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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

  • Article: Oct 20, 2018

    On Saturday, during the People's Vote march in London, activists will be given a piece of Labour's Brexit fudge - reminding them that Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party is fudging its position on giving the people a final say on Brexit.

    Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour leadership have defied us all with their 'Brexit fudge'. Inspired by Willy Wonka himself, the Labour's opposition to Brexit is just 'pure imagination'.

    This 'Brexit fudge' will stick in the throat of most Labour voters. Given the damage Brexit will cause, Labour's failure to oppose this Tory mess will be difficult to stomach.

    But for Brexiters, Chef Corbyn's 'Brexit fudge' will have them salivating. It will make their Brexit dreams that much sweeter. Indeed, it will go well with a glass of Raab's confusing concoction and the Eton mess being served up by Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg.

  • Article: Oct 19, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    Like the Liberal Democrats, D66 is a progressive liberal party that holds its roots in the free-spirited leftist liberal party.

    On a strong Europe, Mr. Jetten said:

    "We find ourselves in an unprecedented, chaotic and ever-worsening political situation. The situation is so alarming that it not only requires the frank truth-speaking that is possible among friends, but also calls for all the moral support and consolation that friends can give."

  • Article: Oct 18, 2018

    Today Theresa May announced that she was open to extending the transition period - a clear admittance that her Brexit deal is unworkable.

    The Prime Minister is now left to defend a policy she doesn't really believe in, which her cabinet are still squabbling over - and which is it increasingly clear she can't deliver.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2018

    What's been happening?

    The Liberal Democrats have been dedicated more money, and more time and more of our key campaigners to stopping Brexit.

    We've still got time to stop Brexit and we're ramping up our campaign. Big time.

    And it's working. So far we have:

    • Sent 355,000 target letters to voters
    • Reached 2,200,000 voters online
    • Recruited 150,000 campaign supporters
    • Recruited 60,000 new members because of our Brexit campaigning
    • Held 2 million conversations on Brexit with voters
    • Defeated the government 17 times in parliament on Brexit
    • Been a part of 5 national anti-Brexit marches, with the 6th happening this weekend
  • Article: Oct 17, 2018

    Businesses with 500+ staff should be forced to reveal how they help employees with mental health issues if they fail to disclose the information voluntarily.

    The Companies Act should be amended so employers have to report on workplace mental health.

    Firms must become far more transparent about how they support staff with mental health issues, as well as better measure key mental health indicators such as absences.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2018
    By Sal Brinton

    Once again we've seen us winning a fantastic by-election victory, this time up in Chesterfield on 4 October, with Tony Rogers increasing our vote share to 47% and gaining the seat off Labour, proving that once again where we work hard and find strong local champions, we win. Tony and his team did everything needed to get our message out, find out where our supporters were, and then getting them out to vote on polling day. Congratulations to him and his team, and also to our other winners in local government by elections.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    Recorded hate crimes are up 17% from last year, and have more than doubled in the last 4 years.

    Racial hate crimes have increased 14% year on year, while those based on sexual orientation have risen a terrible 27%. Attacks on people based on religion, disability and transgender people have also risen year on year.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2018
    By Association of Liberal Democrat Campaigners and Councillors

    Kickstart is the name of the Association of Liberal Democrat Campaigners and Councillors (ALDC) residential campaign training weekend. It runs twice a year - in the summer and autumn.

    Attendees get tailored, professional advice; training and bespoke mentoring from experienced and successful Liberal Democrat campaigners and councillors.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2018
    By Lucy Salek

    Q - I'm sure being at the centre of a parliamentary by-election is impossibly exciting, but also busy, exhausting and overwhelming, with huge highs and lows. What stands out the most for you from the campaign?

    A - It really was! But incredibly exciting at the same time. I had seen Liberal Democrats gear up for a by-election before, but until you are at the centre of it you really can't appreciate the extent of the support, the enthusiasm and sheer hard work we do as a team to have these great results at by-election. Seeing Lib Dems come together and campaign together - that is definitely what stands out for me.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2018

    The Government's Counter Terrorism Bill has now moved to debate in the House of Lords. The Liberal Democrats opposed the bill in the House of Commons for a simple reason: this bill does little to keep us safe, but a lot to erode the individual freedoms of people in the UK.

    In the future we might have a Government who are prepared to ride roughshod over our freedoms as citizens.