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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

  • Event: Aug 23, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    LBC Radio

    Listen to Nick on LBC Radio Thursdays @ 9am, Give him a call and ask your questions.

  • Sal Brinton speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Aug 15, 2018

    It may be mid-August but the bad news about Brexit is increasing by the day! Senior Brexiteers such as Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg continue to peddle their populist nonsense, against the facts: the pound dropping against the Euro; international organisations moving their EU HQ out of Britain; and even the Governor of the Bank of England confirming Brexit will not be good for the economy. Only Vince Cable and the Lib Dems remain totally committed to an Exit from Brexit, and giving the people a Final Say on the deal, with more regions that voted leave now changing their minds.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2018

    The last ten days have seen major stories of racism in both of Britain's major parties.

    What is happening in the Labour party - and Boris Johnson's comments this week - are frightening to many Jewish and Muslim people living in Britain.

    This is a reflection of the way the politics of identity dominates politics today and attracts comments, sometimes critical or offensive, about particular groups.

  • Nick Harvey | Image: Chatham House
    Article: Aug 10, 2018

    After the 2015 election disaster, a comprehensive post-mortem led by James Gurling analysed what had gone wrong and made a huge number of detailed recommendations of what should be done differently next time.

    However, the snap election of 2017, coming just two years later and out of left field, meant that we were still recovering from 2015 and had not had much chance to implement many of those changes.

  • Liberal Democrat activists get a briefing in a by-election HQ
    Article: Aug 10, 2018

    I say no - conscience comes before one's own ambitions and equality, tolerance & justice are far more important that one's own career path. The future of our great United Kingdom and our future generations is far more important than anything else in my view and worth fighting for every step of the way.

    Politics surely should be about policies and not personal attacks - what a shame it hasn't remained that way? What I did not realise is that this was just the beginning of a long and rocky ride over the coming months where I saw a real lurch to the right, in the words of the former Tory MP Stephen Phillips QC the party has started to mould itself into 'UKIp-Lite'.

  • Ed Davey outside Kingston Police Station.
    Article: Aug 8, 2018

    Theresa May once called modern slavery "the great human rights issue of our time", and she was right. The very idea that human beings are held in bondage in the UK today - forced to pick fruit and wash cars, to work on construction sites and in nail bars - is sickening.

    In 2015, the Coalition Government passed a Modern Slavery Act to make it easier to identify victims and bring traffickers to justice, and prosecutions have increased as a result. But now, many of Theresa May's own policies are undermining efforts to tackle it.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2018
    By Sophie Tyrrill

    I first became involved with party politics when I was 18. I was studying an undergraduate degree in Politics and Religious Studies (later refined to straight Politics) at Cardiff University. Like most first years, I had planned to join at least one society and throw myself into student life at the University. I knew I wanted to join a political society, and for me what was then Cardiff Conservative Future seemed like the perfect option.

  • Article: Aug 7, 2018
    By Roderick Lynch

    The new Liberal Democrat Campaign for Race Equality aims to make the Liberal Democrats a truly multiracial party - to become a leading political force for race equality and integration.

    The Alderdice review into race equality within the party made for uncomfortable reading. It concluded that the party was not integrated at any level - and that too many of our local parties were overwhelmingly white in multiracial communities.

  • Lib Dem conference delegates voting.
    Article: Jul 30, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    The dates and locations for Spring and Autumn conference 2019 have been announced.

    Spring conference - York Barbican - 16-17th March 2019
    Autumn Conference - Bournemouth International Centre - 15-18th September 2019

    Conference is where our party makes decisions on our future direction.

    You can participate in thought-provoking debates, meet like-minded people, make party policy, hear from experts on a range of topics at our fringe events and learn new skills at our training sessions.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2018

    Last year I attended ALDC (the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigns) Kickstart weekend as part of their Future Leaders scheme.

    15 or so young people in the party are offered individual mentorship to help them get to where they want to be in the party - whether that is an MP, a Councillor, or something else.

  • The House of Lords. Image: UK Parliament
    Article: Jul 27, 2018

    It's wise to choose for a private member's bill a discrete topic to address a problem which has been identified and can be relatively easily solved - and which the Government might be prepared to see implemented. But sometimes the concern to take forward a cause overtakes wisdom - thus my Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill which finished making its way through the Lords on 3rd July and has been taken up in the Commons by Tim Farron.

  • A cluster of Liberal Democrat balloons.
    Article: Jul 27, 2018

    Today the Government reported that patients in need of cannabis-based medicines will be allowed access to them in 'exceptional circumstances'.

    This is very welcome and long overdue change, which will be a relief for many patients and their families. It is disgraceful that people have been left to suffer for so long, because the Conservative Government have refused to accept evidence of the benefits of cannabis based medicines.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2018
    By Almona Choudhury

    I want to tell you why I joined the Liberal Democrats and to encourage you to make the same journey.

    As first-generation immigrants, my parents could have barely imagined the journey they or their children would make in the mother country. As an immigrant from South Asia, barely able to communicate in English, my mother built up a real estate business in London, in a country which has increasingly diversified in the intervening years.

  • Nick Harvey | Image: Chatham House
    Article: Jul 26, 2018

    Since its launch in 2013, the Membership Incentive Scheme has helped our party not just grow, but thrive.

    The money from it has helped local parties grow their membership, fight campaigns and demand better for their communities.

    In recent years, we've seen a worrying trend developing though. More and more local parties stopped actively recruiting new members.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2018

    The last article talked about building your team - once you've got them you have to give them something to do. Delivering leaflets is essential, but the most effective thing we can do to get people to vote for us is talk to them.

  • Lib Dem conference delegates voting.
    Article: Jul 20, 2018

    Federal Conference Committee met this weekend - unusually at Amnesty HQ in London rather than LDHQ - to set the Agenda for Autumn conference in Brighton.

    If you have not yet registered, please don't forget - conference runs from the 15th to 18th September, and you can sign up at https://www.eventsforce.net/autumnconference2018. Or, if you'd like to take advantage of our new refer-a-friend discounts, see https://www.libdems.org.uk/refer_a_friend

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Jul 19, 2018

    1. He approves of a higher pay rate for men

    His statements on the gender pay gap are shocking. He stated, "men work longer hours, die earlier but retire later than women." He expanded, saying "from the cradle to the grave, men get the raw deal".

    Raab's comments are completely out of touch with reality, plain and simple.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2018

    It is a day when we must remember that every person has the power to change the world.

    It has been 100 years since Mandela's birth. His dedication to the service of humanity and his contribution to the struggle for democracy continue to inspire millions of people.

    Global inequality remains a serious problem facing in the world and protecting human rights is an ongoing struggle of immense importance.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2018

    Today the Electoral Commission ruled on what we all knew - Leave cheated.

    Vote Leave have been fined £60,000 for incomplete and inaccurate expenses and for working jointly with pro-Brexit group BeLeave - and using this to get around their spending ceiling of £7 million.

    And, lest we forget, the referendum result was just 51.9% for Leave and 48.1% for Remain.

  • Jo Swinson speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Jul 18, 2018
    By Jo Swinson

    Two weeks ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. His name is Gabriel and we adore him.

    My situation isn't typical - I'm an MP. I'm not only an MP, I'm the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    And our party's goal right now - above all else - is to stop Brexit. We want to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal, including the option to remain in the EU.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2018

    So you have your team, you know who to talk to, but what are you going to tell people, and how are you going to do it.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2018

    Elections are won or lost on Polling Day. One of our target seats in 2017 should have won their seat, but we didn't run a proper GOTV campaign for him and he lost by 2 votes. That wasn't going to happen again.

    GOTV (or get out the vote) is the process of getting those people you have identified as potential Lib Dem voters to put their cross in your box.

  • Liberal Democrats at 2018 Anti-Brexit March
    Article: Jul 17, 2018

    I'm excited to announce our summer campaign pack is coming off the printer and I wanted to share this news with you now so you can begin planning how you are going to use yours.

    Our efforts to stop Brexit are beginning to make waves but, as Parliament readies itself for the summer break, we must redouble our efforts on the ground and make this the biggest summer of action - but in order to do this, we need your help.

  • Alistair Carmichael outside the Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Jul 17, 2018
    By Alistair Carmichael MP

    Brexit is the most important issue in a generation. And as Liberal Democrats we have taken on the responsibility of stopping it. We're the only Party united in this aim.

    Last night I messed up. The government squeaked home by just 3 votes in a key amendment. It should have been 1.

    I was not expecting a close vote - up until 8pm, Labour were planning to abstain which would have meant the vote would be lost by hundreds. In fact several Labour MPs voted with the govenment- which is why they won. By the time it became apparent that the vote was going to be close - it was too late to get two of our MPs back in time to vote.

    I'm taking responsibility and redoubling my efforts to stop Brexit.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2018

    Jo Swinson speaking at the March against Trump

  • Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington.
    Article: Jul 16, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    In the next few days, MPs will vote on the Customs (Taxation) and Trade Bills. These bills will be both pivotal to our future relationship with the EU and a battleground for parliamentary democracy itself.

    The Chequers deal is a total fudge. The plan requires the UK to be the EU's policeman and follow its rules on goods and state aid. Meanwhile, the services sector would be left to flounder. We have absolutely no guarantee that the EU would accept such a deal.

  • Sal Brinton speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Jul 14, 2018

    On 23 June thousands of members and supporters of the Lib Dems joined over one hundred thousand marchers in the People's Vote demonstration to Parliament Square. Your Federal Board curtailed our meeting at HQ to come and join you, and it was a wonderful event! Vince spoke from the platform with strength and conviction, aided with the knowledge that our party is united in wanting both a People's Vote and an Exit from Brexit.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2018

    Donald Trump has claimed that the Conservatives' Brexit plan has killed off any chance of a UK-US trade deal.

    Donald Trump is an enemy of Britain. His vile views and wild outbursts make the whole world a more dangerous place.

    Like his terrible twin Boris Johnson he is consumed by self-obsession and self-promotion. And Trump has the cheek to nominate Johnson as our Prime Minister - in return I recommend ABD (anyone but Donald) for President of our American friends and allies.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Jul 12, 2018

    Today our MPs had an opposition debate in the House of Commons.

    We asked members and supporters of the Liberal Democrats to vote to decide what our opposition debate would be about: a final say on the Brexit deal, how we will fund the NHS into the future, and Trump's visit to the UK.

    The results of the vote were:

  • Theresa May.
    Article: Jul 10, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    Theresa May tried to portray strength as her Cabinet decamped to Chequers to review her Brexit plans. Rebels ministers were warned they would lose their official cars if they resigned, with taxis on standby to shuttle the disloyal back to London.

    This was May's moment to bring her Cabinet in line.

    For a moment, it appeared that May had managed to quietly stifle dissent. Then the dam broke.

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