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Welcome to Congleton Liberal Democrats

We are the only Party that consistently has offered the electorate the opportunity to decide by a referendum on whether they prefer the deal on offer or to remain in the European Union.

This is the only sane decision following an unsatisfactory referendum last June and the calamitous negotiations still taking place between the European Union and the United Kingdom on our separation.

This is important for constitutional reasons to conclude the process that was started when the referendum was called for political reasons. It is also important because of the uncertainty of the final outcome and that certain sectors of the population were excluded from the franchise for it.

We in Congleton are fighting hard to combat the disastrous Conservative administration at Cheshire East Council. Three top officers are on leave pending investigations, the former leader has resigned from the Party, the deputy leader has been replaced and there are at least three police investigations in process.

Congleton Liberal Democrats believe in full transparency, meaningful public consultations and that decisions should be made as locally as possible. We believe in proper funding of public services including transport, care homes and schools.

If you also believe in these things and want a different way of doing things then join us by following the links shown.

I look forward to meeting you.

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:

Peter and Nick

Peter Hirst and Nick Clegg

  • Read about recent letters and press releases

Recent updates

  • Article: Mar 23, 2018

    Cambridge Analytica worked with Brexit campaign group leave.eu, according to a former senior member of staff at the company.

    Cambridge Analytica's former business development director told The Guardian that the company had misled the public and MPs over the work the company had undertaken.

    The allegations coming out about Cambridge Analytica are deeply concerning.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2018

    Today is World Water Day, and competition for this increasingly scarce resource is affecting the environmental integrity and biodiversity of our world.

    The undeniable fact is that freshwater ecosystems are the source of almost all the water we use in our cities and in manufacturing, and about half the water we use to grow crops. For many of us in developed countries good water is so plentiful and readily available that we rarely pause to consider what life would be like without it. However, we know that for many of the world's poorest, clean water, on tap, is a dream.

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    Article: Mar 22, 2018

    A little over two weeks ago, we asked our members a question. Do you like being a member of the Lib Dems?

    More than 12,000 of you replied - and this is what you had to say:


    80% of you are happy being members - which is great. But we can still do better - and we'll be working hard to raise that number! We also asked you what you want to get out of your membership - and you said:

  • Article: Mar 22, 2018

    Following a working lunch between myself and European Liberal Prime Ministers in Brussels, we have issued a joint statement.

    In that statement, the Prime Ministers said:

    "We regret Brexit, but acknowledge the choice made by British voters for the UK Government to negotiate withdrawal."

    "We further acknowledge and support the Liberal Democrats' call for the British people to have the final say on the Brexit deal.

  • Petition: Mar 21, 2018

    "We the undersigned demand that before the day care centres in Congleton (Mountview) and Crewe (Lincoln House) are closed, Cheshire EastCouncil will provide suitable replacements that are:

    1. Situated in Congleton and Crewe respectively;
    2. Easily accessible for those wanting to use it and their carers;
    3. Adequately equipped with areas and space for activities, socialising and the consumption of food;
    4. Fully compliant with the Equalities Act;
    5. Affordable by those who need the service;
    6. Properly resourced with sufficient capacity and professional staff to meet current and projected needs; and
    7. Fully accountable with clear lines of responsibility and procedures for the management of complaints, disputes and an appeals process, including refusals of admittance.
  • Article: Mar 20, 2018

    Recently YouGov & Queen Mary University, London did a massive survey of the membership of the 4 largest political parties in the UK (us 'obvs', Labour, Conservatives and the Scottish National Party). They came out some pretty interesting stuff, such as...

    1. The Lib Dems are the youngest political party.

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    Article: Mar 20, 2018
    By Nick Harvey

    Currently, local parties are either invoiced or debited for Connect and Salesforce. Processing all this and then chasing it up involves significant staff time and pointless bureaucracy.

    Worse still, there are grotesque and unjustifiable anomalies in the sums that local parties, both large and small, are paying for these digital tools. Some are even getting them free.

  • Computer screen showing lines of code.
    Article: Mar 17, 2018

    Today's New York Times alleges that Cambridge Analytica 'harvested' 50 million Facebook profiles in a potentially huge data breach.

    If these allegations against Cambridge Analytica are correct then it is a shocking betrayal of people's personal data.

    If this data was then actively exploited for political gain it is both underhand and immoral.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    In my letter that you kindly published last week, I set out the disastrous impact on the UK following president

    25% on steel and 10% on aluminium, which at that time applied to every country.

    Since the publication of my letter, the news has worsened. Canada and Mexico are being ex

    UK, which the Brexiteers claimed had a special relationship with the USA, is still to bear the burden of

  • Article: Mar 13, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    Putin is attempting to be the puppet master of the world, it is time we cut his strings.

    The UK must build a coalition of the willing, able to put an end to Putin's murderous adventurism, and show murder condoned or directed comes at a very heavy price.

    Putin is a bully who will not be put back in his box by entreaties from the Leader of the Opposition to have a chinwag over beer and sandwiches.