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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

  • VInce Cable
    Article: Feb 15, 2018

    On BBC 2's Newsnight on Tuesday, Vince made a very good job of laying out why a hard Brexit is far from liberal here from 7 minutes in.

  • Exit from Brexit
    Article: Feb 14, 2018
    By Rob Parsons in Liberal Democrat Voice

    If there is a referendum on the final deal about leaving the European Union, what would we say? Here is my starter:

    Background

    We recognise that the vote to leave the EU was fuelled (in part) by dissatisfaction with growing levels of inequality, and felt pressure on cultural values and identity. So we need to address a) the reasons why staying in the EU is better than leaving, as well as b) how we are going to address inequality in the UK and the identity issues tied up with some of our suspicion of foreigners. I think it is also important to make the point that staying in the EU is not the goal. It is a step towards our goal of ensuring that this country works for everyone, and not just the élite.

  • Liberal Democrat's Logo
    Article: Feb 13, 2018
    By Miranda Roberts in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The Party's Federal People Development Committee have had our first meeting of 2018. There was a lot to discuss - here is a quick summary of what we talked about and agreed.

    First up we made a couple of important amendments to our Standing Orders. The first amendment was to create the role of Committee Clerk. This is a volunteer role, to assist the Secretary. The Clerk is not a voting member of our committee, they are purely there to help supply administrative support for the Chair and Secretary. The Committee felt this was a good way to "live our values" as the cliché goes, of using volunteers more widely to increase capacity. We later appointed a member called Nicola from Somerset to be the first post-holder of this role. In future if this vacancy arises again, it will be advertised as a potential volunteer opportunity.

  • Aldc
    Article: Feb 13, 2018
    By Adam Bambrough in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Adam Bambrough, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Clock House, Bromley Council in May's local elections, has shared his experience of attending November 2017's Kickstart Weekend.

    I am fairly new to the party and I've been fast-tracked to be the candidate in May for the Bromley Council seat of Clock House in Beckenham. I have always been full of determination and drive, but before attending Kickstart, I was unsure whether my instincts in this new environment were correct. I also lacked the knowledge, strategy and technique to win my ward.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2018

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    1300-1400 SATURDAY 10 MARCH 2018

    HESKETH 2, RAMADA PLAZA HOTEL, SOUTHPORT

    Following the formal part of the AGM, 30 minutes are envisaged for an informal discussion with Catherine Bearder MEP, Nick Hopkinson and LDEG members to discuss the latest Brexit developments.

    The AGM is open to all LDEG members (new LDEG members can join at https://ldeg.org/en/page/join-ldeg or join at the door)

  • your liberal britan
    Article: Feb 13, 2018
    By Maria Geftar Your Liberal Britain's Coordinator

    Hi - are you wondering what you can do to actually help stop Brexit?



    If so, this is where we come in: we want to make sure that you have every possible opportunity to do just that.

    We've got more in the works, but for now here are five things you can do to help us Exit from Brexit:

    1 JOIN TOM BRAKE'S TEAM

    Are you a media professional or sector expert? Or just really passionate about stopping Brexit? Then this is the opportunity for you! The Lib Dem Brexit spokesperson, Tom Brake MP, is recruiting a volunteer resource group of industry insiders, communicators and researchers to support his role in the party's campaign to win an Exit from Brexit.

    Our main goal is to provide Tom Brake with a team of writers and digital activists who can ensure that his message is reflected online and communicated in the specialist and student press. The group will also be seeking to establish brand relationships that advance the party's Exit from Brexit campaign. Basically - plenty to get involved with!

    + Head over to bit.ly/BrexitResourceGroup to put your hat in the ring.

    2 SHARE YOUR STORY

    We want YOUR stories about why staying in the EU is important for your town, family, or your identity in general. Join us in our film and photography competition to get the chance to make your story difference-making in our strategy on Brexit. It's really simple. We're looking for one-minute video submissions or photos with brief captions - get creative, make them fun but above all, please make them personal.

    + Apply here: bit.ly/LaunchpadCompetition

    3 WINNING AN EXIT STRATEGY ONE TWEET AT A TIME

    The Online Champions are about to put their full weight the party's official Exit from Brexit campaign. What we mean by this? Well, the Online Champions is Your Liberal Britain's digital campaigning platform where we give digital activists and campaign managers a place to come together, to learn, to organise and to mobilise. This platform is going to be at the forefront of the party's campaign to win an Exit from Brexit.

    + If you spend a fair chunk of time on Twitter or Facebook, and would like to help the party get much more done online, sign up here: bit.ly/JoinOnlineChampions

    4 DON'T WAIT FOR THEM TO CALL EU, DO IT EURSELF

    The only way we can achieve an exit from Brexit is by growing our movement: no saviour is going to step in and do it for us. So how do we do that? By talking! We all know there are plenty of disgruntled Remainers out there who are one step away from getting involved in the campaign. All you have to do is give them a call and get them to join our growing campaign, making us one step closer to spreading our message.

    5 ORGANISE AN EVENT

    Are you interested in running street stalls, public events and on the ground campaigning? Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder and her team have created an Exit from Brext campaign-in-a-box to give you everything you need to get started.

    + If you're a Liberal Democrat member, for your chance to obtain a Campaign in a Box for your local party please fill out the order form here.

    ++ If you're not yet a member but want to find out how to get involved you can find your local party's contact details here and encourage them to do it! (And while you're at it, sign up to become a Lib Dem here!)

    Ok, that's all for now.

    Your Liberal Britain, Catherine Bearder team, and Tom Brake await you on the other side! (Where there's no Brexit).

    Cheers to that,

    Maria Geftar
    Your Liberal Britain's brand new Coordinator
    (It's my second week in the job - hi everyone!)


    PS. A recent poll asking participants how well Brexit is going showed that 53% said "Badly".

    (Even Nigel Farage thinks so).

    And that says a lot.

    PPS. If you're as fed up of Brexit emails as Michael Gove is of experts, you can find new ways of getting involved with the Lib Dems almost every day - and announce your own too - over on our Facebook group Lib Dem Megaphone.
    Your Liberal Britain is a grassroots initiative helping the Liberal Democrats reinvent themselves as a bold political movement that no-one can ignore.

    Learn more about our work here, and get involved here. You can read our privacy policy here.
  • VInce Cable
    Article: Feb 12, 2018

    Ministers to set out "road to Brexit" in series of speeches. Probably a series of different roads to different Brexits. Hammond doesn't want to leave his driveway. Boris will have too many pints with Nigel before setting out. Theresa May's sat nav has broken down.

  • Exit from Brexit
    Article: Feb 12, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    Business Insider has been looking at the coming together of several different pro-European groups to form a new, more effective push against Brexit:

    The rise of pro-EU groups such as the Scientists for EU, Best For Britain and the New European newspaper has created an increasingly powerful, but disparate pro-European movement…

  • John Marriott
    Article: Feb 12, 2018
    By John Marriott in Lincolnshire Reporter - https://lincolnshirereporter.co.uk/2018/02/john-marriott-pay-local-services/?utm_source=Lincolnshire+Reporter+Daily+News&utm_campaign=fde81447f0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_11_21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e88988b43a-fde81447f0-127546729

    For many years now governments of all political colours have seen fit to centralise more and more powers to themselves. The result of this has impacted directly on the councils that in the past were the major providers of the kind of services that have improved the lives for generations of our citizens. Today they are a shadow of their former selves, whose lack of influence is clearly reflected in poor turnouts in local elections.

  • Alter
    Article: Feb 11, 2018
    By Joe Bourke in Liberal Democrat Voice

    ALTER will address this question in our conference fringe at Southport next month to be held on Friday, 9th March at the Ramada Plaza, from 20:15 to 21:30 in the Promenade room.

    Leading the discussion will be two LVT experts and experienced Liberal Democrat campaigners - Michael Meadowcroft and Tony Vickers.