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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

  • A cluster of Liberal Democrat balloons.
    Article: Apr 13, 2018

    Next month more than 100 local parties are facing council elections. If yours isn't one of them, you can still make a huge difference to the party's overall local election effort - and help us elect more Liberal Democrats in May.

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  • Article: Apr 13, 2018

    There is a secret phenomenon in British politics.

    It is occurring in by-elections all over the country, week in, week out, to local authorities from Sunderland to Somerset. Against the Tories. Against Labour. In Leave areas. In Remain areas.

    Since the general election in 2017, the Liberal Democrats are up 15 seats, double Labour's increase of 7, while the Conservatives are tanking - they have lost 18 seats.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Apr 11, 2018

    I am certain that many Britons are as appalled as I am about the horrific scenes coming out of Syria.

    The use of chemical weapons is barbaric. It is a crime against humanity and it is a clear violation of international law.

    The Liberal Democrats are an internationalist, outward-looking party - and part of that is being willing to play our part in upholding international law.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Apr 6, 2018

    1. Working to end homelessness being criminalised.

    Vagrancy isn't a word we often use in the 21st Century. That's why the law that makes homelessness a crime dates back to the 19th century. Layla Moran MP, our excellent MP for Oxford West and Abingdon has brought forward a bill to repeal this draconian law and stop people being arrested just for not having a roof over their head.

  • Article: Apr 5, 2018

    There is a secret phenomenon in British politics.

    It is occurring in by-elections all over the country, week in, week out, to local authorities from Sunderland to Somerset.

    Against the Tories. Against Labour. In Leave areas. In Remain areas.

    Since the general election in 2017, the Liberal Democrats are up 15 seats, double Labour's increase of 7, while the Conservatives are tanking - they have lost 18 seats.

    These real votes in real ballot boxes show Liberal Democrat support at double our national opinion poll rating.

  • Article: Mar 30, 2018

    Millions of Jewish families and friends across the world will come together tonight to celebrate Passover.

    They will reflect on the struggle of the Jewish people to be free.

    For people of all faiths and none, the story told at Passover is a reminder of the importance of freedom, and standing up for the oppressed.

  • Jo Swinson speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Mar 30, 2018

    Swinson's report, which outlines the use of plastics by all major Easter egg manufacturers, highlights the need for companies to cut down the use of plastics to protect our oceans and reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic waste ending up in landfills.

    Key findings of the report:

    • According to recent figures, 147.7 million hollow Easter Eggs are sold each year.
    An average Easter Egg box as found in this report contains 22 grams of plastic packaging, so this could mean over 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year from hollow Easter Eggs alone.

  • Diamond posters with text 'Liberal Democrats: Open, Tolerant and United
    Article: Mar 29, 2018

    We're launching the BIGGEST most AMBITIOUS campaign the Liberal Democrats have ever run outside an election.

    Why?

    Quite simply, we want to stop Brexit.

    And why now?

    Well, it's a year since Theresa May's calamitous government triggered 'Article 50', formally starting the process for the UK to leave the EU.

    A UK torn apart from its closest friends and neighbours is not a future we want and not a future we are going to stand by and let happen.

  • Pride flag. Image: Benson Kua.
    Article: Mar 28, 2018

    I couldn't have been prouder of Lynne Featherstone and the Liberal Democrats in government when we changed the law in England, bringing in equal marriage.

    It is, without doubt, one of the best things our party did in government.

    Equal Marriage is, without doubt, one of the best things the Liberal Democrats did in Government.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Mar 28, 2018

    Today, I've written to the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Yvette Cooper, calling on her to investigate the alleged illegal activity of Vote Leave.

    I believe that the Home Affairs Select Committee should immediately launch an enquiry into the serious accusations against the Vote Leave campaign, including deliberate overspending, illegal coordination and a significant cover-up of their relationship with the smaller campaign group BeLeave.

    The allegations against Cambridge Analytica, and the legal opinions of Helen Mountfield QC and Clare Montgomery, only strengthen the case for an urgent investigation.

    If true, these allegations call into question the very foundations of our democracy, and I have no doubt Yvette will agree with me that full disclosure must be given to Parliament and the British public on this extremely serious matter.