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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 26, 2019
    By Greg Foster

    Moments ago, voting opened in the elections for Party President, and Federal Committees (including English, Scottish and Councillor Representatives).

    Yesterday, I visited the (very secure) printer in Scunthorpe where the 13,000 postal ballots are being printed and I'm happy to confirm everything is very much on track and I've spent the morning triple checking the online ballot and emails.

  • Article: Oct 26, 2019

    I chair the all-party parliamentary group on bullying. We focus on helping young people and we know many schools now use the THINK acronym to teach good communication (Is it True; Is it Helpful; Is it Inspiring; Is it Necessary; Is it Kind?).

    As a party, I think we need our own version of THINK:

    Is it True

  • Article: Oct 26, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have always understood that without thriving businesses and motivated entrepreneurs, we would not have the wealth-creation, innovation, or international standing to create the free and fair society we all want.

    Brexit threatens British business like never before - and neither the Conservatives nor Labour will stop it. It is clear that there is no deal as good for British business as the deal we currently have as members of the European Union.

  • Article: Oct 26, 2019

    Download the manifestos

    It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. Please click here.

    Voting for the federal board election will open at 9 a.m. on 29th October 2019. You can find out more about all the internal elections here: www.libdems.org.uk/internal-elections

    A note on the manifestos: The order in which candidates' manifestos appear was generated at random using the =RAND() Excel function. The document contains all the manifestos that were correctly supplied by the deadline for candidates supplied by the Returning Officer.

  • Article: Oct 26, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are clear - we can stop Brexit.

    Tonight, Remainers all over the country will be feeling dishearted with the vote in Parliament. We want to let them know that they are not alone.

    Will you help us spread the word?

    We need you to flood social media to let fellow Remainers know they are not alone.

  • Article: Oct 26, 2019
    By William Dyer

    Q: What is the President's main role?

    A: Each Party President gets to carve out their role. The only stipulation the Lib Dem constitution gives is that:

    "The President shall be the principal public representative of the Party and shall chair the Federal Board."

    Apart from the Chairing of the Federal Board, there are no constraints on the role of the Party President.

  • Article: Oct 26, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    The NHS is in crisis, but Labour care more about theoretical restructures than listening to doctors and nurses about what it really needs: funding for front line-services, not another reorganisation.

    Yesterday, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathon Ashworth tabled an amendment to the Queen's speech calling for the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to be repealed. We refused to back it, and it lost.

  • Article: Oct 26, 2019

    Download the manifestos

    It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. Please click here.

    Voting for the federal board election will open at 9 a.m. on 29th October 2019. You can find out more about all the internal elections here: www.libdems.org.uk/internal-elections

    A note on the manifestos: The order in which candidates' manifestos appear was generated at random using the =RAND() Excel function. The document contains all the manifestos that were correctly supplied by the deadline for candidates supplied by the Returning Officer.

  • Article: Oct 26, 2019

    Thank you to the many thousands of Lib Dems who joined the million-plus People's Vote march last Saturday in London, whether you marched with him, or with your local People's Vote group.

    I was there at the start, as we were assembling before I had to join my colleagues in the House of Lords for our debate. It was possible to hear marchers in Parliament Square in both Chambers and also in party HQ, and the wonderful shout that went up as the result of the vote on Saturday afternoon was just amazing!

  • Article: Oct 25, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats need YOU!

    A general election is coming, and the Liberal Democrats are ready - but as the news cycle moves faster and the debates around issues like Brexit and the NHS become more heated, we need digital activists who can help fight the battle online.

    That's where you come in. We want you to become part of the Lib Dem online champions community, where we'll be sharing the latest news out of HQ in the hopes of spreading our bold, ambitious campaign online on social media.

  • Article: Oct 24, 2019

    The Tories have just called for a General Election on the 12th December - and we need to be ready.

    This is our chance to kick Boris Johnson out of office, stop Brexit, and build a brighter future.

    One of two things will happen now. Either MPs will vote for an election on Monday, or Corbyn and Johnson will do a dodgy deal to ram Brexit through and MPs will vote for a General Election in 2 weeks.

  • Article: Oct 24, 2019

    Here at LDHQ, we've gone into election mode.

    With a general election and a people's vote on the horizon, we're working day and night to stop Brexit.

    That's why we need you to help us now.

    Come and volunteer with the Liberal Democrat national team!

    You can volunteer at in London or remotely and you can contribute as many or as few hours as you like.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2019

    Who can vote in the internal elections?

    Anyone who is a member, or is in their grace period on the 30th September is eligible to vote in the internal elections. There's no minimum time - everyone who's a member on 30th September will be able to vote.

    When does voting start?

    Voting starts on the 26th October. If the party has a working email address for you, then you'll get a ballot paper emailed to you. Otherwise, you'll get a paper one posted to you.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2019

    Download the manifestos

    It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. Please click here.

    Voting for the federal board election will open at 9 a.m. on 29th October 2019. You can find out more about all the internal elections here: www.libdems.org.uk/internal-elections

    A note on the manifestos: The order in which candidates' manifestos appear was generated at random using the =RAND() Excel function. The document contains all the manifestos that were correctly supplied by the deadline for candidates supplied by the Returning Officer.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2019

    Download the manifestos

    It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. Please click here.

    Voting for the federal board election will open at 9 a.m. on 29th October 2019. You can find out more about all the internal elections here: www.libdems.org.uk/internal-elections

    A note on the manifestos: The order in which candidates' manifestos appear was generated at random using the =RAND() Excel function. The document contains all the manifestos that were correctly supplied by the deadline for candidates supplied by the Returning Officer.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2019
    By Greg Foster

    We've updated our membership card designs!

    Featuring 16 all-new designs, we think they look pretty slick.

    And they're not just for new members, either. Whether you've lost your card or just want a new one it's really easy to get your hands on one - just fill out the form below:

    I want a new card!

    Not sure which design you want? Want to know more about a particular one? Here's a quick run down of each card (and if you want to order one, just click the image to go straight to the order form!):

  • Article: Oct 20, 2019
    By Mark Pack

    Liberal Democrats love delivering leaflets. (And it's a good thing we do, as the evidence shows that they work.) If you've shared that love, chances are you've delivered ones that use one of our favourite strap lines: 'A record of action… a promise of more'.

    That's what I'm offering in this election for Party President: a record of listening, a record of taking action, and a plan to work with you to achieve even more in the future.

  • Article: Oct 19, 2019

    After today's votes, the fight to stop Brexit continues.

    Hundreds of thousands of people are marching outside Parliament, where I've just finished voting, to demand a final say.

    After today's votes, Boris Johnson must obey the law and send a letter asking for Article 50 to be extended.

    We will use that extra time to secure a People's Vote, to keep Britain in the European Union and to reject this awful deal.

  • Article: Oct 19, 2019
    By Christine Jardine

    There was a question at an early hustings which reminded me of exactly why I am a Liberal Democrat and why I am standing to be your Party President.

    The question itself was about books and what we had been reading recently which, for me, was a special edition of Life Magazine dedicated to Robert Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2019

    Download the manifestos

    It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. Please click here.

    Voting for the federal board election will open at 9 a.m. on 29th October 2019. You can find out more about all the internal elections here: www.libdems.org.uk/internal-elections

    A note on the manifestos: The order in which candidates' manifestos appear was generated at random using the =RAND() Excel function. The document contains all the manifestos that were correctly supplied by the deadline for candidates supplied by the Returning Officer.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2019

    History is inescapable. It helps define our identity, our culture and our sense of belonging. By connecting to the past, we gain a better understanding of ourselves and our place in the world. Yet, some parts of history are ignored, suppressed or erased altogether. None more so than black history.

    Although black people have been living in Britain as far back as the Roman Empire, their place in our national history has been exiled to the farthest margins.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2019

    It seems Boris Johnson has managed to cobble together yet another disastrous Brexit deal.

    It remains to be seen if he can get the deal passed by the House of Commons, but we already know two things for certain:

    We will use every option available to give you the right to stop Brexit

    1. Whatever deal Johnson proposes, it's not as good as the one we have now as a member of the EU.
    2. We will not stop fighting to stop Brexit.
  • Article: Oct 17, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Download the manifestos

    It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. Please click here.

    Voting for the federal board election will open at 9 a.m. on 29th October 2019. You can find out more about all the internal elections here: www.libdems.org.uk/internal-elections

    A note on the manifestos: The order in which candidates' manifestos appear was generated at random using the =RAND() Excel function. The document contains all the manifestos that were correctly supplied by the deadline for candidates supplied by the Returning Officer.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2019

    The news just broke: turns out that the SNP spent more on the recent Shetland by-election than in the entire EU referendum campaign.

    It seems that the SNP just see Brexit as a golden opportunity to push independence at the price of our country's well-being.

    Shocker

    The party spent £99,000 on the Shetland by-election (of a spending limit of £100,000), compared to just over £90,000 in the 2016 referendum (13% of the limit)

  • Article: Oct 15, 2019

    With her conference speech today Nicola Sturgeon has shown that she has given up on all the people across the UK trying to stop Brexit.

    The momentum is with us. We can win this, if we stick together.

    Instead of helping to unite people across the country, the SNP this week ruled out any co-operation unless they get independence.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2019

    Mike joins us from his current position as Chief Executive of Addaction, a mental health, drug, alcohol and young persons charity, and was previously Assistant Chief Executive at Citizens Advice and through both of which he has extensive experience of managing member-style organisations.

    I am delighted Mike will be taking on this crucial role at such an exciting time for the Liberal Democrats. Mike's experience in senior management and at leading organisations will be hugely valuable to the continuing growth of the party off the back of successive election campaigns which have put the Liberal Democrats back in a strong position in UK politics.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2019

    During the recent online hustings, the chair Lorely Burt produced a horribly complicated diagram from a few years back showing how the Liberal Democrats are structured. It's a good point - our organisation can be complicated, confusing and even hazardous to navigate.

    Looking at the diagram, I did a quick mental tally of how many of the bodies shown on it I've served on at some point in my many years as a party staffer, including running the party's digital operation for Charles Kennedy, and as a volunteer, as a local party officer, regional officer, English party committee member and federal committee member.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2019

    Today, Her Majesty The Queen opened the new parliamentary session. But we have exactly the same problems as we did in the last session: a government with no majority, no leadership and no realistic plan for our country.

    I used my speech in Parliament today to give a warning to my fellow MPs.

    Here's my speech in full:

  • Article: Oct 13, 2019

    I know it's tempting fate and that I shouldn't really, but this week I have not been able to resist the temptation to think what life might be like if I were to win the Presidency.

    So I decided to think what a week might be like in this possible future, combining my job as MP with the job of President.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2019

    Our experience has taught us that the best campaigns are built on personal stories.

    They give an emotional and personal connection beyond cold, hard facts.

    So to help our campaign to stop Brexit succeed, we have a very specific request.

    Can you tell us how Brexit is personally affecting you and your family?

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