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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

  • vince cable
    Article: Jul 17, 2017
    By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Chancellor Philip Hammond was quite happy to tell Andrew Marr that his Cabinet colleagues didn't trust him on Brexit, but not so quick to deny that he'd said that public sector workers were overpaid. Our shadow Chancellor and almost leader Vince Cable had this to say:

    I am very surprised by Philip Hammond's reported comment the public sector workers are "overpaid". Who exactly is he talking about? Nurses? Teachers? Police officers? Servicemen and women?

    There is very clear evidence of chronic shortages and recruitment difficulty in many of our essential services. Basic economics, let alone wider ideas of fairness suggests that Hammond's position is totally unsustainable.

  • Mark Pack
    Article: Jul 16, 2017
    By Mark Pack

    For the Liberal Democrats and its predecessors the party's strategy for success at general elections was based on the accumulation of random chance through hard work. That is, a particular Parliamentary seat would become winnable through the combination of the right mix of personalities coming together at the local level, opposition errors, issue opportunities and helpful demography or tactical situation. Causal factors one and all, but with the accumulative appearance of random chance.

  • Stop Brexit
    Article: Jul 16, 2017
    By Mark Pack

    UK public opinion seems to be steadily edging towards support for a second referendum on EU membership. Opposition to another vote still leads by 7 points (48%-41% against) but this is down from a 19 point deficit in December.

    (You can listen to the full podcast episode here.)

    When it comes to future Liberal Democrat policy on Europe this highlights two things. First, that public opinion can shift, especially on this issue where there is a large chunk of voters who are pessimistically accepting of Brexit. They would rather it didn't happen but currently see it going ahead as the least worst option given the 2016 referendum came out the way it did. The more successful a clearly pro-European party is, the more opportunity there is to win such people over with a plausible alternative future.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2017
    In RAND Europe is a subsidiary of the RAND Corporation. RAND® is a registered trademark. Copyright © 1994-2017 RAND Corporation.

    A Proof-of-Concept Study Using Stated Preference Discrete Choice Experiments

    The British public place the greatest value on the ability to make trade deals and retaining access to the Single Market for trade of goods and services after Brexit, more so than restricted freedom of movement, increased sovereignty and reduced EU contribution.

    These findings, and others, were the result of a set of stated preference discrete choice experiments conducted in February 2017 with almost 1,000 members of the British public.


    In the wake of the vote for the UK to the leave the European Union (EU), the UK government has started the process to negotiate terms for 'Brexit'. As with all negotiations, trade-offs will have to be made. The purpose of this study is to go beyond the political rhetoric, starting from the premise that compromises will have to be made, and try to understand what the British public think about these trade-offs.


    RAND Europe worked with The Policy Institute at King's College London and the University of Cambridge to help understand and quantify how the British population value key aspects of the UK's relationship with the EU that may form part of the Brexit negotiations. The aim was to look at the public's views about the detailed choices on offer, defined by seven key attributes:

    • Freedom of movement for holidays
    • Freedom of movement for working and living
    • Net contribution to the EU budget
    • Free trade deals
    • Free trade of services and goods
    • Sovereignty over laws.

    Our aim was to quantify the relative importance of these attributes to the British public and how these vary across the population.


    The research uses an economic approach known as 'stated preference discrete choice experiments' to measure how the British public value different aspects of our relationship with Europe. The method involves asking individuals to state their preference between hypothetical relationship options, described by the seven key attributes shown above. Each attribute was then described by a number of levels, reflecting in different negotiation positions and possible deals.

    The research used a sample of 917 people interviewed in February 2017, drawing from those who participated in the British Social Attitudes survey, which is considered to be the "gold standard" for survey research.


    • The British public want a deal on Brexit and are willing to compromise to get one. Netting out the positives and negatives, we find that the current situation of EU membership is worth about £14 per household per week more than leaving the EU with no deal.
    • The British public place the greatest value on having the ability to make trade deals and retaining access to the Single Market for trade of goods and services after Brexit, more so than restricting freedom of movement, increased sovereignty and reduced EU contribution.
    • The British public seem, particularly those who voted to leave the EU, to be more concerned with restricting demand for public services than simply managing freedom of movement.
    • The British public value the UK being able to make its own laws, but not as much as they value Single Market access or the ability to make trade deals.
    • Education level was the most important explanatory variable in quantifying people's preferences. Overall, those with university degrees preferred closer ties to the EU. They were more positive about the value of freedom of movement for holidays and working and strongly disliked options with severe restrictions on freedom of movements, such as requiring a visa to travel to other European countries for holidays (and requiring other Europeans to have a visa to travel to the UK). They were also less sensitive to the level of EU contributions and held differing views about the importance of UK sovereignty over its laws, preferring options where the UK is subject to EU laws in environment, employment and trade.
    • Given the importance of making trade deals and retaining access to the Single Market, we find that the public place a positive value on a relationship like Norway's current relationship with the EU, allowing for free trade with other countries while remaining within the single market, and accepting freedom of movement and some loss of sovereignty.


    Project Team

    • Charlene Rohr

      Senior Research Leader

      Charlene Rohr is a senior research leader at RAND Europe. Her research interest is in understanding factors that influence mobility and travel choices, using choice modelling and qualitative methods.

    • Hui Lu


      Hui Lu is an analyst at RAND Europe working on choice modelling and valuation research. With a strong quantitative and qualitative analysis background, she has extensive experience in stated preference experiment design, analysis and results interpretation to develop an evidence base for…

    Additional Team Members

    • Jonathan Grant (The Policy Institute at King's College London)
    • Alexandra Pollitt (The Policy Institute at King's College London)
    • David Howarth (University of Cambridge)
  • vince cable
    Article: Jul 15, 2017
    By Stephen Moss in The Guardian

    The new Lib Dem leader says he is ready to rebuild his party, and plans to defeat the 'great repeal bill' by leading an anti-Brexit alliance before winning power

    Nominations for the post of leader of the Lib Dems don't officially close until Thursday, but we already know the name of the winner - Vince Cable. In fact, Cable tells me, as every other MP has pledged to support him, he is already de facto leader, and has just come from a strategy session with his parliamentary colleagues to discuss how to get their ailing party back on the map. In the election in June, the Lib Dems managed to gain a few seats and now number a round dozen, but their vote share was a measly 7.4% compared with 23% in 2010. The collapse has been calamitous.

  • John Marriott
    Article: Jul 15, 2017
    By John Marriott in Letter to the Times

    Dear Sir,

    In her article today on tuition fees Melanie Phillips is spot on. Indeed I would go further. She says it is 'more important to invest in sound vocational education'. Sorry, I would say that it is ESSENTIAL.

    The government could start by dusting off the 2004 Tomlinson Report, which advocated giving vocational education at least parity with academic education and which the Blair government, possibly fearing a backlash from the middle classes on whose votes it depended, largely ignored. It's ironically these same middle classes, whose offspring have been the main beneficiaries of the expansion of university education over the past thirty years.

    If we are to have a future after Brexit we need to start to make more things instead of just importing them. We can't just rely on things like financial services to make our way in the world. Working with your brain can only take you so far. But working with your brain and your hands has got to be the way forward.

    John Marriott,

    18 St Hugh's Drive,

    North Hykeham,

    Lincoln LN6 8RD

    Tel: 01522 687965

  • Article: Jul 14, 2017

    England's first Disability Pride festival is taking place in Brighton. The one-day festival aims to celebrate and educate people about all physical and mental disabilities.

    The event in New Road is being supported by disability charities Scope and Amaze, and was funded by a £10,000 National Lottery grant.

  • Article: Jul 14, 2017

    The "shocking" case of a man with learning disabilities and terminal cancer has led to a call for the prime minister to appoint a commissioner for learning disabled people's rights. Ian Shaw, 34, spent nine years in secure hospitals before being moved into community care last year. The cancer was found and his parents say the units should have spotted it.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2017

    The Office for Budgetary Responsibility (OBR) has warned that even a small hit to productivity caused by Brexit could cause a £97bn hit to the UK economy in the long-term, reducing tax receipts by £36 billion.

    The OBR report also describes future tax receipts as being "particularly vulnerable" to the impact of Brexit on the financial sector, which could face up to 60,000 job losses.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2017

    One month on from this tragedy, there is no less pain for the victims and their families, no less fear, and no less anger over the failings of the political system.

    The disaster at Grenfell Tower has left a huge scar, not just in the local community of Kensington, but across Britain. It has moved people deeply, whether they have local connections or not, and that has been reflected in the generosity shown by public donations. It has also exposed deep divisions and inequalities in our society which we have ignored for far too long. This disaster should have been avoided. How is it possible that, in a very wealthy borough like Kensington and Chelsea, dozens of people can burn to death in their own homes?