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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: May 26, 2020

    Millions of people are worried for their loved ones. They have made heartbreaking sacrifices every day since lockdown, including missing family gatherings like weddings and funerals.

    People are rightly angry about Dominic Cummings' behaviour. It cannot be one rule for senior government officials and one rule for everyone else

  • Article: May 26, 2020

    We cannot allow coronavirus to blind us to the injustice that is unfolding on Hong Kong.

    Beijing's new national security law is a naked power-grab. It bypasses Hong Kong local law-making processes and demonstrates a complete lack of respect for the Joint Declaration. Clearly China no longer cares for the 'one country, two systems' agreement made between the UK and China during the Handover.

  • Article: May 25, 2020

    I would like to send warm wishes to Muslims in the UK and around the world celebrating Eid al-Fitr.

    Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan - a month of prayer, personal reflection, and self-denial.

    I'm sure that this Ramadan must have felt unusual and I know that observing a socially distanced Eid will not be easy either.

  • Article: May 22, 2020

    It has been confirmed that Beijing is introducing a resolution that would bypass Hong Kong local law-making processes in order to impose a new 'national security law' on the territory.

    We cannot sit back and watch this violation of rights and freedoms.

    It is clear that China no longer cares for the 'one country, two systems' agreement made between the UK and China during the Handover.

  • Article: May 22, 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: @LibWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 18th April

    Monday 18th May

    Monday started with Ministerial Questions to the Treasury and the Department for Transport. Where Munira Wilson questioned the government on what they are doing to protect the aviation industry and prevent the loss of jobs in that sector.

  • Article: May 21, 2020

    The latest Immigration Statistics, published this morning, show that 51,906 people are waiting for an initial decision on their asylum claims, an increase of 33% since last year. 31,516 have been waiting for more than six months, a 68% increase.

    People who've come to the UK having fled war or persecution should welcomed, not trapped for months on just £5.39 a day

  • Article: May 20, 2020

    Today we have introduced a Bill to require the Government to seek a two-year extension to the Brexit transition period, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

    To choose a No Deal Brexit and crash out, when the option to extend the transition is possible, would be an act of national self-harm - especially when our NHS, economy and food supply chains are already stretched and struggling.

  • Article: May 20, 2020

    Last week, we published the frank independent review into the 2019 general election. It rightly received plaudits in the media for its candour.

    This review challenges us to change as a party and to change the country for the better.

    We now need to get on with that work - and that's what we've done with a set of key decisions by your Federal Board.

  • Article: May 19, 2020

    COVID-19 will leave a deep scar on our health and care workforce, who have gone above and beyond to tackle this dreadful virus. Thousands have lost colleagues, endured serious illness, or faced significant trauma.

    Whilst we can hope to get a grip on COVID-19 in the coming months, the mental health impacts will last a lifetime.

  • Article: May 18, 2020

    COVID-19 will leave a deep scar on our health and care workforce, who have gone above and beyond to tackle this dreadful virus. Thousands have lost colleagues, endured serious illness, or faced significant trauma.

    Whilst we can hope to get a grip on COVID-19 in the coming months, the mental health impacts will last a lifetime.

  • Article: May 18, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the enormous contributions that workers from all over the world make to our country and our communities.

    Tens of thousands of doctors, nurses and other NHS staff. Hundreds of thousands of social care workers. And millions more in sectors hit hard by this crisis, from restaurants and hotels to construction and manufacturing.

  • Article: May 17, 2020

    In the midst of the Covid 19 crisis it is easy to think it is the only issue in town. But there is another issue that as Liberals we should not need reminding of.

    One aspect of it was highlighted to me this week when a friend told me that he cannot give blood.

    My friend would like to help by providing blood from which plasma could be used in the fight against COVID-19 but regardless of how rare his blood group might be, of how healthy he is, he cannot donate because he is gay.

  • Article: May 15, 2020

    Following the 2019 General Election, the Federal Board commissioned Dorothy Thornhill and her team of fourteen to conduct an independent review of the Party's performance.

    The Liberal Democrats are committed to a fair and open society and reflect that in our internal approach to transparency and accountability. The resulting report is therefore available here in its entirety.

  • Article: May 15, 2020

    Before being an MP, I was a teacher. I'm keenly aware that every day schools remain shut the disadvantage gap widens and the students in need of the most support from teachers and support staff are being left behind. More than this, it's the most vulnerable children I'm most worried about. Are they eating? Are they safe, let alone learning?

  • Article: May 14, 2020

    How do we improve as a party and achieve greater success in future elections?

    That's the theme running through the bumper set of key decisions the Federal Board is looking at next week at our meeting. (Or rather meetings, as to avoid Zoom fatigue, we're splitting one long meeting into halves on consecutive nights.)

  • Article: May 14, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Taxi drivers, hairdressers, cleaners, childcare providers and millions more self-employed people have seen their incomes evaporate as people rightly stay at home to save lives. They desperately need the Government to support them.

    We're urging the Government to extend the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme in full until October

  • Article: May 13, 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: @LibWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 11th April

    Monday 11th May

    The Commons started the day with the Department for Work and Pensions questions. Munira Wilson asked what recent assessment has been made of the potential merits of increasing the Carer's Allowance.

  • Article: May 13, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Reports suggest that the NHS tracing app is set to be rolled out nationwide by end of next week, despite concerns about privacy and misuse of personal data.

    That's why we're calling on the government to bring forward a new "Safe Trace App Law", to ensure the Government's coronavirus tracing app is safe and effective.

  • Article: May 12, 2020

    The Furlough scheme has helped protect jobs and it is something the Liberal Democrats have campaigned to protect.

    So we are delighted the Government has done just that and adopted many of our ideas.

    However there are still millions of people that need significant help through this challenging period.

  • Article: May 12, 2020
    By Helen Burton

    I can't believe it was a year ago I was elected as an Eastbourne Borough Councillor, the time has absolutely flown by. What a year it's been, and who could have imagined a year ago that I would be writing this during lockdown in the middle of a pandemic, a crisis affecting local councils across the country?

  • Article: May 11, 2020

    Govt must act to stop mass redundancies in critical moment for our economy

    The furlough scheme is protecting 1 in 5 workers from redundancy.

    But this protection is under threat. The Chancellor said last week he wants to "wind down the scheme" while another senior Conservative has insultingly suggested that people are "too willing to stay at home".

    This is wrong. Ending the scheme too early would be a disaster for millions of families and our economy.

  • Article: May 9, 2020

    Europe Day is a reminder of the value of international cooperation.

    Only by working internationally can we effectively combat international challenges.

    It is also an opportunity to recognise the contributions EU citizens living in the UK make to our society. These friends, colleagues, neighbours, and family members enrich our lives every day.

  • Article: May 8, 2020

    On this 75th anniversary of VE Day we remember all those who put their lives at risk to defend our freedoms and defeat fascism.

    Paying tribute to the sacrifices made during the Second World War, Liberal Democrat Acting Leader Ed Davey said:

    "Today we honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as all today's armed forces who continue to sacrifice so much to keep us all safe. We cannot thank them enough for what they are doing at home and around the world today, defending freedom.

    "We must never grow complacent or be fooled into thinking that war is impossible.

  • Community phoning
    Article: May 7, 2020

    1. Make some calls

    Join our Covid-19 Community Phoning effort to help vulnerable people in your area during this crisis.

    We've already spoken to more than 28,000 people since the beginning of lockdown, providing vital contact and support to people across the country.

    Sign up here to find out more: digitallibdems.typeform.com/to/IW3l6r

  • Article: May 6, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    The Coronavirus crisis has left millions of families facing financial hardship, with unemployment rocketing up.Without the Jobs Retention Scheme, it would have been worse.

    That has enabled around 6 million employees to be "furloughed", staying at home, safely, with most of their wages paid by the Government.

    But the Government is now talking about ending the scheme. With the scheme due to end on 30th June, many businesses are set to start consulting on mass redundancies next week.

    And the Chancellor has yet to say what will happen next.

    If this support is stripped away overnight, millions more could become unemployed.

    That is why - working with businesses - Liberal Democrats have created a new plan to protect employees, their families and the businesses they work for.

    Our plan includes keeping some furlough payments as lockdown is eased so businesses can recover. The shadow of the lockdown will be long, and the 'new normal' will be challenging for businesses.

    The Liberal Democrat Job Protection Scheme will help businesses to rebuild, stop job losses and stop unnecessary damage to our communities.

    The plan includes:

    1. A "Safe to Return to Work Scheme" providing new wage subsidy for all employees coming off furlough, with:

    50% of salary paid during the first month in work, after furlough.

    40% of salary paid during the second month in work, after furlough.

    30% of salary paid during the third month in work, after furlough.

    The current £2,500 cap under the Job Retention Scheme would be reduced in line with these percentages.

    The scheme would begin from 1st July, or if lockdown ends later, as soon as it has been eased.

    If a company commits to employing the staff member for at least 6 months, this new 3 month wage subsidy could be paid upfront, to ease cashflow further.

  • Article: May 4, 2020

    Frontline workers still lack the testing they need, report shows

    A new report from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) found more than 76% of Health and Social Care workers have not been offered a test for Covid-19.

    In response to these findings, our Health spokesperson Munira Wilson said:

    "It is good news the Government has managed to significantly expand testing, but these reports are deeply concerning.

    "Health and Social Care workers on the frontline of the fight against the Coronavirus have put their lives on the line to protect their communities. It is outrageous they have not received the PPE and testing they need.

  • Article: Apr 30, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Revised death toll shows case for public inquiry could not be stronger

    Responding to the new figures including deaths in all settings being released, Acting Leader Ed Davey said:

    "As we finally see the Government's revised figures of how many people have tragically lost their lives to coronavirus, the sheer scale of this human disaster is becoming clearer.

  • Article: Apr 29, 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: @LibWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 27th April

    The Hybrid Parliament proceedings are (almost) in full swing. If this is your first time to the weekly whip, firstly, welcome, and secondly it would be a good idea to take a look at last week's Weekly Whip for background on how the hybrid parliament works.

  • Article: Apr 28, 2020

    Responding to the announcement from the Secretary of State for Health that bereaved families of NHS staff will receive compensation, Layla Moran MP, who first called for the measure last month, said:

    "This is a win for my cross-party campaign to introduce a Coronavirus Compensation Scheme, backed by The Express and The Times newspapers.

  • Article: Apr 28, 2020
    By Mark Pack

    Thank you

    Over 20,000 party members have given feedback to our independent elections review. Thank you to everyone who has done so. Thank you also to the review team members for not only working through so much feedback but also, despite coronavirus, keeping on track for finishing their report for May.

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