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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

  • Article: Aug 7, 2020

    During the war in Afghanistan, a number of Afghan civilians served with British troops as interpreters. These brave men and women risked their lives to enable our Armed Forces to do their jobs.

    It was our own Paddy Ashdown who fought to ensure that the Government didn't forget the service of these Afghan heroes.

    Many of them were no longer safe in Afghanistan, facing reprisals for their service to the UK.

    So I was proud that, when the UK began withdrawing our forces in 2012, it was our own Paddy Ashdown who fought to ensure that the Government didn't forget the service of these Afghan heroes.

    Back in 2013, he spoke powerfully about the "debt of honour" we owe them, and argued that they must be offered the chance to live in the UK.

    Thanks to Paddy's campaign and the efforts of Liberal Democrat Ministers, we secured a scheme to allow interpreters to move to the UK.

    However, they faced fierce resistance from Conservative Ministers, who set tight limits on who could benefit from the scheme.

    Only those who were still working for the UK in December 2012 were eligible, and they could only bring family members with them if they moved at the same time - spouses and children could not join them later.

    This left far too many interpreters stuck in Afghanistan and at serious risk of violence, or in the UK but separated from their families.

    So we kept campaigning and, in 2018, the Government promised to expand the scheme to include all interpreters who have served on the frontline with British troops since May 2006.

    It claimed that up to 200 more people would be able to benefit from the changes - but, two years later, just two translators have been able to come to the UK under the new rules.

    The Government also promised in March last year that interpreters who have relocated to the UK would now be able to bring family members to join them.

    Brave individuals in Afghanistan who put their lives at risk for our country deserve the right to stay in the UK.

    Sadly, however, not a single family member had been relocated to the UK under the new rules more than a year after that change came into force.

    These failures represent an appalling breach of the debt Paddy spoke of back in 2013.

    These courageous interpreters must not be left to live in fear of reprisals for their service, nor must they be cruelly separated from their families.

    So, along with my Liberal Democrat colleagues and a number of MPs from other parties, I have written to the Defence Secretary and the Home Secretary, urging them to put this right without further delay.

  • Article: Aug 5, 2020

    A complaint has been made about Ed Davey's campaign's conduct in its communication with members as to their voting intentions, specifically that they instructed canvassers not to disclose the identity of the campaign they were actually calling on behalf in calls made on the 11th and 14th of July 2020.

  • Article: Aug 5, 2020

    Throughout this terrible disease, people have not only faced heartbreaking loss of life, but also crushing anxiety over their livelihoods.

    Lockdown has been necessary to prevent an even greater catastrophe, but the economic shutdown has thrown millions of people into financial hardship.

    Liberal Democrats have been fighting to make sure people do not feel left behind as the country slowly recovers. We cannot allow this to create a new wave of inequality in Britain; the damage done to businesses and jobs falls harder on some than others.

  • Article: Aug 5, 2020
    By Layla Moran

    Like many young people and students in the early 2000s, I first joined the Liberal Democrats because of Charles Kennedy's brave stance on the invasion of Iraq.

    Charles played a courageous role in steadfastly opposing military intervention, putting both his and the party's reputation on the line. I joined a million others marching on the streets in protest, pleading with Blair's Government to change course.

  • Event: Aug 13, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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    Listen to Nick on LBC Radio Thursdays @ 9am, Give him a call and ask your questions.

  • Article: Jul 31, 2020

    A complaint has been made about Layla Moran's campaign's use of data gathering tools ('Cookies') in their official website.

    The Party has considered carefully and has taken representations from the Campaign.

    The party's found that a technical breach had occurred in relation to the specific consents relating to these Cookies.

  • Article: Jul 31, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    What are the Liberal Democrats calling for?

    We're calling on the Government to grant indefinite leave to remain in the UK - the right to stay - to all foreign nationals currently working in the NHS and social care, and their families.

    How many people from other countries work in the NHS and social care?

  • Article: Jul 31, 2020
    By Munira Wilson

    Throughout this crisis, the Government's communications have been an utter disaster.

    Yet more mistakes reveal how necessary it is for an inquiry to be launched now

    To announce a regional lockdown of millions of people not only just hours before it's enforced, but with no clarity on the new rules coming into place, is beyond comprehension.

  • Article: Jul 31, 2020

    On behalf of the Liberal Democrats, I would like to send best wishes to all Muslims celebrating Eid al-Adha.

    Eid al-Adha commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim's test of faith. It also marks the end of Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.

    I hope that all of us will take this opportunity to reflect on those values of selflessness, charity and community which are at the heart of Islam

  • Article: Jul 30, 2020

    Voting opens today for the Liberal Democrat Leadership Election!

    You might get your ballot by either email or post and it might take some time on the 30th or 31st to be sent, as delivery is being staggered through the day. Postal deliveries may take longer, especially if you're overseas.

    If you haven't had a ballot by 10am on Friday 31st July, please feel free to drop elections@libdems.org.uk an email. Votes have to be cast by 1pm on Wednesday 26th August 2020.

  • Article: Jul 29, 2020

    Let's be honest with ourselves - we're in a tough spot. Our average polling figure currently stands at 8%, a far cry from the late teens or early 20s we previously enjoyed as recently as last year.

    I won Oxford West & Abingdon from the ground up. Nobody knows the potential of Liberal Democrat activists like I do.

  • Article: Jul 29, 2020
    By Greg Foster

    Postal Votes

    Postal votes have gone to print on the 27th July 2020. The initial run was around 5,000 voters. These will be sent to Royal Mail on the 29th July 2020.

    We expect paper ballots to land between the 30th July and the 2nd August in the UK. We expect this to take up to the 14th August for non-UK postal ballots.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2020

    In our Democracy the Prime Minister and Government are accountable to Parliament, not the other way round, and yet Boris Johnson has been systematically unpicking the vital checks and balances which moderate his powers. Without these, it is a slippery slope towards an elective dictatorship.

    Boris Johnson's attempt to prorogue Parliament was ruled 'unlawful'.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2020

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 20th July

    Monday 20th July

    The final week of Parliament before the summer recess kicked off with the Foreign Secretary coming to the House to give a Ministerial Statement on China. After the imposition of a new security law in Hong Kong, the U-turn decision to ban Huawei from 5G infrastructure, and the serious concerns of human rights abuses in Xinjang, the China-UK relationship is under strain to put it lightly.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2020

    A complaint has been made by an individual about Ed Davey's 2020 campaign's use of data gathered in his 2019 leadership campaign for direct marketing.

    The party has taken legal advice and received representations from the campaign.

    The party's advice concludes that a technical breach has occurred in relation to specific consents. We have advised the campaign of the issues, and have required the campaign to cease using the affected data now and to gain new consents before using it again.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2020

    The UK has suffered a number of tragic terrorist attacks in recent weeks and months. The first duty of government is to protect people from this kind of violence, and Liberal Democrats will always work to ensure that our security services have the tools and resources they need to do their jobs.

    This Bill would massively expand the Home Secretary's power to impose Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2020

    This watershed report confirms an alarming truth: this Conservative Government has failed to take the Russian threat to our democracy seriously, even despite the clear evidence they interfered to help Donald Trump to the presidency in 2016.

    The PM must nannounce a wide-ranging investigation of potential Russian interference in our democracy

  • Article: Jul 20, 2020

    We're putting the party back on track so we can achieve the sort of successes in future that we all so desperately want, and that our country needs.

    Problems with the current way of doing things make it harder for us to win elections and to give members a real say in what happens. This was one of the major conclusions from the Dorothy Thornhill election review, which called for major improvements in how the party runs its own affairs.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2020

    The Federal Conference Committee met via Zoom call on Saturday, 11 July for the agenda selection for our first virtual conference. The meeting was a lengthy one, which was in part due to the large selection of varied motions we received, but also to give us breaks from staring at computer screens for a number of hours.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2020
    By Peter Munro

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 13th July

    Monday 13th July

    After the Chancellor's statement last week announcing an update to the fiscal response to Coronavirus, Monday saw the House consider all stages of the Stamp Duty Land Tax (Temporary Relief) Bill, legislation that removes the tax on buying a home under the threshold of £500,000. During the single day of proceedings, Sarah Olney, Tim Farron, and Wera Hobhouse all raised the Liberal Democrat concerns that this measure, one that has become somewhat of a flagship policy, does nothing to ease the worries of struggling people across the United Kingdom.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2020

    The UK's creative industries went into the COVID19 pandemic as world leaders, but without the necessary recovery support, they will emerge smaller, weaker and with lasting damage.

    But with so much continuing uncertainty, the Government must do much more to prevent a cultural catastrophe and protect people's livelihoods from the twin threats of COVID and Brexit.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2020

    I am excited for the future of the Liberal Democrats. I know that together, we can put more Liberal Democrats in town halls, council chambers and Parliaments across the country and kick Boris Johnson out of Downing Street.

    The maths are simple. We are in second in 91 seats across the country and in 80 of them, we're against the Conservatives. If we want to make sure we don't have a Tory government in 2025 then Liberal Democrats have to take seats off the Conservatives.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2020

    Yesterday, Acting Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey secured a commitment from the Prime Minister to an independent inquiry into the Government's handling of the Covid-19 crisis and called for the timetable to be set out immediately.

    The UK has suffered one of the worst death rates in the world.

    Speaking during Prime Minister's Questions yesterday, Ed Davey warned that under Boris Johnson's leadership the country has suffered one of the worst death rates in the world and Europe's worst death rate of health and care workers.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2020

    Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on this country - on our lives, on the economy and on our futures. We desperately need to learn from the experiences, including the mistakes, of the last four months so that we are better prepared in the future. That includes being ready for a second wave.

    I'm proud to have been elected chair of the APPG on Coronavirus.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    What is Stop and Search?

    There are two main powers used by the police to stop and search people:

    'Reasonable grounds' Stop and Search: under Section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 ("PACE") and associated legislation (such as the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971), officers can stop and search someone if they have "reasonable grounds" to suspect that the person has "prohibited articles" (usually offensive weapons), stolen property or controlled drugs.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2020

    This year we're holding a special Job Interview event for our two leadership candidates.

    Catch up with Ed Davey's Job Interview Hustings above.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2020

    This year we're holding a special Job Interview event for our two leadership candidates.

    Catch up with Layla Moran's Job Interview Hustings above.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2020

    Ballots have just opened for the LGBT+ Lib Dems committee elections. Read the manifestos for the candidates who are running here:

    Candidates for Chair

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    Candidates for Membership Secretary

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    Candidates for Ordinary Member

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  • Article: Jul 15, 2020

    Let's be clear. As we move into the new decade, away from the roller coaster ride that was the 2010s, the Liberal Democrats need to change, and fast.

    Most polls are placing us at 6-8%. On a good day, we might cheer at a 1% increase in our polling.

    Our country needs a strong and successful liberal party, at every level of government and in every part of the country, and I have a plan to return us to our winning ways.

  • Article: Jul 15, 2020

    When asked by Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey during today's PMQs, the Prime Minister finally accepted his Government will "learn the lessons of this pandemic" and confirmed there will be in independent inquiry.

    Watch the exchange below 👇 👇

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