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Welcome to Congleton Liberal Democrats

Stronger Economy. Fairer Society.

If you want things to be different, really different, choose the party that is different - the Liberal Democrats. There is hope for a different future, a different way of doing things in Britain, if we're brave enough to make a fresh start. Change for real, change for good.

We stand for a stronger economy in a fairer society, helping every person to get on in life.

The Liberal Democrats are more competent than Labour on the economy and fairer than the Conservatives, the only true Party of the centre ground in British politics.

  • We are the only party who will put money into people's pockets with fair tax cuts, the only party to offer universal childcare and smaller classes in our primary schools, the only party who would use Gordon Brown's wasted billions to create thousands of jobs today by investing in homes, hospitals, schools and public transport to build the green economy of tomorrow, the only party that will rebuild the jobs, homes and hopes this recession has destroyed.

Peter and Nick

Peter Hirst and Nick Clegg

Our intention is that this website will be a useful resource for local people to find out more about the local Liberal Democrats and the campaigns we are running.

However, we would like it to be more than that - we would like to hear from you. Online you can:

Recent updates

  • Article: Aug 18, 2016
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    To follow up on your editorial on the Carnival in last week's Chronicle, it is an excellent opportunity to start building a sense of community within the many estates in and around the town.

    One of the criticisms that some hold concerning the large number of outlying residential developments is that they do not contribute to the soul of Congleton.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2016

    What European Country should you study in? Take our quiz and find out:

  • Article: Aug 11, 2016

    Plastic bag use has plummeted in England since the introduction of a 5p charge last year, under the previous coalition government.

    The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has fallen by more than 85%. More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge but this has been reduced to just over 500m in the first six months after the charge has been introduced.

  • Article: Aug 11, 2016
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    By the time your readers receive this week's paper, the world will have passed its Earth Overshoot Day.

    This is the day when it is calculated it has used its annual sustainable resources for that year.

    The day this year is August 8th, earlier than it has even been.

    To put it another way, we need 1.6 earths to live sustainably with our present level of consumption.

  • Vote Leave Bus pledging £350m a week more for the NHS
    Article: Aug 7, 2016
    By Patience Wheatcroft in The Guardian

    The day after I suggested that the House of Lords may try to delay Britain's exit from the European Union, my inbox filled with angry rants against such an attempt to thwart the will of the people. They decried the idea as an outrage against democracy and raged against "the metropolitan elite", that phrase much bandied around in the anti-EU media. Gradually, however, more reasoned messages of support have been landing, reflecting the despair felt by many in this country, and not just in the metropolis.

  • Fruit and vegetables on sale at a covered market in France.
    Article: Aug 6, 2016
    By Damian Carrington in The Guardian

    Many of the country's biggest producers say that without a scheme for seasonal workers, homegrown produce would all but vanish from the shelves.

    British fruit and vegetables would all but vanish from shops if Brexit means the foreign workers who pick virtually all the home-grown produce are no longer able to come to the UK, according to some of the country's biggest producers.

  • european union flag union jack
    Article: Aug 5, 2016
    By Christopher Mitchell in Washington Post

    On June 23, the British people voted to leave the European Union, a victory for "Brexit." The short-term reaction from markets was panic, as stock values crashed and the pound dropped to levels not seen since 1985. The longer-term consequences for British exit from the E.U. remain unclear - but one clear problem area for Britain is financial services. London is now the financial hub of Europe and a key driver of the British economy. It may lose this crucial role after Brexit.

  • Money / banknotes (pounds sterling) in hand
    Article: Aug 4, 2016

    Commenting on the decision of the Bank of England to cut interest rates to a record low, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson, Susan Kramer, said:

    "This is a necessary move by the Bank of England to help our economy as it reels from the impact of Brexit, but we cannot pretend this isn't a deeply worrying sign.

  • 2016 EU Referendum
    Article: Aug 2, 2016

    The House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee is launching an inquiry into the lessons that can be learned for future referendums.

    It follows the result of the EU Referendum, and builds on Public Administration Select Committee's (PASC) work in the last Parliament on the conduct of the Scottish independence referendum (PDF 622 KB).

    Read more and make a submission.

  • Parliament photo
    Article: Aug 1, 2016
    By A C Grayling in The New European

    Those who say that parliament can note and learn from the outcome of the 23 June advisory referendum, yet not choose to take the UK out of the EU, are accused by those who supported Leave of being 'anti-democratic.'

    It is vital to understand why it would not be 'anti-democratic' for parliament to decide to retain the UK's EU membership. It is especially vital that our MPs should be reminded of these considerations, because the future of the UK and the EU is now wholly in their hands.