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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

  • Wera Hobouse.
    Article: Sep 5, 2018

    Letting fees are an unfair cost pushed onto tenants by greedy landlords.

    Today a bill to abolish letting fees achieved third reading in the House of Commons and I spoke in favour of the bill

    The leading cause of homelessness is the ending of a private rented sector tenancy. Whilst rental costs continue to spiral, people are becoming trapped: they cannot afford their rent and they cannot afford to move somewhere more affordable as a result of the myriad of administrative fees.

  • Ed Davey outside Kingston Police Station.
    Article: Sep 5, 2018
    By Edward Davey

    In an interview with The Guardian, I set out our ambitious plan to fix the UK's broken immigration system, end the Conservatives' hostile environment and celebrate the positive impact immigration has had on the United Kingdom.

    Our policy paper, A Fair Deal for Everyone: Prosperity and Dignity in Migration, will be debated this month in Brighton. It calls for a new right to work for refugees and asylum seekers, major reform of the Home Office - giving control of work permit policy to the Business Department and student visa policy to the Education Department, policies to make family reunification easier and scrapping the net migration target.

  • Article: Sep 4, 2018

    Over the weekend, member Ruby Chow started a thread on Twitter asking Lib Dems who the top ten most important people in the party were to them.

    What followed was a thread full of love for Lib Dems across the country who have encouraged, supported or inspired others.

    Some members named MPs and Lords that inspired them the most:

  • Vince Cable in Twickenham
    Article: Aug 30, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    The report - "Taxing Land, Not Investment" - calls for the abolition of business rates and its replacement with a tax on land values, the Commercial Landowner Levy (CLL). The levy would remove buildings and machinery from calculations and tax only the land value of commercial sites, boosting investment and cutting taxes for businesses in nine out of ten English local authorities.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Aug 30, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    The Government have refused to guarantee that MPs will see the full impact analysis of a no-deal Brexit before the final vote on departure from the EU.

    The Government are clearly losing the plot.

    Refusing to show MPs the full damage a no-deal Brexit would inflict on our country makes a mockery of the discredited mantra 'Taking Back Control'.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2018

    Our Exit from Brexit Summer Campaign is in full swing. Across the country, Liberal Democrats have been speaking to voters in their area about how disastrous Brexit is going to be.

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  • Dominc Raab, MRA and Brexit Secretary. Image: Policy Exchange
    Article: Aug 24, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    In a speech today the Brexit Secretary set out the no-deal Brexit papers.

    No one will be surprised that the Brexit Secretary was hot and flustered today. What he set out means a disaster for British families and British jobs.

    We also have yet further confirmation that there is no prospect that a plan will be delivered in the next six months, not least on the Northern Ireland border and post-Brexit customs arrangements.

  • Jeremy Corbyn.
    Article: Aug 23, 2018

    Yesterday, I sent you a video of Corbyn refusing to answer a question about whether we would be better off after Brexit five times.

    Already this has been seen fifty thousand times on Facebook thanks to you all sharing it online - and with no sign of it slowing down.

    You can watch it yourself here:

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    More than 7 in 10 Labour voters want to have a vote on the final deal that Theresa May has put together - with an option to stay in the EU.

  • Sal Brinton speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Aug 15, 2018

    It may be mid-August but the bad news about Brexit is increasing by the day! Senior Brexiteers such as Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg continue to peddle their populist nonsense, against the facts: the pound dropping against the Euro; international organisations moving their EU HQ out of Britain; and even the Governor of the Bank of England confirming Brexit will not be good for the economy. Only Vince Cable and the Lib Dems remain totally committed to an Exit from Brexit, and giving the people a Final Say on the deal, with more regions that voted leave now changing their minds.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2018

    The last ten days have seen major stories of racism in both of Britain's major parties.

    What is happening in the Labour party - and Boris Johnson's comments this week - are frightening to many Jewish and Muslim people living in Britain.

    This is a reflection of the way the politics of identity dominates politics today and attracts comments, sometimes critical or offensive, about particular groups.