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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 23, 2017

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has announced that the party has suspended all national campaigning until further notice. Tim was due to fly to Gibraltar today as part of the general election campaign but has cancelled the trip.

    Tim Farron said: "The country is united in grief after this devastating terror attack. Just as the country is focusing all its thoughts on the victims and their families, so politicians should come together in solidarity and respect for the innocent people caught up in this vile attack.

  • Article: May 23, 2017
    By Nick Hopkinson, Chair of the Lib Dem Europe Group in West Sussex Times

    Please find below a recent letter by Nick Hopkinson, the LDEG Chair, to the West Sussex Times

    Dear Sir,
    Your recent editorial praised the ruling Conservative Party for its record as the majority Party on West Sussex County Council (WSCC). Is this really merited? Education continues to be woefully underfunded. West Sussex road programmes and maintenance remains patchy, and social care and re-cycling facilities operate on reduced hours. The list of Conservative led failings at WSCC goes on.
  • Charles entering petition data
    Article: May 22, 2017

    88% of homes in the High Peak could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May's so-called 'dementia tax', research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    Charles Lawley has urged residents, irrespective of their party affiliation, to join a campaign to stop the Conservative social care plans which would saddle those with long-term illnesses with crippling care costs after their death.

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for a penny on income tax to boost funding for the NHS and social care by £6bn a year, as well as a £72,000 cap to protect people from crippling care costs.

    Liberal Democrat candidate Charles Lawley said:

    "Caring for our elderly should be above party politics and that is why I want to urge anyone who opposes these plans to come together to stop them.

    "Every elderly person who needs care should receive it in the best place for them. People shouldn't have to worry about losing everything they've worked hard for to pay for crippling care costs.

    "Together we can stop the so-called 'Dementia Tax' and put in place a cap on the cost of care."

  • Mark Pack (Mark Pack)
    Article: May 21, 2017

    Mark Pack writes today :

    "An updated version of my 'what the Lib Dems believe' digital graphic is now out, and designed for much better compatibility with mobile devices

    - http://www.markpack.org.uk/libdem-beliefs/

    It's designed more for supporters rather than floating voters, as it emphasises what makes us Liberal Democrats rather than our immediate solutions to the most pressing issues of the moment, although Europe etc. of course do get a mention.

    Hope you find it useful!"

  • Article: May 21, 2017

    You can find out more about the Liberal Democrat policy to safeguard Britain's future with our European neighbours in the 2017 general election manifesto and in this video:

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  • School Meals
    Article: May 21, 2017
    By Michael Savage, policy editor in The Observer

    Move could undermine key Tory target of helping families 'just about managing', as concerns grow over social care pledge

    About 900,000 children from struggling families will lose their right to free school lunches under a cut unveiled in the Conservative manifesto.

    The total includes more than 600,000 young children recently defined as coming from "ordinary working families", according to analysis for the Observer by the Education Policy Institute.

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: May 20, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have reacted after a day in which the upper echelons of the Conservative Party were in lock-down, apparently in panic after their social care policy backfired. The Institute for Fiscal Studies analysed Theresa May's plans and concluded that "the Conservative plan makes no attempt to deal with the fundamental challenge of social care funding."

  • Farron on Green Cuts
    Article: May 20, 2017
    By Ian Johnston Environment Correspondent in The Independent

    Exclusive poll for The Independent shows public - and most Conservative voters - back banning the most-polluting cars from city centres as pressure builds on the Government

    It has been described as a "public health emergency" responsible for tens of thousands of deaths every year, but dozens of local councils have been failing to report on air pollution as required by law for years.

  • Vote Her Get Him
    Article: May 20, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have today launched a poster attacking Theresa May for adopting Nigel Farage's vision for Brexit.

    Launching the hard hitting poster in Twickenham, Vince Cable slammed Theresa May's plans to rip Britain out of the Single Market and pointed out her extreme agenda was backed by UKIP who are standing down in swathes of seats to back the Tories.

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable said:

    This week has been about manifestos

    To understand what is going on you have to listen to the voices of the people who are Mrs May's cheerleaders and admirers.

    Nigel Farage. He purrs like an elder statesman, his job done.

    He said of the Prime Minister "she is using exactly the words and phrases I have been using for 20 years. I'm thrilled"

    He should be. She has adopted wholesale the UKIP model of Brexit. No half measures. Out of the Single Market. Out of the customs union. Out of all the sensible cooperation around science and environment. The agenda of the hard right.

    And not just on Europe. Do you remember the man who smiled with President-elect Donald Trump in a gold-encrusted lift? Who used his good offices to secure a meeting for our Prime Minister. Her hand-holding. Backing for the Trump administration. The close bonding. The treat of a state visit to come. Not that it achieved anything. The tough American trade negotiators have made it clear that economic size, not sentiment, determines priorities: the EU before the UK.

    Then, refugees. Nigel Farage posed in front of a poster of Syrian refugees fleeing the war. Spreading fear and distrust. But Mrs May is just as determined to keep foreigners out. Refugees. Students who are not immigrants and help our economy. Essential workers. They all fall under her net immigration target. As George Osborne has reminded us the more thoughtful Conservatives regarded the target as absurd and damaging and she hopelessly failed to meet it in any event. But UKIP is cheering her on.

    Farage is 'thrilled' for her. And that is because he is the architect in chief of her Brexit strategy.

    It didn't have to be like this. She could have taken as her inspiration the most politically successful Conservative Prime Minister in peacetime: Margaret Thatcher. But Mrs Thatcher is the creator of the Single Market.The Four Freedoms. Nothing to do with Brussels and Juncker. A British creation and a fine one which served Britain well. But Mrs May wants to trash her predecessor's legacy.

    And this is more than a meeting of minds with the UKIP hard right. There is an alliance. Not a Progressive but a Regressive Alliance. UKIP are standing down in a third of their seats for the Tories.

    They realise that there is no need for a UKIP candidate when the Conservative will represent them!

    That is what we believe the public should be reminded of until polling day

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: May 20, 2017

    Reports today suggest that Brexit negotiations will start on 19 June, 11 days after a historical General Election.

    It is understood that the EU's Chief Negotiator hopes to start by dealing with citizens' rights, the UK's divorce bill and on the border of Ireland.

    Commenting on these reports, Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Brexit said:

  • Nick Clegg
    Article: May 20, 2017
    By Robin Bennett in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The Lib Dem Manifesto of 2017 gives canvassers plenty to promise on the doorstep, but past achievements can be more convincing. Yet who among canvassers can instantly name three achievements attributable to the Liberal Democrats, against Conservative inclinations, in the Coalition Government of 2010-2015?