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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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  • Article: Jan 16, 2018

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  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Jan 16, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats have gained strong cross-party support behind their bid to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill at Report Stage. The amendment will be debated in the house tomorrow.

    It's vital that MPs are fully briefed on the impact of Brexit on British jobs and families before any meaningful vote on the deal.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Jan 16, 2018

    Christmas and the New Year are already dim and distant memories. Parliament is back in full swing and Brexit Bills again dominate the parliamentary timetable.

    The customs and trade bills this week will be followed by the report stage of the EU (Withdrawal) bill next week.

    The Liberal Democrats opposed both these Bills.

  • Event: Jan 18, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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    Listen to Nick on LBC Radio Thursdays @ 9am, Give him a call and ask your questions.

  • A cluster of Liberal Democrat balloons.
    Article: Jan 12, 2018

    As GDPR Project Manager for the Liberal Democrats my job is ensure the entire party is in compliance the new Data Protection regulations (GDPR) coming into force in May.

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  • Surgeons operating in theatre.
    Article: Jan 12, 2018

    Patients are dying in hospital corridors because of NHS underfunding, a group of A&E doctors has warned in a letter to Theresa May.

    In their unprecedented warning, the doctors told the prime minister that more than 120 patients a day were being managed in corridors in some hospitals, with "some dying prematurely" because staff were so busy.

  • Article: Jan 11, 2018

    As we endure another winter crisis in the NHS, it is vital to be campaigning on health services in your area.

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  • Eight schoolchildren working at a table supervised by a teacher.
    Article: Jan 11, 2018
    By Layla Moran

    There were 3,750 teachers in England on long-term stress leave in 2016/17, up 5% on the previous year, Liberal Democrat research has revealed.

    It means one in 83 teachers is now on long-term leave of one month or more for stress and mental health issues, up from one in 95 three years ago and one in 90 last year.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Jan 11, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    Brexit could cause the UK to lose half a million jobs and nearly £50bn in investment by 2030, a report commissioned by Sadiq Khan has found.

    The London Mayor said the government should negotiate to stay in the single market and customs union.

    It comes days after Jeremy Corbyn refused to attend a cross-party summit on keeping the UK in the single market.

    This bombshell report should make obligatory bedtime reading for Jeremy Corbyn.

    Half a million jobs could be a lost as a result of the hard Brexit that Corbyn has ordered his MPs to vote for.

    The Labour leadership must listen to the Mayor of London and back efforts to minimise the impact of Brexit by keeping Britain in the Single Market and Customs Union.

    It's also crucial that the option of an exit from Brexit is kept on the table through a vote on the deal.

    We can protect jobs and living standards against a botched Conservative Brexit, but only if Labour comes off the fence.

  • Nigel Farage MEP and Kate Hoey MP, UKIP and Labour, best of friends | Image: Farage22
    Article: Jan 11, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    Support is now growing on both sides of the argument for a vote on the final deal and the choice of an exit from Brexit.

    In any future referendum, Liberal Democrats will be leading the charge against Nigel Farage to keep Britain in the EU.

    In any future referendum, Liberal Democrats will be leading the charge against Nigel Farage to keep Britain in the EU.

    Tony Blair and Nigel Farage aren't two people I'd normally like to be put in a group with, but on this issue they are speaking sense.

    But Farage shouldn't be so confident of winning, people are now far more aware of the costs of Brexit and the fabrications of the Leave campaign.

    Instead of the promised £350m for the NHS, living standards are in freefall and the health service is in crisis.

  • Surgeons operating in theatre.
    Article: Jan 11, 2018

    The Churchill Hospital in Oxford is having to cut chemotherapy services due to staff shortages.

    This is a horrendous situation.

    Vital treatments that can save or extend life are under threat because of the pressures the NHS faces.

    All of us will have friends and loved ones who have had a cancer diagnosis, and to learn that they might face a delay or a cut back in treatment to alleviate symptoms is appalling.

  • Article: Jan 11, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    The Conservatives launch their 25-year environment plan tomorrow.

    Despite being heavily trailed to the media, the proposals are expected to be limited.

    The Conservatives should be eliminating all avoidable plastic waste now - a target of 2042 beggars belief.

    They ramped up expectations only to disappoint.

    The Conservatives have shown a complete lack of ambition.

  • Stephen Lloyd (By Chris McAndrew (https://beta.parliament.uk/media/yhEkjW57) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 9, 2018
    By Stephen Lloyd MP

    "The Conservative's roll out of Universal Credit risks driving up homelessness.

    "That's what I will warn in a debate in Westminster Hall this morning.

    "Without urgent reform of the housing benefit element of Universal Credit, disaster will occur in what is an already dysfunctional housing market.

    "If those urgent changes are not made to the Government's new benefit, Universal Credit, homelessness will skyrocket and the private rental sector will prove even more resistant to tenants on benefits.

  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 9, 2018
    By Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    This morning I attended the Single Market Summit, the start of a cross-party initiative between opposition leaders to oppose the Conservatives' hard Brexit.

    To the anger of many Labour MPs - and to my great disappointment, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to attend.

    What is disappointing is that the Labour leadership has declined to take part in this summit

  • Norman Lamb (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 8, 2018
    By Norman Lamb MP

    Today, Lord Saatchi backed called for a Royal Commission on the NHS. His call is very welcome.

    The Liberal Democrats have long called for a cross party NHS and Care Convention, bringing together stakeholders from across the political spectrum, along with staff, patient groups and members of the public to look at how we can tackle the funding and workforce pressures on the service in the long term.

  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 7, 2018
    By Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    On Monday, Parliament will return from recess and debate the Taxation (Cross-Border trade) Bill. This sets the ground to pull the UK out of the existing Customs Union.

    Labour's leadership has published a typically vague amendment against taking the Bill to a second reading and does not tackle the Conservatives' pursuit of a hard Brexit.

  • Layla Moran (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 7, 2018
    By Layla Moran MP

    Almost 2,350 academics from the EU have resigned from UK universities in the past year, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed. That's up 19% from 1,975 two years ago (i.e. before the Brexit vote), and up 10% from 1,938 last year.

    There are over 25,400 academics at UK universities from elsewhere in the EU. Of these 6,633 are employed by departments working on 'STEM' subjects such as engineering, maths and computing, where the UK faces serious skills shortages.

  • Non-recyclable coffee cup
    Article: Jan 5, 2018
    By Tim Farron MP

    MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee have published a report backing Liberal Democrat calls for a charge on disposable coffee cups.

    The Committee has called on the Government to introduce a 25p levy on disposable coffee cups and a target to ensure they are all recycled by 2023.

    The Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for a charge on coffee cups since September 2016 and were the only party to include the policy in their 2017 Manifesto.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2018
    By Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    The NHS crisis is worsening.

    The latest figures show that hospitals are facing the highest pressures so far this winter.

    16,900 patients faced waits of half-an-hour or more in ambulances outside A&E in the week to 31st December, 4,700 of them delays of over 60 minutes. These are the worst figures for ambulance delays for a single week so far this winter.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2018
    By Tim Farron

    Today, in a speech on his vision the future of our farming industry DEFRA Secretary Michael Gove has called for a move away from what he claims are farming "subsidies for inefficiency".

    For Gove to imply that farm payments are a reward for inefficiency is an insult to British farmers.

    It shows he has no understanding of the reality of farming in this country.

    British farmers are some of the most efficient and dynamic in the world.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2018
    By Natalie Chindipha

    Applications close on Jnauary 8th for the 2018 edition of the Future Women MPs Weekend, to be held in Milton Keynes on 24-25 February 2018.

    Don't miss out, apply today:

    Register now

    The weekend is an intensive residential training weekend for aspiring female MPs; designed to equip you with the knowledge you need as a candidate.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2018

    On Wednesday this week, Jo Swinson had a chance to view the Government's Brexit impact papers. This is her reaction:


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  • Article: Jan 4, 2018

    Can you guess which of these things were in the reports?


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  • Article: Jan 3, 2018
    By Greg Foster

    Jeremy Hunt's apology will be little comfort to the tens of thousands of people across the country seeing their operations delayed.

    There is no doubt that patients will die and families will suffer because of the impossible pressure the NHS is being put under.

    Tragically this crisis was wholly predictable and preventable.

  • Article: Jan 3, 2018
    By Adam Williams

    On Monday the Liberal Democrats got into the national press after exposing the failure of councils up and down the country to claim funding they're entitled to to bring empty homes back into use.

    A template press release on this issue has already been sent out for you to use in your local area. We've now also produced a number of other templates to help you campaign on this issue.

  • Article: Jan 2, 2018
    By Edward Davey MP

    Plans for volunteer border guards would expose Britain's soft underbelly in the fight against terrorism and organised crime.

    The Home Office has confirmed proposals for "border force special volunteers" at small air and sea ports, who would be unpaid and have no powers to interrogate or arrest suspects.

  • Article: Jan 2, 2018
    By Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    It has been reported that Theresa May will be forced into dropping foreign students from official immigration figures.

    For years Theresa May has stubbornly refused to accept that international students are not immigrants, while the Home Office has wildly exaggerated the number of those who overstay.

    This absurd policy has fuelled concerns over immigration numbers and done serious damage to our universities.

    It's about time the government dropped this completely self-harming approach.

    International students generate over £25 billion for our economy and support thousands of jobs across the country.

    We should be encouraging more students to come and spend their money in the UK, instead of needlessly hampering one of Britain's most successful export industries.

  • Article: Jan 1, 2018
    By Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    Over 11,000 homes across the country have been sitting empty for ten years or more.

    At a time when the homelessness crisis is worsening and more and more people are sleeping out in the cold on our streets, it is a national scandal that thousands of homes across the country are sitting empty.

    The figures, uncovered through Freedom of Information responses from 276 local councils, show that there are over 216,000 homes across the country that have been empty for six months or more.

  • Vince Cable New Year Message 2018
    Article: Dec 31, 2017
    By Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    There are very few people can say 2017 went exactly the way they wanted it to. Looking forward to 2018 it's clear that we have a lot of work to do.

    In 2018, we will continue to stand up for our values.

    We will offer people the choice of an Exit from Brexit. We have a big opportunity to win a real cash injection for the NHS. And we have a big opportunity to win the argument for thousands more affordable homes.

    All over the country, people are getting behind these campaigns by joining and supporting the Liberal Democrats.

    Thank you for everything you did in 2017 and let's make 2018 our year.

  • Article: Dec 30, 2017
    By Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    There are very few people can say 2017 went exactly the way they wanted it to. Looking forward to 2018 it's clear that we have a lot of work to do.

    In 2018, we will continue to stand up for our values.

    We will offer people the choice of an Exit from Brexit. We have a big opportunity to win a real cash injection for the NHS. And we have a big opportunity to win the argument for thousands more affordable homes.

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