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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

  • National Liberal Club
    Article: May 20, 2018
    By Janet Berridge in Liberal Democrat Voice

    After two years as the National Liberal Club's first woman Chairman, I am proud to be stepping down just as the Club has agreed to experiment with relaxing the strict dress code it has had since 1979.

    During my time, we have taken many leaps forward as a home for liberalism: a 15% growth in membership, driven by large-scale Lib Dem recruitment; an array of transparency measures and governance reforms; and a swathe of exciting and stimulating events drawing on the liberal tradition from the world over. But I'm aware that we haven't always lived up to our liberal mantra - as a club founded as an inclusive home for liberals - in having a strict dress code that was first introduced as a temporary measure 39 years ago.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: May 19, 2018
    By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

    You probably don't know that Vince Cable was on Radio 5 Live as the birthday guest on Sunday night because it's not really been reported anywhere. It's worth catching up on it though because it's one of the most open, personal and moving interviews I've heard him give. He's mentioned the racism he and his first wife Olympia faced as a mixed race couple before this.

  • Dorothy Thornhill team
    Article: May 18, 2018
    By Dorothy Thornhill in The Guardian

    Giving the wizard a home and helping save A&E were highlights. But the real magic for an elected mayor is reviving local democracy.

    After retiring last week after 16 years as Watford's mayor, making me the longest-serving directly elected woman mayor in England, I feel more strongly than ever that mayors are the key to reviving local democracy. For me, councils have missed a trick in not adopting the mayoral system more widely. Since mayors often represent an electorate much larger than that of any MP, their mandate makes it harder for ministers to treat them with the mixture of condescension and contempt usually reserved for local government.

  • Exit from Brexit
    Article: May 18, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    Every now and again someone in the Lib Dems argues that the party's focus on Brexit is mistaken because the issue will be over and done with come the spring of next year.

    What's odd about these comments when I've seen them made is that they're not followed up by any evidence or justification beyond the (to the utterer) apparent self-evident logic that once Brexit has been dropped or come into force it's bound to be dead as a political issue.

  • Welsh Lib Dems LGBT+ Logo (Rainbow by Benson Kua is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/bensonkua/4988338912)
    Article: May 17, 2018

    Ahead of a Senedd statement on International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have urged Wales to build on recent progress in LGBT rights and fight for safety, equality and freedom for LGBT people across the globe.

    There is no doubt that the past few years have seen great strides in LGBT rights in the UK and across the world, but there is far more that needs to be done to create a world where every LGBT person can live safely, equally and freely.

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: May 17, 2018
    By Nick Clegg

    If you want to see rage ruining everything, go and listen to some of the dads on the touchline at a kids' football match. On the new episode of ANGER MANAGEMENT WITH NICK CLEGG, the former Deputy Prime Minister talks to footballing legend and Match Of The Day presenter GARY LINEKER about anger on the football pitch and in the public eye, Gary's personal politics… and what it's like to be monstered for speaking your mind on social media.

  • Article: May 17, 2018
    By Simon Oliver

    Two announcements today throw into sharp relief the detachment from reality currently being suffered by the Tory government.

    In one, it has been announced that the UK is among a group of EU countries being prosecuted by the EU for air pollution violations. This could lead to significant fines, which will no doubt be used by Brexit fanatics as a justification for leaving. After all, they are our children, so we can gas them if we want to!!!!

  • Vince Cable
    Article: May 17, 2018
    By Vince Cable MP in City AM

    Just as the competitive oil rush gave way to Rockefeller's new monopoly in the form of Standard Oil, so the internet's infrastructure is being built around a handful of companies of immense and growing power: Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, along with their Chinese equivalents, Tencent, Alibaba, and Baidu.

  • Andrew Brown
    Article: May 17, 2018

    LGBT+ Lib Dems' Secretary, Andrew Brown, has written for Liberal Democrat Voice:

    On this day in 1990, the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of 'mental disorders'. Since 2004 the anniversary of this has been used to promote awareness of the legal and cultural discrimination LGBT+ people still experience around the world.

  • Green Lib Dems on Climate Change March 2015 (Steve.Bolter@greenlibdems.org.uk)
    Article: May 17, 2018

    Vince Cable talks of his green awakening in the 70's and whilst writing the United Nations' Brundtland Report in the 1980's

    (Vince will be speaking at the GreenLibDems conference in Nottingham on Saturday 19th May)

    Filmed at the Green Lib Dems 30th Birthday Fringe at the Southport Libdem Conference , 10th March 2018.

  • Article: May 16, 2018
    By Keith Melton

    We know from various contacts that there are members out there who would really have liked ot come to the Green Liberal Democrat conference on Saturday but for various reason cannot get to Nottingham to participate in the debates. We are therefore delighted to be able to tell you that you can at least eavesdrop on two of the most important sessions of the day, LIVE, on your internet devices, whether they be PCs, laptops or even mobiles.

  • Liberal Democrat's Logo
    Article: May 15, 2018
    By Sanjay Samani and Richard Kember

    With summer and GDPR just around the corner, now is the ideal time to tackle that old cobweb covered data.

    So in the spirit of mucking in together we'd love the whole party to join in with a Data Spring Clean on Saturday 19th May 2018 . You don't need bleach, a feather duster or polish. All you need is your computer, any data which is no longer of any use and possibly a shredder.