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Welcome to the website of Skipton & Ripon Liberal Democrats

Vince Cable

  • Article: Aug 21, 2019

    Champions of international liberalism

    Our national interests are European and they are global. So, as we continue to work to stop Brexit, we Liberal Democrats will also look ahead and develop a proper national strategy on the basis of a clear understanding of what our interests are. We must act and decide on our future, because if the UK fails to do so, if through fear and timidity we dither and do nothing, there are consequences of inaction.

  • Article: Aug 21, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Now more than ever, people are crying out for a new vision for our country.

    They want an alternative to creeping nationalism and populism. People want a new vision for our country, and only the Liberal Democrats can supply that. That's why today, we're announcing our new Shadow Cabinet to stop Brexit.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2019
    By Tom Brake

    With every announcement, the government is making clear that they intend to leave the EU without a deal on 31st October - and EU citizens are going to be left in the lurch.

    Over the weekend, the government announced that they intend to end Freedom of Movement on October 31st - despite promises from Theresa May's government that there would be a two-year transition period.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2019

    And then sign up for conference 👇

  • Article: Aug 17, 2019

    London is a liberal city. Over 250 languages are spoken in the capital, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. As host to one of the largest Pride events in Europe and the biggest carnival outside Rio, London and its residents celebrate diversity and embrace difference.

    London is also a Remain city. It is home to a third of all the EU citizens living in the UK and every sector in the capital - from hoteliers to health-workers, builders to bankers - relies on EU migrants to thrive.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2019
    By Sal Brinton

    Congratulations to Jane Dodds and the Welsh Lib Dems for the brilliant result in Brecon and Radnorshire! Thank you to everyone of you who helped, both by appearing in the constituency to knock on doors and deliver leaflets, and for those who phoned, helped with admin tasks from a distance too. Jane is already showing that she will be an exceptional MP, joining Jo Swinson's parliamentary party.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2019

    There are plenty of similarities between Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery - maybe it's Johnson's way of sucking up for that trade deal. Which probably makes him the only person in the country looking forward to chlorinated chicken.

    In fact, in a speech a while, Trump said "they call [Johnson] Britain Trump and people are saying that's a good thing. They like me over there."*

  • Article: Aug 16, 2019

    People are fed up of seeing politicians arguing for things that put their party's interest above the country. We have to come together to prevent Boris Johnson crashing us out the EU without a deal. I'm proud of the work that the Liberal Democrats have done with MPs from all parties and none to make stopping Brexit a real possibility.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2019
    By Chris Lovell

    Coming straight off the back of the Brecon and Radnorshire campaign, we launched our election campaign for Sheffield Hallam at the weekend, with more than 100 people who joined us to knock on doors, deliver leaflets, and help with clerical work in the office.

    It seems like promising Lib Dem by-elections are like buses - you wait for a long time and then two come along at once!

  • Article: Aug 15, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    In just eleven weeks, however, our country faces an immediate crisis: crashing out of the EU without any deal. The most cavalier and catastrophic of Brexits: putting at risk hundreds of thousands of jobs , public services including our NHS , and even our national security.

    So in this moment of national emergency, I stand ready to work with anyone to stop Boris Johnson and his hard-line Brexit government.

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 2018 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 2019 local elections.

Click here to get a brief version of what Liberal Democrats stand for.

Selection of Prospective Parliamentary Candidate

Members with Andrew Murday, the new PPC for Skipton and Ripon

Andrew Murday (centre) with Alan Luckraft (returning officer) and members of the constituency party

Skipton and Ripon Liberal Democrat Party are delighted to announce that Andrew Murday was chosen as their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate at a selection meeting on Saturday November 17th.

Andrew, a cardiac surgeon by profession, now runs a smallholding near Glasshouses, in Nidderdale. Involved in Labour Party politics for many years, he joined the Liberal Democrats in 2017.

After selection he said: 'The Liberal Democrat philosophy of tolerance and fairness and the policies on education, the environment and the economy will be instrumental in restoring public confidence in the political process when the dust of Brexit finally settles.'

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords and Skipton and Ripon constituency party member Dick Newby said: 'The possibility of an election well before the normal time of 2022 is now extremely high. Andrew is highly respected, both for his professional work and as a member of the local community. I am delighted that he will be the Lib Dem standard-bearer in Skipton and Ripon whenever the election comes.'

Andrew sets out some of the major issues which he will tackle as Member of Parliament for Skipton and Ripon

Although Brexit dominates today's domestic politics I believe it is just as important that we address the issues that have given rise to the growth of populism, of which Brexit is a symptom. Whatever the outcome of the current political maelstrom, it is vital that over the next few years we seek policies which will bring our divided society back to a cohesive whole.

To read more click here

Former town, district and county councillor Beth Graham, from Settle, dies aged 91

Beth GrahamA SETTLE woman renowned for being a formidable presence in local and county politics and who could be relied upon for fighting tough battles has died peacefully aged 91.

To read the full obituary please click here