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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: Mar 16, 2019
    By Merlene Emerson

    The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

    This statement, from the LD party constitution, has been our guiding principle since the party was formed in 1988.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Jo started out with a heartfelt tribute to those killed in the Christchurch mosque shooting this morning. "The forces that sow hate and division and seek to turn fellow citizens against each other must not and cannot win"

    She then paid tribute to outgoing leader Vince Cable - "a powerful champion for liberalism"

  • Article: Mar 15, 2019
    By Emma Cherniavsky

    I thought if I slept on it, I'd be less angry. I'm not. I'm still as mad as hell.

    In ordering his MPs not to vote for a People's Vote, Jeremy Corbyn betrayed his Party members, Labour voters and remainers across the country.

    But we know it's worse than that. In refusing to support a People's Vote, Jeremy Corbyn has betrayed the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society. The very people he claims to represent are the people who stand to be hit hardest by Brexit.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2019

    Last year, party conference in Southport agreed a strategy to transform the party into a movement.

    In September, Vince laid out his suggestions for how our party could change toward that goal. At the heart of his proposals was the concept of creating a new supporter scheme.

    However, all our policies are decided by our members not our leader - and therefore this weekend at our party's spring conference, our members will be voting on the Lib Dem Supporter Scheme, and deciding what rights supporters will have.

  • Article: Mar 15, 2019

    On Saturday afternoon, conference will be voting on a package of reforms first announced by Vince Cable back in September. These reforms propose creating an official supporters' scheme to the party - and giving these new supporters new rights. This motion has a complex collection of votes attached to it - and here to marshal us through them is frequent conference goer and constitutional nerd, Will Dyer.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2019

    This has been a dramatic week in Parliament with Theresa May's Brexit proposals heavily defeated, and a very clear statement that a 'no deal' Brexit must be avoided. It is now clear that Brexit will be postponed, and very possibly stopped.

    The future is very uncertain but despite Labour's continued prevarication, there is still a real chance of securing a People's Vote and, indeed, of stopping Brexit.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2019

    I am fuming.

    After Parliament has made clear that they are incapable of agreeing on Brexit, the Labour leadership whipped their MPs to abstain on giving the people the final say.

    Every Labour MP who did not vote for a People's Vote tonight have betrayed their members, betrayed their voters and betrayed remainers.

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

    Dear Sir,

    I am astounded, if it is true that Cheshire East has decided not to include a separate cycle lane in the imminent Congleton Link Road as described by Anthony Bolding in last week's letter pages.

    True, on the infrequent times I use the Alderley or Wheelock by-passes, I rarely come across bicycles probably for very different reasons.

  • Article: Mar 13, 2019

    Brexit latest

    This has been a big week for Brexit. But, then, every week is big.

    With 14 days to go before Brexit Day, the Prime Minister's Withdrawal Agreement was massively defeated for a second time on this occasion by 149 votes rather than 230. I don't think even the Prime Minister saw that as progress.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2019

    Is anyone getting deja vu?

    It's like January all over again. Theresa May's been beaten again, her botched Brexit deal failing by 391 votes to 242. Parliament's verdict on the PM's deal is abundantly clear, and has been for months - the deal is a flop.

    We can't let Theresa May kick the can down the road again. Parliament must not be bullied into voting for a deal that leaves people worse off.