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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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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: May 18, 2019

    The South Central Development Officers and ALDC are pleased to be running four training days across the region early this summer. There will be specialised training for all levels including training targeted at newly elected councillors and digital campaigning. The training is free and you do not have to be a member of ALDC to attend.

    The dates, times and locations for each training day are below, as well as the courses on offer. Please book your spot using the links provided.

  • Article: May 18, 2019

    It's been an exciting few weeks for the Lib Dems. Fresh off the back of our big local election wins, we're going into the European elections polling higher than we have in nearly a decade, and our campaigns around the country have well and truly taken off.

    And what's even better, is we have loads of new members to share the joy with!

  • Article: May 17, 2019

    Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

    But we fight every day against discrimination and inequality.

    The Liberal Democrats have always pushed for a fairer and more equal society. I was the originator and architect of the same-sex marriage act, which legalised same-sex marriage in the UK in 2013 when I was the minister for equalities in the Home Office. We have always fought for equal rights for all LGBT+ members and we continue to do so today.

  • Article: May 17, 2019

    We've seen some incredibly exciting polls on the weeks since the local elections.

    We've got the message, the momentum and the membership.

    It's clear that we are the biggest and strongest Remain party, and we are on course to elect many more MEPs.

    But it is important to view these polls in the context of the D'Hondt voting system.

  • Article: May 17, 2019

    Brexit is a national embarrassment - and it's going to hurt young people more than anyone else.

    It leaves us weaker in the fight against the climate crisis.

    It strips our universities of millions of pounds of funding.

    It takes away our right to live in, work in, travel in and fall in love with the 27 other countries of the European Union.

  • Article: May 17, 2019

    When I began to look into the topic of BAME mental health, what surprised me was how little research had been done into it. There is even less when it comes to intersectional groupings. Even with the information that there is, it's not widely accessible or 'showcased'. I got the impression, from an initial trawl of the Internet, that the subject isn't deemed to be particularly 'headline grabbing.'

  • Article: May 16, 2019

    Well, it's confirmed. Theresa May is on manoeuvres again and will try to force the Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament in the week starting 3rd June. Anyone else think this is getting a bit embarrassing?

    For those keeping count, this will be attempt number 4 at pushing this failed deal through Parliament. Each and every time it's been put to the Commons so far, it's been rejected - twice by record margins.

  • Event: May 23, 2019 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    LBC Radio

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

  • Article: May 15, 2019

    As Brexit drags on, it becomes clearer every day - it's a national embarrassment. More and more people are realising how important EU membership is for our country and our future.

    Theresa May is trying to push through a deal that panders to her party's extreme fringe and Nigel Farage. Again and again, Jeremy Corbyn has helped her, letting down Labour supporters across the UK.

  • Article: May 15, 2019
    Catherine Bearder is scheduled to attend three photo calls in Southampton, The New Forest, and Romsey on the 18th of May. We need as many people as we can get to come along and show their support for Catherine and the Lib Dem candidates in the European Parliament Elections on the 23rd of May!
    The times and locations are:
  • Article: May 15, 2019
    By Alex Marshall

    Corbyn's dodgy comments.

    Trying to stitch up a deal behind closed doors.

    Shadow ministers bragging how they're bailing the Tories out on Brexit.

    Jeremy Corbyn has teamed up with the Tories to drag us out the EU at any cost. Labour is a pro-Brexit party.

    Let's compare and contrast that to the Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: May 14, 2019

    We launched a new poster in London today, calling out Jeremy Corbyn's dodgy Brexit voting record.

    With a weak minority government, he could have stood up and put an end to this national embarrassment. But instead, he's voted with the Conservatives 29 times to push Brexit through.

    Actions speak louder than words. Labour is a Brexit party.

  • Article: May 13, 2019

    Content warning: this blog post will discuss issues relating to eating disorders

    It's mental health awareness week, and this year's theme is body image. Many people who suffer from ill mental health, such as having an eating disorder, still don't get the support they need. This needs to change.

    We need early intervention, better training for doctors, and standardised waiting times for adults, like we have for children.

  • Article: May 13, 2019

    There was a new round of EU election opinion polling in this weekend - and the Lib Dems are performing amazingly!

    The data released has us between 12 and 15% - the highest we've been in years, with big increases in all 3. If we carry on this momentum, we could well record our best European election showing - ever! We're already well above the Conservatives - and getting close to challenging Labour for second place.

  • Article: May 13, 2019

    We are a proud European party, and we want to keep it that way!

    As a part of us wanting to remain in the EU, we are excited to announce our new joint project with the German liberal party Free Democratic Party.

    It will allow you make direct contact with a new German friend to exchange ideas to help bridge the divide that has been caused by nationalism and misconceptions.

  • Article: May 10, 2019

    WARNING: there are naughty words ahead. Stray political editors from the Daily Express may find their sensibilities offended!

    We launched our EU manifesto yesterday: Bollocks to Brexit. It's as bold as the name suggests - committing us to:

    ✔︎ A People's Vote
    ✔︎ Defending our fishing rights from being traded away
    ✔︎ A carbon-neutral EU by 2050

  • Article: May 9, 2019

    Brexit latest

    They say sailors should not complain about the sea, and - accordingly politicians shouldn't complain about the media.

    Nonetheless, it is one of the frustrations of leading a relatively small (if high quality) group in the House of Commons that we sometimes struggle to get the media coverage we deserve. Likewise PMQs, where I am called only once a month despite our party having secured more than double the vote of the SNP, whose leader is called twice a week!

  • Article: May 9, 2019

    Today, we're launching our EU manifesto. We're running our campaign on a clear message - a vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit.

    We were the first to call for a People's Vote in 2016 - and we haven't stopped fighting for it, nearly 3 years later. We want Britain to remain in the EU because it's best for our economy, our public services and best for the environment.

  • Article: May 8, 2019

    Brexit is a national embarrassment.

    And while they're trying to keep their position on Brexit as vague as possible, Labour has aided the Tories in pushing it through every step of the way. They're a pro-Brexit party.

    In fact, we did some digging. The Labour whip has instructed parliamentarians to abstain or vote with the Tory government on 28 Brexit votes. These include:

  • Article: May 8, 2019
    By Greg Foster

    1. We're the party of Remain

    With over 100,000 members and supporters, we're the largest group in the country fighting to Stop Brexit and Remain in the EU.

    We're growing fast, too - more than 2,000 more members have joined us since the local elections alone.

    We've been fighting Brexit for the past three years. We've consistently called for a People's Vote and campaigned up and down the country to remain in the EU.

  • Article: May 7, 2019

    Ramadan (or Ramzan) is the ninth month in the Islamic Calendar and this year will start around the 5th May and will end around the 4th June.

    Ramadan lasts for 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of the moon. During this period, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset, meaning they do not consume food or drink and abstain from smoking and sexual relations.

  • Article: May 7, 2019
    By Naomi Farhi

    Did you see the local election results last week? We absolutely smashed it. 1351 new and returning Lib Dem councillors won seats - that's over 700 more than 2015. We now have a real opportunity to convert that momentum into EU Parliament seats - will you come along and help us do that?

    We're hosting a series of phonebanking events at Lib Dem HQ over the next 3 weeks. You don't need any experience - just come along with your own laptop/tablet and phone if you have them (we can provide if you don't) and we'll walk you through the rest:

  • Article: May 7, 2019
    By Tom Brake

    The Liberal Democrats made 703 gains in last week's local elections - our best results ever. Given our nearly 3 years of campaigning for a People's Vote, if you were Labour or the Tories, what Brexit lesson would you take from that?

    I'm going to guess it wouldn't be "push Brexit through faster". And yet, losing nearly 1500 seats between them, that's exactly what they're trying to do. What?

  • Article: May 6, 2019

    Fired up by Thursday's local election result and want to make it happen in your area too?

    Here's what you can do:

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    If you'd like to become a member, you can join today from just £1 a month:

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  • Article: May 6, 2019

    Where can I vote?

    You can choose whether to vote in your home country, or in the UK.

    If you want to vote in the UK - keep reading!

    Who's eligible?

    The Liberal Democrats are THE voice for all those who wish the UK to remain a member of the EU.

    You're eligible to vote in the elections if you're a UK resident over 18 by polling day, and either:

  • Article: May 6, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Just three short weeks has passed since the European Union granted the UK a Brexit extension (a "Brextension", if you will). The new cliff edge will fall on the rather spooky date of 31st October - whether the leaders of the EU27 were giggling when they suggested this is not known.

    Parliament here in the UK has responded by taking its foot off the pedal, as MPs dispersed for their Easter holidays. Indeed, the Prime Minister seems to have had a lovely time schlepping around the Welsh countryside.

  • Article: May 5, 2019

    Today we join the millions of Muslims in the UK and across the world in welcoming the Holy Month of Ramadan.

    Across the country, British Muslim communities will be taking time aside to engage in acts of charity, prayer and self-reflection.

    The contributions of British Muslims to Britain are ever-growing; adding to the richness and diversity of our nation. However, we are witnessing a worldwide resurgence of exclusionary, right-wing nationalism that has led to acts of terror against the Muslim community. We demand better.

  • Article: May 4, 2019

    How do I stop Brexit?

    So you're a remainer - and you want to use your vote in the European elections send a message - that you want to stop Brexit.

    How do you do that?

    Well, there's only one remain party with the strength to beat the Brexit parties, elect a huge group of remain MPs and send a message that can't be ignored.

  • Article: May 4, 2019

    Our performance in last night's local elections defied even our most optimistic expectations. We made a net gain of 12 councils and over 700 councillors - and the press noticed. We were pride of place on the Guardian's homepage:

    The BBC couldn't ignore the huge gains we made in previously Tory heartlands:

  • Article: May 3, 2019

    What. A. Day.

    1271 (and counting) Liberal Democrat Councillors elected. 647 Councillor gains.

    We held control of every Council we were defending. We won control of twelve more.

    That officially makes this local election our best ever - smashing through the previous record by a country mile.

    Just as good - hundreds of people have joined the Liberal Democrats. It's our fastest day of membership growth in almost two years.

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