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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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  • Article: Feb 24, 2017

    The Lib Dem fight-back continued in the Potteries by-election, as UKIP failed to live up to its own hype in the Leave centre of Britain.

    Liberal Democrat president Sal Brinton, seeing the party's share of the vote more than double, said from Stoke:

    "The Potteries decided there was no need to have UKIP's official leader in parliament when UKIP's unofficial leader is already in Number 10, pursuing a hard Brexit."

  • Article: Feb 20, 2017
    • Peers debate Article 50 bill paving way for start of Brexit
    • Theresa May wants to invoke Article 50 - the formal two-year mechanism by which a state must leave the EU - by the end of March
    • Peers will seek to guarantee the rights of EU citizens currently living in the UK and the role of Parliament in scrutinising the Brexit process
    • Follow our live coverage of today's events
  • Winning Candidate Imogen Shepherd Dubey
    Article: Feb 20, 2017
    On Friday, 17 February, the Lib Dems scored a great success by winning the Emmbrook ward, Wokingham Borough Council by-election and taking it off the Tories.
    Lib Dem Imogen Shepherd Dubey 1575 (59.7%, +22.3%)
    Conservative 879 (33.3%, - 4.5%)
    UKIP 104 (3.9%, - 11.7%)
    Labour 79 (3.0% - 6.1%)
    Turnout: 39.57%
  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Tens of thousands of deaths could be linked to cuts to health and social care, a new research paper by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Oxford has found.

    The researchers concluded that "the evidence points to a major failure of the health system, possibly exacerbated by failings in social care".

  • Article: Feb 17, 2017

    Responding to Tony Blair's speech today on Brexit, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

    "Tony Blair is right. The challenge now is to persuade people to change their mind and the Liberal Democrats are the only party offering them a chance to have their voice heard again.

    "Blair's speech shows how badly Corbyn's Labour has failed as an Opposition.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Britain could be more vulnerable to terrorism and organised crime after a hard Brexit, Europol's chief has warned.

    Director of Europol Robert Wainright told Sky News today that Britain could be more vulnerable if the Government fails to secure access to vital intelligence sharing.

    Commenting on the warnings, Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake said: "People did not vote to undermine our country's security.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Text messages have warned Muslim voters they will be condemned to hell if they do not vote Labour in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election, it has been reported.

    The Stoke-on-Trent Central Liberal Democrats have called on the Labour Party to condemn the campaign of misinformation taking place under their name in Stoke-on-Trent and suspend any activists involved in the text scandal.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Liberal Democrat membership has surged past 82,000 - the highest level for two decades - as more and more people feel inspired by the party as the real opposition to the Conservatives.

    More than 4,000 people have joined the party in January, turned off by Theresa May's plans to take Britain out of the Single Market and attracted by the Liberal Democrats' opposition to "the politics of fear, division and hatred".

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has renewed calls on Theresa May not to abandon child refugees by scrapping the Dubs scheme.

    This comes as pressure mounts on the Prime Minister over the decision, which was criticised in an open letter from over 200 high-profile celebrities and campaigners and by the Archbishop of Canterbury who called it "deeply unjust."

  • Article: Feb 14, 2017

    Commenting on a report by the Education Select Committee which found the government has failed to demonstrate how expanding grammar schools would help close the gap between rich and poor children, Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary John Pugh said:

    "All the evidence suggests expanding grammars would increase inequality and hurt the prospects of poorer pupils.

    "Instead of ploughing ahead with these divisive plans, Theresa May should address the £3 billion funding black hole facing our schools over the next five years.

    "Spending millions expanding grammars while schools are facing devastating cuts would be a damaging and costly distraction.

    "Pupils and parents across the country do not deserve to be let down by this government's ideological obsession with grammar schools."


    Notes to Editors

    The report by the Education Select Committee can be found here

    A report by the National Audit Office found schools will have to find £3 billion of savings by 2020 while spending per pupil is set to fall by 8% (National Audit Office, 14 December 2016, link)

  • Article: Feb 10, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have launched a fight to guarantee the rights of EU citizens to continue to live and work in the UK following the triggering of Article 50.

    The Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords have tabled amendments to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.

    They will be fighting to ensure the terms of the final deal goes to the British people. The amendment has been signed by Lord Newby, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the Lords as well as Labour and Conservative peers.

  • Article: Feb 10, 2017

    • 38 Trusts facing serious pressure
    • More beds closed due to Norovirus
    • Cancelled operations up 15%
    • 9 hospitals had no available beds on some days in February

    Analysis by the Liberal Democrats of the Weekly Situation Report for the week ending 5 February 2017 reveals that:

    • 38 trusts are facing major pressure that could lead to poorer care. The NHS themselves describe this as leaving organisations unable to deliver comprehensive care. There is increased potential for patient care and safety to be compromised.
    • Bed occupancy rates were 95% or 96% every day between 1st February and 5th February - significantly higher than the official 'safe' threshold of 85%.From the 1st-5th February 3,517 beds were closed due to Norovirus.
    • 21,249 operations were cancelled at the last minute for non-clinical reasons. This is 15% up on the previous year. 1551 of those cancellations still had not been treated within 28 days.
  • Article: Feb 10, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have hit out at reports that the Conservatives are to push for a new generation of grammars to be "super-selective" that would only take the top 10% of children. This is even lower than for existing grammars, which typically take the top 25% of children.

    John Pugh, Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson, said:

    "The Conservatives are determined to keep out all but a tiny, tiny few from their new generation of grammar schools. If you exclude 90% of the population, what are you doing to improve the life chances of kids who don't come from privileged backgrounds?

    "Parents want the best for their children. But all the evidence shows that children on free school dinners have very little chance of getting into existing grammars, let alone this new generation of super-selective ones. Meanwhile, schools that the vast majority of children go to are facing cut after cut after cut.

    "The involvement of prime ministerial advisers shows that the school system is being used as a political football, with policy driven not by evidence but by ideology.

    "You won't keep Britain open, tolerant and united if you divide children at the age of 11."

  • Article: Feb 9, 2017

    Tim Farron writes to Theresa May to secure renewed commitment to taking 3000 unaccompanied child refugees

    Dear Theresa,

    Yesterday during your statement on the Informal European Council I asked you if you would guarantee that your Government would continue to take unaccompanied child refugees from Europe under the Dubs scheme (section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016). Your failure to give this reassurance in your response yesterday was concerning and I hope that in your response to this letter you can clarify the Government's position on the Dubs scheme.

  • Article: Feb 8, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have produced figures to show that government plans to boost house-building cannot be delivered because of a Brexit-driven labour crisis.

    Andrew Stunell, Liberal Democrat construction spokesperson, has shown that the construction industry would need a 35% increase in workers to deliver the houses the government claims it will build - but if ministers do follow through on their stated intention of delivering hard Brexit and cutting labour access to the EU27, the construction industry's labour force would shrink by 9%.

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    Article: Feb 7, 2017

    Poor air quality costs British business 6 million lost workdays every year

    Today the European Commission has published an "Environmental Implementation Review" package which assesses how well each EU country is doing in terms of applying EU environmental legislation.

    In the UK specific report it says that the UK's air quality "continues to give cause for concern".

  • Article: Feb 7, 2017

    The Government has shown how "out of touch" it is by declaring today that those in need of affordable homes are on incomes of up to £80,000.

    Commenting on the government's housing proposals today, including defining those in need of affordable homes as being on an income of up to £80,000 across the UK and £90,000 in London, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said: "A government that thinks affordable homes can be worth £450k and should be available to those on £80k frankly doesn't have a clue.

  • Article: Feb 7, 2017

    Maternity services are "reaching crisis point" with a shortage of 3,500 midwives in the NHS in England, according to the Royal College of Midwives' State of Maternity Services report.

    Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary, said: "The Government is sleepwalking into a maternity care crisis that is putting the safety of new mothers and babies at risk.

  • Article: Feb 7, 2017

    UK tourists travelling to Europe could face mobile phone roaming charges post-Brexit.

    The Guardian reported this week on a leaked document showing how UK citizens could face the additional charges.

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "From food and petrol prices to mobile phone bills, it's clear Brexit is hitting consumers in the pocket.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2017

    Commons Speaker John Bercow has told MPs he is strongly opposed to allowing Donald Trump to address Parliament during his state visit.

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "This is the right decision by The Speaker. The Prime Minister might wish to kowtow to the nasty misogynist that now sits in the Oval Office but no-one else does. We do not want him to speak to us. He is not welcome.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:

    "LGBT History Month is a celebration of the LGBT community and a recognition of the countless contributions of campaigners who have been drivers of change in fighting prejudice and hate in all its forms.

    "This year also marks an important milestone in gay British History, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of male homosexuality. The LGBT movement has made great progress in the last few decades but we should never become complacent in tackling discrimination and intolerance.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have seen a huge surge in membership with over 4,000 new members joining the party over the last month, many of them former Labour members. This brings the party's membership to over 82,000.

    The news comes amid reports that 7,000 people have quit the Labour Party in the last week over the party's Article 50 stance. A senior Labour councillor in Tower Hamlets also announced today he is defecting to the Liberal Democrats due to Jeremy Corbyn's position on Europe.

    Commenting, Liberal Democrat Party President Sal Brinton said:

    "Labour under Corbyn have become cheerleaders for Brexit and are failing to provide a decent opposition.

    "It's no surprise that so many former Labour members are voting with their feet and joining the real voice of opposition.

    "They know we are now the only party fighting to prevent a damaging hard Brexit and to give the British people the final say on the deal.

    "The Liberal Democrats will provide a home for all who want to stand up to this government and keep Britain open, tolerant and united."


    Notes to Editors

    It was reported in the New Statesman this week that 7,000 people have quit the Labour Party in the last week over the party's Article 50 stance (link)

    Tower Hamlets councillor Andrew Cregan has revealed today he is defecting from Labour to the Liberal Democrats as he "cannot see Labour any longer as an unambiguously pro-Europe party" (link)

  • Article: Feb 3, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have identified five black holes in the Government's Brexit White Paper.

    The paper fails to address key questions facing Britain after Brexit including on common trading standards with Europe, key crime-fighting measures and the right of UK citizens to live and work on the continent.

    It also fails to propose any solutions to the issue of how to maintain the current soft border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake said: "This is not a White Paper, it's a whitewash. The government has completely failed to answer key questions about Britain's future relationship with Europe.

    "If this is the paper Labour sold their votes for, they've been short-changed.

    "From the ability of businesses to trade freely to the right of future generations to live and work abroad, instead of concrete proposals we see yet more vague platitudes.

    "This is not good enough. The British people deserve to know more about what this government will negotiate on their behalf and they deserve to have the final say on the deal."

  • Article: Feb 3, 2017

    Among the many deeply worrying things about Theresa May's Brexit strategy is that it showed more clearly an ever that the Conservative Party is no longer prepared to listen to business. That is why it's never been more important that the Liberal Democrats, as a party that knows we need a strong, sustainable, fair, free trading economy, listens to the concerns of those who create jobs and drive our economy.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have pulled off a stunning victory in the previous Labour heartland of Rotherham, taking the seat from Jeremy Corbyn's party and receiving almost four times as many votes as Labour.

    Local doctor Adam Carter came from fourth place last time to win 2,000 votes in Brinsworth and Catcliffe ward. Labour were second on just 519 votes in a five-way contest. It is believed to be the best win by any party since the ward was created, beating Labour's huge 63.2% in 2011.

  • Article: Feb 2, 2017

    More than 7,000 people have reportedly quit their membership of the Labour Party in the last week over the party's Article 50 stance.

    Meanwhile, 4,000 people have joined the Liberal Democrats in the last month, pushing the party to its highest level of members for two decades, now soaring past 82,000.

  • Article: Feb 2, 2017

    The former UK Ambassador to the EU has laid bare the "difficult trade-offs" Britain will face during Brexit talks.

    Sir Ivan Rogers' stark warning exposes scale of the challenge facing this Brexit government.

    He warned today that the Brexit negotiations will be "on a scale we haven't experienced before" and will involve "difficult trade-offs."

  • Article: Feb 2, 2017

    Plans to expand Heathrow show that the Government is desperate to reassure businesses as it pursues a hard Brexit.

    Responding to proposals published by the Government today for a third runway at Heathrow Airport, Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston Sarah Olney said: "The Government is so desperate to reassure businesses over its hard Brexit plans that it is willing to steamroller over those communities opposed to Heathrow expansion.

  • Article: Feb 1, 2017

    Tim Farron has declared that he is a "proud Brit and a proud European" as he appealed for Brexit talks not to end in a "government stitch up".

    This was the Liberal Democrat leader's speech to the House of Commons today:

    "Liberal Democrats have always been proud internationalists.

    Since our foundation, we have been champions of Britain's role in the European Union and fought for cooperation and openness with our neighbours and allies.

    We have always believed that the challenges Britain faces in the 21st century- climate change, terrorism, economic instability- are best tackled working together as a member of the European Union.

    Being proud Europeans is a part of our identity as a party - and it's part of my identity too.

    I am a proud Lancastrian, Northerner, Englishman, Brit - and I am a proud European.

    My identity did not change on the 24th of June. And neither did my values, my beliefs and I what I believe is right for this country and for future generations.

    I respect the outcome of the referendum. The vote was clear. Close, but clear. And I accept it.

    But voting for departure is not the same as voting for a destination.

    Yes, a narrow majority voted to leave the EU, but the vision those millions had for the future was not collective.

    It was not united.

    There were no plans, no instructions. No prospectus. No vision.

    No one in this government, no one in this House, no one in this country has any idea what deal the Prime Minister will negotiate with Europe - it is completely unknown.

    So how then can anyone pretend that this undiscussed, unwritten, unnegotiated deal in any way has the backing of the British people?

    The deal must be put to the British people, for them to have their say.

    That is the only way to hold the government to account for the monumental decisions they will have to take over the next two years.

    To ensure that the course they choose serves the interests of all people- whether they voted leave, remain or didn't vote at all.

    It is not a complicated proposal.

    In fact, it is the Prime Minister herself who is making the strongest case for giving the people a vote on the deal.

    Because she had the choice to pursue a form of Brexit that united our country. One that reflected the closeness of the vote and sought to heal divisions between leave and remain.

    But instead, the Prime Minister has chosen to pursue the hardest, most divisive form of Brexit. A Brexit which tears us out of the single market, that leaves us isolated against the might of world superpowers.

    Never mind that six months ago, she herself was arguing the case for remaining in the EU.

    Never mind that numerous leave campaigners championed the Norway and Swiss models and spent the
    referendum campaign assuring voters that we wouldn't leave the Single Market.

    Never mind that forty-eight per cent of people - 16.1 million people - wanted to stay in the EU.

    Never mind that Britain's young people - who have more of a stake in our country's future than most of us - voted 3 to 1 to remain.

    Fine. The Prime Minister has made her choice. She has chosen hard Brexit.

    But if you are so confident that what you are planning is what people voted for, then you must give them a vote on the final deal.

    What started with democracy must not end up with a government stitch up.

    When all is said and done - and plenty has been said - the decision on whether the deal the Prime Minister negotiates is good enough will be decided by someone.

    Someone will make that decision.

    Should it be the Prime Minister? Should it be Parliament? Or the people who have to live with that decision.

    I say it should be the people in a referendum.

    Both the Labour frontbench and the Conservatives don't want to give the British people their say; they think they know better.

    It is an arrogance. It is anti-democratic and that is why Liberal Democrats are fighting for the British people to have a final vote on the deal that the government negotiates.

    That is what our reasoned amendment to this bill intended to do. And because that amendment will not go through, Liberal Democrats today will vote against this bill."

  • Article: Feb 1, 2017

    Thanks to Liberal Democrat pressure in Parliament, thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of now abolished sexual offences have today been posthumously pardoned.

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

    This has been a long-fought campaign for the Liberal Democrats who first raised the issue in Parliament in the early days of Coalition Government.

    Lord Sharkey, the author of the original amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill, commented:

    "This is a momentous day for thousands of families up and down the UK who have been campaigning on this issue for decades.

    "It is a wonderful thing that we have been able to build on the pardon granted to Alan Turing during Coalition and extend it to thousands of men unjustly convicted for sexual offences that would not be crimes today."

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron MP added:

    "The Liberal Democrats continue to be the strongest voice on equality in Parliament.

    "Although it comes too late for those convicted, the friends and relatives of the thousands of people who suffered under this unfair and discriminatory law will now have a weight lifted off their shoulders."

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