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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

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    An accident in a swimming pool left Chieko Asakawa blind at the age of 14. For the past three decades she's worked to create technology - now with a big focus on artificial intelligence (AI) - to transform life for the visually impaired.

    "When I started out there was no assistive technology," Japanese-born Dr Asakawa says. "I couldn't read any information by myself. I couldn't go anywhere by myself." Those "painful experiences" set her on a path of learning that began with a computer science course for blind people, and a job at IBM soon followed. She started her pioneering work on accessibility at the firm, while also earning her doctorate.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018
    By Marie-Louise Connolly & Catherine Smyth, BBC NI Health team in https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-46474001

    The mother of a severely-disabled man who is a patient at Muckamore Abbey Hospital described a seclusion room her son was placed in as "a dark dungeon". The woman said she was horrified that in 2017 the room was being used for people with learning disabilities.

    Families want a public inquiry to investigate allegations of physical and mental abuse at the hospital. The Belfast Trust said it "apologised sincerely" for behaviour it said fell below professional standards. In July, it emerged that 13 members of staff at the County Antrim hospital had been suspended by the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust following allegations of ill treatment. At the time it said: "This regrettable and unacceptable situation in no way reflects the work of our 500 dedicated and professional staff who provide excellent care every day to the 80 patients in Muckamore."

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    A council has apologised for the second time to the family of a disabled boy who missed out on half a year's schooling.

    The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found Surrey County Council (SCC) delayed measures intended to resolve the failings.

    It follows an investigation in May which found the council was failing to meet the boy's educational needs. The council apologised and said the boy is now receiving the "right support". The ombudsman said the "injustice" had caused the boy's family "justified frustration, anger and avoidable uncertainty".

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    The mother of a disabled boy has slammed the "spineless" person who left a nasty note on her car, despite it displaying a valid blue badge. The note accusing Emma Gearing, 26, of "laziness" was left on her car when she was in Maidstone with her son who is fed through his stomach.

    The note read: "Using a disabled badge when you don't need it could cost you £2,000." Mrs Gearing described the person as "gutless" and "too quick to judge".

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    Air travel could become smoother and less fraught for disabled passengers if a new charter for airlines and airports is adopted, say ministers. Disabled flyers have long complained of lost or damaged wheelchairs, struggles with access on planes and in airports, and poor customer service.

    If adopted, the charter would remove the £2,000 limit on payouts for damaged wheelchairs. It would also enforce better training for airline crews and baggage handlers. In the longer term, the charter would encourage the industry to look at ways to allow people to take their own wheelchairs into aircraft cabins.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    It is "difficult to see" how a grant for disabled people could be reinstated without creating "turmoil", Wales' social care minister has said. Former recipients of the Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG) are being moved on to council-run support. Huw Irranca-Davies suggested "unpicking" changes would create problems for those on the new system.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    A Labour AM says the way the Welsh Government has changed support for disabled people was "bound to be unpopular"

    Mike Hedges has questioned the logic for removing the Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG).

    Funding and support for around 1,300 severely disabled people is being transferred to councils. Social care minister Huw Irranca-Davies has said the change will remove a "two-tier system".

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    Campaigners have called for mandatory training to ensure people with learning disabilities are treated properly in hospital.

    The Paul Ridd Foundation, named after a man who died in 2009 partly as a result of hospital neglect, said a standard for care was needed.

    A petition backing the proposal has attracted more than 4,300 signatures. The Welsh Government said the foundation was part of a working group on health improvements.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    Thousands of children missing out on support for diagnosed special educational needs in England is a "national scandal", Ofsted has said. There are 2,060 children in 2018 who have education, health and care plans (EHCs) setting out their needs, but who receive no support at all. Some parents said a child is only assessed when they are excluded.

  • Corporate Debt Outsanding as % GDP (Felix Dodds)
    Article: Dec 10, 2018

    In October there was a very interesting briefing by UNCTAD of its report on Debt Vulnerabilities in Developing Countries: "A New Debt Trap? and its Trade and Development report." It was the first of these reports that interested me most due to its coverage on the alarming trends in debt and extent of the debt crisis.

  • Image for Brexit petition
    Article: Dec 9, 2018
    By Observer editorial

    With the exit deal set for a resounding rejection and an abject lack of leadership, it's finally time to give the voters a say

    The choice facing MPs on Tuesday - whether to approve the terms of Britain's exit from the EU negotiated by the prime minister - is the most important postwar decision parliament has confronted. It will irrevocably shape our nation's future, Britain's status and influence in the world, our economic competitiveness and the rights of future generations to live, study and work across a continent.

  • libdems at Brexit march
    Article: Dec 5, 2018
    By Editorial in The Guardian

    Theresa May's plan to leave the European Union is off to a disastrous start. How will it finish up?

    Brexit is often sold by its most committed supporters on the right as a constitutional version of the economic doctrine of Thatcherism, a clean break with the failed policies of the past. These fanatics succeeded in convincing David Cameron, who was prone to flattery but supine in the face of aggression, that a popular vote in a referendum was a remedy for the unrepresentative nature of Westminster politics. Once they did away with Mr Cameron, they installed Theresa May and carried on with legislative manoeuvring to enable an irreversible transformation of society. The hard Brexiters are ruthless about the means, and in denial about the fall-out of their desires. Yet now the game is up.