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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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Peter and Nick

Peter Hirst and Nick Clegg

  • Read about recent letters and press releases

Recent updates

  • Article: Dec 12, 2017

    Jo Swinson MP said:

    "President Trump's divisive politics of hate is in direct conflict with British values.

    "One of the prime minister's biggest political mistakes was to offer to roll out the red carpet for a man who wears his racism and misogyny like a badge of pride. Theresa May should stand up to Donald Trump and withdraw her invitation."

  • Article: Dec 7, 2017

    The government has carried out impact assessments on policies ranging from songs from ice cream trucks to drain standards to the use of parody in comedy yet still hasn't produced any on Brexit, Liberal Democrat research has revealed.

    This is quite literally beyond parody.

    These revelations come after David Davis yesterday admitted that the 58 Brexit impact assessments he claimed his department was working never existed.

    It's standard procedure to produce an impact assessment when bringing in new policies, on everything from comedy to sewers.

    Yet the government haven't bothered to produce one for Brexit, an issue that will affect the future of this country for generations to come.

    You couldn't make it up.

    The staggering incompetence ministers are showing over Brexit shows why we must give people the choice to reject the final deal and stay in the EU.

  • Article: Dec 7, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I am sure many of your readers will agree with Jane Smith that it is alarming that MPs voted against the belief in animal sentience during the parliamentary debates on Brexit last week.

    If they want our democracy to be more inclusive and for more involvement in the processes they must themselves be more aware of their electorate's likely response to their decisions.

  • David Davis (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Dec 6, 2017

    After David Davis has been accused of misleading parliament, he must resign.

    David Davis needs to go. He has mislead parliament and under his leadership the Brexit department has turned incompetence into an art form.

    I am not one to call for ministerial resignations every two minutes and I've nothing against David Davis as a person but it is now clear he deceived MP. He is also writing the government's Brexit strategy on the back of a fag packet.

  • Article: Dec 4, 2017

    Dear Sir,

    I was interested to read your article in last week's Chronicle about the new system for paying for parking that is being rolled out across Cheshire East.

    It included registering your vehicle's registration number, helping to prevent passing on your ticket.

    While respecting the right to impose conditions on parking at these Cheshire East owned sites, it does seem to be rather obtrusive.

  • Lib Dems Winning in by-elections November 2017
    Article: Dec 1, 2017

    The sweep of four victories on 30 November means that the Liberal Democrats have gained seven council seats in November.

    The Liberal Democrats won all four of the council by-elections that were held last night, gaining seats from the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP.

    The sweep of victories means that the Liberal Democrats have gained seven council seats in November, significantly more than any other party.

  • Article: Nov 30, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I would like to comment on an article in last week's Chronicle about the six-month jail sentence for someone who assaulted a paramedic during his duties.

    While appalled at the behaviour of the perpetrator of this act, I wonder if the sentence is the correct one.

    Being in jail for this time with no realistic opportunity for counselling or rehabilitation does not seem to do either the victim or convicted any long-term service.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats put into the public domain letters Abbott wrote to constituents announcing that she supports a referendum.

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    Diane Abbott's letter stated "I will argue for the right of the electorate to vote on any deal that is finally agreed"

    But when contacted by journalists, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary then claimed that her letter had been "poorly worded". However, anti-Brexit Labour MPs congratulated Abbott on her letter attacking Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    The Government has released a new rail strategy.

    Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    "Investment is to be welcomed at a time when the railways are struggling to cope with their greatest passenger numbers in nearly a century, but there is scant detail on the financial figures.

    "This government has continually let down passengers, be it the electrification plans that vanished, poor and inconsistent services, or high fares.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    The Brexit divorce bill will just be the down-payment on an economically disastrous extreme Brexit that would take us out of the single market and customs union.

    Around £45 billion would appear to be the price Johnson and Gove et al are willing to pay for a deluded vision of an imperial Britain post-Brexit.