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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.

Vote Liberal, Get Lawley. Vote Labour, Get Tory

The local election results shows any Labour MP with a majority of less than 10,000 votes is in serious trouble. No good outcome can come of a Labour win in the High Peak - especially after it was wiped out by the Tories in May 4th's County Council elections here. It's impossible. Across the country, Conservatives who are facing Labour aren't even breaking a sweat, however Tory MPs who are facing a Lib Dem challenger (e.g. Hazel Grove and Cheadle) are having to fight for their lives. There are only two possible outcomes in the High Peak on June 8th:

1) Conservative Andrew Bingham will increase his majority if Labour continue under the delusion they can win in High Peak.

2) Lib Dems' Charles Lawley will win the seat if enough moderate Labour & Tory voters make the switch.

The message we need you to take forward and tell everyone in the High Peak is this:

Vote Liberal, get Lawley. Vote Labour, get Tory.

Charles and Tim

Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron and High Peak Parliamentary Candidate Charles Lawley

In 2010, when Labour were deeply unpopular, with an inept leader, and the Lib Dems were rising in popularity (sound familiar?), Labour tried to mask their own inadequacies by pretending "tactical voting" would beat the Conservatives. In 2010 we would have returned a Lib Dem MP in the High Peak, but were thwarted by "tactical voting" for Labour - despite the national picture - which let in Andrew Bingham.

It's 2017 and we're potentially in exactly the same situation. Labour represent fewer people in the High Peak than ever before, whereas our vote share in last week's local elections has doubled. We must not let Labour fool the High Peak again.

Charles says:

"I have lived in the High Peak virtually all of my life. My first home was in Buxton, and I grew up, went to primary school and had my first job in Buxworth. My first experience at running a business was at The Railway in Whaley Bridge and now I'm living and raising my young family in Chapel-en-le-Frith. My family has lived and worked here since 1665; my ancestors' fought for our country and their names are remembered on our war memorials. This is my home and I will be honoured to serve you as our Member of Parliament.

As your MP I will fight to return police to our streets, so necessary as burglaries escalate across High Peak; Labour & the Tories would rather have them spying on our emails under their 'Snoopers' Charter'. I will oppose the huge budget cuts to secondary schools (which disproportionately hurt our schools in the High Peak.). I want our high schools to get the same increase in funding that primary schools have, thanks to the pupil premium - a valuable principle introduced when the Liberal Democrats were in government. I'll fight against cuts to local healthcare services. We simply cannot afford to lose 535 local hospital beds over the next 5 years. The Lib Dems is the only party with a fully costed plan to raise £6bn for the NHS, by increasing income tax, across all bands by only 1p. We need the 1 in 7 High Peak jobs that are directly dependant on access to the single market to be protected and I want the people of the High Peak, indeed the entire electorate, to have a final say on the final terms of the Article 50 deal."

Please get in touch if you want to help us deliver leaflets, knock on doors, do some clerical work, put up a poster or make a donation to our campaign.

"This election is your opportunity to change the direction of our country" - Tim Farron.

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

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Dec 17, 2017
    By Joe Watts Political Editor in The Independent

    Exclusive: The newly published survey gives Remainers their biggest lead since the 2016 referendum.

    The British public has swung behind staying in the EU by its largest margin since the referendum, with those backing Remain outstripping Leavers by ten points, a new poll has revealed.

    The exclusive survey for The Independent by BMG Research showed 51 per cent now back remaining in the union, while 41 per cent want Brexit.

  • Exit from Brexit
    Article: Dec 15, 2017
    By Mark Pack

    The tiny majority in favour of ensuring Parliament gets a vote on any Brexit deal not seem an obvious thing to label 'easy'. But there's a pretty solid rule of politics: it's easier to secure agreement to have a vote than it is to win the subsequent vote.

    Overdosing your attention, dreams, efforts and hopes on securing agreement for the vote can all so easily be followed by heavy defeat when the vote comes. Think of Liberal Democrats - and electoral reform campaigners more widely - in the run up to securing the alternative vote referendum. Getting one was the relatively easy bit. Winning it was, as the landslide defeat showed, much harder.

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: Dec 15, 2017
    By Mark Pack

    Ironically, the new interview with Nick Clegg on PoliticsHome starts:

    The problem with writing anything about Brexit is that in the few days between first draft and pressing send the entire picture can change, multiple times.

    Ironic, because the interview itself has been overtaken in some respects by the government defeat in Parliament. But there's still plenty to it that makes it worth a read:

  • hold
    Article: Dec 15, 2017

    Torbay UA, Watcombe - 14th December 2017

    LD Swithin Long 655 [57.5%; +14.4%]

    Con 355 [31.1%; +7.9%]

    Lab 121 [10.6%; -8.4%]

    Grn 9 [0.8%; -5.3%]

    UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -8.6%]]

    Lib Dem hold

    Percentage changes from 2015


    Welwyn & Hatfield BC, Handside - 14th December 2017

    LD Siobhan Elam 1105 [52.4%; +16.7%]
    Con 691 [32.8%; -9.3%]
    Lab 260 [12.3%; -3.5%]
    Grn 51 [2.4%; -3.9%]
    Lib Dem hold
    Percentage changes from 2016

  • hold
    Article: Dec 15, 2017

    Bursledon PC - 7th December 2017

    LD Boma Simon-Hart 412 [75.6%]
    Lab 133 [24.4%]
    Lib Dem Hold


    North Devon DC, Newport - 7th December 2017

    LD Caroline Leaver 390 [38.8%; +7.1%]
    Con 373 [37.1%; -2.8%]
    Grn 159 [15.8%; -12.6%]
    Lab 83 [8.3%: +8.3%]
    Lib Dem gain from Conservative
    Percentage changes from 2016

  • Liberal Democrat Gain
    Article: Dec 15, 2017

    Four council by-elections this cold week, all in southern England. They come with the neat simplicity of one defence each for Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Ukip. A neat simplicity of results too: all won by the Liberal Democrats in the party's best council by-election night for a long time.

  • Catherine Bearder MEP
    Article: Dec 13, 2017

    Today the European Parliament voted in favour of a Resolution to allow Brexit talks to progress to the next stage.

    Both the Commission and Parliament have now recommended to the European Council that progress has been made in the three key areas: on citizens' rights, Northern Ireland and the financial settlement.

  • Willie Rennie
    Article: Dec 11, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP joined the other party leaders at Holyrood today in speaking out to welcome the formal apology and pardons for past prosecutions of gay and bisexual men that took place because of discriminatory laws.

    He said:

    Can I start by thanking the First Minister for making her statement and her apology on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is an important thing to do.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2017

    Liberal Democrat party leader Vince Cable MP has recorded this video for World AIDS Day 2017 with the National AIDS Trust's #LetsEndIt campaign.

    More information on this year's campaign here: www.worldaidsday.org

  • Article: Dec 11, 2017
    By Alison Rouse

    Saturday 24th February 2018 - 9:15-4:30pm

    Come and join us at our Spring gathering (venue update coming soon!)

    Our opening keynote speaker in the morning is Baroness Lorely Burt
    Shadow Secretary of State for Equalities in the Lords

    Our closing keynote speaker for the afternoon is Baroness Susan Kramer
    Treasury Spokesperson in the Lords

  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Dec 4, 2017
    By Ashley Cowburn Political Correspondent in The Independent

    Senior Cabinet minister's remarks follow reports pro-Leave Conservatives have issued series of red lines to PM as exit talks with EU reach critical phase.

    Jeremy Hunt has told Tory MPs that Brexit will not happen if the party does not back Theresa May, in an unprecedented warning.

    The senior Cabinet minister's remarks came in response to reports that pro-Leave Conservatives had issued a series of red lines to the Prime Minister as exit talks with the EU reach a critical phase.

  • mp john pugh
    Article: Dec 4, 2017
    By John Pugh in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Christmas looks a little more cheerful for the Lib Dems after a string of November council by-election results but so far as national opinion polls go we are bumping along the bottom.

    Given such data, it would be unsafe to draw the conclusion that are resolute anti-Brexit stance is paying dividends. It may well do so when some turn of events demonstrates to the vast swathes of voters that Brexit was a catastrophic economic and political mistake, but no-one just now is holding their breath. There may well come that Iraq moment when the party's wisdom is demonstrably vindicated but until then there is the danger that all our limited national political bandwith is consumed by the Brexit issue and we become as narrowly defined in the electorate's mind as UKIP.