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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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For further facts on staying in the EU please have a look at our published European Referendum Key Issues Guide here!


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Recent updates

  • Article: Dec 18, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    The Government has challenged the Labour Party to table a real 'no confidence' motion. We have now done that for them.

    Jeremy Corbyn need only add his name, and the debate and vote would happen before Christmas.

    If he fails, it will be yet more evidence that his recalcitrance is really a rouse to avoid supporting a People's Vote.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    It means that we have now secured a number of important changes to the Bill, including:

    • Creating exemptions to the new offence of "entering or remaining in a designated area" so that it doesn't apply to aid workers, journalists, people visiting ill relatives or those attending funerals.
    • Protecting journalism and academic research from the new offence of accessing terrorism-related material online.
    • Requiring the Government to commission an independent review of the Prevent strategy.
    • Limiting new powers to detain people at ports and airports to cases involving national security.
  • Event: Dec 20, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    LBC Radio

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

  • Article: Dec 17, 2018

    1. NHS 10 Year Plan

    Our NHS badly needs support and everyone knows it. The Prime Minister was meant to put forward a ten year plan for the health service this year.

    That didn't happen. Instead she has been forced to scramble for backbench support for her broken Brexit deal and run around Europe trying to grab last minute concessions.

  • Article: Dec 15, 2018

    Two years ago Brexit seemed inevitable. Now, with 117 Conservative MPs unable even to support the Prime Minister as Conservative leader, it is hard to see how she can get any version of her deal through when the Commons returns in January.

    Meanwhile, 'no deal' is plainly unacceptable to all parties, except for the most extreme of Conservative backbenchers. Parliament is therefore in deadlock.

  • Article: Dec 15, 2018

    A toxic combination of exams, which needlessly heap pressure onto pupils from a young age; unhealthy competition between schools, leaving teachers dreading the next Ofsted inspection; and funding cuts which mean numbers of school nurses have been reduced, is having devastating consequences.

    The NSPCC say the number of schools seeking help from mental health services is rising and on average, 183 children a day are referred to NHS child and adolescent mental health services.

  • Article: Dec 14, 2018

    Brexit is a national embarrassment

    Brexit is a national embarrassment. The events of the last few weeks have proven that the government is in absolute chaos.

    The Prime Minister pulled her Brexit vote; but if that wasn't bad enough her MPs' leadership challenge also spoke volumes: Conservative MPs can change their minds, but the British people cannot!

  • Article: Dec 14, 2018

    Earlier this year, we enjoyed our best council election results in 15 years. We snatched control of councils like South Cambridgeshire, Kingston-upon-Thames and Richmond upon Thames from the Conservatives. And in cities like Hull, Sunderland and Liverpool, we gained ground against complacent Labour councils who've taken their residents for granted.

    Next year over 9,000 council seats and the control of councils around the country will be in the balance. It's a huge chance to build on our successes and make more headlines for the Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: Dec 14, 2018

    1. Thersa May rules out revoking Article 50

    The ECJ rules that No Brexit is an option but Theresa May blindly ploughs ahead with her broken deal. We were given the option to get out of this mess and Theresa May turned it down.

    Only by having a People's Vote will Theresa May listen and cancel Brexit before it's too late.

  • Article: Dec 13, 2018

    After years of putting pressure on the Government, on Tuesday they agreed major concessions on the Tenant Fees Bill.

    We campaigned to:

    • significantly limit the fees that could be charged to a tenant by their landlord or lettings agent,
    • require a greater amount of transparency when deciding not to refund a holding deposit, and
    • limit the maximum security deposit a landlord can require to five weeks rent.
  • Article: Dec 12, 2018

    Yesterday I introduced a bill in Parliament to legalise cannabis for recreational and medicine use.

    The evidence is clear - prohibition isn't working.

    The war on drugs has been a catastrophic failure, leaving young people vulnerable to dangerous strains of cannabis sold by dealers who have absolutely no interest in their welfare.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2018

    The Government is in absolute chaos. We are closer than ever to securing a People's Vote on Brexit, thanks to your hard work and support.

    Today Theresa May was forced into an embarrassing delay of her Brexit vote. She knew she was going lose by a huge margin. She is running scared.

    It's a huge moment, and it has been driven by Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    On 10th December 1948, history was made. The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    In the shadow of the Second World War, the nations of the world came together to declare that everyone - no matter who they are and where they live - has the same fundamental rights.

    With one voice, we pledged to "strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance."

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018

    For two years the Liberal Democrats have led the fight to give the people the final say on Brexit and the opportunity to Exit from Brexit.

    Tuesday's vote is the best chance yet to secure a People's Vote and the Liberal Democrats will be using every opportunity to demand better than Brexit.

    The Conservatives have made a mess of Brexit, aided and abetted by the Labour leadership.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018
    By Sir Ed Davey MP

    To try and sell a plan that would rob us of many vital cross-border crime-fighting tools on the basis of national security takes quite the brass neck.

    Consider the European Arrest Warrant. It enables us to bring criminals who've fled our shores back to justice in the UK, as well as to extradite thousands of others to face justice in other European countries.

  • Article: Dec 5, 2018
    By Bansri Buddhdev

    Parliament found the Conservative Government in contempt over its failure to release their Brexit legal advice

    Yesterday, Parliament found the Conservative Government in contempt over its failure to release their Brexit legal advice.

    So they are publishing the full advice this morning - and our team of experts are ready to pour over the detail and find out what they were trying to hide.

  • Article: Dec 5, 2018
    By Rhys Taylor

    At our 2018 Spring Conference the Welsh Liberal Democrats followed in the footsteps of our Scottish friends and passed policy calling on Welsh Government to overhaul its guidance on school uniforms to make then more inclusive for trans and non-binary young people.

    I am proud to be in a party where members' shape our policy - and can directly make a real difference in peoples' lives.

  • Article: Dec 3, 2018

    Today as we mark the international day for persons with disabilities, I am very aware that one billion people around the world live with a disability - that's roughly 15% of the global population. I am one of them, mainly using a wheelchair and sometimes walking with sticks. I could have written something smooth and supportive, but I am angry at having to be an afterthought in our society today.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2018

    Climate Change isn't just an environmental problem, it's a human one too.

    Climate Change isn't just an environmental problem, it's a human one too.

    Look at our country - and the impact of weather extremes likely linked to climate change. This summer, Manchester's Moorlands were turned into an inferno. Food prices spiked as farmers struggled in an unseasonal heatwave. Back in March, parts of the country were brought to a standstill with massive snowfalls from the Beast from the East.

  • Article: Nov 23, 2018

    The latest report from Shelter has revealed that 1 in 52 people living in the capital are homeless.

    That's thousands of vulnerable people forced to go without food, warmth and a roof over their head.

    The report also shows that around 320,000 people are now homeless across the country.

    It's an absolute disgrace.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2018

    "I am delighted to have been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London.

    I will show the Lib Dems can offer a fresh alternative

    I will show the Lib Dems can offer a fresh alternative to London's tired two party politics.

    Sadiq Khan isn't delivering the right solutions to violent crime and only the Liberal Democrats can provide a genuinely public health approach. The Tories have shown how out of touch they are with London's values by selecting an illiberal, pro-Brexit candidate.

    Only the Lib Dems have truly stood up for Londoners against Brexit and we will continue to be a strong, liberal voice for our city." Siobhan Benita

  • Article: Nov 20, 2018

    Local government is the bedrock of our communities. It is central to people living happy, healthy and productive lives, and if properly funded, has the potential to solve some of the biggest problems in our society.

    Local government is the bedrock of our communities.

    Local government faces many challenges.

  • Article: Nov 16, 2018

    Within hours of Theresa May speaking to Parliament about the deal she negotiated, hundreds of Lib Dems gathered on Parliament Square to make clear they opposed it.

    For over two years now Liberal Democrats have led the fight to give people the final say on the Brexit deal in a People's Vote, with the option to remain in the EU. And Thursday was a big day. It was the day that turned a People's Vote from a possibility into a probability.

  • Article: Nov 16, 2018

    For over two years now Liberal Democrats have led the fight to give the people the final say on the deal with the option to remain in the EU.

    Parliament has seen the deal that Theresa May has cobbled together. We have a real chance to derail the Conservatives' damaging and chaotic Brexit.

    So this Autumn, I'm are asking you to do three simple things:

  • Article: Nov 16, 2018
    By Jo Swinson

    It's taken us two years of negotiations with the EU to get a deal.

    But what we now have in front of us is a very bad deal for the United Kingdom. We are left rule takers not rule makers.

    The Liberal Democrats won't stand idly by and watch a Tory Brexit wreck our NHS, endanger our security and damage our economy

  • Article: Nov 14, 2018

    "A People's Vote is now the only way to escape from this mess" - Vince Cable

    Any Brexit deal will leave the UK weakened and the public poorer.

    "And before the ink is dry, the Conservative Party will tear into what little Theresa May has been able to agree. The Prime Minister now faces a defeat in Parliament, as a majority will be hard or impossible to secure for what she has come up with."

  • Article: Nov 13, 2018

    This week is Transgender Awareness week, and if you haven't had a chance to read my blog on the importance of supporting and standing alongside our transgender friends and colleagues, you can read it here: libdems.org.uk/trans-rights-are-human-rights.

    Transgender and intersex communities are too often marginalised, and many forget that in the fight for equality, trans rights are human rights. We must, and we are, endeavouring to ensure that a vulnerable group of people are able to live as they are entitled to under our laws.

  • Article: Nov 12, 2018
    By Sal Brinton

    Across the Atlantic, Trump and his cronies are doing their very best to rewrite the definition of transgender out of existence. An agenda of social cleansing that feeds into his administration's insular and antagonistic narrative. We may like to think that Trump's views are in isolation, that his fear of difference does not seep to our shores, but it does.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2018

    Jeremy Corbyn was asked "If you could stop Brexit, would you?"
    His response?
    "We can't stop it. The referendum took place. Article 50 has been triggered."

    But Brexit can be stopped through a People's Vote

    Vince Cable

    This demonstrates, if proof were needed, that Jeremy Corbyn is working hand in glove with the Conservatives to deliver their ideological Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2018

    Today, Jo Johnson quit as a Conservative government minister over the Brexit deal Theresa May is putting together - a deal which gives people the worst of both worlds.

    The choice being presented to the British people is no choice at all.

    Jo Johnson MP

    In his resignation statement, Johnson said that the deal being concocted will inflict "serious economic and political harm on the country". He said what is happening is not what anyone wants and the 2016 referendum did not provide any mandate for it.

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