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Welcome to the website of Skipton & Ripon Liberal Democrats

Vince Cable

  • Article: Mar 17, 2019
    By Tara Copeland

    The Sutton Trust estimates 40% of young interns are working for free. Many of them are probably entitled to the National Minimum Wage. But a loophole in the law lets employers pass their roles off as "voluntary" unpaid internships.

    They're common in the modern job market - I actually interviewed for one after I graduated. What would I get in return for 40 hours a week of work? Travel and lunch expenses.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are changing.

    Politics is utterly broken right now. Labour and the Conservatives are being dragged to the ideological extremes, leaving millions feeling powerless and frustrated with the direction our country is taking.

    That needs to change. Liberal Democrats will be that force of change.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019

    We can't afford to ignore the health problems caused by roadside air pollution. 42% of primary school children attend schools in areas which breach the legal limit of toxins from traffic exhaust.

    Our children breathe this toxic air every day. It means an increased risk of asthma and other breathing problems. Not to mention health problems that can last a lifetime.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019

    Q: In view of Labour's abstention on a People's Vote, is there any avenue to resubmit a vote on a People's Vote? Now Jeremy Corbyn has betrayed Remainers, what will the Liberal Democrats do?

    A: On the parliamentary side of things, we didn't get close to winning because Jeremy Corbyn abstained. The Labour Party has committed to supporting a People's Vote but he refuses. He is personally committed to delivering Brexit, in keeping with his political philosophy. He is worried about his party which is now falling apart and he doesn't want to antagonise the Brexiteers in his party.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019

    I'm delighted that Conference has just overwhelmingly passed a motion committing to the creation of a registered supporter's scheme for the Liberal Democrats.
    The debate was split into 7 votes. Here's a summary of how they went down:

    Vote 1: Do you want registered supporters to be able to sit on working groups? PASSED
    Vote 2: If we had a registered supporters' scheme, would you want to ban members of other political parties from being registered supporters? PASSED - 453-327
    Vote 3: Do you want the Party to establish a registered supporters' scheme in the form set out in F10 but in accordance with the results of Votes One and Two? PASSED
    Vote 4: Should registered supporters be permitted to vote for the Party Leader? FALLEN
    Vote 5: Should people other than Liberal Democrat members of the House of Commons be permitted to stand for Party Leader? FALLEN
    Vote 6: Do you want to permit new members to apply to be included on the list of approved Parliamentary Candidates? PASSED - 513-245 (68%-32%)
    Vote 7: F9 (the conference motion) as amended or not: PASSED

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019
    By Christine Jardine

    Morning Conference.

    It's fantastic to be back here in York… and a bit eerie for me.

    You see making a speech on this stage to all of you was the very last thing I did before my selection process in Edinburgh West.

    A lot of things have changed since then… and there is a lot more we want to change.

    Some of them are about the party…. Some are about the country.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019
    By Tom Brake

    This week Jeremy Corbyn stuck two fingers up at Remainers.

    When the time came to vote on the People's Vote amendment, he sat on his hands and ordered his MPs to do the same. My colleagues and I were livid - and judging by the reaction on social media, so were millions of Remainers.

    If we've learnt anything this week, it's that Brexit is too important to be left in the hands of the politicians - a People's Vote is the only way forward.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019
    By Merlene Emerson

    The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

    This statement, from the LD party constitution, has been our guiding principle since the party was formed in 1988.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Jo started out with a heartfelt tribute to those killed in the Christchurch mosque shooting this morning. "The forces that sow hate and division and seek to turn fellow citizens against each other must not and cannot win"

    She then paid tribute to outgoing leader Vince Cable - "a powerful champion for liberalism"

  • Article: Mar 15, 2019
    By Emma Cherniavsky

    I thought if I slept on it, I'd be less angry. I'm not. I'm still as mad as hell.

    In ordering his MPs not to vote for a People's Vote, Jeremy Corbyn betrayed his Party members, Labour voters and remainers across the country.

    But we know it's worse than that. In refusing to support a People's Vote, Jeremy Corbyn has betrayed the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society. The very people he claims to represent are the people who stand to be hit hardest by Brexit.

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