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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 13, 2017

    "This is yet another example of Trump's boneheaded belligerence.

    "Not content with senseless responses to every provocation of Kim Jong Un, he is determinedly undermining a treaty which has proved to be an important influence on nuclear non-proliferation.

    "Every time Trump opens his mouth, the world becomes a less safe place."

  • Article: Oct 13, 2017

    This government's internal battles are weakening their hand in Europe. Every report of a Cabinet split destabilises our negotiating team and strengthens the position of the EU negotiators.

    There is a chronic lack of anything positive coming out of these talks. Both sides share blame for the deadlock and both sides will be harmed if Britain crashes out of the EU with no deal.

    But there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel with Tusk's suggestion of possible trade talks in December. This is the signal for the UK government to make a convincing offer on EU citizens' rights, the financial settlement and provide clarity over the Northern Ireland border.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2017

    Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson, has tabled a number of FOI requests calling on the Department for Exiting the European Union to publish the studies. He has also called for a debate on the cost of Brexit and the content of the reports in the House of Commons.

    Commenting, Tom Brake, said:

  • Article: Oct 12, 2017

    I have just appointed my first team of principal spokespeople since becoming leader this summer.

    I am fortunate to lead such a great, gender-balanced team, which is comprised of the most talented and promising politicians in the House of Commons and battle-hardened, experienced campaigners.

    The team includes notable strength in depth on the economy, foreign affairs and local government at a time when the impact of Brexit, social inequality and lack of investment is fostering tensions in these areas.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2017

    "This is not yet a decision but it soon could be, if the government is allowed to get away with cuts which would betray the best traditions of our past and damage our ability to defend ourselves in the future.

    "It is time for those who value Britain's contribution, both nationally and internationally, to the preservation of peace to make sure this disastrous decision is never allowed to be taken."

  • Article: Oct 4, 2017

    "This was the speech of a brave Prime Minister struggling on, while her disloyal Cabinet colleagues openly plot against her.

    "Rows over Brexit have left Theresa May only able to tinker around the edges of the great challenges the country faces, from the housing crisis to the future of the NHS.


    "The conference season has shown both the Conservatives and Labour are bitterly divided, with the more moderate factions overwhelmed by their ideological extremes.

  • Article: Oct 4, 2017

    "This audit shows that prejudice and bias based on the colour of someone's skin continues to blight people's life chances, and this is utterly unacceptable in 21st century Britain. It is not right that our BAME friends and neighbours are far less likely to have a job or own their home - it is an unfairness that should have ended long ago.

  • Article: Oct 4, 2017

    "Under the Tories, building of both social and affordable housing has plummeted.

    "Since 2015, this Conservative government has overseen the sell-off of over 25,000 council homes and replaced fewer than one in three.

    "Theresa May can announce all the new council homes she wants. But if this government doesn't reform the Right to Buy by allowing local authorities to suspend it if they wish, and ensure all homes sold are replaced, this announcement isn't worth the paper it's written on.

    "If the Tories are serious about tackling the housing crisis, May must also announce that she will ensure local authorities and housing associations can borrow the money needed to build more social housing."

  • Article: Oct 2, 2017

    "Boris Johnson's failure to condemn the Spanish government over this violence is a shameful dereliction of duty.

    "A true ally would call out this excessive and counter-productive approach and call on the Spanish authorities to change course.

    "It shows how weak this government has become that it is desperate not to upset the government of an EU country that could veto the final Brexit deal.

    "Instead of this craven approach, Britain should be leading calls for a mediated settlement and European response to this crisis.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2017

    "This is a welcome u-turn from attempts to use security co-operation as a bargaining chip in the Brexit negotiations.

    "But it should not have taken six months for Theresa May to make clear that support for our European allies is unconditional.

    "The Prime Minister must now make the same case at the Conservative Party conference as she has today in Estonia.

    "Crucially, she must face down the hard Brexiteers in her party and admit that a no deal scenario would be a disaster for our security.