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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 Comeback Is On

May-December 2016 Council By Election Bar Chart

Whilst 2016 politics may not have been a great year for small L liberalism, the second half of the year has marked a dramatic comeback of the Liberal Democrats.

You don't need to be told about the dramatic success in the parliamentary by-election in Richmond Park or the huge Lib Dem swings in Witney and Sleaford and North Hykeham, but a few pieces of data out this week may have slipped your attention.

First Ipsos Mori released a poll yesterday which had the Lib Dems at its highest share of the vote in five years.

When asked, "How would you vote if there were a General Election tomorrow?" a sample of 1,003 answered:

  • Conservatives 40% (down 2% from November)
  • Labour 29% (down 4% from November)
  • Liberal Democrats 14% (Up 4% from November)
  • UKIP 9% (Up 2% from November)
  • Scottish/Welsh Nationalist 4% (Down 1% from November)
  • Green Party 3% (No change)
  • Other 1% (Up 1% from November)

This is very similar to an opinion poll released in 2009 which had Cons on 40, Lab on 29 and ourselves on 14. From there the Liberal Democrats went to hit the dizzyings heights of "Cleggmania" and, a mere 5 months later, we formed a government. From the exact same platform, what can we achieve with the next General Election 3 and a half year away?

Now, whilst this is General Election we can't ignore that we have Derbyshire County Council Elections in May, so how does the local election scene look?

Last night (December 15th) the Liberal Democrats won 3 council-by elections from the Conservatives meaning the total amount of seats gained since May (when there was the last round of local elections across the country) shows the Liberal Democrats the best performing party locally by a country mile. The Lib Dem have made a total gain of +24, the only other party to have made a gain are Plaid Cymru on +4. SNP are on -2, UKIP on -3, Greens have no change, Labour on -11 and Conservatives are on -15

Make no mistake, friends. The Lib Dems fought back across the country in 2016. 2017 is the High Peak's turn to show what we are capable of. We desperately need you to help us keep Councillor David Lomax and Councillor Beth Atkins in their wards in Whaley Bridge and New Mills respectively, as well as growing our vote in areas like Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Glossop, Hadfield, Charlesworth, Dove Holes, Edale, Castleton and Hope. Over the Christmas period, please have a think of how you can help us bring the fight back to the High Peak.

Join today and help the High Peak Liberal Democrat fightback in 2017.

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. It oversees matters like the selection of Prospective Parliamentary Candidates.

Like 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

  • Zulfiqar Ali
    Event: Jan 27, 2017 10:00 AM - Mar 2, 2017 8:00 PM
    The Wheatsheaf Hotel Sheaf Street Shelton Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4LW

    The Stoke on Trent Central by-election has officially begun, we've selected our candidate, Dr Zulfiqar Ali, we have a HQ in the heart of Stoke and this weekend we've got a huge action day planned - all that's missing is you!

    This weekend, we're holding an action day and trying to deliver the entire constituency and we really need your help to do it - please RSVP here if you can: libdems.org.uk/stoke-on-trent-action-weekend

  • Zulfiqar Ali
    Article: Feb 20, 2017
    By Ed Fordham in Liberal Democrat Voice

    In the world of politics "one more heave" has all the images of failure. It conjures up the notion that if you keep trying you succeed eventually thus creating the cycle of failure, by always trying again.

    So in that sense, I have changed my own personal politics over time to ensure that every election is specific and that I get something out of it regardless of the result. Indeed, when I mentor candidates I often tell them "that you learn much more when you lose than if you win". This has the added advantage for me as a Liberal Democrat of being involved in a range of elections and constantly learning.

  • Article: Feb 19, 2017


    Oakham CofE Primary School, Burley Rd, Oakham LE15 6GY

    9:30am-4:00pm - Saturday 25th February 2017

    Hello Everyone!

    Book before midnight on Thursday 23rd February to take advantage of our pre-event rate of £12/£8 ticket + £5 for lunch

    We'd love you to come along, enjoy and take part in our varied program. This has been put together by members for members to give you the support and training you have asked for. Sessions include:

  • Zulfiqar Ali
    Article: Feb 19, 2017

    Problems often arise with a campaign - and today was one of those days when problems came in threes.

    1. We ran out of delivery and residents and deliverers complained that we were doing some houses for the second and third time.

    2. We ran out of canvassing that we had prepared and printed and ready and now have a data backlog

  • Tom Brake
    Article: Feb 19, 2017
    By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

    One of the things we can be most proud of is that we ensured that this country was committed in law to providing 0.7% of GDP in foreign aid to provide things like food, humanitarian aid, water, schooling and protection for women and girls at risk of abuse to the poorest places on the planet.

    Now it seems that the Brexiteers in government plan to divert some of that money to EU countries to advance our position in the Brexit negotiations. That doesn't strike us as being what it's for.

  • Liberal Democrat Gain
    Article: Feb 19, 2017

    Seven by-elections across six wards, with three Liberal Democrat seats up for defence, this week.

    Wokingham DC, Emmbrook - 17th February 2017

    Arch-Brexiteer John Redwood has something to worry about on his patch. In a rare Friday by-election, Liberal Democrat Imogen Shepherd-Dubey gained the Emmbrook ward on Wokingham District Council with an eye-watering swing from the Conservatives!

  • Article: Feb 18, 2017

    East MIdlands Spring Regional Conference
    Saturday 25th February 2017

    Oakham C of E Primary School

    To see our timetable in full please click HERE* Please note that you may have to sign into the website to access this document. It's going to be a great event with training requested by members across the region and a keynote speech by Lord Brian Paddick.

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Tens of thousands of deaths could be linked to cuts to health and social care, a new research paper by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Oxford has found.

    The researchers concluded that "the evidence points to a major failure of the health system, possibly exacerbated by failings in social care".

  • Dr Zulfiqar Ali
    Article: Feb 17, 2017
    By Ed Fordham in Liberal Democrat Voice

    I'm departing Derby and calling at Peartree, Tutbury and Hatton, Uttoxeter, Blythe Bridge, Longton, Stoke on Trent Longport, Kidsgrove, Alsager, Crewe… no more will I call at Etruria Station on the slow train… (to recall Flanders and Swann).

    Ah the nostalgia of going back to a place you know and love is that everything has changed and nothing is different. But as I sit on my train to Stoke-on-Trent (the train signal board cited above doesn't have hyphens!) I reflect that Etruria railway station has closed since I was there.

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Responding to Tony Blair's speech today on Brexit, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

    "Tony Blair is right. The challenge now is to persuade people to change their mind and the Liberal Democrats are the only party offering them a chance to have their voice heard again.

    "Blair's speech shows how badly Corbyn's Labour has failed as an Opposition.

  • Europol
    Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Robert Wainright says Britain could be more vulnerable if the Government fails to secure access to vital intelligence sharing

    Britain could be more vulnerable to terrorism and organised crime after a hard Brexit, Europol's chief has warned. Director of Europol Robert Wainright told Sky News today that Britain could be more vulnerable if the Government fails to secure access to vital intelligence sharing.

  • Dr Zulfiqar Ali
    Article: Feb 16, 2017

    The Lib Dems have alerted the police after messages sent to some Muslim voters in Stoke-on-Trent suggested they could go to hell if they failed to vote Labour to keep out Ukip's Paul Nuttall.

    The anonymous message, distributed locally to some in the Muslim community by text and Whatsapp, called for people to vote Labour so as not to help "enemies of Islam".