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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 based in the county of Derbyshire which is 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: May 21, 2019

    Tim Farron, Layla Moran and Vince Cable spoke at our last rally of the EU elections in London this evening. And they were joined by a special guest - Andrew MacKinlay, former Labour MP for Thurrock.

    Read their barnstorming speeches and catch up on the action here:


    What you do in the last few hours matters massively.

  • Article: May 21, 2019

    Theresa May got up and gave another Brexit speech earlier and confirmed what we already knew. She's going to put the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to Parliament - with some minor changes.

    Amongst those, she offered a vote on a People's Vote - but only if the bill passes its second reading.

    Liberal Democrats are clear. We want to stop Brexit. We won't vote for any deal that doesn't promise to give the people the final say.

  • Matthew Parris
    Article: May 21, 2019
    By MATTHEW PARRIS in The Times

    Why I'll vote Lib Dem for the first time in my life

    I hadn't expected the question but, when it came, my answer was straight from both heart and head, and I shall never regret it. On Monday night the BBC News Channel presenter, Lukwesa Burak, had invited me to discuss the withdrawal of the Conservative whip from Michael Heseltine. He's being punished by the Tories for saying he would vote Liberal Democrat in tomorrow's European elections. I voiced the admiration I feel for Lord Heseltine.

  • Euro Candidates
    Article: May 21, 2019
    By Kevin Rawlinson in The Guardian

    Lord Heseltine has had the Conservative whip suspended after saying he would vote Liberal Democrat in this week's European elections, the party has said.

    The Tory grandee and former deputy prime minister, who sits in the upper chamber of parliament, was summoned to a meeting with the party's chief whip in the Lords on Monday.

    "Lord Heseltine has given more than half a century of service to the Conservative party, and his longstanding and sincerely held views on Europe are well understood," a party spokesperson said after the meeting.

    "But, with his long experience, he will know that publicly endorsing the candidates of another party is not compatible with taking the Conservative whip in parliament.

    "As a result, the chief whip in the House of Lords has informed Lord Heseltine that he will have the Conservative whip suspended. This will be reviewed if he is willing to support Conservative candidates at future elections."

    Heseltine, a lifelong pro-European, had said he would "experiment" with voting Lib Dem on Thursday because of the government's Brexit policy.

    The peer used a Sunday Times article to explain the decision. "I cannot, with a clear conscience, vote for my party when it is myopically focused on forcing through the biggest act of economic self-harm ever undertaken by a democratic government," he wrote.

    Speaking shortly before it was confirmed that the whip had been suspended, Heseltine told Sky News: "[Brexit] is the biggest issue of our time. This is a betrayal of national self-interest. This is a betrayal of the younger generation, who are passionately opposed to taking them out of the centre of world politics.

    "Am I supposed to sneak away round the corner or do I do what I believe - if you're in public life - you ought to do, which is stand up and be counted? And, on this issue, the transcending issue of our times, I need to stand up and be counted."

    He warned that the party faced "disaster" if it moved rightwards to try to take ground from the Brexit party following a poor showing in the European elections. "If you want to drive the Conservative party ever lower in public esteem, that's the way to do it."

    Heseltine said the Conservative party needed to move to the centre ground in order to attract the "broad view of reasonable people", adding that the party risked forgetting the millions of its supporters who voted to remain and becoming an irrelevance among younger people.

    Speaking after Heseltine's suspension, veteran Tory Sir Nicholas Soames condemned the move, telling Channel 4 News: "I think that's a really stupid, bovine thing to do.

    "I will certainly have a very strong word with the chief whip who I'm going to go and have a cup of tea with when I have finished talking to you. I think it is a very silly thing to do."

  • Article: May 21, 2019
    By Vince Cable

    On Friday 17th May, I visited Gibraltar with our lead South West England candidate, Caroline Voaden.

    Gibraltar's part of the South West of England constituency in the European elections. We've always had strong support there, receiving over 67% of the vote there last time around in 2014.

    We're set for a strong result - sending both Caroline Voaden and Anthony Hook, our first and second South West candidates, to the European Parliament

  • Article: May 21, 2019

    Corbyn's catastrophic Brexit strategy is plodding on. Rather than acting in the interest of the country, he's working to stitch up a Brexit behind closed doors with the Tories.

    He's ducking his commitment to a People's Vote. When asked today, he wouldn't even rule out abstaining on Theresa May's Brexit deal when it goes through the Commons in June. That's voting with the Tories without having to say he did.

  • Article: May 20, 2019

    There's been a clear pattern emerging in recent opinion polls. Labour is sinking lower and lower - and the Lib Dems are on the up:

  • Euro Candidates
    Article: May 20, 2019
    In Sunday Politics East Midlands

    Listen to the candidates on Sunday Politics East Midlands here

    If you haven't got time to listen to the whole programe listen to Bill Newton Dunn and Lucy Care canvassing 13 minutes in.

    Michael Mullaney takes part in the general discussion from 19 minutes

  • Article: May 20, 2019
    By Greg Foster

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  • Bill Newton Dun
    Article: May 19, 2019
    Writing in the Sunday Times Michael Hesseltine says:

    Until the Tories see sense on a people's vote, I will give mine to the Lib Dems

    On Thursday I have a vote. I am not a natural abstainer. I did, however, do just that in the last mayoral elections. I simply could not vote for a Conservative candidate campaigning to undermine London's position as Europe's premier financial centre.

    Many months ago I warned that a lot of Conservatives would never vote for a Brexit party. In the inevitable outcry I was accused of every sort of treachery. My opinion stands but now the evidence is incontrovertible. I have already made it clear that I will not vote Conservative but this time neither will I abstain.

    In four days' time, when I place my cross on the ballot paper for the European parliamentary elections, I will vote for a party other than the Conservatives.

    I will, however, still be voting for someone I regard as a "Conservative". Where I live in Northamptonshire, Bill Newton Dunn is top of a list of Liberal Democrat candidates to whom I am happy to lend my support.

    Before our party was infected by the virus of extremism, he was a Conservative MEP in the best traditions of Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan and, yes, Margaret Thatcher, whose Bruges speech in 1988 made it clear that "our destiny is in Europe".

    And, unlike Bill, I have no intention of being forced out - or resigning from - a party that has been such an important part of my life. I will remain a member of my local association and, unless told otherwise, will continue to take the Conservative whip in the Lords.

    The reason for my experiment with the Lib Dems is, of course, the government's position on Brexit. I cannot, with a clear conscience, vote for my party when it is myopically focused on forcing through the biggest act of economic self-harm ever undertaken by a democratic government.

    But I still care too deeply for my party not to be concerned for its future. And I know my fellow Conservatives too well not to see the danger signs in how they will react to what will inevitably be disastrous results in these elections. The lazy narrative will be that Nigel Farage has triumphed and the Conservative Party has no alternative but to deliver the kind of "no deal" Brexit for which he now shamelessly claims he always campaigned. Such a narrative has the capacity to distort politics, destroy our party and inflict deep damage on our country. Its logic leads to a hasty removal of the prime minister and a summer leadership election where candidates compete for who can be the most "Faragiste".

    This would not, of course, resolve the deadlock in parliament. A new Conservative prime minister would doubtless feel mandated by the party to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement and remove the backstop. Nobody believes this is possible but it would help entrench the narrative that the European Union, not us, is responsible for this dreadful predicament.

    The government could choose one of two options. It could seek to run the clock down to a no-deal "crash-out" from the EU. Or it could seek a mandate in an election where our party might be forced into some sort of alliance with Farage. None of us can rule out the prospect of that resulting in Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister.

    Such a choice - a no-deal Brexit or a Marxist government - is not one I wish to contemplate. Nor can we entirely exclude the possibility of ending up with both, given the stated preference of some of Corbyn's coterie for the kind of "socialism in one country" that should have disappeared with the Berlin Wall.

    The Conservatives, who were once known as the sensible party of the national interest, can yet respond to these elections in a way that is neither complacent nor panicked. As many have concluded, the solution to this crisis is to put any final deal back to the people.

    There are good reasons why Conservatives have been reluctant to support another referendum until now. But, with the prospect of a descent deeper into this darkness for our party, it is the only way to solve the riddle, to secure a stable majority in parliament and a lasting settlement for the country.

    It is a pragmatic and necessary solution that cannot be put off much longer. It is a democratic answer to a crisis in our democracy that will otherwise see our economy brought to ruin, businesses bankrupted and our precious Union broken apart.

    Even though I cannot vote Conservative at these elections, I want to appeal to mainstream MPs in my party not to turn their back on the 5m Tory supporters who voted "remain" in 2016 and to resist the siren calls of populism.

    I know something of the loneliness that surrounds defiance of a three-line whip. In the end MPs must decide who they are, what they believe in, where their loyalty lies. British influence in the world, our nation's prosperity and the inheritance we pass to a younger generation - all will call upon them to stand by their convictions that Britain's best interests depend on our ability to influence the destiny of Europe.

    The issue could not be more urgent. Time is short. The stakes are huge.

    Michael Heseltine was deputy prime minister, 1995-97

  • Article: May 18, 2019

    It's been an exciting few weeks for the Lib Dems. Fresh off the back of our big local election wins, we're going into the European elections polling higher than we have in nearly a decade, and our campaigns around the country have well and truly taken off.

    And what's even better, is we have loads of new members to share the joy with!

  • Ed Davey
    Article: May 18, 2019
    By Edward Davey MP is Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesman in New Statesman

    The Home Secretary's new measures to tackle knife crime will waste police time and money. A public health approach is needed.

    As of May 16 2019 today, the government's Offensive Weapons Act has Royal Assent - and Sajid Javid's controversial Knife Crime Prevention Orders have now become law.

    The biggest of many problems with these Knife Crime Prevention Orders - or KCPOs for short - is that you can get one even if you've not been carrying a knife. Even if you've not committed any crime at all.