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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.

Vote Liberal, Get Lawley. Vote Labour, Get Tory

The local election results shows any Labour MP with a majority of less than 10,000 votes is in serious trouble. No good outcome can come of a Labour win in the High Peak - especially after it was wiped out by the Tories in May 4th's County Council elections here. It's impossible. Across the country, Conservatives who are facing Labour aren't even breaking a sweat, however Tory MPs who are facing a Lib Dem challenger (e.g. Hazel Grove and Cheadle) are having to fight for their lives. There are only two possible outcomes in the High Peak on June 8th:

1) Conservative Andrew Bingham will increase his majority if Labour continue under the delusion they can win in High Peak.

2) Lib Dems' Charles Lawley will win the seat if enough moderate Labour & Tory voters make the switch.

The message we need you to take forward and tell everyone in the High Peak is this:

Vote Liberal, get Lawley. Vote Labour, get Tory.

Charles and Tim

Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron and High Peak Parliamentary Candidate Charles Lawley

In 2010, when Labour were deeply unpopular, with an inept leader, and the Lib Dems were rising in popularity (sound familiar?), Labour tried to mask their own inadequacies by pretending "tactical voting" would beat the Conservatives. In 2010 we would have returned a Lib Dem MP in the High Peak, but were thwarted by "tactical voting" for Labour - despite the national picture - which let in Andrew Bingham.

It's 2017 and we're potentially in exactly the same situation. Labour represent fewer people in the High Peak than ever before, whereas our vote share in last week's local elections has doubled. We must not let Labour fool the High Peak again.

Charles says:

"I have lived in the High Peak virtually all of my life. My first home was in Buxton, and I grew up, went to primary school and had my first job in Buxworth. My first experience at running a business was at The Railway in Whaley Bridge and now I'm living and raising my young family in Chapel-en-le-Frith. My family has lived and worked here since 1665; my ancestors' fought for our country and their names are remembered on our war memorials. This is my home and I will be honoured to serve you as our Member of Parliament.

As your MP I will fight to return police to our streets, so necessary as burglaries escalate across High Peak; Labour & the Tories would rather have them spying on our emails under their 'Snoopers' Charter'. I will oppose the huge budget cuts to secondary schools (which disproportionately hurt our schools in the High Peak.). I want our high schools to get the same increase in funding that primary schools have, thanks to the pupil premium - a valuable principle introduced when the Liberal Democrats were in government. I'll fight against cuts to local healthcare services. We simply cannot afford to lose 535 local hospital beds over the next 5 years. The Lib Dems is the only party with a fully costed plan to raise £6bn for the NHS, by increasing income tax, across all bands by only 1p. We need the 1 in 7 High Peak jobs that are directly dependant on access to the single market to be protected and I want the people of the High Peak, indeed the entire electorate, to have a final say on the final terms of the Article 50 deal."

Please get in touch if you want to help us deliver leaflets, knock on doors, do some clerical work, put up a poster or make a donation to our campaign.

"This election is your opportunity to change the direction of our country" - Tim Farron.


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: May 28, 2017

    Under Theresa May's proposals, many would end up paying far more for their care. Families deserve to know now what the Dementia Tax will mean for their homes, finances and relatives. The Liberal Democrats will keep campaigning to scrap the Dementia Tax and ensure no-one has to worry about catastrophic costs to pay for their care.

  • Anita Day
    Article: May 28, 2017

    Members of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale stated:

    Beer, brewing and pubs make a huge contribution to our local economy. They support nearly 900,000 British jobs, and contribute £23.1bn to the UK economy annually. Pubs are also an important part of local community life, bringing people together and combating loneliness.

    Please show your support by signing up to back three simple pledges ahead of the election:

  • Article: May 28, 2017

    Supporters of the League against Cruel Sports asked

    Britain has some of the strongest animal welfare laws in the world, but we now risk falling behind:

    • The Hunting Act, which protects wild animals from being chased by packs of dogs, is under threat, despite 84% of the public supporting the ban.
    • Sentences for animal cruelty offences are extremely lenient, with a maximum six months in prison, compared to two to five years in most countries.
    • Court orders banning those convicted of animal welfare offences are unenforceable due to a lack of records.
  • Anita Day
    Article: May 28, 2017

    Supporters of Care2 asked

    If elected as my MP, please tell me what action you and your party will take to solve homelessness.

    I am emailing you via the Care2 petition demanding action on homelessness: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/576/760/240/

    Anita says

    The Liberal Democrats are committed to doing more to prevent and tackle homelessness and rough sleeping in the UK. We can and must do more to get homeless people off our streets and into permanent accommodation.

  • Anita Day
    Article: May 28, 2017

    Since the snap election was called I have received an emormous number of questions about what I and the Liberal Democrats in Grantham and Stamford stand for and why you should vote Liberal Democrat on June 8th. So starting today I will be publishing a series of articles starting with a summary version of the Liberal Democrat Manifesto.

  • Article: May 28, 2017

    Rarely has such an ill-thought out policy made it into a manifesto. The Tory proposals for what's been dubbed a "dementia tax," going back on previous proposals to set a cap on care costs for those who need care, don't even seem to have the agreement of senior Conservatives. In fact, if the Sunday papers are to be believed, they don't even have the backing of Theresa May's two chiefs of staff.

  • Article: May 26, 2017

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has launched a national movement calling on people, irrespective of their party affiliation, to stop the Conservatives' planned Dementia Tax.

    It comes alongside Liberal Democrat research that reveals that across England, 9 out 10 homes could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May's Dementia Tax.

  • Article: May 26, 2017

    An announcement by the Labour Party that it would invest £45bn in the NHS and social care over five years as well as protect pensions could be rendered meaningless by Brexit, Liberal Democrats have said.

    Treasury analysis from 2016 estimated that the form of Brexit supported by the Labour and Conservative parties - a negotiated bilateral agreement as opposed to membership of the single market - would rob public services of £36bn EACH YEAR. A botched Brexit could cost the Exchequer up to £45 billion a year. The government has neither formally rejected this analysis nor commissioned new figures since the referendum.

  • Article: May 26, 2017

    A new survey for The Independent has found the majority of the public is now in favour of banning the most-polluting vehicles from city centres.

    Some 51 per cent of respondents agreed with this suggestion, with only 15 per cent against and the remainder not expressing a view, pollsters ORB said.

    Commenting on the reports which shows the public back the Liberal Democrat policy of banning the most-polluting cars from city centres, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary Jenny Randerson said: "The air we allow our children to breathe is toxic and is leading to a national health crisis.

  • Article: May 26, 2017
    By Richard Adams Education editor in The Guardian

    IFS says funding will fall by nearly 3% by 2021, with the Education Policy Institute thinktank drawing similar conclusions

    Schools in England will face real-terms funding cuts for years to come if the Conservatives win the general election, according to analyses by two thinktanks. The figures show year-on-year falls over the coming parliamentary term despite a Conservative manifesto promise to redirect £1bn in additional funding to state schools by slashing free school meals for infants.

  • Article: May 25, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have withdrawn their Party Election Broadcast that was due to air on BBC One in England this evening. The party is replacing it with a heartfelt, personal and non-political message from leader Tim Farron following the heinous attack in Manchester on Monday.

    In the emotive and deeply personal message, recorded yesterday, he reflects on his experience of visiting Manchester for the vigil in Albert Square on Tuesday night.

  • John Marriott
    Article: May 25, 2017
    By John Marriott in Letter to the Guardian

    Dear Sir,

    Yes, I got a 'free' university education back in the 1960s. Mind you, my County grant meant that I had to work during every vacation - and a great experience it was mixing with ordinary people after a rather cocooned life at a boys' grammar school and four years at Cambridge.

    However, I was one of a very small minority of my contemporaries to receive higher education in a relatively small number of institutions offering degrees, certificates and diplomas. Today, with around 45% of school leavers succumbing to the blandishments of a seemingly ever growing number of 'universities', with teaching staff to pay and research to finance, it is just not financially feasible to offer the kind of assistance I was lucky enough to receive.

    Like the Lib Dems in 2010, with little chance of forming the next government (although shooting themselves in the foot could still give the Tories some worries), Labour can afford to indulge itself and promise the earth. If I were contemplating studying for a degree today I would think twice before signing up to a 'pledge' to abolish tuition fees. If I were a graduate already paying off their debts, I would be pretty brassed off at the thought of future generations getting a free ride.

    Yours,

    John Marriott,

    18 St Hugh's Drive,

    North Hykeham,

    Lincoln LN6 8RD