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Welcome to High Peak Liberal Democrats!

Support you local High Peak Liberal Democrat candidate in the Borough Council elections on May 2nd!

Find out more about your local Liberal Democrat candidates below!

Blackbrook

GHGraham Hewitt

Graham has lived in Chinley for fifteen years, and previously worked mainly in the railway industry. He still has a strong and critical interest in all forms of public transport.

He has been a member of Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside Parish Council for four years.

Graham can regularly be seen walking the hills. As a member of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust he welcomes the recent public concern about pollution threats, not just to wildlife but to our whole environment.

He is concerned about Government imposed cuts to council services, but believes there needs to be less party politics and more co-operation across local government.

ELEdith Claire Longden

Edith was born in Chinley and attended Buxworth School, as did her children, and where she is still a governor. Her two children are now at Chapel School.

She is a qualified solicitor, now practicing in Hazel Grove, and often gets to work by bike. She has plenty of experience of dealing with large organisations and councils.

Edith is concerned about the environment and the world our children will inherit, and is inolved with a number of local organisations. She is a great believer in fresh air and exercise.

As a former Borough Councillor for Blackbrook she knows the challenges, and opportunities. She has no time for political party games. The interests of local residents must come first.

Chapel East

Robert James Patterson

Chapel West

David Mark John Rayworth

As a father of two teenage children, the future for my children is of paramount importance. That means local services from education to where they are going to work is of great concern. High Peak needs to develop good education, transport services and work opportunities, especially with all of these additional housing being built around Chapel. We however cannot just build new roads etc. As a treatment free beekeeper, ensuring biodiversity and a healthy environment is close to my heart, so we need some innovative solutions. Being educated at Manchester University and having worked on 6 continents I can bring a wealth of experience and diverse knowledge to the council.

Corbar

SHStan Heptinstall

Stan has lived in Corbar Ward for just over a year and found that he likes Buxton and its people very much. For most of his political life he was a Liberal Democrat councillor in Bramcite, Nottingham where he was a borough and county councillor for 26 years. He served as Mayor for the year before he stepped down from office, and recently was given the honorary title of Alderman in recognition of his services to the local community. In Buxton one of his first contributions to community life was in comparing the stage in Spring Gardens at the Buxton Spring Fair. Professionally he was a senior academic at the University of Nottingham's Medical School. His wife Lillian is a priest in the Church of England. They have four grown up children and 10 grandchildren.

AS

Adam Lawrence Scott

Adam and his family have lived in Buxton for 14 years and they enjoy the opportunities this great town offers. Adam stood in the County Council electrions for Buxton West in 2017 with the aim of supporting the local community and to "Make Buxton Better". Adam was educated at a Naval School, a Polytechnic University in Cambridge and a Business University in Paris. Professionally, Adam has a senior position in an International Organisation that offers support services to global supply chains. He has responsibilities in Europe and Asia where he manages large complex budgets, delivers mulitfaceted projects and holds profiot and loss responsibilities.

Dinting

Stephen David Worrall SDW

Raised and schooled in Glossop, Stephen now lives in Dinting with his fiancée. After obtaining a Masters and PhD from the University of Manchester he currently works as a Researcher on Climate and Space Materials.

With a strong track record of representing local residents, twice elected as Councillor and Chair of the Parish Council in Charlesworth, Stephen has established a reputation for both listening to resident's concerns and for getting things done! He's also already fought to represent Dinting, as both its County Councillor and its MP, in the past.

Vote for Stephen as your Dinting Councillor on 2nd May!

Hadfield South

KPKeith Clifford Parry

It is vitally important that people in this ward have a choice. The two main parties have no credibility left after the turmoil they have created around Brexit. Voting LibDem makes sense. Use your vote wisely this May.

I have lived in Hadfield for over 30 years and all our family have been brought up here. My past involvement includes playing a major part in the development of plans for an alternative site for a secondary school in the area - developments which proved to be a catalyst for the building of the new school on the Hadfield site.

Hayfield

DBDavid Lawrence Burfoot

David is the son of the late High Peak Borough Councillor Harry Burfoot.

A former New Mills Town Councillor, he was born in Hazel Grove but moved to New Mills over 50 years ago.

He is a retired administrator with a public utility.

David's sister in law Sue Burfoot is the Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Matlock.

Hope Valley

Jane Margaret Simm

Howard Town

MSMark Andrew Smitham

My family have called Howard Town home for 15 years, and what a fantastic place to live! But like anywhere else, it has problems. Traffic, housing and crime all seem to be on the increase.

Like many people I'm fed up of politicians arguing when they should be working together, like the current shambles in Westminster.

As a school governor for nearly 10 years, I am well used to working collaboratively to improve local outcomes.

Vote for me, please, and I'll do my best to work together with other councillors to improve our community and the lives of local people.

New Mills East

BABeth Atkins

I've been working all year round for local people in our town as your County Councillor for the last 14 years.

I've been fighting to get the best deal on issues like road safety and road repair, social care for adults and children, schools - and police and public safety.

However a number of the matters which local people raise with me concern High Peak Borough Council - and I believe that I will be able to get the best results on these issues if I can talk to High Peak Borough Council Officers as a Borough Councillr myself.

New Mills West

RARay Atkins

First elected as a Borough Councillor and also Town Councillor in 2003 and re-elected on three subsequent occasions.

Born in Stockport and educated at Marple Hall and Manchester University (degree in chemistry). Now semi-retired, working part-time as an organiser for the Liberal Democrtas. Has enjoyed a long marraige to Beth who is the current New Mills and Hayfield County Councillor.

In his early years on the Council, Ray strongly and succesfully campaigned for New Mills and other Town/Parish Councils to recieve a fair share of High Peak Council's budget for parks and recreation - instead of Buxton and Glossop taking a disproportionate amount of the money, as had been the case.

CWChris Weaver

Chris has lived in the High Peak for many years, following his marriage to Margaret Stokes, who was brought up in New Mills.

A computer programmer and statistician, he spent 7 years at Ferodo and 3 years with Greater Manchester Council, before lecturing at Manchester Metropolitan University until his retirement.

He has spent most of his life actively involved with local organisations including serving as a Councillor.

Old Glossop

KCKallen McColl

This local election is your opportunity to demonstrate to our national leaders that local communities want to come together to improve our society.

I became frustrated with a particular County Council policy which restricted the freedom of a disabled family member of mine. I am proud to have had the support of our MP for the High Peak in finding the best solution to solve my issue.

By working together, regardless of our parties, we can continue to make sure that local communities are not subject to party politics that restrict our progress.

Vote Liberal Democrat on 2nd May to strengthen the togetherness the country desperately needs.

Simmondley

MBAlistair Murray Booth

I am a local born lad who grew up in the area. As a father and a scientist I believe we have an obligation to try and leave things in a better state for the generations who will come after us, a principle I would endeavour to follow if elected.

Please vote for me as one of your two councillors on May 2nd!

And please use your other vote my fellow Liberal Democrat candidate!

AG

Ayshea Cristina Garbutt

Hi, I'm Ayshea and I'm a Liberal Democrat, I've lived in Simmondley for over ten years now and I can't imagine leaving. I have been involved in the community since moving here and I currently help organise the nearby Charlesworth Carnival. I would love to represent the people of Simmondley, help local groups and individuals in their continuing efforts to improve our environment and build a fair and content community. If you would like me to represent Simmondley please vote on May 2nd.

Whaley Bridge

DLDavid William Lomax

Is a former teacher and Head of Special Needs at New Mills School. He is actively involved with many local groups and organisations. He has been a Borough and Town Councillor since 1991. David is concerned about the environment and also a keen walker. He takes a close interest in a number of sports, and still turns out to play cricket for Whaley Bridge.

AT

Andy Thomson

Has lived in Whaley Bridge for ten years. He has 2 children at school in the town, and takes a keen interest in local affairs. "I hope to help improve our local amenities for the community. Locally we can show the way by being inclusive and cooperative, when national politics is failing badly".

MWMargaret Weaver

Was born locally and came to Whaley with husband Chris in 1977. Qualified as an accountant at night school, training at Ferodo. Later tought accounting at local collages. Her 2 daughters went to Whaley Primary School, where Margaret was Treasurer for 8 years, besides being active in several local organisations.

Whitfield

KBKeith Braithwaite

I've lived in Whitfield since 2015, when I moved to Glossop while establishing a new business in Manchester, and was joined by my fiancee Ruth and our two cats, Pip and Lizzie. Although new here I grew up on a County Durham sheep farm, and I can (just!) remember Teesdale's last mill chimney being demolished. The Peak is my kind of place. I joined the Liberal Democrats to support a party that is practical but remains principled, putting good sense before ideology. I'm standing in this election to have the opportunity to give something back to the township on that basis.

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 based in the county of Derbyshire which is 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: Apr 21, 2019

    Today we join Christians in the UK and across the world in celebrating Easter- a time of reflection, renewal and redemption. Across the globe, Christians will come together to worship and spend time with family and friends in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Meanwhile as liberals who believe in freedom of worship for all, we stand in solidarity with those Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2019
    By Vince Cable

    The Liberal Democrats will fight these elections as an unapologetically pro-European Party campaigning hard for People's Vote with an option to remain in the the EU.

    We are determined to give a voice to the millions of people who demand better than Brexit Britain.

    Today we've announced a strong, diverse mix of candidates, from those who've joined the Liberal Democrats recently to those with long experience of the European Parliament.

  • Sir Ed Davey MP
    Article: Apr 18, 2019
    By Ed Davey in UK Liberal Democrats

    Whether it's young people taking time off school or the Commons' naked protestors: they are right. We face a climate crisis.

    Liberal Democrats should provide the emergency plan. In 3 parts.

    • UK-wide action to green ourselves.
    • Action to decarbonise capitalism - starting with the City of London.
    • And an international green new deal - where richer countries support poorer countries.
  • Document: Apr 18, 2019
    217.51 KiB drawing or desktop publishing document
  • Sir Vince Cable at a #peoplesvote march in 2017 (Photograph: Niklas Hallen/AFP/Getty Images)
    Article: Apr 4, 2019

    Vince Cable MP, leader of the Liberal Democrats, welcomed this year's LGBT History Month which begins today.

    "I'm delighted to once again support LGBT History Month which is an important celebration of identity, freedom and equality. Each year this month gives us reason to celebrate the progress made in the ongoing battle for equality.

  • manchester pride 2017
    Article: Apr 3, 2019

    Calling Lib Dem local parties nationwide!

    Have you got a Pride in your area? Do you and your local party want to have a presence at it? Looking for additional materials?

    Pop over to our online ordering form now and get your Pride pack ordered in plenty of time.

  • Wera Hobhouse MP, speaking at Southport Conference GLD fringe meeting (Jane Brophy)
    Article: Mar 28, 2019
    By David Green
    Lib Dems lead debate to end fracking

    Today the Liberal Democrats led a debate in the House of Commons calling for an end to fracking because of its adverse impact on the environment and its incompatibility with tackling the climate crisis.



    Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse, who is leading the backbench debate, is also expected to warn the Conservative Government's proposed changes to planning permission for fracking sites would deprive local authorities of their "historic rights of self-determination."

    The debate comes hot on the heels of the #FridaysForFuture movement which saw Swedish student Greta Thunberg inspire hundreds of thousands of school pupils across the world to strike in aid of tackling climate change, including in the UK.

    Speaking before the debate, Liberal Democrat Climate Change Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said:

    "There is no doubt that fracking causes a massive amount of harm to both the immediate environment and our wider countryside, bringing with it the potential threat of earthquakes, water pollution, and green spaces transforming into industrial landscapes.

    "Since the Conservative Government's proposals on shale gas were announced, 300,000 people have signed petitions against their plans and forty councils have passed motions to reject them. They rightly demand better and it would be criminal to ignore them.

    "The Liberal Democrats stand with the tens of thousands of young people march

    ing to demand the climate crisis is adverted. We are categorically against fracking, and the damage it would inflict on our environment. It's time Conservative Ministers listened, and ushered in an age of renewables."

    The motion that was debated is: That this House has considered use of permitted development and the nationally significant infrastructure project regime for shale gas exploration and production.


    Relevant Documents: Eighth Report of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, Session 2017-19, Planning guidance on fracking, HC 767
    Notes: The subjects for these debates were determined by the Backbench Business Committee

  • Brexit indicative votes results IoG ()
    Article: Mar 28, 2019
    By Mark Johnston

    Here's a fascinating chart from the Institute for Government showing how MPs voted yesterday. Below is a table showing how individual Lib Dem MPs voted.

    Liberal Demoract MPs

    No deal

    Common Market 2.0

    EEA/EFTA

    Customs Union

    Labour plan

    Revoke

    Confirmatory ballot

    WTO

    Tom Brake

    No

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Aye

    Aye

    No

    Vince Cable

    No

    Abstain

    No

    Abstain

    No

    Aye

    Aye

    No

    Alistair Carmichael

    No

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Aye

    Aye

    No

    Ed Davey

    No

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Aye

    Aye

    No

    Tim Farron

    No

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Aye

    Aye

    No

    Wera Hobhouse

    No

    No

    No

    No

    No

    Aye

    Aye

    No

    Christine Jardine

    No

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Aye

    Aye

    No

    Norman Lamb

    No

    Aye

    Abstain

    Aye

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Aye

    No

    Layla Moran

    No

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Aye

    Aye

    No

    Jamie Stone

    No

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Aye

    Aye

    No

    Jo Swinson

    No

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Abstain

    Aye

    Aye

    No

  • Article: Mar 26, 2019
    By Ed Davey

    Two police officers on patrol.

    The Liberal Democrats are making a new commitment to fighting knife crime.

    No parent should have to bury their child.

    It's crushing to see it happening so much in the news. Knife crime has become an epidemic on our streets. In 2017-18, over 800 teenagers were admitted to hospital with stab wounds.

    There are various causes - but the Conservatives' drastic cuts to our police have made things much worse. As have youth service closures due to the Tories' cuts to local government.

  • Scales of Justice in a courtroom.
    Article: Mar 26, 2019
    By Vera Hobhouse

    Our justice system is failing the vulnerable,
    and we should all be embarrassed about it.


    Lawyers are expensive, and our justice system is failing those who can't afford them.

    Legal aid spending in England and Wales has been cut by £933 million in the last eight years. And as a direct result, we've seen huge reductions in support.

  • David Chalmers LDEG Chair 2019-21
    Article: Mar 26, 2019

    David Chalmers, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesperson for Torridge and West Devon, has been elected chair of the Liberal Democrat European Group, which influences the party's European policy and campaigns.

    Chalmers said: 'Teresa May's disgraceful attack on MPs and Parliament, which was reminiscent of a dictator in the mould of Hugo Chavez, was a disgraceful attempt to stir up hatred seldom if ever seen before by a British Prime Minister. She and her Brexit have become a threat to the reputation of our institutions, the safety of MPs and our traditional liberal approach to public debate. I vow to continue the fight to keep the UK in the European Union and ensure the Group promotes and protects liberal and European values.'

  • Air Pollution impact (Royal College of Physicians)
    Article: Mar 14, 2019

    Spring conference Motion F8 [See Conference Extra Page 11]

    14:55pm Saturday 16th March, York Conference

    Cleaning Up the Air We Breathe: How to Tackle Road Pollution