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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

  • Ed Davey (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Apr 25, 2018

    .Watch EU Withdrawal Billl

  • immigration
    Article: Apr 25, 2018
    By Adam Pritchard in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Regular readers of this site will probably be aware that the Party has been consulting members about the development of new policy on immigration, refugees and identity.

    As the chair of the working group, I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to respond to the consultation: we received around 100,000 words in written submissions and over 900 members responded to our online survey. The working group has been working through your responses and last Wednesday we met to discuss what you have told us and how it will inform the development of our policy paper on immigration.

  • Exit from Brexit
    Article: Apr 25, 2018
    By Editorial in The Guardian

    Theresa May has promoted the pyrrhic freedoms of a fantasy Brexit for too long. It is time for compromises that protect manufacturing and Northern Ireland.

    It may not be the crunch, but it is surely the beginning of the crunch. Thursday's Commons debate on borders and customs regimes after Brexit is a crucial opportunity for MPs to fire a very clear shot across the government's bows in favour of the softest possible Brexit. The Commons will be debating a motion on Thursday, not a piece of legislation - the latter opportunity will come when the trade bill and the EU withdrawal bill are again discussed by MPs next month. Yet this week's motion is anything but trivial. It supports frictionless post-Brexit trade borders for manufacturers and it insists on continuing alignments across the Irish border. It is moved by the backbench liaison committee of select committee chairs, so it has backing from senior parliamentarians from Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party. The outcome must send an unequivocal message that we have reached make your mind up time.

  • Phil Knowles
    Article: Apr 24, 2018
    By Philip Knowles

    Dear All,

    A year is a long time in politics but every day certainly counts.David Chalmers, a fellow member of the Member of the LDEG executive, has written the below letter to his MP about the vote in the Commons on Thursday about remaining in the Customs Union. Perhaps you might want to email something similar to your MP reflecting the adverse consequences of Brexit within your area.

  • Isabelle Pararsam
    Article: Apr 24, 2018
    By Isabelle Parasram in Liberal Democrat Voice

    In November 2017, I was appointed by the Federal Board of the Liberal Democrats as Special Investigation Counsel to conduct an investigation and produce a Report on the handling of sexual impropriety complaints within the Party.

    I am pleased that, after a period of being embargoed, the report has now been published and you can access it here.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2018
    By Derek Laud in The Guardian

    I was born in Britain, but even I feel the hostility of the climate Theresa May has created

    The treatment of a generation of British citizens who live here, work here and vote here has been truly appalling. Theresa May, who as home secretary created the environment that allowed it to happen, should never be allowed to forget it.

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: Apr 23, 2018
    By Rajeev Syal and Anne Perkins in The Guardian

    .Criticism of Home Office staff is attempt to deflect from Theresa May's hostile policies, says FDA chief

    Amber Rudd's implied criticism of her own Home Office staff over the Windrush scandal is an attempt to deflect from eight years of hostile immigration policies under Theresa May, the head of the top civil servants' union has said.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Apr 23, 2018
    By THe Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Here is Vince Cable's speech to Scottish Conference yesterday. He challenged the SNP to back a People's Vote on the Brexit deal, saying that their silence on the issue was embarrassing. He said he had been working with them perfectly well on issues like the customs union and he single market and called on them to put the national interest above their party interest.

  • Rachel Palma Randle
    Article: Apr 23, 2018
    By Rachel Palma-Randle

    It's been just over one year since the Snap General Election was called on my first day as Director for People. It was one heck of a start and it's been a heck of a year. Out of the window immediately went my careful plan for membership development, training for volunteers, online fundraising and candidates. The roadmap to 2020 was suddenly obsolete. It was terrifying, but fast paced and fun.

  • Merlene Emerson London Bridge
    Article: Apr 23, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    At the Liberal Democrat spring conference, members voted to make improving the party's diversity one of our main priorities. Agreeing the principle is, of course, much easier than bringing about the reality.

    As the Alderdice report highlights, we need a cultural change in the party which is the responsibility of all of us to bring about. A key part of that will be the future for the party body Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats (EMLD).

  • Citizens Advice Bureau in Boston (Citizens Advice Bureau in Boston. Photo: Google Street View)
    Article: Apr 21, 2018
    By Joseph Verney in Lincolnshire Reporter

    Petition against cuts to Lincolnshire Citizens Advice gains over 1,600 signatures

    A woman from Boston who has set up a petition against cuts to the county's Citizens Advice service has said the move would be "cruel and inhumane".

    Gina Lewis Beever, 48, has used the service herself and is unhappy with the level of consultation with the public. She is trying to get it reversed through a petition, which currently has 1,690 signatures.

  • Liberal Democrat Gain
    Article: Apr 21, 2018

    West Berkshire UA, Thatcham West - 19th April 2018

    LD Jeff Brooks 820 [48.4%; +9.7%]
    Con 523 [30.9%; -16.9%]
    Lab 130 [7.7%; -5.9%]
    Grn 130 [7.7%; +7.7%]
    UKIP 91 [5.4%; +5.4%]
    Lib Dem gain from Conservative
    Percentage changes from 2015
    Turnout 34.3%


    Warrington UA, Lymm South - 19th April 2018