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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

  • Challenge front cover Summer 2018 (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jul 16, 2018
    By Christian Vassie (Editor) in GLD Challenge
  • Article: Jul 15, 2018
    By Keith Melton

    Some of you may have seen links to my recent Blog posts in the GLD Facebook page, but when we discussed this recently at the GLD exec, it was suggested it may be appropriate to briefly make the link here in a short signpost article in case others may wish to access them. There are three linked posts looking at Climate change and environmental issues and relating them to our current (and possible new?!) relationship with the EU. They have all been in July, so here is the link to all three. Enjoy...

  • Challenge front cover Summer 2018 (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jul 6, 2018

    Let's not fool ourselves, the flora and fauna of this planet are under pressure like never before, but we should nonetheless recognise and celebrate each and every conservation success story, if only to encourage us to do work harder. In late May the IUCN brought good news for 12 critically endangered species, among them the Mauritius Falcon which had been reduced to just four known birds in 1974, including one breeding female. Captive breeding, supplementary feeding, nest-site enhancement and predator control, and enabled the population to rise to 400 birds today. Other recovering species include the New Zealand Archery Frog, the greater bamboo lemur, and the Lebanese cedar.

  • Challenge front cover Summer 2018 (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jul 6, 2018

    A group of Indian engineers have invented a filter to convert diesel fumes into ink. Fitted to the generators that are widely used during the regular power cuts that cripple India's electricity supplies, the filters remove 90% of the soot particulates in the exhaust gases. The soot is sold on to ink manufacturers. Chakri Innovation have sold 53 machines to governmental agencies, saving 1,500 billion litres of air from pollution. Over a million people die from atmospheric pollution every year in India.

  • Plastic Odyssey (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jul 6, 2018

    Plastic Odyssey

    A group of young French engineers set themselves the challenge of creating a boat that could be powered by pyrolysis of waste plastic. The prototype had its maiden voyage in mid-June.

    Their ambition is to democratise this still expensive technology as well as drawing attention to the huge volumes of plastic in our oceans.

  • US City at night (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jul 3, 2018

    More than 70 US cities have adopted a 100 percent renewable electricity goal. That number has doubled over the last twelve months, courtesy of Donald Trump's determination to steer the nation in the opposite direct. Among the latest cities to sign up is one in the deep red south. Atlanta, Georgia has a population of 490,000 and is the largest city in the South. It hasn't set itself the most demanding of targets - the 2050 deadline is fifteen years further away than the politicians wanted - but the path they have chosen is for a homegrown energy transformation rather than relying on out of state wind power.

  • GLD Conference 2018 - Graham Neale listening to Simon Hughes (KNDaws)
    Article: Jul 3, 2018

    We've been busier than usual here at the Green Liberal Democrats, and this copy of Challenge is testament to all that hard work.

    In a world dominated my social media and an 'online presence', it's refreshing to sit down and read a magazine.

    All our articles and contributions reflect the passions of the authors.

  • GLD Conference 2018 - Your Ideas (KNDaws)
    Article: Jul 3, 2018

    Keith Melton on a rigorous afternoon debate at GLD conference

    A technical issue (of not having the correct PowerPoint presentation in place! Mea culpa) meant that the afternoon session ended up with a different mode of working than the original Balloon debate plan I had in mind, and so we had a discussion - perhaps we could call it a "bubble creation" session, which was largely captured on two white boards which happened to be lying around. I will now try to interpret what ideas were put forward and which of those resonated most strongly with the group present. I have attached the photographs of the boards to this document to enable those present to challenge my assumptions if incorrect.

  • COP23 (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jul 3, 2018

    Safe Clean & Connected Mobility

    EU transport progress report

    While the UK disappears down a hole in pursuit of a white rabbit called Brexit the rest of the EU is forging ahead on the creation of a sustainable future.

    In May the European Commission announced its proposals for Safe, Clean & Connected Mobility. Among these are plans for the first ever CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles; a strategic Action Plan for the development and manufacturing of batteries in Europe and a forward-looking strategy on connected and automated mobility.

  • Challenge front cover Summer 2018 (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jul 3, 2018

    TRAFFIC SURVEYS ...... and how to campaign on environmental issues

    It was great to get elected to Southwark Council in May and thanks to all the Green Lib-Dems who helped. I feel the biggest single environmental issue in Saint George's Ward is air quality, but it hardly registered with the voters. The ward is between the Elephant and Castle and Waterloo in central London. Car ownership is low, nearly 70% of households don't have a car. The area is well served with buses, trains and a number of London underground stations.

  • Shampoo (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jul 3, 2018

    How many plastic bottles are there in your bathroom? I have three daughters. Two have moved out but they still keep their favourite shampoos in the bathroom! A couple of months ago, between the five members of the family, we had 57 plastic bottles in the family bathroom. Yes, I counted. Shower gels, mouthwash, bubble baths, conditioners, and shampoos ... For greasy hair, straight hair, problem hair, frizzy hair, fly away hair, coloured hair, dandruff ... There's even one for ... dirty hair. A dozen different flavours: apple, mango, raspberry, fraise (for those who don't like the sound of strawberries), henna, jojoba and lime ... It was doing my nut. How can we reduce our use of plastic when there is no alternative to shampoo bottles? But there is. I took the plunge. Solid shampoo bars. You mean like soap? Well, yes and no. You buy it like a bar of soap but it lathers like shampoo. The minute you use it and it lathers up in your hand you realise that a humdrum corner of Plasticland has disappeared forever. Hurrah!

  • light school (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Jul 3, 2018

    Steve Bolter charts a revolution in lighting

    When I started school in 1947 London, the classrooms had tall windows and coal-gas lights. Home had filament lamps.

    My current home has Light Emitting Diodes. Even the National Trusts has embraced modern lighting technologies in its historic houses; but many ordinary households have not.