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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: Aug 15, 2017

    Today's news that the Grenfell inquiry will not look into broader questions of social housing policy is a wasted opportunity.

    Disappointingly, the inquiry will only look into the actions of Kensington and Chelsea Council in the run up to the tragedy.

    This inquiry must fully consult the survivors of this terrible tragedy and get to the bottom of why their concerns were not acted upon.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    This steep hike to rail fares will be a bitter blow for passengers struggling with overcrowded and unreliable trains.

    This is the biggest annual price hike in 5 years.

    The fact that fare rises are soaring above wage increases is another sign that people are losing out from higher inflation since the referendum.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Even if the government's plans for new customs arrangements with the EU were agreed to by the EU, these proposals will only delay the economic pain caused by leaving the customs union.

    The only way to ensure 'free and frictionless' trade with the EU is to remain a full member of the Customs Union and Single Market.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2017

    It has emerged that the joint position on Brexit agreed in an article by Philip Hammond and Liam Fox was not even cleared with Brexit Secretary David Davis.

    The Chancellor and Trade Secretary wrote a joint article for The Sunday Telegraph calling for a time-limited transition after Brexit that would involve leaving both the single market and customs union.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2017

    Today's news that the Garden Bridge project has been officially scrapped is very welcome. The entire project was a "scandalous waste of public funds."

    This is the final nail in the coffin of the Garden Bridge.

    Over £37m has already been spent on this vanity project by the previous Mayor.

    It is a scandalous waste of public money.

  • The Week in Politics - Jo Swinson and Vince Cable
    Article: Aug 14, 2017

    It might be the height of the August holidays, but your Liberal Democrat team have been hard at work - as usual this week. Here's what we've been up to:

    Friday 4th August

    After comments from Sir James Munby - the UK's most senior family judge about a horrifying mental health case, Norman Lamb called for more and better investment in mental health.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2017

    Our research has revealed that almost ten fires a day are being caused by faulty white goods such as washing machines, tumble dryers and fridges.

    A total of 9,574 fires in the past three years have been caused by faulty white goods according to responses Freedom of Information requests from 30 out of 51 fire brigades.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have backed calls by the Chairman of the Parole Board, Nick Hardwick, for urgent action to address the backlog of people serving prison sentences with no fixed release date.

    Indeterminate Sentences for Public Protection (IPPs) were abolished in 2012, but there are over 3,000 people in England and Wales still serving them, with many facing long delays for Parole Board hearings.

  • Article: Aug 13, 2017

    Over the summer, we heard that Philip Hammond was courageously fighting off the more extreme Brexiteers. Supposedly he was looking for a compromise to keep Britain within the customs union and single market as long as possible.

    The rebellion didn't last very long. He has now teamed up with one of the more extreme and ideological supporters of a 'Hard Brexit.

    It is now painfully clear who calls the shots in the Cabinet; it isnt' the Chancellor.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2017

    Today, Liam Fox's Department for International Trade has released figures claiming to show that sunglasses, swimwear and ice-cream are all big exports - and that means Brexit is going to be a success.

    He also claims that the sale of £1.4m worth of UK flip-flops are "promising news for trade deals" as is the sale of £3.7m in card-games from the UK.