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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

  • Mark Pack
    Article: Feb 19, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    My old Campaign Corner series looked to give three tips about commonly asked campaign issues. The pieces still have a lot of relevance, so welcome to my latest periodic update to previous posts - and do get in touch if you have any questions you would like to suggest for future posts.

    Today's Campaign Corner question:

  • Article: Feb 18, 2018
    In Electoral Reform Society

    In the centenary month of women securing the franchise, looking back on the politics of previous decades throws up some grim reminders of discrimination.

    Take just one: when Janet Fookes was first elected to represent Merton and Morden in 1970, she was interviewed about her appearance and love life - rather than her policies or priorities.

  • Streetlight
    Article: Feb 17, 2018
    By Stefan Pidluznyj, Local Democracy Reporter in Lincolnshire Reporter

    Three quarters of respondents to a Lincolnshire County Council survey were negative or extremely negative about the authority's controversial changes to street lights in the county.

    Over half of Lincolnshire's 68,000 street lights were reverted to a 'part-night' lighting system, saving the council £1.7 million per year.

  • Vince Cable valentine ()
    Article: Feb 16, 2018
    By Sir Vince Cable in The Times

    Love may be in the air but there is little of it lost between cabinet colleagues this Valentine's Day. With Britain negotiating as a disunited unit of one against a united block of 27 countries, the prospect of either 'no deal' or a very poor deal is growing. The prime minister's reaffirmation that she is negotiating to leave the customs union as well as the single market guarantees that there will be a hard and disruptive form of Brexit.

  • Merlene Emerson London Bridge
    Article: Feb 16, 2018
    By Merlene Emerson in Liberal Democrat Voice

    On 13 February, eve of Valentine's Day, members of the Race Equality Policy Working Group met for the first time at LDHQ. I mention Valentine's Day because this is very much a labour of love for those of us who have volunteered to assist the Party in its policy making on this important subject.

    The first meeting was also timely for another reason: it follows the issue last week of Lord Alderdice's report on Race, Ethnic Minorities and the culture of the Liberal Democrats and an email from our leader, Vince Cable MP, calling on each and every member to play their part in changing the culture of the Party.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2018
    By Kirsten Johnson in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Yesterday, the government published the latest Work and Pensions Select Committee report on PIP and ESA Assessments.

    The benefits system is clearly failing - asking a claimant how they caught Down's Syndrome is appalling. One lady was put down as able to walk her dog, even though she did not own a dog and could hardly walk.

  • Liberal Democrat Gain
    Article: Feb 16, 2018

    A bumper set of fourteen council by-elections this week. None of the seats up are Lib Dem held. Rather, seven are Conservative, four Labour, one is an increasingly rare Ukip seat, one SNP seat and one is a residents group vacancy.

    After last week's disappointing dip this time there are eleven Liberal Democrat candidates (79%). That's up four on the last time all these wards were contested.

  • Exit from Brexit
    Event: Feb 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    High Street West, Glossop,

    A pro EU Action Day is going to be held in Glossop on Saturday 24th February. The action day will be running from 10 am to 2 pm, based out of the market arcade on High Street West in the centre of Glossop opposite Norfolk Square. If you can't make the full four hours don't worry as any and all help, even just for a little while, is most welcome.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2018
    By Conference Team

    EAST MIDLANDS LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
    SPRING REGIONAL CONFERENCE 2018

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

    City of Derby Academy, Farmhouse Road, Derby DE24 3AR

    Come and join us at our Spring Gathering

    The Conference will be opened by our morning keynote Baroness Lorely Burt

    Our afternoon keynote speaker is Baroness Susan Kramer

  • Exit from Brexit
    Article: Feb 15, 2018

    The last few weeks have been horrifying. The Prime Minister and her cabinet have tacked even closer to the extremist-fringe of the Leave Campaign.

    Leaked Government reports have revealed that leaving the Customs Union will wreck our economy and cost hundreds of thousands their jobs.

    It's more important than ever to stand up and make our voices heard. Without us - the UK might, willingly, plunge off a cliff-edge on the 29th March next year.

    When Parliament returns, MPs will be debating the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill. In that bill is a great chance to stop Theresa May's Conservatives taking us out of the Customs Union. But to do that, we need MPs to back amendment NC1.

    Will you contact your MP today and ask them to do that?

    Contact your MP

    Amendment NC1 (which you can read in full here) would attempt to ensure the UK Government negotiates with the EU to keep the UK in the Customs Union.

    We're 100% behind it - and we're working with MPs from all parties to make sure it passes. We're joining Conservative MPs Anna Soubry & Ken Clarke and Labour MPs Chris Leslie & Chuka Umunna in trying to pass this.

    As we saw with the EU Withdrawal Bill, with the backing of Conservative, Labour and the Lib Dem MPs, there's a real chance we can pass this amendment.

    But to make this happen, we'll need your help. We need you to contact your MP and ask them to support amendment NC1:

    Contact your MP

    Staying in the EU is still the best option for Britain - it's why we're campaigning for an exit from Brexit. But a Brexit where Britain leaves both the Single Market AND the Customs Union is the absolute worst outcome.

    This shortsighted, ideological decision will wreck our economy for decades to come and cause countless thousands of people to lose their jobs.

    It's a bad idea - and we have to do all we can to avert it. So please, contact your MP today:

    Contact your MP

    Thank you,

    Tom

    Rt Hon Tom Brake MP
    Lib Dem Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU

  • Asylum
    Article: Feb 15, 2018
    By Lord Roger Roberts in Liberal Democrat Voice

    There was a time when a letter in support of an Asylum claim from an MP or Peer would be pretty certain of a reply from the Home Office. People have received permission to stay in the United Kingdom following such letters. Deportation decisions have been reversed. It is not too much to claim that lives might have been saved.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2018
    By Paul Walter in Liiberal Democrat Voice

    On Tuesday the Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, joined academics, students, business leaders and other politicians at a rally in support of international students. London Frist's "Stand up don't be counted" campaign aims to take students out of the UK's net migration target.

    The photo above shows Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party, Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive of London First, Paul Currran, President of City University, Sir Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Tulip Siddiq MP attending the rally in Torrington Square, London.