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Welcome to the website of Skipton & Ripon Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Jan 27, 2020

    I would like to send best wishes to everyone celebrating Chinese New Year!


    Across the world friends and loved ones will be coming together, to reflect on the year gone by and look ahead to the future.


    Chinese New Year celebrations are marked by wonderful traditions that date back thousands of years. Each year they remind us of how alive and vibrant Chinese culture is in Britain today.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2020

    On Holocaust Memorial Day, we pause to remember one of the darkest chapters in human history. We remember a time of unimaginable evil which resulted in the death of 6 million Jewish people and countless others who perished under a state-sponsored policy of hate and systemic violence.

    This year marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz which led to the release of 7000 people and exposed the depth of the horrors committed there and elsewhere.

  • Article: Jan 20, 2020

    Today kickstarts an important week in Parliament, with votes taking place on key amendments to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, tabled by Liberal Democrats.

    In our fight to hold this Conservative Government to account on its Brexit agenda, we are fighting to protect EU citizens' rights as well as those of unaccompanied child refugees.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have today led tributes following the death of Lord Robert Maclennan.

    Lord Robert Maclennan of Rogart, known as Bob Maclennan, was the last leader of the Social Democrat Party before it merged with the Liberal Party. He then became joint interim leader of the new party.

    Bob Maclennan was a Member of Parliament from 1966 to 2001. Upon stepping down as MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, Bob Maclennan was elevated to the House of Lords.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2020

    At a meeting of the Federal Board today, the new board made decisions on three key events, the timeline for our upcoming leadership election, the timeline for upcoming elections to party posts and committees and finally the appointment of a Chair of the Election Review and a timetable for that.

    Jump to: Leadership Election | Internal Elections | Election review

  • Article: Jan 15, 2020

    Do you think we care well enough for the more vulnerable in our society?

    Have we figured out how best to care for people who've experienced bereavement, people who get ill in old age, those with mental ill-health or adults with learning disabilities?

    My own personal experience tells me we haven't. Whether in my own life or for many constituents in my advice surgeries over 20 years, all too often the care and support systems either don't work well enough or aren't even there at all.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2020

    I want to thank you for all your hard work over the last six weeks. Everyone did everything they could in this campaign but the result has been deeply disappointing.

    Despite Liberal Democrats gaining 1.2m votes and our share of the vote increasing in every region of the UK, we are now one seat down compared to 2017. Under a proportional system, we would now have 84 MPs.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2020

    The latest EU Settlement Scheme Statistics, published by the Home Office, show more than 140,000 EU citizens applied to live and work in the UK after Brexit in November.

    These figures show 361,900 people are still waiting for a decision, with 2,592,800 applications received but only 2,230,900 concluded.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2020

    This news is yet more evidence that Boris Johnson's government looks set to crash our economy thanks to his disastrous Brexit plans.

    Whether its putting people's livelihoods on the line in our factory sector, or increasing prices with the pound weakening in 2020, it is clear that Boris Johnson's promise to unleash Britain's potential is nothing more than empty rhetoric.

    We haven't even left yet.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2020

    Boris Johnson's government has set out a disastrous agenda which will force through a hard Brexit, undermine our public services, destroy opportunities for our communities and cripple living standards.

    Brexit will hinder our ability to safeguard our NHS and reduce our capacity to tackle the climate crisis.

    The fact that radical climate action has been ignored is a hallmark of a government which is setting all the wrong priorities.

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