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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.

The United Kingdom has a proud tradition of fairness. Many of the most fundamental components of our modern society were created by Liberals, such as the introduction of state pensions, unemployment benefits, health insurance and free secondary education.It is now hard to imagine what this country would be like without those things, but when Liberals introduced them they were regarded as radical ideas that threatened the status quo. More recently Liberal Democrats have continued to challenge both Labour and the Conservatives on crucial matters such as the invasion of Iraq and "plans" (using the term loosely) for a Hard Brexit, that even on the Government's own figures will incur long-lasting damange to the British economy.

But today's Liberal Democrats are much more than just a collection of anti-Brexit campaigners. We want to help make this country into a stronger, fairer society. The Liberal Democrats, through the work of MPs such as Lynn Featherstone, Danny Alexander, Stephen Webb and David Laws were able to introduce Same-sex Marriages, greatly raised Income Tax thresolds (freeing many of our least well-paid workers from paying Income Tax), pension reforms and free, nutritious school meals for all infant school pupils and a Pupil Premium to provide targeted help to ensure children from poorer families aren't held back.

The Liberal Democrats are unafraid to champion less fashionable causes. We speak up for those who who struggle to have their voice heard. Norman Lamb has campaigned for many years for mental health funding to be increased. Sadly the Conservative government too often selects mental health facilities as the first to be cut back, as has happened to Spencer Ward in Buxton's Cavendish Hospital this year. Only the Liberal Democrats are honest enough to admit that providing the NHS we need will mean that we have to pay a bit more in tax to fund it.

If you want to help make Britain a fairer, more tolerant and more successful society, please join us. We are fighting to keep Britain in the EU which helps ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for us and our children. We are fighting to ensure proper, sustainable funding for the NHS. We are fighting homelessness and believe nobody should have to sleep rough.

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, which oversees matters such as the selection of Prospective Parliamentary Candidates.

In common with 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

  • Article: Sep 15, 2018
    By Nick Hopkinson

    by Nick Hopkinson, Chair, Liberal Democrat European Group*

    Twitter: @libdemeurope and @nickhopkinsonEU

    I have four key messages: 1. Brexit is not a done deal; 2. Brexit can be stopped; 3. The #peoplesvote is theway to #exitfrombrexit; 4. Each and every one of us needs to get behind the Peoples Vote and capitalise on it as the only national party which is wholeheartedly supporting it.

  • Brighton and Hove Lib Dems at Pride 2017
    Article: Sep 12, 2018

    This weekend sees the Liberal Democrats' Autumn Conference in Brighton. As usual, LGBT+ Lib Dems will be in the thick of events, with a Sunday evening of campaigning and celebration.

    We will have a stall in the Conference Exhibition throughout the weekend - come to see what we're campaigning on, join us or renew your membership, and meet up with other LGBT+ members of the party.

  • Perfect time
    Article: Sep 10, 2018


    Inspiration Days are friendly and informal events, designed to give different groups in our membership, the opportunity to develop their skills, learn more about becoming active in the party and meet other like-minded members from across the region.

    Following feedback received from members across the East Midlands, we are working with the Campaign for Gender Balance to host a FREE to attend "Women's Inspiration Day" - hoping to support women across the Region, with participants from as many constituencies as possible.

  • Article: Sep 5, 2018

    Cuts to respite care for families of severely disabled children have been referred to the Department of Health. NHS bosses on Teesside plan to introduce an assessment of parents' needs, which they admit might reduce provision.

    Middlesbrough Council has told Health Secretary Matt Hancock the proposal would lead to "unacceptable safeguarding risks". His department has been contacted for comment. The council said the "proposed changes to the assessment and allocations process have not been defined with sufficient clarity and completeness". They were "not financially justifiable on any rational basis", it said.

  • Article: Sep 5, 2018

    A golfer with a prosthetic leg is suing a local council for refusing to let him play on its course using a buggy. Paul Houghton's right leg was amputated in 2000 after he was affected by a lethal tissue-eating bacteria. Mr Houghton learned to walk again - and golf became an important part of life but he still also uses crutches and a wheelchair. He claims Brentwood Council in Essex discriminated against him but the council is defending the legal action.

  • Article: Sep 5, 2018

    A woman who took a "totally unnecessary risk" by driving while her windscreen was dirty and killed her wheelchair-using cousin has been sentenced. Hayley Sterna, 51, crashed her car into Chris Clements' wheelchair while he was out with his dog on 4 January 2017.

    Sterna, of Braefield, Somersham, admitted causing death by careless driving at Cambridge Crown Court. She was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years. Sterna was also given a two-year driving ban. Judge David Farrell QC said she had taken "a totally unnecessary risk to continue driving when her vision was severely restricted".

  • Article: Sep 5, 2018

    A woman who crashed her wheelchair into a parked car has been cleared of drink-driving. Holidaymaker Stephanie Nevitt, 44, said she had only consumed one pint of cider and a glass of wine before she arrived at Rhyl in Denbighshire.

    A police officer told magistrates in Llandudno on Friday that Ms Nevitt's speech had been slurred and that she was drunk in charge of a wheelchair.

  • Article: Sep 5, 2018

    "Daddy, am I going to die?" This is what one five-year-old boy asked after having an asthma attack at school. Harry Cook is one of 58,000 children with the condition in Wales, who are at greater risk in September.

    Last year, related hospital admissions for five to 19-year-olds rose from 37 in August to 115 the month after. Charity Asthma UK blamed changing weather, but also children coming into contact with cold and flu viruses, and mould in schools. It warned parents to be on high alert. "Teachers had tried to give him his reliever inhaler, but it had gone past the point of helping and he was rushed straight to hospital," said Harry's father, Rich Cook, 40, from Cwmbran, Torfaen. "No parent ever wants to see their child in intensive care saying to them, 'Daddy, am I going to die?' "Harry's asthma attack came on so suddenly as when I dropped him off at school he was his normal happy self. The next time I saw him he was in hospital fighting for his life," he said. While Mr Cook praised school staff for how they handled the situation, he said there needed to be greater awareness of the problem.

  • Article: Sep 5, 2018

    A new treatment for severe asthma is set to be made more widely available on the NHS in the UK by the end of 2018. The procedure, bronchial thermoplasty, "melts" away excess muscle tissue in the lungs using radio frequency, making breathing easier. Previously there were strict criteria about who was eligible to receive it. But the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) says it can be offered more routinely, after it was proved to be safe and effective. Some people may still not be able to receive it because the final decision about whether to offer the procedure lies with local health bodies.

  • Article: Sep 5, 2018

    People with learning disabilities are trying to raise awareness of their condition by brewing beer. Spotlight Brewing has been set up in an outbuilding at a residential care home in Snaith, near Goole, East Yorkshire. As well as providing work experience for the residents, the company has named its range of beers after different disabilities.

  • Article: Sep 5, 2018

    Charities training support dogs for children with autism are calling for more regulation after figures revealed a quadrupling in requests for help. The charities collectively recorded 3,795 inquiries in 2017 - compared with 946 in 2012. They said demand for the free dogs meant longer waiting lists for desperate families who may instead turn to unaccredited paid-for alternatives. The government said it wanted to create a UK standard. Assistance dogs are trained to provide companionship and help children with autism remain safe and calm and in busy situations.