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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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  • Event: Nov 15, 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: 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.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    20 years ago today the Human Rights Act became law, incorporating the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law.

    The Liberal Democrats had been campaigning for the Human Rights Act ever since we were founded, but our fight to protect people's rights and freedoms didn't end when it passed...

    Conservative and Labour MPs consistently vote for illiberal new laws that curtail civil liberties.

  • Article: Nov 8, 2018

    It has been reported that more than 400 high-rise residential buildings still have the same type of external cladding blamed for the Grenfell Tower fire.

    When it is about people's homes, safety must come first.

    Grenfell should never have happened. The fact that thousands of families are still living in unsafe high-rise buildings is a disgrace.

  • Article: Nov 8, 2018

    A group including representatives of major pharmaceutical companies have written to the Health Secretary to state that if urgent action is not taken the UK will not have a medicine supply that will suffice in a no deal Brexit.

    The Government simply cannot guarantee that there won't be shortages of medicines

  • Article: Nov 8, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    A Liberal Democrat amendment by Tavish Scott MSP has committed Holyrood to "providing unequivocal support for a public vote on the final terms of the Brexit deal".

    It won cross-party support, and passed overwhelmingly in the Scottish Parliament, with 106 votes for and 8 against - and one MSP who said he voted against by mistake!

  • Article: Nov 7, 2018

    This festival of lights signifies the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and joy over despair. It is a time of hope and rejuvenation.

    Seeing Diwali celebrated by so many here in Britain is also a reminder of the rich diversity of our country and the communities who have contributed so greatly to our nation's success.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2018

    In common with both other parties we have seen a dip in our income in the year after an election, made all the more acute after two elections (and a referendum) in two years. Donation fatigue and lower revenues are understandable at this point.

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  • Article: Nov 6, 2018

    Millions of EU citizens in the UK have been living under a cloud of uncertainty for more than two years. After being quizzed by MPs on two separate occasions, the Immigration Minister has utterly failed to offer them any clarity.

    The Minister was still unable to answer what immigration checks EU citizens will be subject to after Brexit

  • Article: Nov 5, 2018

    The result of the EU referendum changed an awful lot: the Prime Minister, the economic outlook, Britain's political discourse and our standing in the world. But there are 3.6 million people whose lives have been affected more than most. These are the citizens of other EU countries who live in the UK.

  • Article: Nov 2, 2018

    Liberal Democrat MPs Layla Moran and Stephen Lloyd are calling on the Government to create a 'Women's Equality Day' to fall on the Spring Bank Holiday.

    2018 marks the centenary of the extension of suffrage to some women and the 90th anniversary of universal suffrage.

    To mark this, Stephen Lloyd challenged female pupils from Willingdon School in his constituency to come up with a campaign which he could deliver in Westminster on their behalf. The winning idea was to create a Women's Equality Day.

  • Article: Nov 2, 2018
    By Edward Davey

    It is heart-breaking that the epidemic of violent crime is claiming the lives of so many children.

    A senior police office has now revealed that children as young as nine are being caught carrying knives.

    We urgently need more police officers on our streets to restore the community policing that helps to prevent violent crime.

  • Article: Nov 2, 2018
    The South Central Development Officers and ALDC are pleased to be running three strands of key training for local party members to help in preparations for the May elections. Places can be booked by contacting the regional administrator at info@southcentrallibdems.org.uk. Please give your name, contact number and the session(s) you would like to attend.
  • Article: Nov 1, 2018

    Tonight the Liberal Democrats voted against the Government's indefensible tax cuts for higher earners. Despite the best efforts of their whips, 20 Labour MPs put principle above party and voted with the us.

    It is beyond belief that a party which claims to stand 'for the many, not the few', decided not to oppose the Government on this.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018

    The delay in implementing a planned and much needed reduction in the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals is completely unacceptable.

    These machines are a blight on our society and undeniably damaging to vulnerable people.

    The Government's inaction is ruining lives and they must not be allowed to continue making these excuses that only benefit bookmakers.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018

    The dodgy Brexit demagogues should start getting worried about transparency and criminal investigations shining a light on their actions.

    Aaron Banks is facing a criminal investigation over loans to leave campaigns. Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats are piling on the pressure over the lack of transparency surrounding donations to Northern Ireland political parties.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018

    Sir David Natzler, clerk of the House of Commons, has made comments that a Commons vote on a 'People's Vote' would still have "considerable political force".

    Only the Liberal Democrats are united in fighting Brexit.

    Whether a parliamentary vote on a 'People's Vote' amendment was legally binding or not, the PM could not disregard the result without a serious constitutional and democratic crisis.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2018

    At the Liberal Democrat Conference in Brighton last month the party's highest honour for long and distinguished service, the President's Award, was presented to well-known local activist and former councillor Martin Kyrle.

    Martin read history at Southampton University, and joined the Liberal Party sixty years ago soon after graduating. He began his political career as local election agent in Southampton, and in Portswood ward in the council elections in 1961 secured the party's first second place since the War. Moving to Chandler's Ford, he succeeded in getting his late wife, Margaret, elected as the first-ever Liberal member of Eastleigh Borough Council in 1972.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2018

    In an appearance before the Home Affairs Select Committee this afternoon, the Immigration Minister made the cloud of uncertainty facing EU citizens in the UK even worse.

    Caroline Nokes was unable to answer how employers would be able to tell the difference between EU citizens who have been living in the UK for five years or more - and are therefore entitled to settled status - and those who haven't, and would therefore be subject to new controls.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2018

    New regulations proposed by the Government would be yet another erosion of people's civil liberties.

    The House of Lords cannot stop or amend the regulations, but we can put on record our dissent, and I'm tabling a motion to do that today.

    Only the Liberal Democrats are standing up to protect our freedoms

  • Article: Oct 29, 2018

    "A standstill non-event" - Vince Cable

    "This was all very modest stuff, with more in it for potholes than schools and the police. A standstill non-event.

    If we are to see an end to austerity, then we need a proper injection of cash

    "With growth remaining stubbornly low and Brexit weighing down our economy, it is clear the big problems are still to be tackled. It was a sticking plaster Budget, when major surgery lies ahead.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2018

    Philip Hammond tried to strike an upbeat note today, declaring "austerity is over". Cossetted inside Westminster for the afternoon, he hid away from the storm clouds gathering over our economy.

    Brexit is making the situation worse.

    In truth, austerity cannot be brought to an end without difficult decisions involving an increase in taxation. Excluding the Government's promises on the NHS, maintaining real spending on public services will require an additional £19bn in extra tax and borrowing. And Brexit itself is making the situation worse.

  • Article: Oct 26, 2018

    As many members will be aware starting from November, Facebook is implementing new rules on who can run Facebook adverts on politics.

    After that date, nobody will be able to run adverts unless they have completed the authorisation process.

    Identity Verification

    Members can complete the individual authorisation process on their own - but they should be aware that they will need to provide a form of identification to Facebook as part of that process.

  • Article: Oct 26, 2018
    By Simone Van Beek

    The Lib Dems, SNP, Plaid Cymru and Greens are working together, alongside rebels from Labour and the Conservatives, to fight Brexit. Vince Cable pressed Barnier on the need for the EU to make contingency plans for a People's Vote and to protect EU and UK citizens rights in the event of a no deal Brexit.

  • Article: Oct 25, 2018

    Our campaigns are underpinned by research and polling on public attitues - putting us in the best possible position to win a final say on Brexit.

    And it is working.

    Public attitudes on Brexit have really been shifting in the last year, as it's becoming clear how much of a mess the Tories are making on Brexit - and the Liberal Democrats have led the charge to demand a Final Say.

  • Article: Oct 25, 2018

    On Saturday 20th October, the Liberal Democrats marched in the People's Vote Rally, the largest public demonstration in a decade, calling on the governmnet to give the final say on Brexit to the British public.

    And we were there marching with bells on.

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    We had local parties marching

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    Our MPs were getting in on the action

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