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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

  • GLD Conference 2018 - Wera introducing Vince
    Article: Jul 16, 2018
    In GLD Challenge Summer 2018

    Introduction by Wera Hobhouse, MP.

    Wera first met Vince at Green conference in Rochdale in 2005 so she was clear Vince has the skill of explaining complicated things to us and that he has a long track record on Environmental issues.

    Vince speaks:

    Thanks Wera. Wera is a tremendous addition to our party.

  • The True Cost of Food (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jul 16, 2018

    A new report from researchers at Oxford University and the Swiss agricultural research institute Agroscope provide a comprehensive database on the environmental impacts of almost 40,000 farms and 1,600 processing plants and retailers. The database is design to inform policy makers on how production practices and local geographies lead to different environmental impacts for 40 major foods. Producers have a profound impact on CO2 equivalent of the same product. For example, high-impact beef producers create 105kg of CO2 equivalent and use 370m2 of land per 100grams of protein while low-impact producers can use 12 to 50 time fewer resources to obtain the same result. By way of comparison, low-impact plant-based proteins such as beans and peas can create just 0.3kg of CO2 equivalents (including processing, packaging and transport) to produce the same 100grams of protein. On just one square meter of land!

  • Scotland's Renewables (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jul 16, 2018
    In GLD Challenge Summer 2018

    Scotland now produces more than twice as much renewable energy as it consumes.

    Between 2016 and 2017 the amount of power produced by the industry grew by 26%.

    In 2017 the country's fleet of hydro, wind, solar, biomass, tidal and green gas generators

    produced almost 25 terawatt hours. Scotland produces 25% of all UK renewable electricity.

  • Togo Electrification (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jul 16, 2018
    In GLD Challenge Summer 2018

    The Togo government has launched an energy policy to provide universal access to electricity by 2030.

    The strategy which will transform lives in nearly 1,000 communities, relies heavily on solar energy.

    Solar kit company Greenlight Planet has won a tender to distribute 300,000 units over the next three years.

  • Challenge front cover Summer 2018 (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jul 16, 2018
    By Christian Vassie (Editor) in GLD Challenge Summer 2018

    Fake Facts

    When my dad wants facts he still marches down to the public library because he doesn't trust the internet. If a fact is published in a book you can at least have confidence that it won't disappear in 35 minutes' time. Facts are a sandwich found on the middle shelf in the fridge. How long has it been there? Does it smell funny? Is it homemade or from a reputable supplier? Facts are fashion accessories. Do I look cooler with this one or that one? Can I wear it in public or is it only for wearing at home on the sofa in front of the TV?

  • Challenge front cover Summer 2018 (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jul 16, 2018
    By Christian Vassie (Editor) in GLD Challenge
  • Article: Jul 15, 2018
    By Keith Melton

    Some of you may have seen links to my recent Blog posts in the GLD Facebook page, but when we discussed this recently at the GLD exec, it was suggested it may be appropriate to briefly make the link here in a short signpost article in case others may wish to access them. There are three linked posts looking at Climate change and environmental issues and relating them to our current (and possible new?!) relationship with the EU. They have all been in July, so here is the link to all three. Enjoy...

  • Article: Jul 2, 2018

    The Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill is being debated again in Parliament. If it becomes law, it will make a big difference - but there is still work to do. Good mental health hospitals can save lives and help young people to recover and manage their conditions. But at the moment, far too many young people are being restrained or put in seclusion, in a way that can be traumatic and, in some cases, lead to serious injury or even death. This urgently needs to change.

    If it goes through, the Mental Health Units Bill - known as Seni's Law - will ensure that every use of force in a mental health unit is systematically recorded, and that every unit has a policy in place on force and a named individual responsible for implementing it. Crucially, it will also mean much more training for staff on de-escalation techniques, so they have better ways to respond to people experiencing a mental health crisis than the use of force.

    But there are three important elements missing from the Bill:

  • Article: Jul 2, 2018

    Universities are being told to "dramatically improve" support for students with mental health issues. The government is announcing it will award a certificate of excellence to institutions which meet new standards of mental health care. It also wants universities to give students an opt-in service for vice chancellors to contact parents. This would mean if students find themselves in a mental health crisis their relatives can be alerted.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2018

    Broadchurch star David Tennant is to play the dad of a girl called Rosie who has severe learning disabilities in a new five-part BBC Four comedy drama.

    W1A's Jessica Hynes will play his wife in the series written by Shaun Pye. There She Goes will be based on the experiences of Pye, whose daughter was born in 2006 with a rare and undiagnosed chromosomal disorder. The show focuses on family life with Rosie - such as trying to explain that every day isn't her birthday.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2018

    "A major ramp-up" in children's mental health services is needed to cope with the problems faced by young people, the boss of NHS England has said. Speaking to The House magazine, Simon Stevens said social media was contributing to higher rates of mental health problems in young people. He also said more people were "willing to come forward" as the stigma around mental health reduces.

  • Liberal Democrats at Manchester Pride 2017
    Article: Jun 27, 2018

    This Saturday, LGBT+ activists from the Liberal Democrats will be getting together in Manchester for the annual Summer Conference. The organisation's twice-yearly conferences set the campaigning and policy agenda for the organisation, and form an important part of its governence along with the Annual General Meeting.