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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: Oct 1, 2020
    By Ed Davey

    October is Black History Month - a time to celebrate the enormous contributions Black people have made to our country.

    Black History Month - a time to celebrate the enormous contributions Black people have made to our country.

    Their contributions have shaped our national identity and are evident in every field from literature, politics, science, business, music and arts.

  • Article: Oct 1, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    The coronavirus crisis is taking an enormous toll on people up and down the country. This pandemic has caused huge upheaval and uncertainty for families and communities everywhere.

    We all want life to get back to normal as soon as possible.

    Liberal Democrats worked constructively with the Government to pass the Coronavirus Act back in March. We helped ensure vital emergency measures were in place, such as enabling the emergency registration of nurses and other healthcare workers, and allowing people to receive Statutory Sick Pay from day one.

  • Article: Sep 28, 2020

    My late friend Paddy Ashdown saw this coming.

    When Hong Kong was handed over to China, he campaigned to give Hong Kongers the right to live in the UK should China ever renege on the promises made and enshrined in the Joint Declaration.

    It's up to us to protect the people of Hong Kong and their human rights.

  • Article: Sep 28, 2020

    In his first keynote conference speech as Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey shared his vision on rebuilding the Party and how he plans to fight for a greener, fairer country as we move forward through the coronavirus pandemic.

    On the government's failures over COVID-19

    Opening his speech with the challenges facing our country right now, Ed slammed the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying:

  • Article: Sep 28, 2020

    We're in the final stretch of the 2020 Autumn Conference with Day 4 now underway. But yesterday saw the biggest day yet with four policy motion debates, an emergency motion on planning and a speech from Leader of the Scottish Lib Dems Willie Rennie.

    Here's what you might have missed on Day 3, as well as what's coming up today, the last day of Autumn Conference.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats fought long and hard to Stop Brexit.

    And our values have not changed. At every step of the Brexit process, we have been clear and outspoken in our position that Britain is better off within the EU. We will always stand firm in our pro-European, internationalist values because we know, we are so much better off together than we will ever be alone.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2020
  • Article: Sep 27, 2020

    The climate emergency is one of the biggest issues facing the UK and the world, but our Government is failing to face up to it.

    Social distancing, face coverings, and 'bubbles' may be our new normal - but climate change doesn't have to be

    While coronavirus rightly dominated the headlines, the Government has let what little it was doing to protect the planet slip. Even when the country came to a near standstill during lockdown, our emissions only fell by between 4-7%. It's clear we need to be much more ambitious if we're going to really tackle the climate crisis.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2020
  • Article: Sep 27, 2020

    A strong, politically independent BBC plays a key role in our democracy, our creative industries, and our daily lives. The Conservatives are putting that at risk.

    The Conservatives' war with the BBC is no secret. Dominic Cumming's think tank described the BBC as the Conservatives' "mortal enemy". This Government has forced the cost of free licenses for over-75s onto the BBC.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2020

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 21st September

    Monday 21st September

    Before Monday's main business on the Internal Market Bill, Matt Hancock gave a Ministerial Statement on a Covid-19 update from over the weekend and the sharp rise in cases across the country. Munira Wilson took the opportunity to press the Secretary of State on testing in care homes. Despite his emphasis on prioritisation of care homes, many homes are still experiencing a two-week delay for test results.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2020
    By Anonymous

    The killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, by police in the US has sparked an international reckoning with racial injustice.

    The Liberal Democrats need to commit ourselves to combating racism - conscious or unconscious, individual or institutional - wherever we find it, including within our own party.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2020

    Day 2 at Autumn Conference saw two big policy motions passed, speeches by MPs Layla Moran and Munira Wilson, and a Q&A with new Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey.

    Didn't have time to catch it all? Here's what you might have missed on Day 2, as well as what's coming up on Day 3...

    Motion calling on urgent change to COVID-19 strategy passes

  • Article: Sep 26, 2020

    Q: What is a Liberal Democrat, who are you targeting, and how will your vision reach them?

    I think a political party must always start with our values. The Liberal Democrat values of freedom, equality of opportunity and community - these are our strong values which we've campaigned on for years and years, and we must keep campaigning on them.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has changed every single one of our lives.

    For our frontline workers, we need safety, support and fair pay now.

    You may have been furloughed from work, or lost your job, You may be one of millions of young people now navigating an online learning environment. You may be isolated from friends or family or have lost a loved one to COVID-19.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2020

    Ten months ago, I was standing on a doorstep. It was dark. It was freezing cold. It was a few days before polling day. I was talking to a lovely couple, one of whom broke down in tears. She was a nurse at our local hospital and she was telling me how she and her colleagues were struggling to cope. They were stressed out, burnt out and desperately needed more staff.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2020
    By Wendy Chamberlain

    Our union is under threat.

    Nationalism is a dangerous force, fuelled by a sense of alienation and powerlessness. Brexit has forced divides between our four nations.

    Coronavirus and Brexit, two of the biggest issues facing the UK, have demonstrated the inadequacies of our current constitutional arrangements. With growing support for reform across our nations and regions, it's time to act. It's time we created a truly federal UK.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference is in full swing, and despite this year's event looking very different, it's gotten off to a great start.

    With four jam-packed days of policy in the agenda, there's a lot to keep track of, so here's a quick recap of all the big moments from Day 1.

    Motion on UBI passes

  • Article: Sep 25, 2020

    The UK is one of the strongest economies in the world, and yet our economic system leaves too many people without enough money to meet their basic requirements and fails to value properly vital unpaid work like caring.

    Today, Liberal Democrat Conference has voted to campaign for Universal Basic Income.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2020
  • Article: Sep 25, 2020

    In the UK we're lucky. We're able to turn to the NHS at some of the lowest points in our lives. On a daily basis, our health and care workers are there for us, and deal with tragedy, sickness and death. But all too often, these same front line care staff are overworked and underpaid.

    All too often, are front line care staff are overworked and underpaid.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2020

    Conference is upon us.

    On Saturday, 19 September the Federal Conference Committee met to review the amendments, late motions, emergency motions, topical issues, questions to reports and appeals for next weekend's Autumn Conference.

    As you will be aware, this is the first time that are holding our Conference completely online. The Federal Conference Committee would like to thank the Conference and wider HQ team for all of the hard work in bringing our Conference online. Throughout a really difficult period we have all worked together to offer a fully online Conference. You can see the introduction video from Geoff Payne, FCC Chair, and Hannah, from HQ, here The video will show you all the features of the online conference, including the auditorium, visiting, fringe sessions, training, the exhibition and the chat functionality.

  • Article: Sep 23, 2020

    As previewed, the September meeting of the party's Steering Group concentrated on how we can maximise our chances of success in the May elections. Our grassroots campaigners are on the frontline for that, but what we do centrally can help (or hinder!) their chances.

    So as well as agreeing on priorities for next year's budget, we're also ensuring that ahead of that, our financial figures are given a really thorough shakedown to identify if any extra funds can be squeezed out for helping the elections in time to make a real difference.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2020

    As previewed, the September meeting of the party's Steering Group concentrated on how we can maximise our chances of success in the May elections. Our grassroots campaigners are on the frontline for that, but what we do centrally can help (or hinder!) their chances.

    So as well as agreeing on priorities for next year's budget, we're also ensuring that ahead of that, our financial figures are given a really thorough shakedown to identify if any extra funds can be squeezed out for helping the elections in time to make a real difference.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2020
  • Article: Sep 21, 2020
    By Munira Wilson

    On May 20th, Boris Johnson declared that the UK would have a 'world-beating' coronavirus test, track and trace system in place by June 1st. Instead, four months later the UK is facing a testing crisis.

    The British public are confronting the reality that we may be facing a second wave of coronavirus with a test and trace system that is just inadequate. It is unacceptable.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2020

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 14th September

    Monday 14th September

    Monday's news was heavily dominated by the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill. MPs from across the House had already raised serious concerns last week when it was noted by a government official that the Bill would break international law in a "specific and limited way".

  • Article: Sep 18, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    Every day Liberal Democrat councillors are working hard to help their communities across the country.

    We understand that often the most meaningful change happens at a local level. That's why we have such a strong record in local and community politics.

    We're so proud to have hardworking local councillors like Flick striving to deliver real change for people in their area. Thanks Flick!

  • Article: Sep 18, 2020
    By Ed Davey

    Let me be clear about this: I am passionately pro-European.

    I am proud that we stood by our pro-EU values throughout the Brexit process, giving voice to the millions of Remainers who didn't see themselves included in the future that Boris Johnson was trying to build.

    I could not have predicted the almighty shambles that we are seeing now with Brexit.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2020

    Tonight, Jewish communities in the UK and around the world will mark Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year.

    The Jewish High Holidays are a time of deep contemplation and self-reflection. They are an opportunity for all of us to look back on the past year as we set new goals for the future.

    This year has been particularly challenging; we have all had to adjust to new ways of living, whilst grappling with economic uncertainty.

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