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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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If you wish to get in contact directly, please find us under "contact us" and send us a email. Alternatively, you can contact us or via Facebook and Twitter, and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

For further facts on staying in the EU please have a look at our published European Referendum Key Issues Guide here!


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Recent updates

  • Article: Oct 14, 2019

    Today, Her Majesty The Queen opened the new parliamentary session. But we have exactly the same problems as we did in the last session: a government with no majority, no leadership and no realistic plan for our country.

    I used my speech in Parliament today to give a warning to my fellow MPs.

    Here's my speech in full:

  • Article: Oct 13, 2019

    I know it's tempting fate and that I shouldn't really, but this week I have not been able to resist the temptation to think what life might be like if I were to win the Presidency.

    So I decided to think what a week might be like in this possible future, combining my job as MP with the job of President.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2019

    Our experience has taught us that the best campaigns are built on personal stories.

    They give an emotional and personal connection beyond cold, hard facts.

    So to help our campaign to stop Brexit succeed, we have a very specific request.

    Can you tell us how Brexit is personally affecting you and your family?

  • Article: Oct 12, 2019

    Parliament is in deadlock and we are preparing for a GE to be held soon. The Liberal Democrats will go into any election campaigning to win, fighting for our place in the European Union, where we can work internationally to tackle the Climate Emergency.

    Help us make that happen.

    Be ready to vote for the Lib Dems by registering for a postal vote now.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2019

    I'm the son of immigrants, one parent from Germany, the other from Poland. My own family history is in miniature the troubled history of Europe in the previous two centuries, scarred by the horrors of extremism, despotism and war - and then my parents making a new home together in our country.

    It's why for me our liberal democracy, despite all its many flaws, is so precious. We need to step up to protect against the extremists and populists.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2019

    Probably the most common question I've had so far in this campaign is 'what's the role of President?' It's an important question because it gets to the heart of what we need to do to be more successful in our ambition to build a fair, free and open society, as it says in our constitution.

    One part of the role - being the voice of the grassroots in the room with the party leadership - is one all previous Presidents have taken seriously. But what else they do with the role has varied depending on the circumstances.

  • Event: Oct 17, 2019 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: Oct 11, 2019

    I'm the son of immigrants, one parent from Germany, the other from Poland. My family history is in miniature the troubled history of Europe, scarred by the horrors of extremism and war - and then my parents making a new home together in our country.

    It's why for me our liberal democracy, despite all its flaws, is so precious. We need to step up to protect against the extremists and populists.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2019

    Waiting for the outcome of the nomination count for Party President felt a wee bit like that scene from The Big Bang Theory where Sheldon explains about Schrodinger's Cat.

    You know, where as long as the box is closed the cat is both dead and alive?

    The relief when they cat was actually alive, and I was nominated, was huge!

  • Article: Oct 11, 2019

    Download the manifestos

    It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. Please click here.

    Voting for the federal board election will open at 9 a.m. on 29th October 2019. You can find out more about all the internal elections here: www.libdems.org.uk/internal-elections

    A note on the manifestos: The order in which candidates' manifestos appear was generated at random using the =RAND() Excel function. The document contains all the manifestos that were correctly supplied by the deadline for candidates supplied by the Returning Officer.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2019

    It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. Please click here.

    Voting for the federal board election will open at 9 a.m. on 29th October 2019. You can find out more about all the internal elections here: www.libdems.org.uk/internal-elections

    A note on the manifestos: The order in which candidates' manifestos appear was generated at random using the =RAND() Excel function. The document contains all the manifestos that were correctly supplied by the deadline for candidates supplied by the Returning Officer.

  • Article: Oct 7, 2019

    I am delighted to announce that Heidi Allen has joined the Liberal Democrats.

    I'm delighted to welcome Heidi to the party. She has been a tireless campaigner for a people's vote and has time and time again put the country's interests ahead of her own.

    I'm absolutely thrilled for Heidi to join our fantastic and ever-growing team and I know that her skills, experience and passion will be a real asset to our party.

  • Article: Oct 7, 2019

    When I became an MP in 2015, I could never have imagined we would find ourselves in this position. Through the prudent and practical decisions taken during the coalition years, the economy was recovering and our country was on the up.

    Coming from business, joining the Conservative Party seemed the logical thing to do. But two general elections and an EU referendum later, the landscape has shifted beyond all recognition.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2019
    By Tahir Maher

    Introduction

    The Liberal Democrats are a Federal Party comprising England, Scotland and Wales with all their powers defined by the Party's Constitution. This principle embodies one of our most deeply held core values, which is our belief in the devolution of power to the most appropriate level.

    Consequently, the separation of power between the Federal and State parties is enshrined in the Constitution, and can only be varied with the agreement of Federal Conference and the Conferences and Conventions of all three state parties.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2019
    By Tahir Maher

    This has undoubtedly been a great start to the year. Thanks go to all the local campaigners who over the years never gave up and continued to deliver Focuses, campaign and push the Lib Dem message in their communities. When the opportunity came following Tory mismanagement of Brexit, we were ready and prepared to secure gains in the local elections. Over seven hundred local council seats gained - fantastic!

  • Article: Oct 6, 2019
    By Isabelle Parasram

    It was Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, who said, "Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then we shall find the way."

    That describes, somewhat, where the Chair of The English Party (EP), Tahir Maher, and I are at in relation to co-ordinating my efforts, as Party Vice President, with the EP in working with BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) communities.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2019
    By Claire Halliwell

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    If you're a member, log in here:

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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: Oct 4, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    We havea fantastic slate of candidates who have received enough nominations to stand for one of our party committees. Find out who is standing here, and our commisserations to everyone who didn't make it.

    President

    • Christine Jardine
    • Mark Pack

    Federal Board

    • Alistair Bigos
    • Anita Lower
    • April Preston
    • Belinda Brooks-Gordon
    • Ben Nutland
    • Candy Piercy
    • Caron Lindsay
    • Christine Cheng
    • David Buxton
    • David Craddock
    • David Simpson
    • Elaine Bagshaw
    • Garth Shephard
    • Gerald Vernon-Jackson
    • Graham Neale
    • Humaira Sanders
    • James Gurling
    • Johnny Corbett
    • Josephine Hayes
    • Joyce Onstad
    • Kishan Devani
    • Lisa-Maria Bornemann
    • Luke Cawley-Harrison
    • Neil Fawcett
    • Prue Bray
    • Rachelle Shepherd Dubey
    • Rebecca Forest
    • Roisin Miller
    • Ross Pepper
    • Ross Stalker
    • Ruby Chow
    • Simon Clarke
    • Simon McGrath
    • Theo Butt Philip
  • Article: Oct 1, 2019

    This morning, the Office for National Statistics published a shocking set of figures. They show that 726 homeless people died in 2018 - a 22% increase since 2017.

    This is an epidemic that is claiming far too many lives, and the Conservative Government is completely failing to get to grips with it.

    This is an epidemic that is claiming far too many lives

  • Article: Oct 1, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    Black History Month is a time to focus our national attention on the history and legacy of black British communities. Each year it is an opportunity to acknowledge the central role that black people have played in transforming the social, political and economic landscape of our country.

    Let us empower the next generation of activists and trailblazers and do all we can to ensure that their achievements will never be absent from the history books.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2019

    At sunset today, Jewish communities in the UK will come together to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. For the millions observing, this is a time of self-examination, reflection and personal change.

    For the millions observing, this is a time of self-examination, reflection and personal change.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2019
    At our autumn conferences we elect our regional executive committee and team of officers to lead the Region's work.

    You can find information on the posts to be elected and download the nomination form by clicking this link here.

    Any member of the party is eligible to be nominated. Nominations from members who have been involved in their local party and want to help local parties work together effectively are especially encouraged. If you know of another member who is very capable and would have something to offer please do encourage them to put themselves forward.

    The closing date for nominations is at the Regional Conference on Saturday 26 October and the returning officer, Richard Cole, will be there to answer any questions. If you have any questions for him in the meantime, please email him at elections@southcentrallibdems.org.uk.
  • Article: Sep 26, 2019

    We've got some great news - Luciana Berger will be standing to be the next Liberal Democrat MP for Finchley and Golder's Green!

    Luciana had this to say:

    "It has been an enormous privilege to have served as the MP for Liverpool Wavertree for almost ten years.

    I cannot thank my constituents enough for the relationship we have grown over the last decade and what we have achieved together."

  • Article: Sep 25, 2019

    We've done it. Parliament is open again.

    At the Supreme Court, we defeated Boris Johnson's illegal attempt to silence the will of the people.

    The message is clear. Boris Johnson cannot undo democracy.

    We need to do this because we can't trust the Prime Minister to obey the law.

    So what happens next? Today, Lib Dem MPs are back in Parliament to hold the government to account. Our priority is clear - we're going to stop Brexit.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2019

    1. Corbyn's campaigning

    To say Jeremy Corbyn's campaigning efforts in the 2016 EU referendum were lacklustre would be putting it very generously.

    Despite certain Labour figures claiming that they were a 'Remain party', voters were kept in the dark about their real stance, with Corbyn famously labelling his enthusiasm for staying in the EU as a "seven, or seven and a half out of 10".

  • Article: Sep 24, 2019

    The Supreme Court has made it's ruling - the prorogation of Parliament was illegal.

    MPs should be allowed to scrutinise the Government without having their voices silenced. This is the basis for our democracy.

    The Conservatives' authoritarian power grab wasn't just illegal, it was downright wrong.

    The Conservatives' authoritarian power grab wasn't just illegal, it was downright wrong. Parliament - not the Government - is sovereign, and this cynical attempt to stop MPs from doing their job was simply outrageous.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2019

    This week is National Inclusion Week, a national event designed to celebrate diversity and explore new ways to make all aspects of community life as inclusive as possible.

    The Liberal Democrats are an inclusive party: striving to create a free and open society is one of the cornerstones of our constitution. We believe that this is key to both individual and national prosperity.

  • Article: Sep 23, 2019

    When human beings are persecuted for their sexuality, their gender identity or their beliefs - or all of these - and forced to flee their homes, we must do all we can to protect them.

    The Home Office's treatment of LGBT+ asylum seekers is appalling

    The UK has a long and proud record of providing sanctuary to refugees, but the Home Office's treatment of LGBT+ asylum seekers is appalling.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are the strongest Remain party in the UK - and we demand better than Brexit.

    If you think our country is heading in the wrong direction, and you want to change things, you can. Join us.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2019

    The last 24 hours have been a bit, well, odd.

    Most of the British political establishment seems to be whipping themselves into a frenzy over our member's decision to revoke article 50 if we win the next election.

    First, an audience member at #BBCQT asked this:

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