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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

  • Vince Cable at 2018 Spring Conference
    Article: Aug 11, 2018
    By Ashley Cowburn in The Independent

    Lib Dem Leader Sir Vince Cable is set to claim it is possible to legislate for a fresh referendum within weeks and for it to be held before the Article 50 process expires.

    In a speech during a rally on Saturday - organised by the People's Vote campaign for a fresh referendum - Sir Vince is expected to dismiss concerns from Brexiteer "fanatics" that there is no time to get legislation through parliament for a second public vote.

  • Article: Aug 10, 2018
    By Philip Knowles

    At the moment there are still huge question marks and nothing is certain but the seed of an idea from Lib Dem Councillor Phil Knowles is generating interest and discussion at EMAS.

    Some weeks ago Cllr Knowles contacted EMAS, encouraging them to consider the potential of a trial a mobile stroke unit here in the East Midlands. The vehicles are proven in Germany and we understand in Australia and there is one such Unit involved in a trial in the South East of England where results are rumoured to be very encouraging indeed.

  • Lib Dems at Leeds Pride 2018 with Gender Reform Act Banner
    Article: Aug 9, 2018

    As the summer of Prides continues , Lib Dem local parties will be attending events around the country, including the following:

    Wigan Pride

    The Wigan, Leigh and Makerfield Liberal Democrats will take part in the Wigan Pride parade, and have a stall at the event this Saturday from 11am-5pm.

    Chester Pride

  • Article: Aug 7, 2018
    By Keith Melton

    GLD/ALDC training sessions

    (Sorry if you already accessed this page and it did not work properly - technical hitch which is now sorted!)

    Calling all councillors, PPCs and, particularly, Councillor Candidates for 2019!!!

    Green Liberal Democrats have got together with ALDC to organise two training sessions especially directed at Liberal Democrats who propose to stand in their local areas for the 2019 set of Local Elections. Both sessions will be held on Saturday 15th September in the Consort Room of the Grand Hotel in Brighton.

  • Article: Aug 5, 2018

    The odds on a second Brexit referendum before 2020 have shortened to 2.48 after polls showed that, for the first time, a majority of Britons want to vote again on their country's future relationship with the European Union. It is becoming clear that the Government's Chequers 'deal' is not going to work and increasingly the choice is a "hard Brexit" or stay in the EU.

  • Brighton and Hove Lib Dems at Pride 2017
    Article: Aug 2, 2018

    This weekend, Lib Dems will be at a number of Prides. Here's the ones we know about and how you can get involved:

    Brighton Pride

    Brighton Pride 2018 is one of the UK's biggest Pride events and celebrations of the LGBT+ communities. The Lib Dems have the longest and proudest record of support for the LGBT+ communities, and we'll be marching to show our support on Saturday.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2018

    This weekend, Lib Dems will be at a number of Prides. Here's the ones we know about and how you can get involved:

    Sheffield Pride

    On Saturday, the Sheffield Lib Dems will be taking part in the Sheffield Pride Parade, and will have a stall at the event. To join the Parade, meet at Omega Court for 11am (parking available) or Pear Street (S11 8JF) at 11.30am at the latest. The march is along Ecclesall Road to Endcliffe Park arriving for approx. 1.00pm. If you can, please come dressed in something bright - some branded tee-shirts will be available - together with flags, placards, whistles and rainbow wigs for those who want them!

  • GLD Conference 2018 - Wera introducing Vince
    Article: Jul 16, 2018
    In GLD Challenge Summer 2018

    Introduction by Wera Hobhouse, MP.

    Wera first met Vince at Green conference in Rochdale in 2005 so she was clear Vince has the skill of explaining complicated things to us and that he has a long track record on Environmental issues.

    Vince speaks:

    Thanks Wera. Wera is a tremendous addition to our party.

  • The True Cost of Food (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jul 16, 2018

    A new report from researchers at Oxford University and the Swiss agricultural research institute Agroscope provide a comprehensive database on the environmental impacts of almost 40,000 farms and 1,600 processing plants and retailers. The database is design to inform policy makers on how production practices and local geographies lead to different environmental impacts for 40 major foods. Producers have a profound impact on CO2 equivalent of the same product. For example, high-impact beef producers create 105kg of CO2 equivalent and use 370m2 of land per 100grams of protein while low-impact producers can use 12 to 50 time fewer resources to obtain the same result. By way of comparison, low-impact plant-based proteins such as beans and peas can create just 0.3kg of CO2 equivalents (including processing, packaging and transport) to produce the same 100grams of protein. On just one square meter of land!

  • Scotland's Renewables (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jul 16, 2018
    In GLD Challenge Summer 2018

    Scotland now produces more than twice as much renewable energy as it consumes.

    Between 2016 and 2017 the amount of power produced by the industry grew by 26%.

    In 2017 the country's fleet of hydro, wind, solar, biomass, tidal and green gas generators

    produced almost 25 terawatt hours. Scotland produces 25% of all UK renewable electricity.

  • Togo Electrification (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jul 16, 2018
    In GLD Challenge Summer 2018

    The Togo government has launched an energy policy to provide universal access to electricity by 2030.

    The strategy which will transform lives in nearly 1,000 communities, relies heavily on solar energy.

    Solar kit company Greenlight Planet has won a tender to distribute 300,000 units over the next three years.

  • Challenge front cover Summer 2018 (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jul 16, 2018
    By Christian Vassie (Editor) in GLD Challenge Summer 2018

    Fake Facts

    When my dad wants facts he still marches down to the public library because he doesn't trust the internet. If a fact is published in a book you can at least have confidence that it won't disappear in 35 minutes' time. Facts are a sandwich found on the middle shelf in the fridge. How long has it been there? Does it smell funny? Is it homemade or from a reputable supplier? Facts are fashion accessories. Do I look cooler with this one or that one? Can I wear it in public or is it only for wearing at home on the sofa in front of the TV?