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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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  • Event: Oct 27, 2016 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: Oct 21, 2016

    Last night saw the results of the Witney by-election - we started the campaign in 4th place as 50/1 outsiders and thanks to the relentless, positive campaign we ran, dented the Conservative majority and secured one of our best by-election results in decades. This is what you need to know:

    1: If this result was repeated across the UK, the Tories would lose their majority

  • Article: Oct 20, 2016

    Liberal Democrat peer, John Sharkey, whose Private Member's Bill was instrumental in securing a pardon for Alan Turing, has reached an agreement with the Government which will grant a posthumous pardon to thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted under long abolished sexual offence laws.

    Those similarly convicted but still alive will also receive pardons if they have successfully applied for a disregard or in future successfully apply for a disregard under the Protection of Freedoms Act.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2016

    Responding to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruling today which found that UK security agencies unlawfully collected data of British citizens for over a decade, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

    "Allowing the state to collect endless amounts of personal data is not just a gross invasion of a privacy, it is a waste of precious resources.

  • Liz
    Article: Oct 16, 2016

    Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, will make his fourth visit of the campaign to the Witney by-election as it races into its final week.

    He will be joined this week by two of his party predecessors, Paddy Ashdown and Ming Campbell, both of whom led the Liberal Democrats to major by-election upsets. Nick Clegg also hopes to make another visit.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2016

    A life-long senior Conservative businessman walked into the Tory by-election HQ in Witney and told party staff that he could no longer support them.

    Instead, Geoff Lee has been knocking on doors for Liberal Democrat Liz Leffman. He was a senior international business manager responsible for negotiating hundreds of millions of pounds of trade deals for British industry.

    Geoff Lee said: "I no longer see the Conservatives as the party of business. Hard Brexit is really Wreck-sit.

    "Having seen both candidates at local hustings, it is clear that Liz towers above the much less experienced Conservative candidate."

    Note to editors: Geoff Lee is available for interview and to write opinion pieces

  • Article: Oct 13, 2016

    The European Parliament today voted overwhelmingly in favour of Catherine Bearder MEP's report on the EU's Action Plan against wildlife trafficking.

    The report to the Environment Committee demanded that wildlife crime IS included in Europol's 2017 SOCTA (Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment), upgrading wildlife crime to a "serious and organised crime" as they have with terrorism, human trafficking and arms smuggling.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2016

    Wine and spirits worth £47,236 were quaffed out of the government's vast wine cellar last year, new figures reveal.

    Guests, foreign visitors and dignitaries drank thousands of litres from the 33,669 bottles of wines and spirits held by the government.

    A written statement made by Foreign Office minister Baroness Anelay of St Johns said the total cost of the bottles drunk was £47,236 in 2015-16.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2016

    key_rma.pngAt their Autumn Conference this year, the Liberal Democrats welcomed business leaders and experts from multiple sectors to a roundtable discussion focused on the digital skills gaps in today's workforce. The discussion was attended by a diverse set of businesses from sectors including tech, energy, banking and construction; and was hosted by Jack Barmby, Founder and CEO of Customer Service Solutions business FM Outsource.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2016

    Long-term EU loans for vital infrastructure projects across the UK are being put at risk due to the Conservative government's divisive rhetoric and failure to plan properly for Brexit, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has warned.

    Last year the European Investment Bank provided a record £5.6 billion of long-term investment to the UK including for social housing, hospitals and schools. But the President of the Bank has warned that this level cannot be maintained and that UK projects will find it increasingly difficult to get loans approved by other EU members.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2016

    Speaking in today's Brexit debate in the House of Commons, Liberal Democrat European Union spokesperson Nick Clegg commented:

    "The Conservatives are reinventing history and ignoring precedent.

    "They say there was an overwhelming majority, but clearly it was relatively close.

    "They claim to have a telepathic ability to know exactly why over 17 million voted Leave, and that all those reasons are the same.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2016

    The Government have cut NHS building funding by £17.4 million over the last year and have been attacked by the Liberal Democrats for letting hospitals crumble. Norman Lamb has blasted the Government to 'turning our hospitals into health risks'.

    An NHS report released by NHS digital shows that while investment to reduce Backlog Maintenance has decreased by £17.4 million from the previous year the cost to eradicate High Risk Backlog increased 69.3% from £458.0 million to £775.5 million.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2016

    Up until a few days ago, Andrew Lomas was a Labour Councillor in Kensington and Chelsea. He'd stood for Council, for Parliament, been a deputy group leader. Now, he's joined the Liberal Democrats - find out why here:

    Following the referendum, Britain has to find a new place for itself in the world.

    Extricating the UK from the European Union on terms that don't crash the economy is going to be an astonishingly difficult task that neither the Conservatives nor the Labour Party seem to be willing or able to face up to.

  • Nurse with baby (By Salim Fadhley from London, UK (Sarah the Nursey Nurse) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 5, 2016

    Theresa May talked a lot about helping ordinary working people, yet she said nothing about reversing the most damaging legacies of her predecessor since last May.

    The Liberal Democrats have set out three things Theresa May should do to live up to her rhetoric: abandoning the cap on public sector pay, reversing cuts to universal credit and reversing the tax hike on insurance.

  • Theresa May (By Chatham House (Countering Terrorism: A Global Perspective) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Oct 5, 2016

    Theresa May used to criticise the nasty party' - now she is leading it.

    Regardless of the rhetoric, the Conservatives have moved to the right. The Prime Minister's words about a pitch to the centre-ground are utterly divorced from her party's actions over the last few days. The Conservatives are reckless, divisive and uncaring. They are the fence-building, snooping-on-your-emails, foreign-worker-listing party and that is something that most people will be revulsed by.

  • Tim Farron arriving at Autumn 2016 Conference (Liberal Democrats on Flickr)
    Article: Oct 5, 2016

    Commenting on plans unveiled by the government that businesses will be forced to reveal how many foreign staff they employ, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "The Government's plan on foreign workers is a nasty little policy that deserves to be thrown out on the rubbish heap. This threatens to further stoke the resentment that has seen increases in hate crime across our country. Only the Liberal Democrats are fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united.

  • Article: Oct 3, 2016

    The Conservative Party has long claimed to be the Party of businesses -but, their track record since May 2015 shows that they are now anything but.

    Brexit represents a massive threat to businesses and jobs, but Theresa May's Government keep sending mixed messages about vital trade relationships and our Membership of the Single Market.

  • Tim Farron in Whitehall
    Article: Oct 1, 2016

    Black History Month is an opportunity for us all to reflect on Britain's diversity and rich culture, as well as serving as a reminder of the inequality that still exists.

    This year, more so than others, the significance of Black History Month cannot be overlooked. Following the referendum result, we have seen a rise in racist attacks and xenophobic hate crimes reminding us that we must remain vigilant against division, and always celebrate our differences as well as our shared humanity and compassion.

  • Jeremy Corbyn (By YouTube/exadverso [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Sep 29, 2016

    Today and Labour party conference, Jeremy Corbyn gave his speech to Labour party conference - and it made one thing abundantly clear - the Liberal Democrats are the only pro-European party now.

    Here's the four things, you need to know about Jeremy Corbyn's speech:

    1. Corbyn's Labour won't fight for membership of the Single Market:

  • Laim Fox (By Government of UK (https://www.gov.uk/government/people/liam-fox) [OGL 3 (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Sep 27, 2016

    Tim Farron has accused Liam Fox of being a "second class Cabinet Minister enjoying First Class travel around the world," after the International Trade Secretary was forced into an embarassing climbdown during a speech today at the WTO.

    It had been reported earlier this week that the International Trade Secretary would use his speech to come out in support of leaving the EU's Customs Union and seek a fully independent place on the WTO.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2016

    The use of physical restraint against mental health patients has surged by almost 17% over the last three years, with an average of 183 restraints every single day, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    The findings were uncovered in an audit of mental health trusts across the country conducted by Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2016

    Liz Leffman was selected overwhelmingly last night at a meeting of local Liberal Democrats in the Witney constituency for the by-election caused by the resignation of former Conservative Prime Minister and local MP David Cameron.

    Tim Farron, fresh from his speech at the Lib Dem party conference in Brighton, made his first visit to the constituency of the campaign to congratulate the Charlbury councillor on her selection. Tim and Liz met shoppers and stallholders at Chipping Norton market.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2016

    Analysis by school leaders' union NAHT has shown that hundreds of nursery schools across England would be forced to close if the government doesn't adjust its proposals on Early Years Funding.

    Analysis by school leaders' union NAHT has shown that hundreds of nursery schools across England would be forced to close if the government doesn't adjust its proposals on Early Years Funding.
  • Article: Sep 27, 2016

    Reforms to probation services are far from complete and there is no clear picture of how the new system is performing in important areas, the Committee of Public Accounts says. Commenting on the report, Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Jonathan Marks QC said:

    "With no Liberal Democrats in the Ministry of Justice driving forward reform and making cutting the cost of reoffending a priority we have seen progress grind to a halt.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Business Spokesperson Lorely Burt has called on Theresa May to clamp down on tax havens by setting them a deadline to open up their books, in the wake of revelations showing Amber Rudd was the director of two companies in the Bahamas.

    The Lib Dems have demanded that secretive tax jurisdictions like the Bahamas be given a fixed deadline of April 2017 to end shady arrangements that allow companies to avoid paying billions of pounds of tax. This is exactly four years on since then Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to crack down on offshore tax havens at a G8 Summit.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2016

    Hundreds of people joined the Liberal Democrats yesterday following the announcement that Jeremy Corbyn had been re-elected leader of the Labour party.

    Over the past week the Liberal Democrats have grown by over 1000 members taking membership to over 78,000 - the highest this century

    Over 300 of these members joined yesterday after Corbyn was announced as Labour leader and the number continues to rise.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have hit out at Labour and Jeremy for Corbyn for not backing Britain's membership of the single market.

    Losing membership of the single market would hit prices, jobs and wages and the Liberal Democrats strongly back Britain's continued membership.

    Jeremy Corbyn has never spoken in Parliament positively about free trade in parliament since becoming an MP and has described support of the single market as 'free trade dogma'.

  • Witney Group
    Article: Sep 24, 2016

    There was an amazing turnout of members at the first action day in the Witney By-Election.

    Liberal Democrat President Baroness Sal Brinton also came to help and support our excellent candidate Liz Leffman.

    Many of our new members were experiencing the buzz of a by-election for the first time.

    There is plenty more to do so come along as soon as you can.

  • Article: Sep 23, 2016

    Two weeks ago, Jeremy Corbyn suggested Britain should give up its membership of the EU's Single Market - a position he shares with only the most hardcore Brexiteers.

    The single market means it as easy to trade between London and Berlin as it is between Edinburgh and London. Within the Single Market, goods, people, services and capital can move freely, meaning there's no lengthy customs checks, borders to cross and goods can move freely and cheaply.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2016

    Liz Leffman a local councillor and business woman has been selected overwhelmingly by a meeting of local Liberal Democrats in the Witney constituency for the by-election caused by the resignation of former Conservative Prime Minister and local MP David Cameron.

    Tim Farron, fresh from his speech at the Lib Dem party conference in Brighton, made his first visit to the constituency of the campaign to congratulate Liz on her selection.

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