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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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  • Eight schoolchildren working at a table supervised by a teacher.
    Article: Feb 19, 2018

    In interviews with The Sunday Times and Andrew Marr, new Education Secretary Damian Hinds signalled he would encourage restrictions on pupils' rights to sex education.

    In the former interview, he is reported to have acknowledged he was reversing the policy of his predecessor, Justine Greening.

    Hinds also failed to commit to the reintroduction of maintenance grants for students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds as part of a review of the university system.

    The sexual harassment and intimidation scandals - and the resulting need for the #metoo movement - and the shocking rise in homophobic and transphobic attacks are just some of the reasons why compulsory sex education is vital.

    The new Education Secretary should be pushing for all children to have age-appropriate sex education, not trying to encourage the use of opt-outs that could result in young people struggling to understand the sexual rights of themselves and others.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Feb 18, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    A survey by Kantar Public, published today (Sunday, 18 February), has found that 56% of the public judge the Conservatives' handling of Berexit as poor or very poor.

    Whether people are for or against Brexit, there is clearly growing anger that the Conservatives are badly mishandling negotiations.

    Warring factions in the Conservative Party mean the prospect of sensible negotiations has long since disappeared.

    This is why there is growing support for the Liberal Democrat policy of a vote on the terms of the deal, with the option of an exit from Brexit.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Feb 17, 2018

    Everything Theresa May said in this speech illustrated that being in the EU is the best way of securing our security objectives.

    This was an opportunity for her to show some pragmatism.

    She could have shown willingness to compromise on the European Court of Justice so as to break the logjam on the European Arrest Warrant and to make sure we have access to Europol's information.

  • Event: Feb 22, 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.

  • A pile of Liberal Democrat posters. Window posters mind. Not the really good ones.
    Article: Feb 16, 2018

    Last night, in a bumper crop of by-elections the Liberal Democrats made a hat-trick of gains and huge increases in the vote in a brace of others:

  • Outline of Northern Ireland on a map.
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    Talks have today collapsed in Stormont.

    British taxpayers have coughed up £1 billion to placate the DUP and keep them on the Government's side during this disastrous parliament. What are we getting for it? Just intransigence.

    The British government are heading for a very dangerous situation in Ireland.

  • An ambulance By Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England (South Western Ambulance VX09FYP) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    1. Saving lives
    The NHS provides some of the best emergency care in the world. Although the NHS winter crisis has placed unprecedented pressure on our health service, the NHS has, historically, maintained an impressive standard of emergency care. Last year an astounding 23.65 million of us attended A&E. This number increases each year. Over the last five years A&E departments have seen a 7.2% rise in attendance. Yet despite this enormous pressure, A&E staff display tireless dedication during gruelling 12-hour shifts and regularly go above-and-beyond the call of duty.

  • An ambulance By Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England (South Western Ambulance VX09FYP) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    1. Saving lives
    The NHS provides some of the best emergency care in the world. Although the NHS winter crisis has placed unprecedented pressure on our health service, the NHS has, historically, maintained an impressive standard of emergency care. Last year an astounding 23.65 million of us attended A&E. This number increases each year. Over the last five years A&E departments have seen a 7.2% rise in attendance. Yet despite this enormous pressure, A&E staff display tireless dedication during gruelling 12-hour shifts and regularly go above-and-beyond the call of duty.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    If this speech was supposed to offer an olive branch to Remainers, Boris must have picked up the other version.

    A clear majority of Remain and Leave voters oppose the damaging hard Brexit Boris so vigorously advocates.

    They do not want job cuts triggered by tougher trading conditions with our largest export market or life-threatening uncertainty at the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    Boris's antipathy towards the common rules and standards which apply within the EU, and to trade within the EU, is in stark contrast to Brexiters head-long rush to adopt common standards with the US which would require the UK to accept chlorine-washed chicken, hormone-fed beef, GMO products and potentially open up the NHS to US private health companies.

    If Boris is seeking to establish himself as the standard bearer of liberalism, he should dump plans to come out of the Single Market and Customs Union and campaign to stay in the world's largest free trade area.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2018
    By Shas Sheehan

    Helen Evans, former head of safeguarding at Oxfam, made damning accusations about the lack of basic processes and disregard of serious concerns she raised, the substance of which were not denied by the Chief Executive.

    The government must now accept that nothing short of a full and far-reaching enquiry into illegal sexual behaviour within Oxfam and across the wider aid sector, will do.

  • Article: Feb 12, 2018

    It's never been easier to get all the latest news from the Liberal Democrats online - and there's one quick and easy way to beat the algorithm and make sure you never miss a thing.

    Watch the video to find out more, then, like the pages below.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Feb 9, 2018

    Michel Barnier has warned that a transition period immediately after Brexit is 'not a given' and that he did not understand some of the UK's positions on Brexit.

    When Barnier says he doesn't understand some of the positions the UK government are taking over Brexit, he is not only speaking for the EU but also the entire British population.

  • Article: Feb 9, 2018

    Things are changing. More and more people are waking up to the need for a new vote on the final Brexit deal.

    Even Nigel Farage is!

    What we all agree on is that Theresa May and her Brexit Conservative government are failing badly on the negotiations with the European Union.

    Half the country wants to remain in the EU and the Liberal Democrats have not given up on them.

  • Surgeons operating in theatre.
    Article: Feb 9, 2018

    NHS A&E waiting times have hit the worst levels on record.

    This is yet more evidence of the growing crisis in our health and social care services, where staff are being put under great pressure and quality of care for patients is suffering.

    When will the Government wake up to the fact that they urgently need to commit additional funding?

  • Article: Feb 8, 2018

    If we look around us at our fellow Party members, elected representatives and spokespersons, we can see there is a problem: we are not as diverse in our race and ethnic minority profile as the communities we want to represent.

    Despite our clear liberal values, rejecting all forms of prejudice and inequality, the Party has failed to engage sufficiently with BAME communities.

  • Article: Feb 7, 2018

    At PMQs today, I asked the Prime Minister to confirm that the NHS would not be up for sale in any US trade deal negotiations.

    Theresa May failed to give such a guarantee.

    The Prime Minister's non-answer to my question today can only infer that our NHS is indeed for sale under the Conservatives.

    Her pathetic non-committal response, failing to even mention our health service once, stands in stark contrast to guarantees given in 2015 by the EU trade negotiator with the US during the TTIP negotiations that our NHS would be protected.

    Unfortunately, Brexit Britain, standing on our own, will be in a far weaker negotiating position.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2018

    In the last 100 years there have obviously been massive changes for the role of women in society. We are more equal, we are treated more fairly, and we face fewer obstacles in our lives. But the job is not yet done. As women we are not yet truly equal, we are not yet treated fairly, and we still face obstacles in our lives.

  • Jo Swinson (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Feb 6, 2018

    The fight for women's suffrage was long and brutal, but those courageous women won a crucial battle.

    As we all know - the fight for equality is far from over.

    The gender-pay gap still exists; women still face daily abuse, harassment and sexual violence and gender stereotypes and assumptions still constrain and narrow the choices of many individuals.

  • Theresa May.
    Article: Feb 5, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    Theresa May is no insisting that the UK will leave the Customs Union after Brexit.

    The idea that UK will not be in the, or any, Customs Union, confirms that the extreme Brexiters are now in control of the Government.

    The Tories' increasing obsession with putting two fingers up to all things European will only ensure maximum damage is done to our country in the long term.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2018

    Download the report here

    This heavyweight report, Health and Social Care: Delivering a Secure Funding Future, will form the blueprint of the Lib Dems' ongoing healthcare policy.

    The panel, which includes former chief executives of NHS England, the Royal College of Nursing, and the Patients Association, concluded that the NHS in England needs a real terms funding increase of £4bn in 2018-19 and further real terms increases of £2.5bn in each of the following two years.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2018

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    Download the report here

    This heavyweight report, Health and Social Care: Delivering a Secure Funding Future, will form the blueprint of the Lib Dems' ongoing healthcare policy.

    The panel, which includes former chief executives of NHS England, the Royal College of Nursing, and the Patients Association, concluded that the NHS in England needs a real terms funding increase of £4bn in 2018-19 and further real terms increases of £2.5bn in each of the following two years.

  • Article: Feb 1, 2018

    In a few months time, Theresa May will return from Brussels with a deal on Brexit.

    But what if the deal is a bad deal? Or worse - there's no deal?

    It's why we think you, the British people, need to have the final say on whatever Theresa brings back from Brussels in a referendum on the deal.

  • A sign pointing to passport control, with people climbing a flight of stairs in the background.
    Article: Feb 1, 2018

    Leaked government Brexit analysis reveals that the cost to the British economy of cutting migration from the EU would be significantly greater than the benefits brought by a US trade deal.

    The negative impact of a stricter immigration policy would be far bigger than the 0.2% boost to economic growth that a US trade deal is calculated to bring.

    Buzzfeed News, 31 Jan 2018
  • Woman comforting girl.
    Article: Feb 1, 2018
    By Norman Lamb

    Shocking evidence of discrimination against people with severe mental illness has been uncovered by the Liberal Democrats, as a national survey reveals that a flagship treatment programme for psychosis is not being properly delivered in most parts of the country.

    In the Coalition Government, I introduced new treatment standards for 'Early Intervention in Psychosis' (EIP) to guarantee that at least 50% of patients experiencing a first episode of psychosis receive a specialist package of treatment within two weeks of being referred. The new standard came into effect in April 2016.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Feb 1, 2018

    Speaking in the House of Commons debate on the release of the full copies of the leaked Brexit papers, I asked Labour's Spokesperson Keir Starmer:

    "If these reports confirm that the UK will be harmed, whatever deal the UK strikes with the EU, will Labour campaign to stay in the EU?"

    Labour did not answer the question.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Feb 1, 2018

    With a Prime Minister pandering to the extremists on the right of her party; delivering up the most divisive, extreme version of Brexit imaginable and Corbyn's Labour Party sitting on its hands, letting the bumbling Tories off the hook - we are needed more than ever.

    The Liberal Democrats are the only political party in the UK offering a different, brighter future when it comes to our relationship with Europe.

  • Plastic waste floating on the surface of water. Plastic like this is wreaking havoc on the environment
    Article: Jan 31, 2018

    The world's oceans are slowly turning into a plastic soup.

    Unless we take action, plastic waste will continue to pollute our oceans with devastating effect.

    We have all heard the reports of seabirds strangled by 6-pack rings and whales washing up with guts full of plastic, but did you know the average seafood consumers eats around 11,000 plastic particles a year?

  • Layla Moran speaking at a rally in Oxford.
    Article: Jan 31, 2018

    Today at PMQs, MPs debated extending the right to vote to 16-year-olds - and the debate showed one thing clearly.

    Theresa May and her Tory party are shamelessly behind the times. They stick to arguments of tradition rather than trusting in the next generation.

    England is now behind the rest of the UK in empowering young people and the Tory party are clearly scared of the change.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jan 31, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    I have spent much of the last six months travelling around England from Torquay to Tyneside, as well as several trips through Wales - where Jane Dodds is leading the charge to revive our fortunes - and a visit to Scotland, where Willie Rennie leads a great team.

    What I have found is a party in good heart, mounting a sure, steady fightback to recover ground lost during the Coalition years.

  • Screen of an iPhone showing Google, Mail and Phone apps.
    Article: Jan 30, 2018

    The UK's surveillance regime has once again been declared unlawful by the courts.

    What we need is an overhaul of the system that puts protecting freedoms & civil liberties at its very core.

    The Government cannot simply tinker around the edges and hope for a different result.

    What we need is a full overhaul over the system that puts protecting our freedoms and civil liberties at it's very core.

    Liberal Democrats believe we can be safe and secure by ensuring surveillance is targeted and suspicion-led.

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