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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

  • The House of Lords. Image: UK Parliament
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    Having sat through over 100 hours of debate so far in the House of Lords on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, I have been angered by the combination of arrogance and incompetence which has characterised the Government's response to a very wide range of concerns expressed.

    From how we continue to regulate and licence the supply of over-the-counter medicines to working with our European neighbours on security policy; from how to maintain reciprocal roaming charges to protecting our hard-won rights and freedoms, the Government has displayed indifference and the inability to answer the most basic of questions.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    The Government has tonight been defeated in the House of Lords on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.

    An amendment on the customs union supported by the Liberal Democrats, Crossbenchers, Labour, and Conservative peers has passed by 348 votes to 225.

    The defeat forces the government to lay a report before Parliament outlining the steps taken to negotiate a customs union as part of the framework for a future UK-EU relationship, and prevents the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 until these steps have been taken.

    This is a hugely significant moment, the House of Lords has come together to show the government that remaining in a customs union is key to the UK's future prosperity.

    Securing this win on a cross-party basis rams home how out of touch the government have been on this issue and that they drastically need to change tack from the destructive hard Brexit they are pursuing.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    An amendment providing enhanced protections for employment, equality, health and safety entitlements, rights and protections, and consumer and environmental standards has been passed in the Lords.

    This is the second defeat today for the government in the EU Withdrawal Bill.

    This defeat is a key step in ensuring that parliament plays the key role in Brexit and not just a handful of Ministers altering standards via the back-door.

    Guaranteeing that standards relating to equality, employment law and many other things can only be altered via primary legislation is extremely significant and essential to the democratic process.

  • Sal Brinton speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    April already, so local government election campaigns are getting underway!

    Thanks to all our candidates and their teams, out knocking on doors, putting up poster boards and preparing for getting out postal votes later this month ahead of polling day on 3 May.

    If you haven't got elections near you, please offer to help somewhere nearby - every pair of hands is vital, with plenty of different jobs to be done.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2018

    2016-01-17_Isabelle_Parasram_-_Head_of_Chambers_-_Professional_photo.pngIn November 2017, I was appointed by the Federal Board of the Liberal Democrats as Special Investigation Counsel to conduct an investigation and produce a Report on the handling of sexual impropriety complaints within the Party.

    I am pleased that, after a period of being embargoed, the report has now been published and you can access it here.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Apr 18, 2018

    Empowering and thought-provoking, this intensive training weekend for aspiring female MPs will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to run as a successful candidate.

    Many current and former female Lib Dem MPs started their journeys at an FWMP event and you could be next!

    The invaluable opportunities, skills and advice you will gain include:

  • Theresa May.
    Article: Apr 17, 2018

    The Windrush scandal has exposed the brutality of the Home Office and the Conservatives more clearly than a multitude of other immigration and asylum scandals.

    The reason?

    The Windrush Generation are British citizens. People who've lived here for decades - working, raising families, part of Britain.

    Even the Daily Mail has been forced to back their case.

  • Vince Cable in Twickenham
    Article: Apr 14, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    Riding the coattails of an erratic US President is no substitute for a mandate from the House of Commons.

    The Prime Minister could and should have recalled Parliament this week and sought the approval of MPs before proceeding.

    Liberal Democrats stood ready to assess the evidence and objectives for any action and if it were properly planned and justified, to support a military response.

    At this moment our thoughts are with British and allied troops. But the Government's decision fatally undermines the integrity of this mission.

  • A cluster of Liberal Democrat balloons.
    Article: Apr 13, 2018

    Next month more than 100 local parties are facing council elections. If yours isn't one of them, you can still make a huge difference to the party's overall local election effort - and help us elect more Liberal Democrats in May.

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    If you'd like to become a member, you can join today from just £1 a month:

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  • Article: Apr 13, 2018

    There is a secret phenomenon in British politics.

    It is occurring in by-elections all over the country, week in, week out, to local authorities from Sunderland to Somerset. Against the Tories. Against Labour. In Leave areas. In Remain areas.

    Since the general election in 2017, the Liberal Democrats are up 15 seats, double Labour's increase of 7, while the Conservatives are tanking - they have lost 18 seats.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Apr 11, 2018

    I am certain that many Britons are as appalled as I am about the horrific scenes coming out of Syria.

    The use of chemical weapons is barbaric. It is a crime against humanity and it is a clear violation of international law.

    The Liberal Democrats are an internationalist, outward-looking party - and part of that is being willing to play our part in upholding international law.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Apr 6, 2018

    1. Working to end homelessness being criminalised.

    Vagrancy isn't a word we often use in the 21st Century. That's why the law that makes homelessness a crime dates back to the 19th century. Layla Moran MP, our excellent MP for Oxford West and Abingdon has brought forward a bill to repeal this draconian law and stop people being arrested just for not having a roof over their head.

  • Article: Apr 5, 2018

    There is a secret phenomenon in British politics.

    It is occurring in by-elections all over the country, week in, week out, to local authorities from Sunderland to Somerset.

    Against the Tories. Against Labour. In Leave areas. In Remain areas.

    Since the general election in 2017, the Liberal Democrats are up 15 seats, double Labour's increase of 7, while the Conservatives are tanking - they have lost 18 seats.

    These real votes in real ballot boxes show Liberal Democrat support at double our national opinion poll rating.

  • Article: Mar 30, 2018

    Millions of Jewish families and friends across the world will come together tonight to celebrate Passover.

    They will reflect on the struggle of the Jewish people to be free.

    For people of all faiths and none, the story told at Passover is a reminder of the importance of freedom, and standing up for the oppressed.

  • Jo Swinson speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Mar 30, 2018

    Swinson's report, which outlines the use of plastics by all major Easter egg manufacturers, highlights the need for companies to cut down the use of plastics to protect our oceans and reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic waste ending up in landfills.

    Key findings of the report:

    • According to recent figures, 147.7 million hollow Easter Eggs are sold each year.
    An average Easter Egg box as found in this report contains 22 grams of plastic packaging, so this could mean over 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year from hollow Easter Eggs alone.

  • Diamond posters with text 'Liberal Democrats: Open, Tolerant and United
    Article: Mar 29, 2018

    We're launching the BIGGEST most AMBITIOUS campaign the Liberal Democrats have ever run outside an election.

    Why?

    Quite simply, we want to stop Brexit.

    And why now?

    Well, it's a year since Theresa May's calamitous government triggered 'Article 50', formally starting the process for the UK to leave the EU.

    A UK torn apart from its closest friends and neighbours is not a future we want and not a future we are going to stand by and let happen.

  • Pride flag. Image: Benson Kua.
    Article: Mar 28, 2018

    I couldn't have been prouder of Lynne Featherstone and the Liberal Democrats in government when we changed the law in England, bringing in equal marriage.

    It is, without doubt, one of the best things our party did in government.

    Equal Marriage is, without doubt, one of the best things the Liberal Democrats did in Government.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Mar 28, 2018

    Today, I've written to the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Yvette Cooper, calling on her to investigate the alleged illegal activity of Vote Leave.

    I believe that the Home Affairs Select Committee should immediately launch an enquiry into the serious accusations against the Vote Leave campaign, including deliberate overspending, illegal coordination and a significant cover-up of their relationship with the smaller campaign group BeLeave.

    The allegations against Cambridge Analytica, and the legal opinions of Helen Mountfield QC and Clare Montgomery, only strengthen the case for an urgent investigation.

    If true, these allegations call into question the very foundations of our democracy, and I have no doubt Yvette will agree with me that full disclosure must be given to Parliament and the British public on this extremely serious matter.

  • Surgeons operating in theatre.
    Article: Mar 28, 2018
    By Greg Foster

    Although it is a step in the right direction for Theresa May to take a long-term approach to funding the NHS, it is not clear whether the government will commit to new revenue streams to fund the health service.

    This is despite the fact that over 100 MPs have taken the same view as the Liberal Democrats in backing an examination of a hypothecated tax, to protect the future of the NHS and social care.

    We hope that the Prime Minister will take the first vital step by supporting the Liberal Democrat plan to raise essential extra revenue for the NHS and social care by putting up income tax by a penny in the pound.

  • Kirsty Williams speaks at Welsh Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Mar 27, 2018

    'Period poverty' - it's a phrase that only a couple of years ago barely even existed.

    Yet, that all changed last March when the media reported of girls in Leeds who had routinely been missing school because they couldn't afford menstrual products.

    People's reaction was, understandably, a mix of shock and disbelief. How on earth have we reached a point, in this day and age, where young people are having to miss out on education because they can't afford essential sanitary products?

  • Layla Moran speaking at a rally in Oxford.
    Article: Mar 27, 2018

    The Oxford West and Abingdon MP will sponsor Labour MP Conor McGinn's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) (Northern Ireland) Bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday (28th March), along with Conservative MP Nick Herbert and the Green Party's Caroline Lucas.

    The legislation would allow same-sex couples in Northern Ireland to get married and would bring the law in line with England, Wales and Scotland.

    The Bill received cross-party support from local parties in the province where the legislative assembly had previously voted in favour of it, but with the collapse of the Northern Ireland Assembly it has fallen to the Westminster Parliament to address the issue.

    Speaking about her attempt to change the law, Layla said:

    "Delivering same-sex marriage in England is one of the proudest achievements of the Liberal Democrats' time in coalition government - but sadly many couples in Northern Ireland are not allowed to marry the person they love.

    "I'd much rather that this decision was taken by local politicians in Belfast, but given that it doesn't seem the Assembly will be up and running again soon, I believe that Westminster MPs are right to change the law to provide marriage equality for everyone.

    "It is a real honour and a privilege to be sponsoring this legislation. I hope that all parties will now support it and make sure it becomes law as quickly as possible so that everyone, in all parts of the United Kingdom, no matter where they live or who they love, can get married."

    Northern Ireland Secretary of State Karen Bradley said the Government would allow a free vote due to it being a matter of conscience.

  • Computer screen showing lines of code.
    Article: Mar 25, 2018

    Vote Leave got away with lying about money for the NHS, visas for Commonwealth citizens and much more, but now the truth about the Brexit deal is emerging, they won't be able to lie anymore.

    Astonishing claims have emerged today that suggests Leave campaigns worked together overspend during the European Referendum. If true, this could be illegal.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Mar 24, 2018

    Tonight's revelations on Channel 4 News and in The Guardian are stunning.

    A whistleblower alleges that electoral spending rules could have been manipulated over controversial donation and that Vote Leave 'tried to delete key evidence'.

    These allegations touch directly on one of Theresa May's closest advisors.

  • Article: Mar 23, 2018

    Cambridge Analytica worked with Brexit campaign group leave.eu, according to a former senior member of staff at the company.

    Cambridge Analytica's former business development director told The Guardian that the company had misled the public and MPs over the work the company had undertaken.

    The allegations coming out about Cambridge Analytica are deeply concerning.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2018

    Today is World Water Day, and competition for this increasingly scarce resource is affecting the environmental integrity and biodiversity of our world.

    The undeniable fact is that freshwater ecosystems are the source of almost all the water we use in our cities and in manufacturing, and about half the water we use to grow crops. For many of us in developed countries good water is so plentiful and readily available that we rarely pause to consider what life would be like without it. However, we know that for many of the world's poorest, clean water, on tap, is a dream.

  • A pile of Liberal Democrat posters. Window posters mind. Not the really good ones.
    Article: Mar 22, 2018

    A little over two weeks ago, we asked our members a question. Do you like being a member of the Lib Dems?

    More than 12,000 of you replied - and this is what you had to say:

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    80% of you are happy being members - which is great. But we can still do better - and we'll be working hard to raise that number! We also asked you what you want to get out of your membership - and you said:

  • Article: Mar 22, 2018

    Following a working lunch between myself and European Liberal Prime Ministers in Brussels, we have issued a joint statement.

    In that statement, the Prime Ministers said:

    "We regret Brexit, but acknowledge the choice made by British voters for the UK Government to negotiate withdrawal."

    "We further acknowledge and support the Liberal Democrats' call for the British people to have the final say on the Brexit deal.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2018

    Recently YouGov & Queen Mary University, London did a massive survey of the membership of the 4 largest political parties in the UK (us 'obvs', Labour, Conservatives and the Scottish National Party). They came out some pretty interesting stuff, such as...

    1. The Lib Dems are the youngest political party.

  • Computer screen showing lines of code.
    Article: Mar 20, 2018
    By Nick Harvey

    Currently, local parties are either invoiced or debited for Connect and Salesforce. Processing all this and then chasing it up involves significant staff time and pointless bureaucracy.

    Worse still, there are grotesque and unjustifiable anomalies in the sums that local parties, both large and small, are paying for these digital tools. Some are even getting them free.

  • Computer screen showing lines of code.
    Article: Mar 17, 2018

    Today's New York Times alleges that Cambridge Analytica 'harvested' 50 million Facebook profiles in a potentially huge data breach.

    If these allegations against Cambridge Analytica are correct then it is a shocking betrayal of people's personal data.

    If this data was then actively exploited for political gain it is both underhand and immoral.

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