We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

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

  • Layla Moran
    Article: Jul 22, 2017

    Here's the new film from the Liberal Democrats:

    .

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: Jul 22, 2017

    Former Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has written to constituents in Sheffield Hallam saying that he doesn't want to be re-selected as the Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate:

    It is good of Nick Clegg to make this decision so promptly because, with the possibility of another early general election, the party is already looking at selections for the next election.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jul 21, 2017

    Vince is Leader

  • Article: Jul 20, 2017

    Vince Cable, the new Leader of the Liberal DemocratsI want to lead the Liberal Democrats because I am ambitious about our future.

    I believe we are the only party that can represent the millions of liberal-minded people alarmed by the direction this country is taking: people, whether they voted remain or leave, who hate the intolerance, xenophobia and division that the Brexit vote unleashed.

  • Miriam And Nick
    Article: Jul 20, 2017
    By Miriam González Durántez in The Guardian

    How to beat the ticking Brexit clock: let British business leaders do the talking

    The Brexit secretary, David Davis, last week convened 33 UK business leaders to Chevening: a place I know well, as it was the grace-and-favour house that my husband, Nick Clegg, used when he was deputy prime minister. The setting was particularly well chosen, as Chevening is, despite the hard work and dedication of the staff, an unusual combination of grandeur and dysfunctional nostalgia (I well remember the running battle to get the most elementary wifi service installed).

  • Article: Jul 19, 2017

    Figures published today have shown that of the 108 people at the BBC who earn more than £150,000, just 34 are women.

    Only five women are in the top 20 and one in the top 10. Claudia Winkleman, the top earning female. earns a quarter (£400,000 - £449,000) of the salary of the highest earning male, Chris Evans (£2.2m - 2.249m).

  • Brexit banner
    Article: Jul 19, 2017
    By Andrew Sparrow in The Guardian
  • PrEP on the NHS Graphic
    Article: Jul 18, 2017

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed the beginning of a Welsh NHS PrEP pilot, which has been launched today (17th July 2017).

    Commenting, Welsh Lib Dem Equalities Spokesperson Cadan ap Tomos said;

    "The beginning of a three-year PrEP pilot in Wales is testament to the work and dedication of campaigners over many years in making the case for this life-saving drug to be made available on the NHS.

  • Bournemouth Pier Approach 1899 (A History of Bournemouth, Elizabeth Edwards)
    Article: Jul 18, 2017
    By Zoe OConnell in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Federal Conference Committee met again last weekend to select motions that will be debated when we meet in Bournemouth. 41 motions were submitted, and usually selection proceeds in rounds. Motions are first eliminated on the basis of drafting, debatability and other such issues before subsequent rounds trim the agenda further based on time constraints.

  • vince cable
    Article: Jul 18, 2017
    By Editorial in The Observer

    The country will not tolerate having so much put at risk for a few jingoistic illusions

    What next from the lords of misrule, the Tory hard Brexiters who seem to be enjoying playing party political games with our futures while the world looks on bemused, if not baffled? Day after day, they stumble on, deaf to warnings on every side and blind to hard, objective facts - that delusions and jingoistic illusions do not a plan make. How did we get here? Is this the best Britain can do? The four Brexiters charged with plotting our political, economic and cultural future - Theresa May, Boris Johnson, David Davis, Liam Fox - cheered on by an undistinguished group of backbenchers, could hardly have had a less impressive three months since triggering article 50.

  • Lord William Wallace (Alan Williams)
    Article: Jul 18, 2017
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Saturday's Social Liberal Forum conference in London provided much food for thought as speakers challenged Liberal Democrat orthodoxy in various ways.

    Beveridge Lecture

    William Wallace kicked off proceedings by giving the annual William Beveridge Lecture. His theme was: Is a Liberal and Democratic society compatible with globalisation. His answer? Well, it disproportionately benefits the super rich and authoritarian states, so we have to change things to ensure that nobody is left out.

  • Tom Brake
    Article: Jul 17, 2017
    By Peter Walker Political correspondent in The Guardian

    Study attacks complacency after years of stable food supplies and prices, saying lack of policy 'suggests chaos unless redressed'

    The government is "sleepwalking" into a post-Brexit future of insecure, unsafe and increasingly expensive food supplies, and has little idea how it will replace decades of EU regulation on the issue, a report by influential academics has said.