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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: Dec 14, 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: Dec 12, 2017

    Jo Swinson MP said:

    "President Trump's divisive politics of hate is in direct conflict with British values.

    "One of the prime minister's biggest political mistakes was to offer to roll out the red carpet for a man who wears his racism and misogyny like a badge of pride. Theresa May should stand up to Donald Trump and withdraw her invitation."

  • Article: Dec 7, 2017

    The government has carried out impact assessments on policies ranging from songs from ice cream trucks to drain standards to the use of parody in comedy yet still hasn't produced any on Brexit, Liberal Democrat research has revealed.

    This is quite literally beyond parody.

    These revelations come after David Davis yesterday admitted that the 58 Brexit impact assessments he claimed his department was working never existed.

    It's standard procedure to produce an impact assessment when bringing in new policies, on everything from comedy to sewers.

    Yet the government haven't bothered to produce one for Brexit, an issue that will affect the future of this country for generations to come.

    You couldn't make it up.

    The staggering incompetence ministers are showing over Brexit shows why we must give people the choice to reject the final deal and stay in the EU.

  • David Davis (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Dec 6, 2017

    After David Davis has been accused of misleading parliament, he must resign.

    David Davis needs to go. He has mislead parliament and under his leadership the Brexit department has turned incompetence into an art form.

    I am not one to call for ministerial resignations every two minutes and I've nothing against David Davis as a person but it is now clear he deceived MP. He is also writing the government's Brexit strategy on the back of a fag packet.

  • Lib Dems Winning in by-elections November 2017
    Article: Dec 1, 2017

    The sweep of four victories on 30 November means that the Liberal Democrats have gained seven council seats in November.

    The Liberal Democrats won all four of the council by-elections that were held last night, gaining seats from the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP.

    The sweep of victories means that the Liberal Democrats have gained seven council seats in November, significantly more than any other party.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats put into the public domain letters Abbott wrote to constituents announcing that she supports a referendum.

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    Diane Abbott's letter stated "I will argue for the right of the electorate to vote on any deal that is finally agreed"

    But when contacted by journalists, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary then claimed that her letter had been "poorly worded". However, anti-Brexit Labour MPs congratulated Abbott on her letter attacking Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    The Government has released a new rail strategy.

    Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    "Investment is to be welcomed at a time when the railways are struggling to cope with their greatest passenger numbers in nearly a century, but there is scant detail on the financial figures.

    "This government has continually let down passengers, be it the electrification plans that vanished, poor and inconsistent services, or high fares.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    The Brexit divorce bill will just be the down-payment on an economically disastrous extreme Brexit that would take us out of the single market and customs union.

    Around £45 billion would appear to be the price Johnson and Gove et al are willing to pay for a deluded vision of an imperial Britain post-Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    President Trump has retweeted three anti-Muslim videos originally posted by the deputy leader of far-right group Britain First.

    The mask has yet again slipped, revealing the atrocious views of President Trump.

    It is incredibly dangerous for someone in his position of responsibility to sow such division and hatred at every turn.

    Trump needs to do the world a favour and delete his account.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2017

    A report by the Public Accounts Committee has criticised NHS England for its handling of the huge loss of clinical correspondence that put thousands of patients at risk.

    The report finds NHS England has not done enough to check that all of the estimated 100,000 patients affected were not harmed.

    It also criticises the Department for Health's lack of oversight of NHS Shared Business Services, the private company responsible for mislaying the documents.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2017

    Britain is in a "spiral of ever-growing division" with a stark postcode lottery in social mobility, according to a damning report by the Social Mobility Commission today.

    The report uncovers a striking geographical divide with London and its surrounding areas pulling away from the rest of the country, while many other parts of the country are being left behind.

    This report talks of the UK 'being in the grip of a self-reinforcing spiral of ever growing division.'

    The government urgently needs to improve social mobility for young people in rural areas, coastal towns and former industrial heartlands.

    Ministers must reverse welfare cuts that are set to push millions more families into poverty, and boost school funding for disadvantaged children through the pupil premium.

    Reducing regional inequality is crucial if we are to address the underlying alienation that led to the Brexit vote, and build a stronger economy.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2017

    The government's refusal to publish its Brexit impact assessments is "completely untenable". Speaker John Bercow said he will respond promptly to any allegations of contempt of Parliament.

    This whole farce has descended into a scene straight out of Yes Minister.

    After David Davis repeatedly stated there were 57 detailed impact assessments, ministers now claim these reports never even existed in this form.

    Editing these reports is a breach of the agreement reached with MPs, meaning action over contempt of Parliament now looms.

    If the government really believes in its own Brexit plans, why are they so scared of publishing these reports in full?

    The public deserve to know what Brexit means for their jobs, incomes and communities. They must then be offered a vote on the deal with a chance to exit from Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2017

    The OECD's latest economic forecast shows the UK bucking the trend, and not in a good way.

    While the global economy is expected to gain momentum next year, growth in the UK will slow further because of Brexit-related uncertainty, which will drive investment down and businesses abroad.

    The OECD is particularly worried about the 'major financial stability risk' of high household debt, which is approaching pre-crisis levels.

    These economic forecasts are even less flattering than those published by the OBR last week, which saw the UK's future growth downgraded by tens of billions of pounds.

    These figures assume that the UK will agree to a transition period with the EU, an outcome that is looking far from certain due to the government's disastrous negotiating strategy.

    As the Bank of England points out, a no-deal Brexit would mean a severe recession and a doubling of unemployment, rather than just a slowdown in growth.

    To boost growth, the OECD recommends that the UK and the EU maintain the 'closest possible economic relationship'.

    As the government just isn't really pushing for that, the public should be offered an exit from Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2017

    David Davis has written to the Brexit Committee admitting the impact assessments they are being provided with, won't contain anything that might be commercially sensitive.

    Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse, who sits on the Brexit Committee, commented:

    "The government is still trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Parliament and the British people.

    "Ministers were ordered by MPs three weeks ago to publish these reports, but are still trying to hide the full impact of Brexit from the public.

    "There is a fine line between what is commercially sensitive and what is simply politically embarrassing for the government.

    "It should be up to MPs on the Brexit Committee, not David Davis, to make that call."

    Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said:

    "It is right that the government has given these Brexit studies to MPs, but I am deeply concerned by reports they may not be complete and leave out key information on the damage Brexit will do to our economy and services. Not giving the full facts could be contempt of parliament.

    "The Liberal Democrats want people to be given the facts, so they can decide what they think of the Conservatives' Brexit deal, with the public having the right to exit from Brexit if it is a bad deal. The government shouldn't be allowed to keep secret the damage their plans may do."

  • Article: Nov 28, 2017

    Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong today, Paddy Ashdown, former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, will warn that the rising power of China will come into conflict with the United States as they falter under Trump.

    He predicts that the most likely place for a major global conflict to start is now in the Pacific as China is on the rise and America is on the fall.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2017

    The government should consider issuing temporary one-year 'vindaloo visas' to Asian chefs to help solve the British curry crisis.

    The government itself has warned that curry restaurants could soon be closing at a rate of four a week, with further claims that 50% of all Indian restaurants - about 6,000 - will shut within 10 years. One of the major factors for these closures has been a lack of skilled chefs due to overly restrictive immigration rules.

    The industry wrote to Theresa May, when Home Secretary, in April last year with suggestions to issue temporary one-year visas to skilled, experienced South Asian chefs who could then pass on their skills to British trainees. These would be tightly controlled, with no out-of-work benefits, to avoid abuses of previous temporary visa schemes.

    Enam Ali, the author of the report who also runs the British Curry Awards, has dubbed this the 'vindaloo visa'.

    If there was ever any doubt beforehand, the shortage of curry chefs is now a crisis.

    The government received excellent suggestions on how to solve this problem over 18 months ago, but this well-researched 75-page document has sadly gone ignored.

    Theresa May must revisit these proposals, which include a tightly controlled, one-year work visa, so that our curry restaurants can bring expert chefs to the UK and to train the next generation of curry cooks.

    The curry industry is rightly aggrieved by Brexiteer false promises that a vote to Leave would mean more workers, including chefs, from South Asia could come in to the country, because there would be fewer EU workers. This has not materialised.

    We need more urgent measures, including what has been dubbed a 'vindaloo visa', to save the nation's favourite cuisine.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2017

    Army numbers have fallen by over 2,000 since the Conservative 2015 Manifesto pledge to keep troop levels above 82,000, analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    The most recent figures show the number of full-time trained troops now stands at 77,440, down from 79,540 in April 2015 when the Conservative manifesto was published.

    It comes as the Government comes under increasing pressure over planned defence cuts, with dozens of Conservative MPs writing to the Chancellor and Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood reportedly prepared to resign.

    The Tory promise to keep our army above 82,000 lies in tatters.

    There are now 2,000 fewer regular troops than when this manifesto pledge was made in 2015.

    But instead of boosting morale and recruitment by giving our troops a pay rise, the government is planning even more cuts.

    Ministers need to clarify now whether they still intend to meet the 82,000 target, and if so by what date.

    Otherwise they will fuel concerns that the Conservatives simply cannot be trusted with maintaining Britain's defence capabilities.

  • Jeremy Corbyn (By YouTube/exadverso [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Nov 27, 2017

    Kate Hoey seems to think other people should pay for the mess she and other leading Brexiteers have caused.

    This is completely delusional. You'd expect this from UKIP but not a Labour MP.

    Jeremy Corbyn must condemn these irresponsible and divisive remarks.

    The best way to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland is to stay in the single market and customs union.

  • Tim Farron MP visits apprentices on local housing development
    Article: Nov 27, 2017

    The combination of falling apprenticeship starts and restricted access to skilled labour after Brexit will cripple the Industrial Strategy.

    What is being announced today is not much more than a reinvention of the wheel. We've had an industrial strategy already for five years. But there is a big cloud hanging over it now caused by the major uncertainties around Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 26, 2017

    Speaking on the Today programme, Australian trade minister Steve Cobbio criticised the government's post-Brexit trade plans to split food import quotas between the UK and the EU.

    Listen to the report:

    Yet again the government has been warned that isolating ourselves from the EU is not the straightforward panacea dreamt of by Brextremists.

    There are real concerns that the UK is going to struggle to strike any deals that come remotely close to the benefits we enjoy as a member of the EU.

    This is another reason why the British public must have a vote on the terms of this messy divorce, including the option of an Exit from Brexit.

  • Article: Nov 26, 2017

    Liam Fox has accused British companies of not wanting to export their goods around the globe, in an interview with the House Magazine.

    I can agree as many trade agreements as I like, but if British business doesn't want to export, then that doesn't do us any good.

    Liam Fox, International Trade Secretary
  • Menzies Campbell
    Article: Nov 25, 2017
    By Menzies Campbell

    Reducing the army even further, cutting the Royal Marines, and selling surface ships will fracture our defence capability.

    It has been reported that defence minister Tobias Ellwood has threatened to resign if military cuts bring the army below 70,000 soldiers.

    When will the government listen and learn?

  • Article: Nov 24, 2017

    Around ten million small savers will be hit by a stealth tax worth £500m buried in the small print of the Budget, it emerged today.

    Previously small savers were only taxed on increases above inflation, but under the new plans the whole of the increase will be taxed.

    This is an indefensible raid on small savers.

  • Tom Brake (By Chris McAndrew - https://api20170418155059.azure-api.net/photo/bhDYT87s.jpeg?crop=CU_1:1&quality=80&download=trueGallery: https://beta.parliament.uk/media/bhDYT87s, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61321850)
    Article: Nov 24, 2017
    By Tom Brake MP

    The government's choice to leave the single market risks causing chaos for British airlines and air passengers.

    UK airlines are set to lose their rights to fly in the EU due to the government's decision to leave the single market, according to leaked European Commission documents seen by the Financial Times.

  • Jo Swinson (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Nov 24, 2017
    By Jo Swinson MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    Theresa May's Brexit plans have descended into utter chaos on the same day she's trying to secure a breakthrough in negotiations with the EU.

    Number 10 hinted earlier today that Northern Ireland could stay in the customs union to prevent the return of a hard border, saying the issue would be a matter for the negotiations.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    The Chancellor's announcement of £2.3bn extra for research and development is a con.

    This £2.3bn only just about replaces the money British firms were receiving from the European Investment Fund, so this is merely substitute money.

    British firms are already finding their funding is drying up as Brexit looms, yet there is hardly a British tech company that hasn't benefited from the European Investment Fund.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    Today's budget statement by the Chancellor included no additional funding for the police in England and Wales.

    Crime is rising and police numbers are falling but you wouldn't think the Government cared looking at today's budget. The police barely got a mention in the Chancellor's speech despite forces up and down the country being desperate for a cash-injection.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    Liberal Democrat research based on OBR figures shows that:

    • A newly qualified teacher on £22,970 will be £3,032 worse off by 2020 as a result of the public sector pay freeze.

    • A newly trained police officer on £22,962 will be £3,031 worse off by 2020 as a result of the public sector pay freeze.

    • A prison officer starting on £23,572 will be £3,112 worse off by 2020 as a result of the public sector pay freeze.

    • A private starting on £18,488 will be £2,440 worse off by 2020 as a result of the public sector pay freeze.
    Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Layla Moran said:

  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    Far from the £15 billion promised by the Chancellor, the real figure for housing is closer to a much reduced £6 billion over the next 5 years.

    Hammond is conning the public on housing. The truth is these plans are not nearly radical enough to fix the housing crisis.

    Sending Oliver Letwin in to deal with the Housebuilders landbank is like sending a hamster into a cage of ferrets.

    Chris Fox, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy
  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    Philip Hammond has announced just £1.6bn of NHS funding for 2018-19, less than half the £4bn that NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens and leading think tanks have said is needed.

    The number of nurses are falling, waiting time targets are being missed, and treatments are being rationed. In social care, more than a million vulnerable older people are already missing out on vital support that they need.

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