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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 Comeback Is On

May-December 2016 Council By Election Bar Chart

Whilst 2016 politics may not have been a great year for small L liberalism, the second half of the year has marked a dramatic comeback of the Liberal Democrats.

You don't need to be told about the dramatic success in the parliamentary by-election in Richmond Park or the huge Lib Dem swings in Witney and Sleaford and North Hykeham, but a few pieces of data out this week may have slipped your attention.

First Ipsos Mori released a poll yesterday which had the Lib Dems at its highest share of the vote in five years.

When asked, "How would you vote if there were a General Election tomorrow?" a sample of 1,003 answered:

  • Conservatives 40% (down 2% from November)
  • Labour 29% (down 4% from November)
  • Liberal Democrats 14% (Up 4% from November)
  • UKIP 9% (Up 2% from November)
  • Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 4% (Down 1% from November)
  • Green Party 3% (No change)
  • Other 1% (Up 1% from November)

This is very similar to an opinion poll released in 2009 which had Cons on 40, Lab on 29 and ourselves on 14. From there the Liberal Democrats went to hit the dizzyings heights of "Cleggmania" and, a mere 5 months later, we formed a government. From the exact same platform, what can we achieve with the next General Election 3 and a half year away?

Now, whilst this is General Election we can't ignore that we have Derbyshire County Council Elections in May, so how does the local election scene look?

Last night (December 15th) the Liberal Democrats won 3 council-by elections from the Conservatives meaning the total amount of seats gained since May (when there was the last round of local elections across the country) shows the Liberal Democrats the best performing party locally by a country mile. The Lib Dem have made a total gain of +24, the only other party to have made a gain are Plaid Cymru on +4. SNP are on -2, UKIP on -3, Greens have no change, Labour on -11 and Conservatives are on -15

Make no mistake, friends. The Lib Dems fought back across the country in 2016. 2017 is the High Peak's turn to show what we are capable of. We desperately need you to help us keep Councillor David Lomax and Councillor Beth Atkins in their wards in Whaley Bridge and New Mills respectively, as well as growing our vote in areas like Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Glossop, Hadfield, Charlesworth, Dove Holes, Edale, Castleton and Hope. Over the Christmas period, please have a think of how you can help us bring the fight back to the High Peak.

Join today and help the High Peak Liberal Democrat fightback in 2017.

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

  • Catherine Bearder MEP
    Article: Mar 30, 2017
    By Catherine Bearder MEP in Huffpost Politics

    If I thought I had the ear of Mrs May this is what I would have written to her this day as she takes the country down the most dangerous of paths:

    Dear Prime Minister,

    This weekend I had the pleasure of joining the tens of thousands of people marching in London against your vision of a Britain after Brexit.

  • Tim Farron portrait in front of Westminster
    Article: Mar 30, 2017
    By Tim Farron Lib Dem leader and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale in The Guardian

    Quitting the single market while keeping immigration at current levels and smearing all criticism of rock-hard Brexit as treachery - that seems to be the plan

    Theresa May's tactic is clear: to accuse anyone who dares question her headlong, blindfold charge towards hard Brexit of being democracy deniers. This despite it looking increasingly likely that the result of her reckless, divisive Brexit will be to leave the single market and not reduce immigration - the very opposite of what Brexiteers pitched to the people.

  • Tim Farron portrait in front of Westminster
    Article: Mar 30, 2017
    By Mark Pack

    Here's the new film from the Liberal Democrats as Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, responds to Theresa May's triggering of Article 50:

    Speaking to the media later, he went on to say:

    The world needs liberal democratic values - this is something Churchill, Thatcher and others rightly decided that Britain could deliver from our place at the heart of Europe.

  • Article: Mar 30, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have revealed a list of ten of Britain's most-wanted criminals who have been arrested or sentenced since the beginning of this year thanks to the European Arrest Warrant.

    This follows David Davis this morning confirming that the UK won't have access to the European Arrest Warrant unless the Government strikes a parallel deal on trade and security.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have seen their membership surge to 87,000 on the same day Article 50 is triggered.

    Over 5,000 members have joined the party since the beginning of February, when Jeremy Corbyn ordered his MPs to vote in favour of triggering Article 50.

    This comes amid reports that the Labour Party's membership has fallen by almost 11,000 over the last four weeks.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    As the Prime Minister triggered Article 50, the Liberal Democrats have emphasised that it is still possible for people to stop a Hard Brexit and that the by-election in Manchester Gorton will be a chance to force Labour and the Government to "change course."

    The date for the Manchester Gorton by-election has been set for the 4th May. The Liberal Democrats are mounting a strong campaign as the only challengers to Labour in the seat.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    Theresa May has delivered a "blatant threat" to the EU 27 by threatening to withdraw security co-operation if we do not receive a favourable trade deal, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said.

    The letter comes as a European Parliament text outlining the EU's position has warned the UK not to seek a trade-off between security and trade in the Brexit negotiations.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    MEPs will tell the UK that it can change its mind about leaving the EU even after Theresa May triggers Article 50 tomorrow.

    The European Parliament resolution, set to be voted on next week, will stress the Government could still halt the process during the next two years of Brexit talks.

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake commented:

  • Article: Mar 27, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have highlighted six tests that the Labour party have already failed on Brexit, in response to Keir Starmer's speech today.

    These include failing to oppose the Government's hard Brexit plans, stand up for Britain's membership of the Single Market or give the British people the final say on the Brexit deal.

  • Lord Brian Paddick
    Article: Mar 27, 2017
    By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has demanded that security services be given access to users' encrypted messages on services like WhatsApp. It's kind of good that we have someone who actually knows what they are talking about, because they have been an Assistant Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police, to assess these plans. Brian Paddick is not impressed. He said:

  • Catherine Bearder MEP
    Article: Mar 27, 2017
    By Catherine Bearder MEP in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Last weekend the Liberal Democrats Spring Conference voted to support Guy Verhofstadt's proposed initiative to allow Brits to keep their EU citizenship (if they want to!). Lib Dems believe that with our country split nearly 50/50 on our EU membership, it would be unfair to allow the process of leaving the EU to completely ignore the wishes of the side that narrowly lost and who want to continue with the EU.

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: Mar 26, 2017