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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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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: Jun 19, 2019

    My number one priority as leader would be stopping Brexit. It should be the number one goal of everyone in our party.

    It's why I've worked so hard as the leading Liberal Democrat in the People's Vote campaign to bring together a group of like-minded MPs who want to give the British people the final say.

  • Event: Jun 20, 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: Jun 16, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    Over the past three years, I have been proud to help lead the calls for a People's Vote in the belief that the challenge of Brexit required not only the strong leadership provided by the Liberal Democrats but also for us to work together with people of all parties and none.

    I never imagined that I would be able to say that Michael Heseltine and Alastair Campbell voted the same way as me, but our message to stop Brexit brought together voters from all corners of our politics.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2019
    By Sir Ed Davey MP

    I'm running to be Leader of the Liberal Democrats - but your choice could be about far more than simply who leads our Party.

    The tectonic plates of British Politics are shifting, and its the most volatile I have seen it in my lifetime. With the Liberal Democrats on 20% in the polls, two main Parties crumbling from the inside, and a re-alignment of political allegiances across the country, we have a golden opportunity to cement our place as the leading force of Remain.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2019

    This month is Pride month. This year, June is also 50 years on from the pivotal Stonewall riots. We've come a long way, yet still couples in Northern Ireland are still denied the right to marry the person that they love.

    Internationally, huge progress has been made when it comes to the rights and freedoms of LGBT+ people. Just this summer, Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage while Botswana decriminalised homosexuality in a landmark ruling. But we still have so far to go. In the UK many LGBT+ people still face a grim reality in which discrimination, both socially and in the eyes of the law, blights their everyday reality. The shocking image of a young lesbian couple covered in blood having been subjected to violence on a bus in London this month was a stark reminder that bigotry and prejudice persist.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2019

    I went into politics to put something back into the community I am from and to take our country in a progressive direction. My progressive values lead me to strive to work for a fair and open Britain, which has a strong, mixed market economy, in which everyone can achieve their dreams regardless of their background.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2019

    In the UK currently seven million people are carers. That is one in ten people and the figure is only rising as demographics change and people live longer with more disabilities and illnesses.

    Three in five of us will be carers at one point or another in our lives.

    That is why it is so important this week, Carers Week, that we understand and recognise the contribution carers make to society.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2019

    We've had an exception two months, winning elections, breaking records and growing our movement. Get the low down here:

    Local Elections

    We saw our party's best ever local election results, taking control of twelve councils and winning 706 council seats across England.

    We took control of Vale of the White Horse, Hinckley & Bosworth, North Norfolk, Winchester, Bath and North East Somerset, Cotswolds, Chelmsford North Devon, Mole Valley, North Devon, Somerset West & Taunton and Teignbridge Councils.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2019

    I went into politics to put something back into the community I am from and to take our country in a progressive direction. My progressive values lead me to strive to work for a fair and open Britain, which has a strong, mixed market economy, in which everyone can achieve their dreams regardless of their background.

  • Article: Jun 13, 2019

    Leaving a political party is never an easy decision - nor one that one makes lightly. I know that from my own experience nearly 40 years ago!

    Tonight, Chuka Umunna announced that he has joined the Liberal Democrats.

    And I am delighted to welcome him to our party, as the Liberal Democrat MP for Streatham.

  • Article: Jun 13, 2019
    By Dan Schmeising

    We kicked off a series of leadership hustings in London this weekend. Ed Davey and Jo Swinson, contending to succeed Vince Cable as leader of the Liberal Democrats, were grilled on their vision for our party.

    You can read more about the candidates' plans here:

    Ed Davey Jo Swinson

    Or, you can get involved - find your nearest hustings here:

  • Article: Jun 13, 2019

    We are currently looking for members for three new policy working groups on the future of work, the natural environment and utilities.

    The working groups will take evidence and prepare policy proposals to submit to Autumn Conference 2020.

    Working group members are expected to attend meetings (in person or by dialling in), input their ideas for policy, and play a role in drafting the policy paper. The position is voluntary.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2019

    As a Party we depend on our volunteers - members like you - to run things. We are introducing the new Liberal Democrat Disciplinary Procedure this Summer and need members to volunteer to make it work.

    As part of the new disciplinary procedures we need teams of members to volunteer for the four roles that need filling. These are Adjudicator, Investigator, Independent Person (Mediator), and Party Mentor.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2019

    We can stop Brexit - we must. For our economy. For our families, friends and neighbours who've made Britain their home. For what it says about us, as a country.

    You could pick a hundred reasons why we must stop Brexit. Top of my list is the fight against the Climate Change Emergency.

    Climate change's devastation won't respect borders - you have to work internationally, with other countries, if you want to save our planet.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2019

    It has been an amazing week since I launched my campaign to become Leader of our party.

    From my campaign launch with young tech apprentices to appearances on the Andrew Marr Show, Question Time, Good Morning Britain and the Today Progamme (twice!), my feet hardly touched the floor.

    I am standing because our party, and our country, are at a turning point.

  • Article: Jun 11, 2019

    The Conservatives aren't exactly covering themselves in glory as they decide who'll be the next party leader.

    Michael Gove's cocaine admission has garnered a lot of press. As education secretary, Gove forced through legislation that banned teachers from the classroom for life if they were convicted of possessing a class A drug.

  • Article: Jun 10, 2019

    Firstly, I want to say two important things to all of you reading this: welcome and thank you.

    Welcome, because I know that many of you reading this will be doing so for the first time, being among the thousands of people who have joined the party in the last few weeks.

    Thank you, because it is a result of the energy, persuasive skills and shoe leather of so many of you that we're having this leadership election on the back of our best ever local election results and our best ever European election results, and even top of a national poll!

  • Article: Jun 8, 2019
    By Greg Foster

    105,480.

    That's how many people had joined the Liberal Democrats as of midnight last night.

    That makes it official - our party is the biggest it's ever been!

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    First of all welcome to our new members - you've joined Britain's biggest liberal family. We couldn't be more excited to have you on board.

    It's been a brilliant month for our party.

  • Article: Jun 7, 2019

    Wow - 17,000 new people have joined the Liberal Democrats since the start of May!

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    The Count got a little distressed when he realised how long this was going to take him.

    Of those, 10,000 have signed up since the aftermath of our amazing EU election results. That's 10,000 since Vince Cable announced he was triggering a leadership contest. Welcome to you all! ❤

  • Article: Jun 6, 2019

    My regular blog has been disrupted by the Euro election campaign and its tumultuous, positive, aftermath as well as my decision to hand in my notice and trigger a leadership contest.

    The Euro-campaign was defined, for me, by three rallies.

    The launch of the campaign took place in Docklands, before the results of the local elections were known. The mood was cautiously optimistic; but there was some question about the impact of Change UK.

  • Article: Jun 5, 2019

    Today is World Environment Day, with a focus on air pollution. Air pollution is a major crisis affecting the UK and it is a crisis the Government has failed to take seriously. The Conservatives have lost numerous court cases over the failure to set plans to tackle the toxic fumes that we breathe every day - and that's not the hot air they're producing in the Brexit crisis.

  • Article: Jun 4, 2019

    So you've sat there wondering how that one Muslim colleague has managed to go nil by mouth, not swear, smoke or get involved in office gossip for a whole month, and now there's a conversation about some event called Eid. There are 2 Eids in the Islamic calendar and this one, Eid-ul-Fitr is the festival to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Muslims will have made a point of rereading the Qu'ran, given at least 2.5% of excess wealth to charity and many will have fasted daily to support, what I call, the "resetting to our humble selves." Eid involves prayer, food and communities getting together. Fasting and giving charity are 2 of the 5 pillars in Islam.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2019
    By Dan Schmeising

    YouGov and the Times released a huge new poll last night. And for the first time since 2010, they had the Liberal Democrats in first place on 24%.

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    That's right. We're fast becoming not only the biggest, strongest party of Remain, but the biggest, strongest party full stop.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2019
    By Wera Hobhouse

    Today is Global Day of Parents - a day proclaimed by the UN to honour parents throughout the world. The birth of a child is a life-changing event. For many mothers, this will be the happiest time of their lives, but this is never the whole story. New mothers can often experience mental health problems before and after birth, cope with the trauma of pregnancy and birth, and struggle with societal expectations of motherhood.

  • Article: May 31, 2019

    Over 70,000 people still die every year in the UK thanks to smoking-related illnesses. Lib Dems demand better preventative care measures to prevent this.

    Over fifty years on from the discovery of the true health consequences of smoking, smoking has been reduced but still costs the lives of over 70,000 people in the UK every year.

  • Article: May 31, 2019
    By Dan Schmeising

    On Question Time last night, Jo Swinson announced her intention to succeed Vince Cable as Lib Dem leader. She released her manifesto today, with 3 main themes:

  • Article: May 31, 2019
    By Greg Foster

    11,000. Yep, that's 5 digits.

    That's how many people have joined the Liberal Democrats since the start of May. 🤯

    To put that in perspective, that's enough people to fill:

    🔶 Almost 86 double-decker buses 🚌

    🔶 Blackpool Tower ballroom - 5 and a half times 💃🏻

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    🔶 Wimbledon's No.1 Court 🎾

  • Article: May 30, 2019

    There can be no doubt. This weekend's results - our best ever in an EU election - prove that the Liberal Democrats are back in business.

    16 brilliant MEPs.

    20.3% of the national voteshare.

    Beating Labour and the Tories for the first time since 1906.

    Seeing so many of our hard-working candidates get the amazing results they deserved this weekend was an extraordinarily special feeling. My thanks go out to them and everyone who played a part in getting them elected.

  • Article: May 30, 2019

    Today, Ed announced his campaign to succeed Vince Cable as Lib Dem leader.

    He's running his campaign on 3 main tenets:

    • Winning campaigns
    • Fighting for liberal values
    • Tackling the climate crisis
  • Article: May 28, 2019

    Today is World Menstrual Hygiene Day. The date serves as a reminder that no one should be disadvantaged because of their period. Eradicating period poverty has been a priority for Liberal Democrats for over two years. We were the first party to lay a motion on the issue in Parliament back in 2017 and in Wales our Education Minister, Kirsty Williams rolled out a £2.3 million scheme to provide sanitary products to girls across primary and secondary school. The fight to eradicate period poverty wherever it exists is far from over.

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