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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

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Mar 23, 2018
    By Kirsten Johnson in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's recent report on mental health provision is damning.

    Titled Maintaining momentum: driving improvements in mental health care, Rob Behrens' analysis confirms what we already know: mental health services are in crisis and people are suffering and dying because of it.

  • Stephen Lloyd (By Chris McAndrew (https://beta.parliament.uk/media/yhEkjW57) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Mar 23, 2018
    By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

    New data released this week by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reveals that only 6% of Universal Credit claimants in the private rented sector have their rent paid directly to their landlords, compared to 35% in the socially rented sector [see page 9 of the report].

    This is despite calls by Liberal Democrat DWP spokesperson Stephen Lloyd to make payments to landlords default. Lloyd has argued that maintaining the status quo will lead to many of the 1.3 million benefit claimants in the private rented sector being evicted, and potentially made homeless.

  • Planet Earth
    Article: Mar 23, 2018
    By Keith Melton

    There is only one more week to go before you lose the opportunity for an early-bird discount to register for the Green Liberal Democrat Conference on 19th May in Nottingham. The draft programme is looking VERY good and we will publish the latest draft in the next couple of days or so (certainly before the early-bird offer ends at the end of the month.

  • Liberal Democrat Gain
    Article: Mar 23, 2018

    Eight Thursday council by-elections this week. Plus a ninth slipped in earlier in the week:

    Of the more conventional eight, three are Conservative defences, two Labour defences, two independent defences and one ex-Ukip seat with no Ukip candidate this time.

    The pattern of Liberal Democrat gains from the Conservatives across southern England has continued this week;

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: Mar 23, 2018
    By Nick Clegg

    This week, on a visit to Dublin with Michael Heseltine and Andrew Adonis, I found myself in the Irish Department of Finance. Black and white photographs of former ministers line the walls.

    Among them is Michael Collins, who led a bloody insurgency against British rule and ultimately negotiated a treaty, in 1921, which led to near-independence for most of Ireland, but also the partitioning of the mostly unionist north east, which became Northern Ireland and remained in the UK.

  • Campaign: Lib Dem MP Wera Hobhouse (Twitter) (Twitter)
    Article: Mar 21, 2018
    By CHLOE CHAPLAIN in The Evening Standard

    Proposals to jail people for up to two years for taking "upskirt" photographs are due to be put to MPs later this year.

    Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse, who tabled the Bill, said changing the current law to make it easier to prosecute would allow the law to "catch up with technology".

    It could also mean that members of the paparazzi would be prosecuted for taking shots of celebrities where their underwear is deliberately shown.

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Mar 21, 2018
    By Lee Dargue in Liberal Democrat Voice

    I was excited to be speaking with many of our dedicated members, and many energised new members at the fantastic conference in Southport. To my joy, I found that mental health is still very much a key focus for our Party.

    In Coalition, thanks to Norman Lamb, Paul Burstow before him, and Nick Clegg as Deputy Prime Minister, government finally had a focus on Mental Health - something shamefully ignored by previous governments. We introduced the first ever waiting times for some areas of mental health, and enshrined "parity of esteem" in law - the requirement for the NHS to give equal consideration to mental and physical health when offering treatment.

  • ducking 3
    Article: Mar 21, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    With potholes in the news again and local elections hoving into view, now is a good time to repeat that standard advice: pothole photos don't have to be boring. In fact, no political campaigning photos have to be boring.

    Far too many political 'action' photos show someone staring at a camera from a distance as if the message to convey is, 'hey look: I'm a lonely person who is scared of coming too close to a lens'. Or, if you're lucky, several people standing static in a line all looking at the camera.

  • Ed Davey (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Mar 19, 2018
    By JOE MURPHY Political Editor in The Evening Standard

    Ministers were urged today to make a Commons statement on claims that millions of people's private data was hijacked to sway the Brexit referendum.

    Former Cabinet minister Sir Ed Davey asked Speaker John Bercow to grant an urgent question to MPs over claims the data was used to bombard individuals with propaganda.

  • Tim Farron Parliament Speech DEFRA
    Article: Mar 19, 2018
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    On Friday, MPs kept alive a Bill proposed by the SNP's Angus MacNeil aimed at reuniting refugee families. The debate was one of those which makes you proud of MPs from all parties. The Bill had support from Conservative, Labour, SNP and Liberal Democrat MPs.

    Ed Davey, Alistair Carmichael and Layla Moran all made interventions.

  • Wera Hobhouse lights 30th Birthday candles for GLD (Liz Carver)
    Article: Mar 19, 2018
    By Keith Melton

    I KNEW we had a picture of Wera Hobhouse lighting the GLD Birthday candles somewhere. Just found it - thanks to Liz Carver for the photo. The guy with the light blond hair is Keith Melton, founding Chair of the Green Liberal Democrats, making sure hs cake is presented to its best profile!