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Welcome to Congleton Liberal Democrats

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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 both local and national.

Recent updates

  • Article: Aug 14, 2019

    I can think of about 350 million reasons why a promise from Boris Johnson isn't worth the paper (or bus) it's written on.

    The Government promised that the rights of EU citizens wouldn't change after Brexit. So did Vote Leave - many of whose senior figures are now Government officials.

    But now we're hearing that if Brexit happens, the Government plans to make EU citizens pay to use the NHS.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    If I might be allowed to comment on the discussion in your recent letter pages around abortion rights; it seems to me that men's rights are often dismissed in this matter.

    It takes two to tango as they say and barring the occasional in vitro fertilisations, men play a pivotal role in producing the future citizens of our societies.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2019

    As I spent my first week in Westminster on my induction programme, in the forefront of my mind is that there are less than 80 days until Boris Johnson tries to take us out of the EU without a deal. So, of course, my first priority was to learn my way around so I am able to find Boris Johnson like I said in my victory speech:

  • Article: Aug 11, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    For those who have taken part in Hajj, this is a season of new beginnings and Muslims across the globe will be taking time out to reflect on the significance of their faith in their own individual lives.

    Sadly, we are witnessing a horrifying rise in Islamophobia which is often accompanied by exclusionary, right-wing nationalism. Islamophobic tropes are becoming commonplace and attacks on Muslims have been espoused by the man who has just become our Prime Minister. This is unacceptable. We must confront this poisonous rhetoric which, if left unchecked, will permeate our communities in the most extreme and hateful ways.

  • Article: Aug 11, 2019

    This year, Eid ul-Adha (The Festival of Sacrifice) begins on Sunday 11 August and end on Thursday 15 August. It is the second Eid occasion during the Islamic year; the first, Eid-ul-Fitr, marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

    Eid ul-Adha signifies the end of the Hajj Pilgrimage - the world's largest annual pilgrimage to Makkah - and is a time for Muslims around the world to share, help others and be thankful, whilst remembering those who are less fortunate.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    The long letter by Andrea Bloomfield on the possible dangers of 5G roll out made me think of the way society is going more generally.

    We seem to be relying more and more on technology to solve our problems and improve our quality of life.

    This is fi ne as long as we have given our informed consent; something that I am not aware we have. The fact that we can do something does not mean we want to.

  • Article: Aug 2, 2019

    We did it!

    We won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election!

    We won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election!

    I am so incredibly grateful to every person that got me here.

    Thank you to everyone who traveled, from near and far, to get here and campaign with us. Thank you for the thousands of doors you knocked on, for the tens of thousands of leaflets you delivered, the letters you wrote and stuffed, the leaflets you bundled.

  • Article: Aug 2, 2019

    Jane Dodds and the local Liberal Democrat team just WON the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election!

    And we're all thrilled!

  • Article: Aug 1, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I'd like to comment on Bogbrush's letter in last week's Chronicle where (s)he touches on the reasons for this country's headlong rush into oblivion in the name of Brexit.

    Where I think the mistake lies is in the well-intentioned though misplaced loyalty of many in the Conservative, and to a lesser extent, the Labour Party.

  • Article: Jul 31, 2019

    We've just confirmed our party conference for 2020.

    Spring conference returns to York in 2020!. Registration will later this year, but for now save the date in your diary: 13-15th March 2020!

    And Autumn conference will be in Brighton in 2020, and the dates for your diary are 26-29th September!

    In the meantime, make sure you are registered for this year's Autumn conference - where we will celebrate our big victories in the local and European elections this year - and welcome our newly elected leader Jo Swinson!