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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

  • Petition: May 21, 2018

    Cheshire East Council is consulting on charging for replacement wheelie bins in certain circumstances. Congleton Liberal Democrats oppose this as an ill conceived measure likely to increase fly tipping, increase land-fill charges, reduce recycling rates, increase congestion on our roads and think it could result in a black market for bins, taken from residents' properties.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: May 19, 2018

    Congratulations to all the very many Liberal Democrats who stood for local council seats this month.

    Local democracy relies on those who put themselves forward to represent residents, so whether you won or not, I hope you will be proud of having stood.

    As a party, we saw results greatly exceeding expectations, with a big net gain of 75 councillors and four new councils under Liberal Democrat majority control.

  • Lib Dem conference delegates voting.
    Article: May 19, 2018

    We're looking for members for two new policy working groups: one on health and social care and one on climate change.

    Do you have expert knowledge of the healthcare system? Of social care? Or climate change and energy policy?

    If so there is an opportunity to help set the direction of party policy on these issues by joining a policy working groups. The party's Federal Policy Committee is launching two new working groups: a Health and Social Care working group and a Climate Change and the Low Carbon Environment working group.

  • Article: May 19, 2018

    I've been blown away by the thousands of people who have joined the campaign to ban upskirting so far.

    Together, I know we can achieve a change in the law.

    Two weeks ago at Prime Minister's, Questions the Prime Minister said the Government were considering supporting my bill ban upskirting. We need to make sure her warm words are backed up with action

  • Donald Trump and Theresa May holding hands at the White House.
    Article: May 16, 2018

    Trump's decision to scrap US participation in the Iran nuclear deal is reckless and short-sighted.

    The deal is far from perfect, but it is better to work with our partners to make changes than to pull out altogether and risk heightened tensions in the Middle East.

    Trump's careless actions serve as another reminder of the enormous value of our EU partners.

  • Sal Brinton speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: May 16, 2018

    Thank you! Thank you for everything that gave us the best election night in some years.

    We took control of four councils: Richmond & Kingston in London, Three Rivers District in Hertfordshire, and South Cambridgeshire District.

    We also had a great increase in the net councillors across England, +75, just behind Labour on +79. The Tories had -33, with UKIP -123.

  • Article: May 16, 2018

    Dear Sir,

    It is a damning indictment of what kind of country we are becoming when we hear stories of people who have been here legally for decades being deported or denied healthcare for no reason other than a failed bureaucracy.

    Let us not forget that the Government's hostile environment to immigrants impacts more than just the Windrush generation. It poisons the very fabric of our society. It forces landlords, doctors, police officers and others to be suspicious of everyone who could be a so-called illegal immigrant.

    Immigrants, whether they arrived in 1948 or 2018, are our neighbours, our friends and our children's classmates. Respect, love and a good welcome is what they deserve. This Government must stop treating them like the enemy within and focus on allowing them to live here unhindered by prejudice, hostility and fear.

    Yours faithfully,

  • Liberal Democrat activists get a briefing in a by-election HQ
    Article: May 15, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats are seeking a highly qualified volunteer with significant experience of financial and compliance matters at a high level to become their Registered Treasurer and Chair of the Federal Finance and Resources Committee.

    The FFRC Chair and Registered Treasurer of the Party is a senior role within the party that requires a substantial commitment beyond the Chairing of the FFRC, including attending and contributing to both the Federal Board and the Operations Committee (a sub-committee of the Board comprising the Vice Chairs, English and Welsh Chairs, the Scottish Convenor and all the Federal Committee Chairs), as well as being an ex-officio member of the Federal Audit and Scrutiny Committee.

  • Article: May 10, 2018
    By Denis Murphy in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I took part in the 700th Mayor's Charity Sprint on April 22nd.

    I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in organising the event. Also, many thanks to all friends and acquaintances who sponsored me.

    The money raised will be donated to the town mayor's nominated charities. -

    Yours faithfully,

  • Article: May 10, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    The Conservatives are relieved that they have not suffered the scale of losses which they had been expecting in this May's local elections.

    However, we need to look behind the figures to obtain the facts.

    The U.K.I.P. vote has completely collapsed as of the 126 seats they were defending, they have only been able to retain two of them. However, they did gain one seat.