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Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats


Our Priorities for the 2017 Council Elections

Get tough on planning breaches - Sadly, many developments on the Island ignore current planning regulations. This can make places look untidy, and create some eyesores. We want to invest more resources in planning enforcement, to stop people who abuse the system.

Every Islander's home is their castle - There's a housing crisis nationally, and the Island has not escaped it. It's time to build more council houses on the Island, plain and simple. We would finance this through borrowing as interest rates are at a historic low. These houses need to be energy efficient AND affordable. The rents from these houses will become a sustainable, long-term source of income for the Isle of Wight Council.

A new deal for young people - Young people have a rough time when it comes to getting housing that is affordable. There are so many extra costs and fees that it effectively prices people under 25 out of the market. This has been made worse by the Conservative government's cuts to housing benefits for 18 to 21 year olds. The Liberal Democrats would investigate ways to change this. We would set up a trust to let 18 to 25 year olds borrow money to cover deposits and admin fees. Our young people are the backbone of the Island's economy, it's time we gave them a hand.

Frack off! - We will oppose fracking on the Island. Not only are there risks of land slips and water pollution, fracking the Island doesn't make sense. Island roads are already at capactiy and an extra 40 lorries to and from fracking sites will cause traffic jams and strain on infrastructure. Instead, we support the development of wind, solar and tidal energy on the Island. We would make sure that Islanders are rewarded first from green energy.

Bring the Island into the 21st century - People often joke that visiting the Isle of Wight is like going back in time to the 1950s. We would like to disappoint these people by attracting inward investment to the Island. The Island needs modern companies to invest in seasonal and year-round businesses to regenerate the parts of the Island that have been left to decay. Things like decent broadband speeds and mobile phone signals would make it possible for start-ups in places like London, to branch out to the Island. We also want the Council to play a part in these investments as well. It's time for the Council to make more than just cuts. It's time for the Council to make some cash.

Create a new generation of bookworms - Libraries are an important part of any community, and we believe that more needs to be done to encourage kids to use them. We propose that every school kid is registered with a library, so at the very least they know the resources are there to use. Kids who read from an early age are more likely to succeed in life as their literacy skills are better. They are less likely to be in long-term poverty or rely on benefits. Simple, common sense policies like these can make a huge difference on the lives of our children, and it's time we did something about it.





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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: Apr 27, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have committed to ending the scandal of rough sleeping in Britain, as the Homelessness Reduction Bill enters into force today.

    Following a campaign visit to the Hundred Houses Society, a charitable housing association in Cambridge, Tim Farron announced a series of measures the party would put in place to help end rough sleeping.

  • Article: Apr 27, 2017

    Planned benefit cuts by the Conservative government combined with soaring inflation will leave nearly 3 million working households an average of £2,500 a year worse off, according to analysis by the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

    Low inflation over the last two years has meant the government's freeze on most working-age benefits has only amounted to a 1% real cut so far.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2017

    Tim Farron has opened up publicly for the first time about his Christian faith and in a candid interview with the BBC has said that he does not believe gay sex is a sin.

    The Liberal Democrat leader has very clearly said he does not believe being gay is a sin, and nor is gay sex.

    He makes no secret of his private faith but believes political leaders should not make theological pronouncements or declare what people's personal faith should be.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have demanded the government publish a highly embarrassing report on air pollution before the election.

    Ed Davey, Lib Dem former cabinet minister for Energy and Climate Change, has said the government is reportedly blocking release of its report into air pollution because it is worried the "shaming" findings would become a major election issue.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat membership surge is about to take the party to a landmark 100,000 members - thanks to a staggering 12,500 joining since Theresa May announced the snap General Election last Tuesday.

    Reaching six figures makes the party bigger than it has been since the mid-1990s and puts it on course to reach its highest membership ever within days. The biggest the party has been since its formation is 101,768 in 1994.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2017

    Tim Farron has ruled out doing any coalition deals with Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn after the election.

    Every Liberal Democrat vote and every Liberal Democrat MP elected is a challenge to Theresa May's Hard Brexit agenda. In the next parliament we will fight to stop a disastrous Hard Brexit, keep Britain in the Single Market and make sure people have their say on the final Brexit deal in a referendum with remain as an option.

  • Article: Apr 21, 2017

    The President of the European Parliament has said Britain would be welcomed back with open arms if voters changed their minds about Brexit on 8 June.

    This directly contradicts Theresa May's claim that 'there is no turning back' after Article 50.

    Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said: "This shows it's not too late to prevent a divisive, hard Brexit.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017

    Ed Davey, former Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has accused the government of engaging in a "politically dubious" act announcing the controversial sale of the Green Investment Bank to an Australian bank in a cut price deal.

    Mr Davey, who is seeking the Lib Dem nomination for his former seat of Kingston and Surbiton, likened the £2.3bn agreement to "selling off the family silver".

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017

    Jeremy Corbyn is never going to be Prime Minister because he can't even lead his own party, the Liberal Democrats have said.

    Responding to Jeremy Corbyn's speech today, Liberal Democrat Shadow First Secretary of State Alistair Carmichael said: "Jeremy Corbyn is never going to be Prime Minister. He can't lead his own party, let alone our country. The more people see him, the less they want to vote for him.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2017

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has called out Theresa May for refusing to take part in televised debates as ITV announced they will go ahead with a leaders' debate.

    Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions today, Tim Farron said: "This election can change the direction of our country. From the consequences of potential hard Brexit outside the Single Market to the future of our NHS and social care, schools and environment.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2017

    Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrats' European Union spokesperson, has confirmed he will be standing again in Sheffield Hallam.

    In a statement Mr Clegg said: "Theresa May has called a General Election out of opportunism and intolerance: opportunism in seeking to exploit the weakness of Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour party; and intolerance in seeking a landslide majority to bring about 'unity', by which she means the ability to impose whatever interpretation of Brexit she wishes without meaningful scrutiny from Parliament.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat General Election campaign has got off to a flying start as new members have seen the party double in size since May 2015.

    In the short time since the snap General Election was announced the Liberal Democrats have gained over 2,500 new members.

    Commenting on the surge Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said: "This election is a chance to change the direction of our country and thousands are joining our fight.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2017

    If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.

    What this means for Britain

    Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority.

    Labour won't win any seats off the Conservatives.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2017

    Commenting on the Prime Minister's call for a General Election, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "This election is your chance to change the direction of our country.

    "If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.

  • Article: Apr 13, 2017

    Liberal Democrats: Listening to Business

    Liberal Democrats are increasing seen as the only political party for business.

    But, to enable us to maximise our support for business, it is vital that we listen to, and work with, businesses and business organisations from all sectors.

    A Perfect Storm

    The Conservative Government's reaction to the referendum result is creating a perfect storm;

  • Article: Apr 13, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have seized on fresh research showing that three quarters of the British public say they welcome foreign students after learning how much they contribute to the UK economy. Theresa May has sought to clamp down on foreign students, counting them as immigrants at a time when it is seeking to reduce the headline migration figures.

  • Article: Apr 12, 2017

    Vince Cable has warned that young people in Manchester are being robbed of opportunities by the Government's push for a hard Brexit and that Labour is failing to stand up for them.

    The former Business Secretary today attended a drop-in session for young people to discuss careers and training at The Place, a community centre in Fallowfield, before campaigning alongside the Liberal Democrat candidate for Manchester Gorton Jackie Pearcey.

  • Article: Apr 11, 2017

    Commenting on the news the Royal Marines are going to be cut by 200 posts, ex-Royal Marine and former Liberal Democrat Leader Paddy Ashdown commented:

    "In an unpredictable age, we need forces that are fast, flexible and mobile. That's what the Royal Marines do at a world-class level.

    "To cut their numbers to fill a Naval manpower black hole is not just poor reward for their service over the last years, but a folly which plays fast and loose with the nation's defences.

    "The Royal Marines have carried the greatest burden in the defence of our country over the last decade - they have fought in more theatres and won more battles than any other British unit. They are also the crucial manpower pool from which we draw many of our Special Forces.

    "The Royal Marines are paying the price for the foolish decisions made in the last Strategic Defence Review, in which the Service Chiefs were allowed to hang on to their most prestigious equipment, even if they made little or no contribution to the nation's strategic long-term defence needs.

    "We are now saddled with cuts to the Royal Marines to pay for sailors to man two huge aircraft carriers which many fear are little more than floating white elephants."

  • Article: Apr 11, 2017

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has renewed his call for Theresa May to return from holiday to take charge of the worsening international crisis surrounding Syria, rather than leaving the accident-prone Boris Johnson to negotiate with allies he has previously insulted.

    Tim Farron said:
    "Boris Johnson is reportedly struggling to persuade countries such as Germany, France and Italy to agree to sanctions on Russia. The arguments are complex. But the difficulties the Foreign Secretary is experiencing should underline to this Conservative Brexit government the importance of working with our European partners rather than lecturing and insulting them.

    "It is time Theresa May returned to Downing Street to take charge, rather than allowing the court jester to become the crown prince.

    "Sanctions are an important way of putting pressure on Russia, but they should not distract us from the urgent humanitarian need to protect large numbers of innocent people threatened with death in this barbarous, brutal civil war. For this we must continue to work for a united response, from the G7 and regional powers."

  • Article: Apr 11, 2017

    Food prices saw the biggest increase for three years in the year to March, figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed.

    Food and drink prices rose by 1.2% and overall consumer inflation remained at 2.3%. Meanwhile wage growth is expected to slow, leaving people worse off in real terms.

  • bar chart aylesbury
    Article: Apr 7, 2017

    Aylesbury Liberal Democrats are celebrating a huge by-election win where they gained a seat from Ukip who dropped to 4th place.

    LD 785, Lab 151, Con 147, Ukip 111, Green 43.

    Congratulations to Cllr Susan Morgan, the Aylesbury team and everyone who came to help out. A real team effort that bodes well for the Bucks County Council Elections next month.

  • Article: Apr 6, 2017

    The Supreme Court has found in favour of a local authority that has fined a parent for taking his daughter on holiday during term-time.

    Commenting on the news, Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary John Pugh said: "Today's judgment was disappointing but the ball is back in the government's court, they could act and change the law and bring back sensible rules with proper safeguards in place. Nearly 20,000 people have been prosecuted and caught in a dragnet by these laws in the last year.

  • Article: Apr 5, 2017

    UK passports should allow people to define themselves as "X" as an alternative to male or female, Stonewall have said today.

    Commenting on the news, Shadow Equalities Secretary Lorely Burt said: "I'm glad to see the Government has finally accepted that a review into the GRA is overdue. However, we don't need another review to tell us that x passports should be introduced.

  • Article: Apr 5, 2017

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has welcomed the news that the European Parliament will today approve the grant to the UK to repair damage caused by the floods in 2015.

    Tim personally lobbied the European Parliament to make this grant in a visit to Brussels last year. Tonight, he has called for the money to be distributed to areas in the country worst hit by flooding as soon as possible by the UK Government.

  • Article: Apr 4, 2017

    A Liberal Democrat motion designed to kill the Government's attempts to severely restrict disability benefits has been lost after Labour peers failed to support it.

    The move follows an announcement by the Government that they will be tightening the criteria for claimants of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) which could see diabetics and those with mental illnesses stuck without support.

  • Article: Apr 4, 2017

    International Trade Secretary Liam Fox is visiting the Philippines and meeting with President Duterte, a person who compared the killings of suspected drug addicts to the Holocaust, said Obama should 'go to hell' and has admitted to personally murdering people.

    Commenting on the meeting Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Tom Brake said: "Duterte is one of the 21st century's most sinister leaders and Liam Fox has flown halfway around the world to grovel to him. The fact that the first visit made by Fox since triggering Article 50 is to the Philippines shows just how low this government is willing to stoop in order to secure even a minimal trade deal in the future.

  • Article: Apr 4, 2017

    The average UK household has lost £21.31 in the past three months as supermarket prices rise due to Brexit inflation, research by Kantar Worldpanel has found.

    The research found supermarket prices jumped by 2.3% in the 12 weeks to March 26, with the price of staples including butter, fish, tea and skincare all rising.

  • Event: May 4, 2017 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.

  • Article: Mar 30, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have revealed a list of ten of Britain's most-wanted criminals who have been arrested or sentenced since the beginning of this year thanks to the European Arrest Warrant.

    This follows David Davis this morning confirming that the UK won't have access to the European Arrest Warrant unless the Government strikes a parallel deal on trade and security.

  • LD group March For Europe
    Article: Mar 29, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have seen their membership surge to 87,000 on the same day Article 50 is triggered.

    Over 5,000 members have joined the party since the beginning of February, when Jeremy Corbyn ordered his MPs to vote in favour of triggering Article 50.

    This comes amid reports that the Labour Party's membership has fallen by almost 11,000 over the last four weeks.

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