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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

  • Article: Jan 15, 2021

    For years, this Government have promised our fishing industry a sea of opportunity, but, today, our boats are tied up in harbour, their propellers fouled with red tape manufactured in Whitehall.

    Our boats are tied up in harbour, their propellers fouled with red tape manufactured in Whitehall.

    Boats that are able to go to sea are landing their catches in Denmark-an expensive round trip of at least 72 hours, which takes work away from processors and other shoreside businesses in this country.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2021

    I tabled the Immigration (Health and Social Care Staff) Bill 2019-21, which was due for its second reading on Friday.

    Lib Dems will continue to fight for healthcare workers' rights

    But the Government have decided to axe all sitting Fridays until the end of March, meaning dozens of Private Members Bills will effectively be shut down.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2021
    By Edward Davey

    It's been a huge privilege to come to know many Tamil people in my constituency and across the UK since being elected to Parliament back in 1997, and I can therefore say with total certainty, that the contribution of British Tamils to our country and society has been exemplary, with the hard work, intelligence and dedication of so many amazing British Tamils.

  • Article: Jan 13, 2021

    It is completely unacceptable that parents have received woefully inadequate food parcels in place of free school meals.

    The Secretary of State must urgently investigate this situation.

    The amount of food parents have received to feed their children is not anything like enough to provide an adequate, nutritious lunch every day.

  • Article: Jan 12, 2021

    Over the past year, Liberal Democrat MPs have tabled a number of Private Members' Bills that would make important changes to help build a fairer country, tackle deep-rooted inequalities and ensure a more effective response to the Covid pandemic.

    Eleven key Liberal Democrat Bills were due to have "Second Reading" - the next stage of their progress through Parliament - over the next three months.

  • Article: Jan 11, 2021
    By Nick Stuart

    Liberal Democrat Response to MP and Council Leader submission to the Union Connectivity Review

    We welcome their submission setting out possible approaches to the problem of unregulated lifeline ferry services to the Isle of Wight. Clearly the pandemic and the issues raised have focussed minds on the long existing issues with the missing public service obligations on the private ferry companies. This echoes what the Liberal Democrats and others have being saying for many years.

  • Article: Jan 11, 2021
    By Lisa Smart

    Last month's Federal Communications and Elections Committee (FCEC) kicked off with a productive Q&A with deputy Leader Daisy Cooper. Daisy's approach to collaborative working across parts of the party was warmly welcomed and FCEC expressed its support, and desire to assist, Daisy's ongoing work to support a diverse range of candidates to stand.

  • Event: Jan 21, 2021 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: Jan 8, 2021
    By Tim Farron

    In the early months of this pandemic, the Government's messaging was clear. 'Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.' And so it is once again. Monday's lockdown announcement, although belated, was absolutely right.

    But why must we protect the NHS? So that it can continue to tackle COVID, but also, equally, so that the NHS can carry on its life-saving work in every other area.

  • Article: Jan 8, 2021

    Like you, I watched domestic terrorists and insurrectionists storm the US Capitol last night with a sense of horror and shock.

    I watched with a sense of horror and shock

    A symbol of democracy worldwide was shown to be fragile, vulnerable.

    It is a stark reminder that will remain etched in our memories.

  • Article: Jan 7, 2021

    The chaotic incompetence of a government that declares schools safe on a Sunday, sends children back for a day and then closes them is the sort of thing that should be the domain of political fiction.

    Sadly and tragically, it's the government we suffer from in Westminster. It is a reminder about how important it is that we recover as a party, and a spur to our efforts to ensure we do our part in defeating the Conservatives at the ballot box.

  • Article: Jan 7, 2021

    Our intervention comes amidst growing concern for safety in schools, including headteachers launching legal action to force ministers to reveal data behind the decision for some schools to reopen.

    Time and time again, this Government has squandered opportunities to get ahead of the virus in schools.

  • Article: Jan 7, 2021

    The Conservatives have consistently failed to support such a measure, risking future trade deals that could permit the import of food that fails to meet the UK's high standards.

    Farmers across the country are worried about their future

    This puts significant pressure on British farmers.

    Farmers across the country are worried about their future - they're worried that the UK will be flooded with poor quality food that undercuts the food they produce to high environmental and animal welfare standards.

  • Article: Jan 7, 2021
    By Layla Moran

    Reports that the 25th amendment may be invoked to remove Donald Trump from office reaffirm what we already knew: Donald Trump is not and has never been fit to hold the office of President.

  • Article: Jan 7, 2021
    By Jack Coulson

    Party Awards recognise publicly those who have given the party outstanding service and commitment in the past year. They are presented at Conference and each winner receives a trophy to keep.

    You can watch last autumn's presentation ceremony here!

    We present three awards at Spring Conference, and five at Autumn Conference. You can nominate someone by clicking here. The upcoming awards are:

  • Article: Jan 7, 2021
    By Robin Rea

    Unpaid carers are doing a remarkable and important job in very difficult circumstances. They deserve our support.

    But many carers are facing extreme financial hardship.

    900,000 full-time unpaid carers rely on Carer's Allowance - but at just £67.25 a week, it's just not nearly enough.

    In November, the Liberal Democrats launched a campaign calling on the UK Government to immediately raise Carer's Allowance by £1,000 a year, the same as the uplift in Universal Credit. To make this campaign a success, we need local parties up and down the country to make it part of their campaigns.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2021

    This is the public health policy the Prime Minister should have announced before Christmas.

    But yet again, Boris Johnson ducked the difficult decisions, failed to listen to experts and acted too late.

    Just yesterday morning Johnson was telling parents that schools were safe and children should definitely go. Today he is telling us that they must all move to remote learning but without any proper future plan.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2021
    By Ed Davey - Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    Boris Johnson has completely lost control of the Covid-19 crisis.

    Boris Johnson's dither and delay continues to cost lives and livelihoods

    This government has abdicated its key responsibility, which is to make the tough decisions for the future good of the country. Over and over again, Boris Johnson has ducked the hard choices.

  • Article: Jan 2, 2021
    By Nick Stuart

    The rapid spread of the new Covid-19 variant is deeply worrying. More infections, as we can see from our ejection from Tier 1 into Tier 4 within days; and also affecting children much more than before. It's time to take action. How? Every IoW resident can help. Here's how:

    Contact the Government and Council directly, and through MP and Councillors, to request that schools should not open as planned.

  • Event: Mar 15, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Zoom

    Zoom link and Agenda to follow

  • Article: Dec 30, 2020
    By Ed Davey - Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    It is clear that this is a bad deal that will make people's lives poorer.

    Liberal Democrats will vote against this deal

    So the Liberal Democrats will vote against it.

    This botched deal leaves the services sector in limbo and is the only 'free' trade deal in history to put up barriers and increase red tape, bringing long delays and higher costs.

  • Article: Dec 30, 2020
    By Ed Davey

    Today, we have tabled a series of amendments to the European Union (Future Relationship) Bill that demand the Government protect British businesses, the rights of UK nationals and ensure Parliament has proper scrutiny over the future relationship agreement.

    By allowing Parliament just a few hours to debate the trade deal he Government has committed an affront to our democracy.

  • Article: Dec 26, 2020

    Boris Johnson promised to make people better off, but his deal will make us all poorer.

    This is a threadbare deal - bad for jobs, security, and our environment

    This deal is threadbare, bad for jobs, business, security, and our environment. It is the only 'free' trade deal in history to put up barriers to trade and leaves the services sector in limbo.

  • Article: Dec 24, 2020
    By Nick Stuart

    Saving lives and longterm illness in this pandemic is critical and it's bitterly disappointing when our MP clearly has problems with basic science.

    We are facing a much more dangerous virus variant and he wonders why he personally needs an explanation. We both share a distrust of this Government's incompetence with the late responses, failed track & trace system and chaotic approach to PPE. However his luddite approach in Parliament and locally showing a failure to understand how a novel virus with very high infectivity needs to be dealt with are disturbing.

  • Article: Dec 22, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    2020 has been an extremely difficult and upsetting year for everyone.

    The extra pressures carers face over the festive season can be exhausting.

    While people up and down the country typically use the festive period to relax after a busy year, the Government's continued failures have caused further heartbreak and stress.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2020

    My heart goes out to the millions of families who after a very tough year were looking forward to Christmas with some sense of normality.

    The sad fact is the Prime Minister has caused more upset by yet again acting too late.

    The writing was on the wall last week when we asked Boris Johnson to listen to the scientists. He was warned that, if he had to cancel Christmas, he mustn't leave it to the last minute.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2020

    At a recent meeting of The Federal International Relations Committee, I had the chance to recount what I've been doing in the past couple of years (almost!) as party Vice President.

    It's been my privilege to serve since first being elected to the role in 2019 and then again, in 2020, and I had been invited to speak on how we, as a party, can reach out to ethnic minority and other minority group members, how we handle situations where two opposing groups want exclusive public support and how we can cross cultural divides.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2020

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 14th December

    Monday 14th December

    Monday Morning = Hancock Statement.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    On International Migrants Day and every day, we should celebrate the enormous contributions that people from all over the world make to the UK's culture, economy and communities.

    The UK's immigration system is broken, and it's hurting everyone.

    Sadly, though, the UK's immigration system is broken, and it is hurting everyone.

  • Article: Dec 17, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Boris Johnson's chaotic and confused approach to Brexit is putting British jobs and our future at risk.

    We shouldn't be in this situation.

    But Johnson didn't do his homework. He's making a mess of EU negotiations just like he's made a mess of his coronavirus response.

    The British people deserve better.

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