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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: Sep 17, 2017

    In April 2016, I wrote to the UK Statistics Authority over the Vote Leave campaign's claim £350m a week is sent to the EU.

    In his reply the Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE, said that VoteLeave's use of the figure was "potentially misleading."

    The fact that Boris Johnson continues to use it, despite having been told repeatedly that it's nonsense, means it is just not credible for him to remain in Government.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2017

    Today at our Autumn Conference the Liberal Democrats have called on the government to immediately lift the pay cap on the armed forces to address a growing recruitment crisis.

    Currently, a newly trained private on £18,488 would see a £351 real-terms pay cut next year once inflation is taken into account. The Liberal Democrats would raise wages in line with inflation, meaning a newly trained private would get a pay rise of £536 up to just over £19,000.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2017

    The effects of Brexit are already being felt.

    The value of the pound has plummeted.

    Inflation has risen. Growth in the economy has slowed, and the government is already borrowing billions more to fill the gap in lost tax revenue.

    Growth in the economy has slowed, and the government is already borrowing billions more to fill the gap in lost tax revenue.

  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Sep 17, 2017
    By Andrew Rawnsley and Toby Helm in The Observor

    The Lib Dem leader intends to restore winning ways

    This is the Indian summer of Vince Cable. He had long nurtured ambitions to lead his party, but finally gave up on them when he was one of the casualties of the 2015 election massacre of the Liberal Democrats. He took his ejection from parliament to be the death of his political career.

  • Jo Swinson (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Sep 17, 2017
    By Jessica Elgot in The Guardian

    Deputy leader says Russia has been more measured than US on global crises, and expresses concern about rising intolerance

    Russia has been more measured than the US in dealing with global crises, the Liberal Democrats' deputy leader has said, telling her party conference that the victory of liberal values over intolerance was not guaranteed.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2017

    The simple fact is that the proposed EU-UK security treaty is likely to fail unless Theresa May drops her opposition to the European Court of Justice.

    The government has announced it will seek a new treaty with the EU to preserve vital cooperation against crime and terrorism.

    However, access to tools like the European Arrest Warrant, Europol and security databases all require abiding by rulings from the EU Court of Justice, an issue Theresa May has made a red line.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2017

    Welcome to Conference Daily - your round-up of everything that's happened today at #LDConf

    Scroll down to find out what we've been up to!

    Enable Images to view this edition of Conference Daily in it's full glory. Catch up on Layla Moran's speech to #LDConf

    Layla Moran: We can reclaim our place as the Party of Education

    In her Conference Speech today, Layla Moran took apart the Conservative and Labour party's approach to education and set out a way for the Liberal Democrats to do things differently. Read the highlights & watch the speech here

    Read more
    At #LDConf today our members voted for a new policy to tackle Climate Change - join our campaign and find out more!

    Tackling climate change - before it's too late

    At #LDConf today our members voted for a new plan to tackle Climate Change, with tougher measures than ever before. Find out more - and join our campaign here:

    Find out more
    Join the campaign
    Tune in Live for our Conference Rally at 1830 this evening!

    Tune in live!

    Tune in live on Facebook at 1830 for our Conference Rally, featuring speeches from Christine Jardine, Jo Swinson, Vince Cable and many more besides!

    Tune in on Facebook
    Want to know what new policies got passed by #LDConf today? Click here!

    Want to know more?

    Read every single policy passed by our Conference in Bournemouth - just click below!

    Find out more
    This morning, Conference voted to suspend standing orders - find out what it means here.

    Important update to the Conference Agenda

    This morning, Conference voted to suspend standing orders and change the conference agenda. What does it all mean? Find out here!

    Get caught up
    Download all of the conference papers here

    Make sure you're up to date

    Check out all of the conference papers and make sure you're up to date on everything that's happening at conference - click here!

    Take a look

    Thanks for reading! Until tomorrow!

    Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Sep 16, 2017
    By Gemma Roulston

    Another motion, which was successful in the emergency motion ballot, will be debated on Monday, was on the chaos around the Implementation of Universal Credit.

    The motion reads as follows:-

    Conference notes that Liberal Democrats support the principles behind Universal Credit, namely its aims of simplifying the social security system, improving work incentives, increasing take up, tackling poverty and reducing fraud and error.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2017
    By Gemma Roulston

    After successfully coming through the ballot on emergency motions at the Bournemouth Conference, Liberal Democrats will debate the motion that was backed by LDDA, on the UK Government's treatment of disabled people.

    The motion reads as follows:-

    Conference notes that in August 2017, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) Committee found that the UK Government's cuts to social security and other support for deaf and disabled people had caused a "human catasrophe" which was "totally neglecting the vulnerable situation that people with disabilities find themselves in" and, taken with the UK Government's refusal to either recognise or implement the recommendations fo the previous inquiry by the UN CRPD Committee in 2016, concluded that the Conservative Goverment ahd committed "a grave, systemic violations of the rights of person with disabilities"

  • Article: Sep 16, 2017

    Today at #LDConf we have called for the setting up of a tough new watchdog to protect the environment from threats posed by Brexit.

    In a conference motion we called for the creation of an Office for Environmental Responsibility that would ensure laws on air quality or the cleanliness of beaches are properly enforced.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2017

    Theresa May must use her speech next week in Florence to change course and unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU nationals, to prevent a 'Brexodus' of thousands of nurses and teachers working in Britain's schools and hospitals.

    In a conference motion passed today, we demanded that the government urgently publish a review into the impact its Brexit policies are having on staffing shortfalls in public services.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2017

    In a motion passed today at our Autumn conference, we have called on the government to set a global example by bringing forward Britain's climate targets ten years from 2050 to 2040.

    As part of the motion, we have also condemned, in the strongest possible terms, President Trump's climate change denial and his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement.