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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: Aug 21, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Now more than ever, people are crying out for a new vision for our country.

    They want an alternative to creeping nationalism and populism. People want a new vision for our country, and only the Liberal Democrats can supply that. That's why today, we're announcing our new Shadow Cabinet to stop Brexit.

  • Event: Aug 22, 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: Aug 20, 2019
    By Tom Brake

    With every announcement, the government is making clear that they intend to leave the EU without a deal on 31st October - and EU citizens are going to be left in the lurch.

    Over the weekend, the government announced that they intend to end Freedom of Movement on October 31st - despite promises from Theresa May's government that there would be a two-year transition period.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2019

    And then sign up for conference 👇

  • Article: Aug 17, 2019

    London is a liberal city. Over 250 languages are spoken in the capital, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. As host to one of the largest Pride events in Europe and the biggest carnival outside Rio, London and its residents celebrate diversity and embrace difference.

    London is also a Remain city. It is home to a third of all the EU citizens living in the UK and every sector in the capital - from hoteliers to health-workers, builders to bankers - relies on EU migrants to thrive.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2019
    By Sal Brinton

    Congratulations to Jane Dodds and the Welsh Lib Dems for the brilliant result in Brecon and Radnorshire! Thank you to everyone of you who helped, both by appearing in the constituency to knock on doors and deliver leaflets, and for those who phoned, helped with admin tasks from a distance too. Jane is already showing that she will be an exceptional MP, joining Jo Swinson's parliamentary party.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2019

    There are plenty of similarities between Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery - maybe it's Johnson's way of sucking up for that trade deal. Which probably makes him the only person in the country looking forward to chlorinated chicken.

    In fact, in a speech a while, Trump said "they call [Johnson] Britain Trump and people are saying that's a good thing. They like me over there."*

  • Article: Aug 16, 2019

    People are fed up of seeing politicians arguing for things that put their party's interest above the country. We have to come together to prevent Boris Johnson crashing us out the EU without a deal. I'm proud of the work that the Liberal Democrats have done with MPs from all parties and none to make stopping Brexit a real possibility.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2019
    By Chris Lovell

    Coming straight off the back of the Brecon and Radnorshire campaign, we launched our election campaign for Sheffield Hallam at the weekend, with more than 100 people who joined us to knock on doors, deliver leaflets, and help with clerical work in the office.

    It seems like promising Lib Dem by-elections are like buses - you wait for a long time and then two come along at once!

  • Article: Aug 15, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    In just eleven weeks, however, our country faces an immediate crisis: crashing out of the EU without any deal. The most cavalier and catastrophic of Brexits: putting at risk hundreds of thousands of jobs , public services including our NHS , and even our national security.

    So in this moment of national emergency, I stand ready to work with anyone to stop Boris Johnson and his hard-line Brexit government.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    Our party is going from strength to strength.

    We now have more than 116,000 members, as well as almost 15,000 registered supporters.

    Our team in the House of Commons is growing too. A little over a week ago, we welcomed Jane Dodds as our newest MP.

    Today, we welcome another addition to our team. Dr Sarah Wollaston.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2019
    By Sarah Wollaston

    After very careful thought, I have come to the conclusion that I can best serve the interests of my constituents by joining the Liberal Democrats.

    Brexit has not only sucked all the political oxygen from government over the past three years, but it has also consumed the funding and energy that should have been invested in local communities, tackling climate change and supporting the workforce and infrastructure of our NHS, schools and transport.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2019

    I can think of about 350 million reasons why a promise from Boris Johnson isn't worth the paper (or bus) it's written on.

    The Government promised that the rights of EU citizens wouldn't change after Brexit. So did Vote Leave - many of whose senior figures are now Government officials.

    But now we're hearing that if Brexit happens, the Government plans to make EU citizens pay to use the NHS.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2019

    As I spent my first week in Westminster on my induction programme, in the forefront of my mind is that there are less than 80 days until Boris Johnson tries to take us out of the EU without a deal. So, of course, my first priority was to learn my way around so I am able to find Boris Johnson like I said in my victory speech:

  • Article: Aug 11, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    For those who have taken part in Hajj, this is a season of new beginnings and Muslims across the globe will be taking time out to reflect on the significance of their faith in their own individual lives.

    Sadly, we are witnessing a horrifying rise in Islamophobia which is often accompanied by exclusionary, right-wing nationalism. Islamophobic tropes are becoming commonplace and attacks on Muslims have been espoused by the man who has just become our Prime Minister. This is unacceptable. We must confront this poisonous rhetoric which, if left unchecked, will permeate our communities in the most extreme and hateful ways.

  • Article: Aug 11, 2019

    This year, Eid ul-Adha (The Festival of Sacrifice) begins on Sunday 11 August and end on Thursday 15 August. It is the second Eid occasion during the Islamic year; the first, Eid-ul-Fitr, marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

    Eid ul-Adha signifies the end of the Hajj Pilgrimage - the world's largest annual pilgrimage to Makkah - and is a time for Muslims around the world to share, help others and be thankful, whilst remembering those who are less fortunate.

  • Article: Aug 2, 2019

    We did it!

    We won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election!

    We won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election!

    I am so incredibly grateful to every person that got me here.

    Thank you to everyone who traveled, from near and far, to get here and campaign with us. Thank you for the thousands of doors you knocked on, for the tens of thousands of leaflets you delivered, the letters you wrote and stuffed, the leaflets you bundled.

  • Article: Aug 2, 2019

    Jane Dodds and the local Liberal Democrat team just WON the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election!

    And we're all thrilled!

  • Article: Jul 31, 2019

    We've just confirmed our party conference for 2020.

    Spring conference returns to York in 2020!. Registration will later this year, but for now save the date in your diary: 13-15th March 2020!

    And Autumn conference will be in Brighton in 2020, and the dates for your diary are 26-29th September!

    In the meantime, make sure you are registered for this year's Autumn conference - where we will celebrate our big victories in the local and European elections this year - and welcome our newly elected leader Jo Swinson!

  • Article: Jul 31, 2019

    In Uxbridge and South Ruislip Boris Johnson is big on words, little on action, and completely lost when it comes to listening. When I talk with constituents, three key issues come up time and again: Brexit, Heathrow, and Police presence in the constituency.

    On Heathrow, his words were just sound and bluster, leading to disappointment for local residents

  • Article: Jul 28, 2019

    The appointment of Dominic Cummings should send shivers down the spines of UK citizens.

    This is a man who has peddled lies and flouted the truth for sheer, cynical political gain.

    The dark arts that he proffers should have no place in Government, and no place in Downing Street.

    That is why I have written to Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill calling on him to block the appointment of Dominic Cummings as an Advisor to Boris Johnson on grounds of suitability.

  • Article: Jul 28, 2019

    By announcing his intention to resign Jared is doing the right thing - both for himself and his constituents.

    People in Sheffield will now get their chance to have their say, both on Boris Johnson's dangerous Conservative Government and on Jeremy Corbyn's failure to provide effective opposition at a time of national crisis.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2019

    I have been hugely touched by the many messages I have received since the result of the Leadership election was declared on Monday afternoon.

    Thank you to everyone that supported me, and thank you so much to my incredible campaign team.

    I am incredibly proud of our campaign we fought - and know we made a huge difference to the party.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2019

    The likes of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage like to talk about an 'Australian-style' immigration system because it sounds tough.

    But as with most things Johnson says, it's actually completely meaningless.

    The UK had a points-based system, but it didn't work and was effectively scrapped 8 years ago.

    The idea that bringing it back would restore public confidence is nonsense.

    Now, instead of a plan to fix our immigration system, Johnson is commissioning yet another pointless review.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2019

    In Uxbridge and South Ruislip Boris Johnson is big on words, little on action, and completely lost when it comes to listening. When I talk with constituents, three key issues come up time and again: Brexit, Heathrow, and Police presence in the constituency.

    On Heathrow, his words were just sound and bluster, leading to disappointment for local residents

  • Article: Jul 25, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    Boris Johnson holds no mandate from the public or Parliament.

    His steadfast refusal to rule out proroguing Parliament in order to crash the UK out of the EU demonstrates that he is willing to jeopardise our NHS, jobs, and the economy.

    He is not fit to lead this country.

    That is why I have tabled this motion of no confidence in Boris Johnson with my Liberal Democrat colleagues.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2019

    As I watched Boris Johnson being crowned Tory leader yesterday, I felt the same sinking feeling that I did on the morning of that awful referendum result.

    But that despair quickly turned to anger as he rambled through his opening speech.

    As our new Leader Jo Swinson said the other night - Britain deserves better than Boris Johnson. Britain deserves better than a divisive and damaging no-deal Brexit rammed through by a man who couldn't even be bothered to write an acceptance speech.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2019

    Since Jo became our party's new leader on Monday night, we've had another membership surge. There are now another 5,000 Liberal Democrat members and supporters - from one newbie to another, welcome!

    When I joined I was absolutely clear - there's only room in UK politics for one strong, centre-ground, pro-EU movement. That movement is the Liberal Democrats. And I've been blown away by how warm a welcome I've received - I hope you'll feel just as much at home as I do!

  • Article: Jul 23, 2019

    We've just confirmed - Spring conference is back in York next year!

    Registration will later this year, but for now save the date in your diary: 13-15th March 2020!

    In the meantime, make sure you are registered for Autumn conference 2019 - where we will celebrate our big victories in the local and European elections this year - and welcome our newly elected leader Jo Swinson!

  • Article: Jul 23, 2019
    By Sir Ed Davey MP

    Climate change, liberalism, winning. That is my pitch to be leader in four words.

    As a party we have led the national debate on Brexit, and become the clear rallying point for remain voters. The result was amazing. Our best ever result in a European Election. First place in London. Beating the Conservatives in every region in the UK, and the Labour Party across the country. The Lib Dems are back in the game.

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