My Petition to re-open Tarporley and Beeston Railway Station presented to Antoinette Sandbach MP



On the 6th July, I presented my Petition signed by 1265 mostly Tarporley and local residents, urging the re-opening of Tarporley and Beeston Railway Station to Antoinette Sandbach MP for Eddisbury.

Antoinette has undertaken to raise the re-opening of the Station directly with the Minister for Railways in the Department of Transport.

Tarporley Railway Station, if reopened, will allow easier access for many local residents to Chester or Crewe and beyond.

It will boost convenient access critical for local tourism including the Castle at Beeston, canal boat recreation and the ice-cream farms and other local Cheshire attractions.

It will also support the health of the High Street in Tarporley and the wider local economy.

It will provide a local hub for bus services, improving access and reducing isolation. It will combat rising car use, reduce environmental damage and delays to commuters and residents.

Tarporley and Beeston Railway Station Supporters Group will continue to campaign for the re-opening of the station and will continue to monitor progress in the coming months.

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Cuts to Bus Services in rural Eddisbury

  Local Bus Services

Residents are seething about the cuts announced to rural bus services announced without consultation or impact assessment. Communities such as Utkinton will be most affected, leaving those without access to a car, cruelly isolated and vulnerable.

Despite being only 10 miles from Chester it might as well as be on the moon for some villagers who will find it even more challenging to access essential services in Tarporley such as doctors or dentists.

The world around us is changing and without access and communication links many are condemned to loneliness and isolation. Let's restore bus services and re-open Tarporley Station if we want everyone to enjoy mobility, essential to health and prosperity in today's world.

Ian Priestner

Picture Credit (Chester Chronicle)


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Tarporley Railway Station and the HS2 Crewe Hub Consultation


It is encouraging that Labour-controlled Crewe Town Council is now behind the re-opening of Tarporley Station.You can see their response to the HS2 Crewe Hub Consultation HERE (Page 16). Only the Conservatives appear reluctant to support our Campaign.

The northern counties are losing out in the fight for investment in our patchy rail system. No mention of Tarporley Station in the recent government announcement on rail spending; Tarporley residents are in real danger of being delayed in the railway sidings indefinitely.

Please sign my Petition HERE and share the link with others.

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Tarporley Railway Station and the Government Rail Strategy


My Statement to the Media 

Tarporley and surrounding towns and villages have been completely ignored in the Conservative government’s latest rail strategy.

Local people, backed by the Liberal Democrats, have been clamouring for the re-opening of Tarporley and Beeston Castle Station but have been snubbed by the Tories. Over 1100 local residents have signed a petition (see HERE) calling for the re-opening of the Station.

Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ian Priestner said:

“For too long the people of Tarporley have been ignored by the Tories.

“The local economy will be greatly boosted by improvements to the local rail infrastructure. The Conservative MP and Councillor have completely failed to stand up for local interests.

“This is a wasted opportunity to fix our local railway, vital for commuting and business alike. Instead, the Tories have gone off track leaving Tarporley and its residents shunted into a siding “

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Update on my Tarporley Rail Station Campaign


I am delighted to have been invited by Beeston Parish Council to discuss plans and prospects for the Tarporley Railway reopening campaign.
Beeston, alongside Tarporley itself, will benefit directly from reopening the station.
With plans for HS2 gathering steam, it is even more important to improve our local rail infrastructure, for too long neglected.
I will let you know how our discussions develop.
If you want to join me at the Parish Council on the evening of 7.30 pm on Tuesday 7th November 2017 at Peckforton & Beeston Village Room please do.
If you haven't already please sign my petition…

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A big thankyou to Eddisbury !


A big thank you for the help you gave me in the general election in Eddisbury. The Liberal Democrats are back! We are fighting back right across the UK and gained 3 extra seats giving us 12 in total, a 50% improvement from the start of the previous Parliament.

In terms of results, Eddisbury came 16th out of 77 parliamentary seats in the North West if you rank them in terms of votes achieved by the Liberal Democrats. We have a solid base for the future with a healthy membership and a good campaign team. We ran an active campaign focused on school cuts, health and social care and avoiding a hard Brexit. We had a lot of positive feedback.

Once the dust has settled I will set out more details of our plans and campaigns for this Parliament, though I’ll have to be quick as there may be another general election around the corner given the lamentable performance of the Conservatives.

On a national level, it was a good night for us with a strong diverse and talented team of our MPs heading to Westminster. In a Hung Parliament, we will exert a strong influence. It is clear that there is no mandate for a hard Brexit. The country needs our voice to be heard.

However, you helped, whether as part of the Liberal Democrat team or simply by lending me your vote, I am truly grateful as we fight on.

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10 Reasons to Vote for Me Tomorrow


Well, it's the final 24 hours of campaigning for the General Election tomorrow.  I can hear audible sighs of relief from voters and quite a few weary campaigners too.

Seriously though this is a seminal election vital to our future.

We have been really busy in Eddisbury these past few weeks.  We have worked harder than ever before delivering leaflets, canvassing and running our biggest ever digital campaign.  The feedback has been great with plenty of supporters and a friendly reception on the doorstep. Unlike the Conservatives and Labour we have to work hard to gain your vote and so you can be sure we will work even harder to keep it.

At this election, I am asking compassionate Conservatives and traditional Labour voters to lend me your vote so we can provide a robust, honest and decent opposition. Let us not give the Eddisbury Conservatives and Theresa May a blank cheque. 

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A Manifesto to change Britain's future

Today, as the Lib Dem candidate in Eddisbury , I am immensely proud to launch our 2017 manifesto: Change Britain’s Future.



Over the past few weeks we’ve been working tirelessly – speaking to the public, analysing costs, fine-tuning our priorities – to bring you a single blueprint for a better Britain.

This momentous new manifesto sets out our hopes and plans for an open, tolerant and united country. From defending our place in Europe, to protecting universal human rights, to building a greener economy, it encapsulates our positive vision for the future.

You can read our manifesto in full HERE.

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This is a chance for voters in Eddisbury to prevent a hard Brexit


I have just sent my press release on the 2017 General Election to the media you can see it below. I hope to have a further update on the General Election campaign early next week.

'People in Eddisbury should vote for the Liberal Democrats to prevent a hard Brexit and protect the local economy.' Ian Priestner the party’s parliamentary spokesperson has said today.

The Prime Minister today [Tuesday] called a snap General Election to be held on the 8th June.

The Liberal Democrats are standing on a clear platform to prevent a hard Brexit by staying in the Single Market and to give the British people the final say on the Brexit deal through a referendum.

Ian Priestner commented:

“This election is a huge opportunity for voters in Eddisbury to change the direction of our country and prevent a disastrous hard Brexit.

“Whether people in Eddisbury voted decisively to remain in the EU or to leave they certainly did not vote for the extreme form of Brexit that Theresa May has imposed on us after being backed by Labour.

“For all those who want to protect our local economy by staying in the Single Market and ensure the people have the final say over what comes next, this is your chance.

“The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit Government and the only party fighting for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united.”


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Our New Tarporley Focus Leaflet is out



I am pleased to say our latest Tarporley Focus leaflet is hitting the streets this weekend. If you haven't got yours already you can find a copy HERE 

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