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  • Article: Jul 11, 2019
    By Layla Moran

    World Population Day is an opportunity to put reproductive rights and issues of gender equality firmly on the global agenda. This year, period poverty must be front and centre of the conversation.

    If the UK Conservative government are serious about eradicating period poverty by 2030 then they must use this opportunity to ensure ending period poverty is in the minds of every single world leader. The Conservative government have a duty to do all they can to end the injustice and stigma surrounding periods in the UK and across the globe.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2019

    When we think of great moments of political upheaval, social change and protests for justice, the images which often come to mind are marches. There is something acutely powerful about seeing so many come together to create, for one moment in time, a community of like-minded people. A crowd which passionately believes in a common cause will have its cause noticed. Marches become beacons of free speech and spawn mass movements which captivate people's attention.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2019
    By Benny Curtis

    I'm Benny, and I've been a Liberal Democrat since 2017 - but I never really had a chance to get particularly involved.

    That changed last week when I headed up to Brecon.

    I knew how important this by-election is going in - we can't afford to take it for granted. It's essential as many Liberal Democrats as possible head to Brecon and Radnorshire to support our candidate, Jane Dodds.

  • Article: Jul 6, 2019

    This is a strange way to start off this blog post, but please bear with me. In April 2016 I got my first telescope. I didn't spend a great deal, and it took me awhile to learn how to focus it, but eventually one night I caught Jupiter, its red spot and the bright twinkles of the four Galilean moons. It was at that moment I started to believe in Allah again. At around the same time I properly and very bluntly came out to my father - the end of a rather long journey in me accepting that I was a gay woman. Soon after, I popped down to the LGBT inclusive Christian church at the bottom of my road, in a bid to be able to reconcile faith in god with my sexuality. It was welcoming, but it did not feel like my spiritual home.

  • Article: Jul 5, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    In a time of political crisis, we have some good news, and an invitation to demand democracy.

    I want Proportional Representation

    We have signed the Good Systems Agreement, alongside other parties, organisations and public figures.

    Together we have achieved something that has never been done in the UK. We're securing broad consensus about the principles that define good voting systems. Most importantly, seats won in Parliament must closely reflect the votes cast. We have also agreed that the best voting system for the UK would ideally be determined by citizens. This could be done through an evidence-based, deliberative process, like a citizens' assembly.

  • Article: Jul 3, 2019

    July's edition of Ad Lib Magazine is now out!

    We've got a bunch of content for you this time around - talking to councillors, new MEPs and new Lib Dem MP Chuka Umunna amongst others.

    Not only that, but we've got the lowdown on the leadership election from both candidates - it's a really good read.

    Is there anything you'd like included in the next edition? Don't hesitate to get in touch - let us know at membership@libdems.org.uk.

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    Article: Jul 1, 2019
    By Greg Foster

    Party members - check your inboxes!

    Ballots for our leadership election have now gone out. If you were a member by the 7th June, you get a say in deciding the next leader of our party.

    It's a really exciting time to be a Liberal Democrat - and we're extraordinarily lucky to have 2 solid candidates in Sir Ed Davey and Jo Swinson. Either would be a fabulous leader for our party.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2019

    The Conservative Party has spent the whole time since the European elections absorbed in its own internal psychodrama.

    The Conservative Party has spent the whole time since the European elections absorbed in its own internal psychodrama.

    And once again the future of the country has played second fiddle to the future of the Conservative Party.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2019

    We are so close to stopping Brexit.

    In the three years since we started our calls for a People's Vote on the final deal, your hard work has taken it from a fringe view in British politics to a position that is now advocated by millions of people, and so many more MPs across both sides of the House of Commons.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2019

    Nothing is more frustrating than the BBC giving prominence to Nigel Farage, whilst so often ignoring us.

    That's why - at the start of our leadership contest - I wrote to the BBC demanding they host a TV hustings for the Liberal Democrats.

    So I'm delighted to announce they've now agreed there will be three televised debates - on the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky, between Jo and myself on Monday 1st July (Sky & Channel 4) and Friday 19th July (BBC) to help you make your mind up!

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