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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

  • stall pic
    Article: Sep 24, 2018
    By Philip Knowles

    The People's Vote Stall in Grantham was visited on Saturday by Cllr Phil Knowles, a former Candidate for the European Parliament, to offer his support for a People's Vote and to encourage activists to keep up the campaign.

    " People voted in or out on referendum day and voted in good faith. Others didn't vote for a variety
    of reasons, perhaps by choice, commitments that resulted with them being away from home etc.

    Surely it's the correct thing to do to put the final deal or whatever scenario we are faced with at the end of the negotiations to the community in a Peoples Vote.

    The community can then decide is it the Deal they want, the deal they expected or the deal they need to secure their future, the future of their family and friends, their jobs and more"

  • Article: Sep 24, 2018

    National broadcasters and the UK government have backed a plan to double the number of disabled people working in television by 2020.

    The BBC, ITV and Sky are among those to support the initiative to increase the percentage of disabled people working on screen and behind the scenes. The scheme comes from the Creative Diversity Network (CDN).

  • Article: Sep 24, 2018

    A "celebration of disability" which aimed to promote the positivity of a paralysed man has been held in Norwich. Disability Pride was held at the Forum on Sunday and featured information stands, performers, live music and activities.

    It was opened by Simon Kindleysides, who in April became the first person to complete the London Marathon in an exoskeleton suit.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2018

    After leaving hospital following open heart surgery, a man with Down's syndrome immediately thought "good, I can go back to work tomorrow." Martin Grice's mother said working at Alyn Waters country park has built her son's self esteem and confidence.

    Wrexham council currently gives 65 people with disabilities and learning difficulties unpaid work placements at places like the park's cafe. But it is considering closing the service by 2020 to save up to £460,000. Details will be discussed later at a council meeting, with a promise the situation will be "managed sensitively".

  • Article: Sep 24, 2018

    The mother of a blind child has blocked access to a housing development with her car in a protest over its "shared-space" road scheme.

    Michelle Hough, from St Agnes, Cornwall, claims they are "discriminatory and dangerous".

    Shared roads are used by both vehicles and pedestrians.

    Sanctuary Group, which owns the site, said it was "fully compliant" with planning permission granted by Cornwall Council, which is yet to comment.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2018

    About 110,000 jobs in adult care in England are left vacant, a rise of 22,000 in a year, according to workforce data. Training charity Skills for Care said the vacancy rate had risen from an estimated 6.6% in 2017 to 8% in 2018. It said employers found it a "challenge" to get people with the "right values" for care work. The Department of Health and Social Care said it is going to run a recruitment campaign. The statistics also show 31% of carers left or changed jobs in 2017-18.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2018

    Children with mental health problems are not receiving treatment until they are in crisis and sometimes suicidal, doctors have told the BBC. A letter leaked to Panorama reveals at least one area's child and adolescent mental health service (CAHMS) to be rationing care.

    Leading psychiatrist Jon Goldin described the service as "not fit for purpose". The government said it was investing an extra £1.4bn in child mental health.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2018
    By Nick Hopkinson

    by Nick Hopkinson, Chair, Liberal Democrat European Group*

    Twitter: @libdemeurope and @nickhopkinsonEU

    I have four key messages: 1. Brexit is not a done deal; 2. Brexit can be stopped; 3. The #peoplesvote is theway to #exitfrombrexit; 4. Each and every one of us needs to get behind the Peoples Vote and capitalise on it as the only national party which is wholeheartedly supporting it.

  • Brighton and Hove Lib Dems at Pride 2017
    Article: Sep 12, 2018

    This weekend sees the Liberal Democrats' Autumn Conference in Brighton. As usual, LGBT+ Lib Dems will be in the thick of events, with a Sunday evening of campaigning and celebration.

    We will have a stall in the Conference Exhibition throughout the weekend - come to see what we're campaigning on, join us or renew your membership, and meet up with other LGBT+ members of the party.

  • Perfect time
    Article: Sep 10, 2018


    Inspiration Days are friendly and informal events, designed to give different groups in our membership, the opportunity to develop their skills, learn more about becoming active in the party and meet other like-minded members from across the region.

    Following feedback received from members across the East Midlands, we are working with the Campaign for Gender Balance to host a FREE to attend "Women's Inspiration Day" - hoping to support women across the Region, with participants from as many constituencies as possible.

  • Article: Sep 5, 2018

    Cuts to respite care for families of severely disabled children have been referred to the Department of Health. NHS bosses on Teesside plan to introduce an assessment of parents' needs, which they admit might reduce provision.

    Middlesbrough Council has told Health Secretary Matt Hancock the proposal would lead to "unacceptable safeguarding risks". His department has been contacted for comment. The council said the "proposed changes to the assessment and allocations process have not been defined with sufficient clarity and completeness". They were "not financially justifiable on any rational basis", it said.