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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.

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  • Read about recent letters and press releases

Recent updates

  • Eight schoolchildren working at a table supervised by a teacher.
    Article: Feb 19, 2018

    In interviews with The Sunday Times and Andrew Marr, new Education Secretary Damian Hinds signalled he would encourage restrictions on pupils' rights to sex education.

    In the former interview, he is reported to have acknowledged he was reversing the policy of his predecessor, Justine Greening.

    Hinds also failed to commit to the reintroduction of maintenance grants for students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds as part of a review of the university system.

    The sexual harassment and intimidation scandals - and the resulting need for the #metoo movement - and the shocking rise in homophobic and transphobic attacks are just some of the reasons why compulsory sex education is vital.

    The new Education Secretary should be pushing for all children to have age-appropriate sex education, not trying to encourage the use of opt-outs that could result in young people struggling to understand the sexual rights of themselves and others.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Feb 18, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    A survey by Kantar Public, published today (Sunday, 18 February), has found that 56% of the public judge the Conservatives' handling of Berexit as poor or very poor.

    Whether people are for or against Brexit, there is clearly growing anger that the Conservatives are badly mishandling negotiations.

    Warring factions in the Conservative Party mean the prospect of sensible negotiations has long since disappeared.

    This is why there is growing support for the Liberal Democrat policy of a vote on the terms of the deal, with the option of an exit from Brexit.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Feb 17, 2018

    Everything Theresa May said in this speech illustrated that being in the EU is the best way of securing our security objectives.

    This was an opportunity for her to show some pragmatism.

    She could have shown willingness to compromise on the European Court of Justice so as to break the logjam on the European Arrest Warrant and to make sure we have access to Europol's information.

  • A pile of Liberal Democrat posters. Window posters mind. Not the really good ones.
    Article: Feb 16, 2018

    Last night, in a bumper crop of by-elections the Liberal Democrats made a hat-trick of gains and huge increases in the vote in a brace of others:

  • Article: Feb 15, 2018
    By Clr Rod Fletcher in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    The report to Tuesday's Cheshire East Council Cabinet meeting, showing a £9.3m overspend on the services budget, shows that the Liberal Democrats' prediction at last February's council meeting - that the budget proposals were not robust - was correct.

    While £9m has been taken from various reserves to cover most of the defi cit, there will be a long-term cost to council tax payers.

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

    Dear Sir,

    In your edition dated 18th January, you kindly published my letter calling for David Davis, the Brexit secretary of state, to be sacked for misleading Parliament after advising that there were no systematic impact assessments on leaving the EU, when previously Mr Davis had stated on numerous occasions that there were detailed impact assessments.

  • Outline of Northern Ireland on a map.
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    Talks have today collapsed in Stormont.

    British taxpayers have coughed up £1 billion to placate the DUP and keep them on the Government's side during this disastrous parliament. What are we getting for it? Just intransigence.

    The British government are heading for a very dangerous situation in Ireland.

  • An ambulance By Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England (South Western Ambulance VX09FYP) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    1. Saving lives
    The NHS provides some of the best emergency care in the world. Although the NHS winter crisis has placed unprecedented pressure on our health service, the NHS has, historically, maintained an impressive standard of emergency care. Last year an astounding 23.65 million of us attended A&E. This number increases each year. Over the last five years A&E departments have seen a 7.2% rise in attendance. Yet despite this enormous pressure, A&E staff display tireless dedication during gruelling 12-hour shifts and regularly go above-and-beyond the call of duty.

  • An ambulance By Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England (South Western Ambulance VX09FYP) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    1. Saving lives
    The NHS provides some of the best emergency care in the world. Although the NHS winter crisis has placed unprecedented pressure on our health service, the NHS has, historically, maintained an impressive standard of emergency care. Last year an astounding 23.65 million of us attended A&E. This number increases each year. Over the last five years A&E departments have seen a 7.2% rise in attendance. Yet despite this enormous pressure, A&E staff display tireless dedication during gruelling 12-hour shifts and regularly go above-and-beyond the call of duty.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    If this speech was supposed to offer an olive branch to Remainers, Boris must have picked up the other version.

    A clear majority of Remain and Leave voters oppose the damaging hard Brexit Boris so vigorously advocates.

    They do not want job cuts triggered by tougher trading conditions with our largest export market or life-threatening uncertainty at the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    Boris's antipathy towards the common rules and standards which apply within the EU, and to trade within the EU, is in stark contrast to Brexiters head-long rush to adopt common standards with the US which would require the UK to accept chlorine-washed chicken, hormone-fed beef, GMO products and potentially open up the NHS to US private health companies.

    If Boris is seeking to establish himself as the standard bearer of liberalism, he should dump plans to come out of the Single Market and Customs Union and campaign to stay in the world's largest free trade area.