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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

  • Ed Davey and Mary Page at Bristol Lib Dems November 2018 (greenlibdems.org.uk)
    Article: Nov 26, 2018

    Ten years ago, the Climate Change Act was a radical piece of legislation - made more radical by Lib Dem input.

    For the first time, it set meaningful and achievable targets to help us decarbonise. It's a model that has been adopted all over the world and it has been a great success.

    And in Government, Liberal Democrats ensured Britain met the early targets from the Act, and kept future targets ambitious.

    The biggest Lib Dem successes came on renewables and European co-operation

    We more than trebled investment in renewable electricity. We turned Britain's off-shore wind industry into the world leader, with policies that have helped reduce dramatically the cost of green power.

  • Mary Page ()
    Article: Nov 26, 2018
    By Mary Page
    Mary Page of GLD wrote the following statement to Bristol council regarding the Climate Emergency motion
    Subject: Statement to Full Council 13/11/2018 in relation to MOTION 2 - DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY

    To whom it may concern, please accept my Statement to Full Council in relation to MOTION 2 - DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY

    We have just commemorated ArmisticeDay100, where a century ago millions fought and died so we could live. I'm sure the future they imagined they sacrificed would be a better one than they themselves had known. Granted, gone are the smogs, the open sewers and rationing, but what is the future we are now leaving the next generation to come? Unless we act now, in another 100 years, it still, will be one without clean air, clean water or clean food.

    On the air we breathe, data collected by the Council itself shows illegal levels of NO2 in the city, and your own report cites around 300 deaths a year in Bristol are linked to air pollution. We are suffocating ourselves at the bottom of an ocean of poisonous gasses.

    On the water we drink, many of us will have seen the distressing scenes of the BBC Drowning in Plastics programme where our water sources are overflowing with both flotsam and jetsam. We now know of the negative impact of micro-plastics in our pastes and potions, as well as the micro-fibres from man-made fabrics in our washing machines, which is creating a polluted toxic soup in our oceans. The first research is now in, that just as there is plastic found by marine biologists and conservationists in the stomachs of marine birds and animals, so it is there in the faeces of some humans.

    On the food we eat, after reaching my half a century last month, and moving my father who has dementia & Alzheimers into a care home, I found a project the 9 year-old me wrote about DDT being found in the animals in the polar ice-caps. Yet what has really changed? We now hear of research that links that pesticide to the rise in dementia, and of compensation payouts over the use of neonicotinoids in Germany related to impacts on the honeybee. We are literally and wilfully continuing to poison our ecosystems with scant regard for the sanctity of wildlife, let alone that of humanity.

    We have to ask ourselves, why are we allowing private companies to take and use all our our public and shared essential-to-life resources, to line the pockets of just a few individuals. We find half of the world's wealth is now owned by just 1% of the population, and we see a return of a philanthropic economy. If we do nothing the rich will just do as they did before and pay for the mitigations and adaptations to move their homes to clean air zones, drink filtered water and consume organic fresh produce whilst leaving the poor to suffocate in an invisible dust, wade in the stinking swamps and choke on a chemical and toxic gruel. Traditionally climate change has been seen as the issue of the chattering classes or the champagne socialists, but in reality, it's still the poorest who are dying in the environmental battle trenches...

    I don't need to give you any more facts, as it's all there in the IPCC reports and your own experience. I add just one, that here in the UK the humble hedgehog has declined from over 30 million to just 1.5 million in my lifetime. So what I am asking of you is the courage to act, it really is now or never. As with the greatest respect, most of us are now of an age where we will not live to see the results of our actions, but I hope that in a 100 years there will be people who say they will remember us for changing the future, giving up some of the things we are used to having today, in order that we give our children and our children's children a future that is worth fighting for.

    So as those millions, who died on the battlefields 100 years ago, look down on our so-called civilised society, don't let those deaths for a better future be in vain. Don't let a collective amnesia of the past, allow us to recreate the mistakes we thought we had corrected. We are in clear and present danger, and it's our duty to fight to protect our beautiful planet for future generations. I implore you to support the motion.

    Name: Mary Page, Bristol Resident,

    Kind regards,

    Mary Page

  • Long term commitment on refuse collections is needed
    Article: Nov 26, 2018
    By Julian Hawkins

    A few months back, the BBC produced a rather depressing programme - The Secret Life of Landfill. I gave up watching it after a while, as it was just making me angry.

    The site operators were clearly putting a lot of effort into storing refuse in high technology landfill, as if that made the refuse go away permanently. But it doesn't - unless the site is steadily covered up with sediment, buried and converted into rock over the next hundred million years, the contents will, in time, be released into the environment.

  • ALDTU Logo
    Article: Nov 26, 2018

    At the recent AGM of the Association of Liberal Democrat Trade Unionists (ALDTU) they elected Sir Simon Hughes as their new President who is a former President of the Green Liberal Democrats and a respected campaigner on green issues.

    It was fitting that they also debated and passed an Emergecncy Motion on Climate Change in which they described Climate Change as one of the biggest, if not the biggest, issue facing humanity. They criticised the decision by Clearcast to ban the Iceland Foods Christmas advert which highlighted the contribution of Palm Oil production to deforestation which significantly contributes to Climate Change. ALDTU felt that the urgency of Climate Change had also been highlighted by the recent report from the IPCC which says that we have 12 years to tackle Climate Change or face irreversible Climate Change.

  • Trade Union Group
    Article: Nov 26, 2018
    By Kevin Daws

    Trade Unions have a key role to play in protecting our planet as well as campaigning on a wide range of issues including Climate Change; Fracking; Greening the Workplace; single use plastic; renewable energy, electric cars and many other environment issues. You could start by asking your Trade Union Branch and your national trade union to affiliate to the Campaign Against Climate - here is a model motion which you can use for this purpose

  • Frack Free United (https://www.frackfreeunited.co.uk/)
    Article: Nov 19, 2018

    Dear Prime Minister

    We call for an immediate halt to all unconventional oil and gas exploration and production in the UK. This shall include all activities related to high pressure hydraulic fracturing (known as 'fracking'), coal bed methane (CBM) and acidisation.
    We believe that developing an unconventional oil and gas industry in the UK will result in unacceptable negative impacts on public health, the environment, local communities and the economy.
  • Bristol Council declare a Climate Emergence (greenlibdems.org.uk)
    Article: Nov 15, 2018
    By Peter Bruce

    Bristol City 'Ups the Pace' on Climate Change action

    After the great Liberal Democrat actions on renewables, housing and 'green' investment during the coalition, the Tory government has cancelled much of the good work and slowed the pace right up. We need new impetus/energy for action as reflected by the public energy in growing Climate Action and Extinction Rebellion initiatives.
  • Article: Nov 10, 2018
    By Phil Knowles

    The welcome at the Regional Conference was warm and the atmosphere full of hope and commitment. I had the opportunity to chat with so many friends both old and new. Not unexpectedly as we chatted the subject of Brexit was near top of the list.

    Many pointed out that time is running out and that 'B' day - Brexit Day - is very rapidly approaching but as I reminded colleagues, as someone once said..... a week is a long time in politics and there is still time for us to make a real and positive impact.

  • Article: Nov 8, 2018
    By Poppy Hasted

    'The Tory Concept of 'Purple Tuesday' (to be next Tuesday 13th November 2018), "the UK's first accessible shopping day" is all very well and good but it does not recognise that, for a disabled person, being able to actually ENTER a shop is the end of the story, not the start.

    Until Disabled People are able to gain accessible and equal employment so we are able to earn as much as non-disabled people to spend on Purple Tuesday, we are not equal.

  • Article: Nov 8, 2018

    We are pleased to announce that the following members, are going to be the new LDDA executive from 1st January 2019. The period of office is two years.

    Co Chairs:- Gemma Roulston and Phil Stevens

    Secretary:- Victoria Evans

    Treasurer:- Maureen Rigg

    Membership Secretary:- Claire Roulston

    Ordinary members of the executive:- Poppy Hasted, Jemma Charlton, Avril Coehlo and Matthew Clark.

  • Article: Nov 8, 2018
    By Lord Chris Rennard

    Lord Rennard has written the foreword for a paper 'Action on Delayed Transfer of Care' produced by the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA). The paper has been sent to MPs and peers most closely associated with health and disability issues as well as relevant Ministers and civil servants.

    One of the issues identified in the paper is how delays in the provision of suitable equipment can mean that too many patients are made to stay in hospital for far longer than necessary. Integrating properly the health and care services is seen as essential to reduce what is commonly known as 'bed blocking'.