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Welcome to the website of Skipton & Ripon Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats are working for a stronger economy in a fairer society enabling every person to get on in life - locally and nationally


To be announcedThere is a long Liberal history in Skipton & Ripon - Claire Brooks came within 590 votes of victory in the 1974 general election for the Skipton seat, and David Austick won the 1973 by-election in Ripon. We are planning, and working hard, to return Liberal Democrat local, borough and county councillors and return a Liberal Democrat as MP for our constituency so we can put in place a full set of liberal policies and values for Skipton & Ripon. You can find out more, including how to keep in touch or join the Liberal Democrats, on this site.

In May 2010 we increased the Liberal Democrat vote in the constituency by around 4,000 votes to increase our overall share of the vote by 5.8% to 32.4%, sadly in 2015 our share of the vote fell to 7.4%, reflecting the heavy swing against the party nationally.

Since the 2015 general election the party has been rebuilding both locally and nationally and in 2016 we were delighted to see our membership grow to almost 150 members in the constituency. Now in 2017 our numbers have now reached well over 200, demonstrating the strength of liberal values within the constituency. This gives us a solid base from which to launch our campaigns for the 2017 local elections.

General Election 2017

10 May 2017. The Executive of Skipton & Ripon LibDems voted by a significant majority to ask their PPC Pete Flynn to stand down from the General Election 2017 in a Progressive Alliance with the Green party across Skipton & Ripon and Harrogate & Knaresborough, where the Green candidate is standing down. This decision was approved 5:1 by the membership.

Message from Pete Flynn, Skipton & Ripon Prospective Parliamentary Candidate

The Liberal Democrats and Green Party of Skipton & Ripon and Harrogate & Knaresborough constituencies have formed a Progressive Alliance to optimise our fight against the Tories in our two constituencies - the outcome of which is that the Liberal Democrats will fight Harrogate & Knaresborough and the Greens will fight Skipton & Ripon and as such the Liberal Democrat Skipton & Ripon Executive Committee has asked me stand down as Parliamentary Candidate.

I know many members within Skipton & Ripon will be disappointed about such an arrangement but it has only been made after a high-quality debate and much soul searching. In any safe parliamentary seat, such as ours, under our first past the post electoral system, any supporters of other parties are effectively disenfranchised. Accordingly, we believe this one-off pact the appropriate strategy for this general election only.

Yours ever.

Pete Flynn

Pete Flynn

Recent updates

  • A pile of leaflets to be delivered in a Liberal Democrat Office
    Article: Apr 20, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats won two of the council by-elections that were held last night (with one still to declare!), gaining two seats from the Conservatives!

    The Liberal Democrats, under Vince Cable, are winning seats up and down the country and against all opposition - because people know when they elect Liberal Democrats, they're electing someone who'll get things done for their community!

  • Vince Cable in Twickenham
    Article: Apr 19, 2018

    He criticised the effective monopolies enjoyed by the likes of Google, Facebook, and Amazon - comparing their market dominance to that of big oil companies in the past - and suggested ways they could be broken up.

    "Data is the new oil. Data is the raw material which drives these firms and it is control of data which gives them an advantage over competitors. These companies have acquired their pivotal position by providing a service or platform through which data can be extracted, collected and used.

    Just as Standard Oil once cornered 85% of the refined oil market, today Google drives 89% of internet search, 95% of young adults on the internet use a Facebook product, Amazon accounts for 75% of E-book sales, while Google and Apple combined provide 99% of mobile operating systems.

    National government and, even more so, supranational bodies like the EU can and should look to break up enterprises where size is detrimental to the economic well-being of the country, its citizens and its capacity for innovation.

    There is a case for splitting Amazon into three separate businesses - one offering cloud computing, one acting as a general retailer and one offering a third-party marketplace. Other examples would be Facebook being forced to divest itself of Instagram and WhatsApp as a condition for operating in the EU, creating two new social media networks. Divesting Google of YouTube would be another.

    What is striking that the most effective competition authority in the capitalist world - the European Commission - is probably the only body with the clout to take these decisions. The UK could quite obviously never do it alone.

    Britain commits an act of serious self-harm by doggedly setting itself apart from the power of shared sovereignty with our neighbours.

  • The House of Lords. Image: UK Parliament
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    Having sat through over 100 hours of debate so far in the House of Lords on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, I have been angered by the combination of arrogance and incompetence which has characterised the Government's response to a very wide range of concerns expressed.

    From how we continue to regulate and licence the supply of over-the-counter medicines to working with our European neighbours on security policy; from how to maintain reciprocal roaming charges to protecting our hard-won rights and freedoms, the Government has displayed indifference and the inability to answer the most basic of questions.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    The Government has tonight been defeated in the House of Lords on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.

    An amendment on the customs union supported by the Liberal Democrats, Crossbenchers, Labour, and Conservative peers has passed by 348 votes to 225.

    The defeat forces the government to lay a report before Parliament outlining the steps taken to negotiate a customs union as part of the framework for a future UK-EU relationship, and prevents the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 until these steps have been taken.

    This is a hugely significant moment, the House of Lords has come together to show the government that remaining in a customs union is key to the UK's future prosperity.

    Securing this win on a cross-party basis rams home how out of touch the government have been on this issue and that they drastically need to change tack from the destructive hard Brexit they are pursuing.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    An amendment providing enhanced protections for employment, equality, health and safety entitlements, rights and protections, and consumer and environmental standards has been passed in the Lords.

    This is the second defeat today for the government in the EU Withdrawal Bill.

    This defeat is a key step in ensuring that parliament plays the key role in Brexit and not just a handful of Ministers altering standards via the back-door.

    Guaranteeing that standards relating to equality, employment law and many other things can only be altered via primary legislation is extremely significant and essential to the democratic process.

  • Sal Brinton speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    April already, so local government election campaigns are getting underway!

    Thanks to all our candidates and their teams, out knocking on doors, putting up poster boards and preparing for getting out postal votes later this month ahead of polling day on 3 May.

    If you haven't got elections near you, please offer to help somewhere nearby - every pair of hands is vital, with plenty of different jobs to be done.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2018

    2016-01-17_Isabelle_Parasram_-_Head_of_Chambers_-_Professional_photo.pngIn November 2017, I was appointed by the Federal Board of the Liberal Democrats as Special Investigation Counsel to conduct an investigation and produce a Report on the handling of sexual impropriety complaints within the Party.

    I am pleased that, after a period of being embargoed, the report has now been published and you can access it here.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    Empowering and thought-provoking, this intensive training weekend for aspiring female MPs will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to run as a successful candidate.

    Many current and former female Lib Dem MPs started their journeys at an FWMP event and you could be next!

    The invaluable opportunities, skills and advice you will gain include:

  • Theresa May.
    Article: Apr 17, 2018

    The Windrush scandal has exposed the brutality of the Home Office and the Conservatives more clearly than a multitude of other immigration and asylum scandals.

    The reason?

    The Windrush Generation are British citizens. People who've lived here for decades - working, raising families, part of Britain.

    Even the Daily Mail has been forced to back their case.

  • Vince Cable in Twickenham
    Article: Apr 14, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    Riding the coattails of an erratic US President is no substitute for a mandate from the House of Commons.

    The Prime Minister could and should have recalled Parliament this week and sought the approval of MPs before proceeding.

    Liberal Democrats stood ready to assess the evidence and objectives for any action and if it were properly planned and justified, to support a military response.

    At this moment our thoughts are with British and allied troops. But the Government's decision fatally undermines the integrity of this mission.