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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: Jan 16, 2019

    Two companies have been fined a total of £1.5m following the death of a five-year-old girl in a disability lift. Alexys Brown died in hospital after putting her head through a broken screen in the lift at her home in Weymouth on 13 August 2015.

    Synergy Housing, her family's landlord, was fined £1m and lift company Orona Ltd was fined £533,000. Both firms pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations by failing to maintain the lift properly.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2019

    Domino's Pizza has been told its website and app must be made fully accessible to blind people, after losing a legal case in the US. It follows a complaint from a blind customer who said he first struggled to change toppings and then was unable to complete a pizza's purchase using the company's iPhone app.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2019

    A debate has been held in parliament about a chronic pain condition after a petition attracted more than 115,000 signatures.

    Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield, organised the debate along with constituent and fibromyalgia campaigner Adrienne Lakin.

    She launched the petition calling for more funding and support for sufferers. Mr Perkins said ministers had offered to meet him and campaigners to discuss further action.

  • Article: Jan 10, 2019

    Canvassing action day - Saturday 12th January

    The first Nottingham Lib Dems to be elected in 12 years?

    Can you canvass? Do you want to see us get Lib Dems win a seat in Nottingham for the first time in 12 years? Are you done with me asking questions now? In which case, read on!

    A new ward called Castle has been created. It's like the boundary commission decided to ring fence the highest concentration of our members and create a ward based on that. It's a gift. We've also been working in this area since the EU referendum in 2016. That's what I like to call "luck".

  • TUCAN supporter logos (Hazards Campaign)
    Article: Jan 7, 2019
    By Kevin Daws

    If you are a Green Liberal Democrat and a Trade Unionist you may wish to accept the invitation below to attend the launch of TUCAN - the Trade Union Clean Air Network - on Wednesday 6th February at 2.00pm. Air Pollution has been described as a Public Health Emergency that affects every sity and most, if not every, workplace. It is not only a Trade Union issue it is an issue for everyone. We should not forget that Air Pollution is associated with 40,000 premature deaths each year in the UK.

  • Article: Jan 6, 2019
    By Synopsis of Phil Bennion's presentation by Steve Bolter

    Green Liberal Democrats Conference, May 2018, Nottingham

    Agriculture & Environment - Counter-Intuitive Truths

    A presentation by Phillip Bennion

    Biography

    After leaving school Phillip took a degree in Agricultural Botany at Aberdeen followed by a PhD on oilseed rape, agronomy and plant breeding at Newcastle University.

  • Air Pollution impact (Royal College of Physicians)
    Article: Jan 3, 2019
    By Kevin Daws

    As Liberal Democrats and Green Liberal Democrats we are all aware that Climate Change is the number one issue facing humanity. The IPCC Report in October 2018 made it very clear that we only have twelve years left to radically alter our impact on the planet to limit the climate change dangers of extreme weather, drought, floods and poverty.
    Inevitably Air Pollution is linked to climate change most obviously through the burning of fossil fuels to power cars, planes, buses, motorbikes and other forms of transport. Air Pollution is not a new problem it has been with us for decades, you only have to read about the reasons for the introduction of the original Clean Air Act in 1956 to know that (Life before the Clean Air Act - your memories and pictures: The Guardian 05/07/16 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/05/life-before-the-clean-air-act-your-memories-and-pictures

  • Article: Jan 1, 2019

    Hello Everyone

    Welcome to 2019 - It's been lovely to speak with some of you over the last few weeks. Great to see a mix of new and old faces at the helms of our local parties.

    I thought I would write this to introduce myself as your new Regional Chair and to wish you a happy, prosperous and successful New Year. It is going to be an interesting one, it's true. Over the Christmas period, I found myself thinking about how much has happened in such a relatively short time, across Europe, in Westminster and across the Region. That in 50 years time, people may well be studying this period that we are living through right now. What we do now, locally and nationally, really matters.

  • Article: Jan 1, 2019

    Liberal Democrat party leader Vince Cable MP has made a short video message for World AIDS Day. Here it is:

  • libdems at Brexit march
    Article: Dec 19, 2018
    By Jessica Elgot and Peter Walker in The Guardian

    Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Nick Boles say they would not be able to back government

    Conservative MPs have suggested they could resign the party whip should the government abandon plans for a Brexit agreement and make no deal its main focus.

    The former ministers Nick Boles and Anna Soubry, along with the health select committee chair, Sarah Wollaston, have said they would not be able to support the government should no deal become its primary policy.

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Dec 16, 2018
    By Alison Rouse

    I introduced a bill in Parliament to legalise cannabis for recreational and medicine use. The evidence is clear - prohibition isn't working.

    It is total hypocrisy that the most dangerous drug of all, in terms of harm to yourself and others, alcohol, is consumed in large quantities right here in our national Parliament, whilst we criminalise others for using a less dangerous drug - with many using it for the relief of pain.

  • Layla Moran
    Article: Dec 15, 2018
    By Alison Rouse

    We are facing a crisis of mental health issues in our schools.

    A toxic combination of exams, which needlessly heap pressure onto pupils from a young age; unhealthy competition between schools, leaving teachers dreading the next Ofsted inspection; and funding cuts which mean numbers of school nurses have been reduced, is having devastating consequences.