concerns raised.

  • Ballot Box
    Article: Jul 29, 2016

    After the unusual sequence of a Tuesday by-election (good Lib Dem result) and then a Wednesday by-election (even better Lib Dem result) this week, Thursday brought a more usual round of by-elections.

    A spectacular gain in Cornwall:

    Congratulations Maggie Vale. Among the defeated candidates was a former Lib Dem running as an independent, continuing the pattern in the south west of ex-Lib Dems doing badly when running under another label.

  • Tim Farron speaking on unaccompanied refugees (Liberal Democrat Newswire)
    Article: Jul 28, 2016
    By Tim Farron MP in The Huffington Post

    In September 2015 the then-Prime Minister, David Cameron, appointed the first minister for Syrian refugees - Richard Harrington. I would like to say that this showed his leadership on the biggest issue of our times and demonstrated the Government's dedication to tackling it. Unfortunately, the appointment was in response to mounting political and public pressure for the Conservative government do more and gave Cameron something to announce whilst visiting a refugee camp in Lebanon. Frankly, whatever the reason for the appointment it was a welcome step giving politicians someone to hold to account and helped ensure better coordination and leadership across government departments.

  • Chesterfield Pride 2016 Human Rights Campaign, Banner and Leaflets
    Article: Jul 27, 2016

    Local Lib Dems will be out with Pride this weekend across England, supporting their LGBT+ communities at Pride events. You're welcome to join us to show support, and take part in our Human Rights campaign. Details are as follows; details for Brighton Pride, and our Manchester Pride parade with Baroness Lynne Featherstone, will be published soon.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2016

    Admitting that I'm scared of my son is almost impossible and no one knows all the details of our life behind closed doors. I'm small and very slight and Robbie is now nearly 6 feet tall and quite solid so he can inflict a lot of damage on me if my husband David isn't there to stop it. The first time Robbie hurt me he was 11 and I'm still not convinced it was deliberate. We'd had a week of terrible weather and on the Sunday we decided to take the boys to a museum.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2016

    A disabled friend of mine posted a very thought provoking comment in one of my many social groups on Facebook yesterday. Something that has got me thinking big-time.

    She asked, what sounds on first reading, to be a pretty straightforward question but which is, in reality, a question that has, for many of us who live our lives with freedom-limiting impairments and illnesses, a pretty complicated answer.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2016

    A young disabled man's Facebook complaint about a bus driver he says refused to lower a ramp for him has gone viral.

    Wheelchair user Christopher Browne, from Kirkby , said he was getting the bus home from work at Alder Hey Hospital on Saturday and asked the driver of the Arriva service if he could use the ramp to get on the bus.

  • Tim Farron and Nick Clegg
    Article: Jul 27, 2016

    Liberal Democrat European Union spokesperson and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has launched the first briefing paper of his Brexit Challenge project, which analyses the options facing the Government if it intends for Britain to retain significant access to the Single Market.

    While Single Market access is essential to the British economy, and retaining access remains the best of a series of bad options for the economy post-Brexit, it comes with significant challenges and trade-offs. The analysis shows that even if the Government were able to achieve concessions on freedom of movement, seeking to retain significant access to the Single Market would still mean adherence to its rules and regulations, while not having any control or influence over them. It also concludes that the biggest benefit of Single Market access is the removal of non-tariff barriers, such as shared rules and harmonised standards, as opposed to tariffs.

  • Tim Farron in Whitehall
    Article: Jul 27, 2016
    By Anushka Asthana and Heather Stewart in The Guardian

    Lib Dem leader says PM put personal ambition above country but could have made a big difference to remain campaign

    Theresa May has been accused of making no effort during the EU referendum campaign despite being one of the few politicians who might have been able to prevent the vote for Brexit.

    In an interview with the Guardian to mark a year as Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron attacked the prime minister, suggesting that she had put her personal ambitions above the needs of the country:

  • Brighton Pier (By hozinja (Brighton Pier at dusk, UK Uploaded by BaldBoris) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jul 27, 2016
    By Joe Otten in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The outline agenda for Federal Conference in Brighton this September has just been published here, with the full agenda to follow mid-August.

    Highlights include a slot reserved to debate Europe with an extended deadline for a motion and amendments so that we may consider something topical. Federal Conference committee was concerned that the motions proposed in July might have been overtaken by events by September.