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Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats

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What Is our Mission?

The Liberal Democrats are the heart of Liberalism on the Isle of Wight. We are a party that is made by local Islanders that exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open island for all!

The Isle of Wight Liberal Democrat objective is to build a society that protects individuals and gives islanders the tools and freedom to be successful and build the lives they want. We believe in opportunity, self-reliance and a healthy respect for communities to help create a fair and free society on the island. We put forward a progressive platform where individuals in communities are the drivers for change, and people are at the heart of decision making.

The Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats believe that we offer an alternative to the Left and Right fight that we experience around the country, and on the island. We don't believe in the "cutting culture" of the Conservatives, but also do understand the need to eliminate the deficit. We believe that a balanced and reasonable approach is what is needed to sort out the finances on and off the island.


However, it's not just the economy of the Isle of Wight that the Liberal Democrats wish to fight for. We are also committed to a much more democratic and engaged Island community. We believe it should be our duty as Liberals to actively inform and encourage more people to be a part of the community they live in. We believe that the success of a truly balanced society comes from the diversity of people from all different backgrounds. To us, their are no class or groups, just different individuals all with their own views and aspirations.

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Recent updates

  • Witney Group
    Article: Sep 24, 2016

    There was an amazing turnout of members at the first action day in the Witney By-Election.

    Liberal Democrat President Baroness Sal Brinton also came to help and support our excellent candidate Liz Leffman.

    Many of our new members were experiencing the buzz of a by-election for the first time.

    There is plenty more to do so come along as soon as you can.

  • Article: Sep 23, 2016

    Two weeks ago, Jeremy Corbyn suggested Britain should give up its membership of the EU's Single Market - a position he shares with only the most hardcore Brexiteers.

    The single market means it as easy to trade between London and Berlin as it is between Edinburgh and London. Within the Single Market, goods, people, services and capital can move freely, meaning there's no lengthy customs checks, borders to cross and goods can move freely and cheaply.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2016

    Liz Leffman a local councillor and business woman has been selected overwhelmingly by a meeting of local Liberal Democrats in the Witney constituency for the by-election caused by the resignation of former Conservative Prime Minister and local MP David Cameron.

    Tim Farron, fresh from his speech at the Lib Dem party conference in Brighton, made his first visit to the constituency of the campaign to congratulate Liz on her selection.

  • Event: Sep 29, 2016 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    LBC Radio

    Listen to Nick on LBC Radio Thursdays @ 9am, Give him a call and ask your questions.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Sep 20, 2016

    Below is the final version of Tim Farron's speech at the close of the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton today.

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    Liberal Democrats are good at lots of things. But the thing it seems that we're best at, is confounding expectations.

    We were expected to shy away from taking power, but we stepped up and we made a difference.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2016

    Sal Brinton, President of the Liberal Democrats, will give a speech today to members on the final day of the party's Autumn Conference.

    She will say

    Good morning, Conference. Here we are, constitutional amendments concluded - how will we all manage next week without the excitement?

    But seriously, I want to thank you for your involvement and responses to the challenge I put to you over a year ago to think how we could improve our Federal structures, and how we can work more effectively as a party. The thousands of suggestions and comment that you made to the Federal Executive have truly helped shape what came to Conference, and your contributions to the debates over the last four days has been genuinely helpful.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats are today launching a National Consultation exercise on the impact of Brexit on local communities.

    All Lib Dem parliamentary candidates will contact businesses, health and educational institutions and civil society organisations in their constituencies to discuss their Brexit concerns.

  • Alistair Carmichael
    Article: Sep 20, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have urged the government to play its part in resettling refugees, in particular unaccompanied children, in an emergency motion at their Autumn Conference.

    The demand comes as Theresa May addresses a special UN meeting on migration in New York. Yesterday the Prime Minister resisted calls to take in more vulnerable refugees from Syria.

  • Lynne Featherstone
    Article: Sep 19, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Spokesperson Lynne Featherstone has accused the Conservatives of trashing the coalition government's green legacy, including by slashing subsidies for renewable energy while spending billions subsidising Hinkley Point.

    The Government's own impact assessment has predicted up to 19,000 job losses in the wind and solar sector.

  • Willie Rennie
    Article: Sep 19, 2016

    This afternoon, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie will give a conference speech on how the party will provide a progressive alternative to the Conservatives and SNP, the "terrible twins of divisive politics."

    Willie Rennie will say:

    On May 5th this year, in Scotland, Liberal Democrats started winning again.

  • Tim Farron in Whitehall
    Article: Sep 19, 2016

    Tim Farron has rejected Jeremy Corbyn's suggestions that supporting continued membership of the Single Market is 'Free Trade Dogma', saying that free trade is vital to our economy and to millions of jobs.

    He also called on Liam Fox to apologise for calling businesses too 'lazy' to export, and said that neither Labour not the Conservatives are now willing to stand up for business.

  • Susan Kramer
    Article: Sep 19, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Baroness Susan Kramer has called for a 45 billion pound investment in house-building, enough to build 150,000 homes a year for five years.

    This would form part of a wider fund to deliver on the infrastructure the country desperately needs - on roads, rail, broadband, schools and hospitals.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Susan Kramer will this morning deliver a speech to party conference on building an economy fit for the future, attacking the Conservatives for only standing up for the wealthy elite and Labour for failing to offer a credible economic alternative.

    Full text of Susan Kramers' speech below

  • Article: Sep 19, 2016

    Liberal Democrat members have overwhelmingly endorsed the party's plan to offer the British people a referendum on the final Brexit deal negotiated by the Government.

    This makes the Liberal Democrats the only party whose official policy is to continue campaigning for the UK to remain a member of the EU.

  • Lynne Featherstone
    Article: Sep 19, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have denounced the construction of a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point.

    The party voted at their conference in Brighton to oppose the construction of the new plant agreeing that represents very poor value for money for UK consumers.

    The Liberal Democrats have called for a UK energy strategy resting on investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, storage and interconnection with European grids, thereby providing energy security, an end to fuel poverty and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions at the same time as creating jobs, exports and prosperity.

  • Lord Jonathan Marks QC
    Article: Sep 19, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have called for an urgent review into the effect of cuts to the legal aid budget and increased court fees.

    The changes have seen a rise in the number of people coming before the courts without being represented by a lawyer, as well as deterring individuals and small businesses from taking legal action.

  • Kirsty Williams (Liberal Democrats on Flickr https://flic.kr/p/rr9xcp)
    Article: Sep 18, 2016

    Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams will launch an attack on grammar schools in a speech to Liberal Democrat conference this afternoon, insisting they will not be introduced under her watch in Wales. She also announced plans to double the early years pupil premium.

    Full text of Kirsty Williams' speech below:

  • Erasmus
    Article: Sep 18, 2016

    Opportunities to study and train abroad under the EU's Erasmus programme must be protected during the coming Brexit negotiations, the Liberal Democrats have said.

    The party has backed a motion calling on the Government to make a clear commitment to protecting the student exchange scheme, which has benefited over 200,000 UK students since it was set up in 1987. Around 100,000 more young people in the UK were expected to go on Erasmus from now until 2020, benefiting from EU funded grants to cover tuition, travel and living costs.

    Almost 10,000 people have backed a petition launched by the Liberal Democrats to save Erasmus that will be delivered to Downing Street and European leaders.

    Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson John Pugh MP commented:

    "Young people overwhelmingly voted to remain, it would be utterly unfair to make them pay the price for Brexit by depriving them of this unique opportunity to study abroad."

    "The Government must commit to making it an absolute priority to preserve the UK's participation in Erasmus in the negotiations ahead."

    "The Liberal Democrats are determined to be the true voice of opposition, holding this Conservative Brexit government to account and fighting to ensure vital European cooperation is protected."

    Co-Chair of Liberal Youth Charlie Kingsbury commented:

    "Erasmus unlocks so many opportunities for students across Europe."

    "It enriches their cultural knowledge and understanding of people from all walks of life, providing life-changing experiences to thousands."

    "As proud internationalists, the Liberal Democrats cannot allow the Tories to put this in jeopardy."

  • Alistair Carmichael
    Article: Sep 18, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael will this morning deliver a speech on proposals to slash the ever-increasing prison population, through a radical policy introducing a presumption against sentences of less than 12 months.

    He will say:

    Good morning, conference.

    It is good to be back in Brighton.

  • meral hussein-ece
    Article: Sep 18, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have denounced moves in France to ban the burkini, stressing that people must be free to wear what they want.

    France's highest court ruled in August that beach bans on burkinis imposed in a number of towns across the country violated basic freedoms, but several bans remain in place including in Corsica. French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has now vowed to change the constitution and impose a national ban on burkinis if elected.

    In an amendment passed today by members at the Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference, the party has said it stands "shoulder to shoulder with France" in the wake of recent terrorist attacks, but that it "deplores" moves to ban the burkini as people must be free to wear what they want.

    It forms part of a motion on combating racism, which also condemns the use of anti-immigrant rhetoric during the EU referendum campaign and rise in racist attacks.

    Liberal Democrat equalities spokesperson Meral Hussein-Ece said:

    "The image of a policeman ordering a woman to remove her clothing on a beach was truly chilling sight for all of us who see France as a bastion of freedom and equality."

    "The burkini ban has been rightly overturned in court, now French politicians must take note and stop stoking division for political gain."

    "One of the core principles of a free and liberal society is that individuals should be allowed to wear what they want and not be dictated to by the state."

    "The UK government must also do more to combat the appalling rise in hate crimes and racist abuse we have seen in this country since the EU referendum, including ensuring victims are given the support they need to come forward."

    You can read the full motion, as passed by our conference here.

  • Tim Farron arriving at Autumn 2016 Conference (Liberal Democrats on Flickr)
    Article: Sep 17, 2016

    Tonight Tim Farron raised the curtain on the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton.

    Here's what he had to say:

    At exactly this time, eight days ago in Sheffield, Liberal Democrat activists, including dozens of new members, were working their socks off.

    They'd been up delivering and campaigning since before the crack of dawn.

  • Pills / Drugs / Tablets (By Victor on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/v1ctor/7035932329)
    Article: Sep 17, 2016

    The HIV preventative drug prophylaxis should be made available on the NHS for high-risk groups including gay men and BAME communities, the Liberal Democrats have urged.

    Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a once-a-day pill that reduces the risk of HIV infection by 86%. In August, the High Court ruled that NHS England could fund the drug. NHS England had argued that because PrEP was preventative it was not its responsibility, and has now said it will appeal against the ruling.

  • Homeless man in Paris
    Article: Sep 17, 2016

    An additional £60 million should be spent on tackling soaring rates of homelessness in the UK, the Liberal Democrats have urged today.

    The funding would help local councils tackle homelessness by providing emergency accommodation and intervening early to prevent people losing their homes.

    The Liberal Democrats are also calling for a clampdown on rogue landlords who unfairly evict private tenants, through the Renters' Rights Bill currently going through Parliament.

    This forms part of the party's comprehensive plan to tackle the root causes of homelessness including:

    • extending the period someone is defined as threatened with homelessness from 28 to 56 days, to allow earlier interventions to avoid people losing their homes

    • increasing housebuilding to at least 300,000 new homes a year

    • restoring housing benefit for 18-21s

    • ending the Government's policy of forcing local authorities to sell high value council homes

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "Britain is one of the richest places on earth, it is a stain on our nation's conscience that thousands of people are still sleeping rough in the streets every night."

    "The Liberal Democrats have set out a clear plan to end the scourge of homelessness and ensure those at risk of losing their home are given the support they need."

    "It is about time the Government stopped fuelling the housing crisis and started tackling it, by building more homes, restoring housing benefit for young people and clamping down on rogue landlords."

    You can read the full motion, as passed by our conference, here.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb will announce plans today for a 'New Beveridge Group' of independent health experts to consider the case for a dedicated NHS and care tax.

    Speaking to party members at the Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference in Brighton, former health minister Norman Lamb will call for "honesty and straight talking" on the cash crisis facing the health and care sector, raising the possibility of an extra penny on a new dedicated NHS and care tax. The proposal builds on his previous calls for the introduction of a separate health and care tax which would be marked out on people's payslips.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have demanded that British Overseas Territories such as the British Virgin Islands are given a fixed deadline to end secretive tax arrangements that allow companies to avoid paying billions of pounds of tax.

    If the British Overseas Territories fail to comply then the Government should introduce legislation to change the laws governing the territories to require tax transparency.

  • Surveilance camera
    Article: Sep 17, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have demanded that the Government end indiscriminate mass surveillance, scrap the failed "Prevent" strategy and introduce a more targeted and effective counter-terrorism policy.

    Based on a detailed policy paper headed up by former Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick, the party's Autumn Conference motion proposes:

    • Ending the mass collection of people's communications data and opposing Government proposals that would see records of everyone's internet history kept for a year
    • Scrapping the failed 'Prevent' strategy and replacing it with a more localised and community-focused counter-extremism policy
    • Introducing targeted surveillance of specific individuals who are suspected of wrongdoing and of communications data between the UK and terrorism hotspots overseas
    • Abolishing the secretive National Extremism Database which includes innocent political protesters and ensuring all police databases are underpinned by UK law

    After the motion passed, our Home Affairs spokesperson in the Lords, Brian Paddick had this to say:

    Monitoring people's everyday communications is not just a gross invasion of privacy, it simply does not make us any safer against the likes of ISIS and other terrorist groups.

    Collecting endless amounts of data on people's emails, text messages and calls is a waste of precious time and resources and leaves each of us vulnerable to hacks by malicious individuals or rogue states.

    Every pound the government spends on storing the photos from your family holiday is a pound taken away from your local police.

    We need a counter-terrorism policy that keeps the public safe and keeps the government in check, through targeted surveillance and proper judicial oversight.

    The full policy paper, Safe and Free, can be found here.

    The motion, as passed by conference can be found here.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2016

    Siobhan Benita, former Independent Mayoral Candidate, now a Liberal Democrat."A consistent, positive party"

    Siobhan Benita, independent candidate in the 2012 mayoral election

    I'd always felt an affinity with the Liberal Democrats, and when I ran for mayor in 2012, I suggested to Brian Paddick that we join forces, as our manifestos were so similar.

    Having worked in the civil service for so long, I had become slightly cynical about political parties, and therefore nervous about joining one, but Brexit was the final 'stop thinking and actually do it' moment. I joined the Lib Dems on the day the result was announced.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2016

    The Witney by-election has been set for the 20th October.

    Our candidate is expected to be selected on Tuesday, 20th September.

    The last Parliamentary by-election we had in our region was Eastleigh which we won.

    We will be running a campaign to win but urgently need the funds to do so as soon as possible.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2016

    Commenting on the news that Education Secretary Justine Greening will not be pushing forward with moves to scrap the parent governor role from schools in England, Education spokesperson John Pugh said:

    "This will undoubtedly be the first of many climbs down from a Secretary of State left to defend the indefensible.

  • Catherine Bearder MEP
    Article: Sep 15, 2016

    The European Parliament has voted to support a global ban on the ivory trade ahead of a major international conference that will discuss how to save elephants from extinction.

    The resolution calls for EU countries to ban all imports, exports and commercial sales of ivory products until wild elephant populations are no longer threatened by poaching.

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