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Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats

General Election 2017

It's general election time again, and the Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats will be out all over the Island listening to voters and campaigning on behalf of our energetic candidate Nick Belfitt. If you want to help out send an email to info@iowlibdems.org.uk or just turn up and see what's happening. If you want to help out in other ways check out this page.

  • East Cowes 22nd May, 10:00 - 12:00
  • West Cowes 22nd May, 13:00 - 15:00
  • Shanklin 24th May 10:00 - 12:30
  • West Wight - Freshwater, Totland, Brighstone (Times to be confirmed)
  • Sandown 26th May 10 :00 - 12:00
  • Brading 26th May 13:00 - 15:00
  • Ryde and Newport 29th May (time to be confirmed)
  • Ventnor 31st May 10:00 - 12:00
  • Bembridge, St Helens 2nd June 10:00 - 12:00

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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: Aug 14, 2017

    It has emerged that the joint position on Brexit agreed in an article by Philip Hammond and Liam Fox was not even cleared with Brexit Secretary David Davis.

    The Chancellor and Trade Secretary wrote a joint article for The Sunday Telegraph calling for a time-limited transition after Brexit that would involve leaving both the single market and customs union.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2017

    Today's news that the Garden Bridge project has been officially scrapped is very welcome. The entire project was a "scandalous waste of public funds."

    This is the final nail in the coffin of the Garden Bridge.

    Over £37m has already been spent on this vanity project by the previous Mayor.

    It is a scandalous waste of public money.

  • The Week in Politics - Jo Swinson and Vince Cable
    Article: Aug 14, 2017

    It might be the height of the August holidays, but your Liberal Democrat team have been hard at work - as usual this week. Here's what we've been up to:

    Friday 4th August

    After comments from Sir James Munby - the UK's most senior family judge about a horrifying mental health case, Norman Lamb called for more and better investment in mental health.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2017

    Our research has revealed that almost ten fires a day are being caused by faulty white goods such as washing machines, tumble dryers and fridges.

    A total of 9,574 fires in the past three years have been caused by faulty white goods according to responses Freedom of Information requests from 30 out of 51 fire brigades.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have backed calls by the Chairman of the Parole Board, Nick Hardwick, for urgent action to address the backlog of people serving prison sentences with no fixed release date.

    Indeterminate Sentences for Public Protection (IPPs) were abolished in 2012, but there are over 3,000 people in England and Wales still serving them, with many facing long delays for Parole Board hearings.

  • Article: Aug 13, 2017

    Over the summer, we heard that Philip Hammond was courageously fighting off the more extreme Brexiteers. Supposedly he was looking for a compromise to keep Britain within the customs union and single market as long as possible.

    The rebellion didn't last very long. He has now teamed up with one of the more extreme and ideological supporters of a 'Hard Brexit.

    It is now painfully clear who calls the shots in the Cabinet; it isnt' the Chancellor.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2017

    Today, Liam Fox's Department for International Trade has released figures claiming to show that sunglasses, swimwear and ice-cream are all big exports - and that means Brexit is going to be a success.

    He also claims that the sale of £1.4m worth of UK flip-flops are "promising news for trade deals" as is the sale of £3.7m in card-games from the UK.

  • Ed Davey (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Aug 11, 2017
    By Edward Davey MP, Shadow Home Secretary

    I'm not personally one of those who thinks we should weaken encryption because I think there is a parallel issue, which is cybersecurity more broadly.

    Jonathan Evans, former Head of MI5

    That was the former Chief of MI5 Jonathan Evans, speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme and stating that he would not support a clampdown on the use of encryption.

  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Aug 11, 2017
    By Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    Reports have claimed that that two cabinet ministers have expressed an interest in forming a new anti-Brexit party.

    As leader, I am determined that the Liberal Democrats will provide a home for all those who are unhappy with Brexit and the paths the other parties are taking.

    But equally, we are prepared to work with people of all parties and none to get the best possible future for this country.

  • 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: Aug 11, 2017
    By Tom Brake MP

    This morning, the Times newspaper alleges that the Government is drawing up plans to scrap people's right to sue the government for breaking the law.

    Currently, under EU law citizens have the right to sue member states for damages if their rights were infringed by the failure of a country to implement EU law.

  • Article: Aug 10, 2017

    This shocking report shows that modern slavery is alive and well in 21st century Britain.

    It's a hidden national scandal.

    People are being bought and sold like cattle across the UK right under our noses. The government must step up efforts to stamp out this vile trade. Local police forces across the country need to be trained to spot the signs, and victims need to know that they'll be fully supported and protected if they come forward.

  • Article: Aug 10, 2017

    The number of people waiting for routine surgery in England topped 4 million in June, the highest level for a decade, figures from NHS England have shown.

    This government's shameful underfunding of the NHS has left millions of people waiting for operations in pain and discomfort.

    The NHS urgently needs more investment so it can meet its targets and provide the care patients deserve.

  • Article: Aug 10, 2017

    Only around £197k of the government's £300m business rates relief fund has actually been allocated, despite businesses being hit with higher rates over four months ago.

    The £300m national relief fund was announced in the Spring Budget to help businesses hardest hit by the business rates revaluation, which came into force in April and has hit many small firms with punishing tax hikes.

  • Article: Aug 10, 2017

    The UK's monthly trade deficit soared by £2bn in June, driven by a 3.5% slump in exports, figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed.

    The figures also show that exports to EU countries increased by 2.0% between the first and second quarters of the year, while exports to non-EU countries fell by 1.4%.

  • Wera Hobhouse
    Article: Aug 10, 2017

    A report by housing charity Crisis is forecasting a 76% rise in rough sleeping unless action is taken..

    Lib Dem Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Wera Hobhouse MP has called for urgent action:

    "In 2017 no-one should be homeless, living in a bed and breakfast or worrying whether they will have a roof over their head from one month to the next. This is a national scandal which the government are failing to tackle, so it will only get worse.

  • David Davis (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Aug 9, 2017
    By Tom Brake MP
    David Davis' letter to the Lords EU Committee and the comments of his former Chief of Staff reveal he is putting UK on path to ruin.

    David Davis needs to take the advice of his former Chief of Staff, even his allies can see he is messing up.

    In his latest update on the talks, Davis has revealed that, as well as continued traumatising uncertainty for 3 million EU citizens in the UK, UK citizens abroad face the real risk of losing their right to move to another EU country or vote locally.

  • Article: Aug 9, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats thanked the party's Chief Executive Tim Gordon today after he announced that he was stepping down after five years in the role.

    Tim said: "It has been an honour to work for the Party for past half decade. These have not been easy years but I am proud to have worked with both Nick Clegg and Tim Farron who so clearly and eloquently articulated the Liberal voice that Britain needs."

  • Article: Aug 9, 2017

    Sam Woods, chief executive of the Prudential Regulation Authority, has warned of a 'cliff edge' for financial systems.

    The warnings from the financial regulator have to be taken seriously. He has no political axe to grind. And the Bank of England has to be on guard. The 10th anniversary of the beginnings of the banking crisis is a reminder of what happens when warnings of financial instability are not taken seriously enough.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have warned that government plans to limit the scope of the European Arrest Warrant are a threat to Britain's national security.

    It was reported this morning that Brexit secretary David Davis will allow UK judges to overrule requests made under the European Arrest Warrant system in an attempt to placate Conservative eurosceptics.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2017

    Today Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger has warned that UK judges need more clarity over the role of the ECJ after Brexit - and he is right.

    Judges have already been branded 'enemies of the people' for daring to challenge Theresa May's plans to force through an extreme Brexit with no accountability.

  • Article: Aug 7, 2017

    Today's statement by Jeremy Corbyn on Venezuela is a disgrace.

    Labour have yet again failed to condemn President Maduro as he slides his country closer to dictatorship.

    That Venezuela remains a source of fascination and that the far left see what is happening in Venezuela as some kind of role model for British politics is deeply troubling.

  • Article: Aug 7, 2017

    Today, the Government announced their draft Data Protection bill - which includes a raft of measures that will improve all our privacy online.

    It is good news that the Conservatives are finally agreeing to take action to strengthen people's privacy online.

    But once again the government is trying to take credit for rules that were already agreed at EU level.

  • Article: Aug 7, 2017

    New Treasury figures have revealed that the UK made a net payment of roughly £156m a week to the European Union in 2016/17, the lowest level for five years.

    Treasury figures suggest the UK's net contribution to the EU budget for the 12 months to March 2017 was £8.1bn, or around £156m a week.

    The Leave campaign promised £350m extra a week for the NHS.

  • Article: Aug 7, 2017

    "We haven't put forward a lot because, as we know, there are differences within the cabinet about the sort of Brexit that we are heading for and until those differences are further resolved I think it's very difficult for us to have a clear position."

    Sir Simon Fraser, the Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Office until 2015

  • Article: Aug 5, 2017

    Today's calls by Mervyn King, former governor of the Bank of England, for the government to come up with a "Brexit fallback" if negotiations with the EU27 end with no deal should be a wake-up call to this Conservative Brexit Government.

    Anyone who has been following the Brexit debate knows that Mervyn King is a highly respected economist who deserves to be listened to.

  • Article: Aug 4, 2017

    According to reports today several councils are now petitioning the Government for financial help to address fire safety issues following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

    Council funding has been cut back to the bone over recent years.

    In the wake of the Grenfell disaster, the Government promised that money would not be an issue and that councils should come forward and ask for financial support if it was needed.

  • Article: Aug 3, 2017

    Figures on mental health delayed discharges released today are a "humanitarian disgrace".

    The shocking new figures revealed that people have had to wait over a thousand days to be let out of a mental health unit after being declared ready to leave.

    Shocking new figures revealed that people have had to wait over a thousand days to be let out of a mental health unit.

    Norman Lamb MP
  • Article: Aug 3, 2017

    A Russell Group report published today shows that this government is failing higher education.

    The report identifies ten areas where ministers should give clarity to EU nationals seeking settled status.

    Ministers are risking a brain-drain by making some of the most brilliant talents on the planet feel unwelcome in Britain.

  • Article: Aug 3, 2017

    As a health minister, I was proud to make sure mental health was at the top of the political agenda, but today's judgement by Sir James Munby highlights how much work there is still to do on the lack of mental health provision in critical cases.

    Sir James Munby is absolutely right to highlight the shameful inadequacies of our mental health system.

  • Article: Aug 3, 2017

    Michael Gove has said that British waters would continue to be fished by EU trawlers post-Brexit.

    Gove made his experiences of the fishing industry growing up in Aberdeen a major reason for his support for Brexit.

    Yet another lie of the Leave campaign has been exposed by the Environment Secretary.

    Michael Gove chose to put stopping EU fishing in British waters front and centre of his campaign to leave the EU, yet is now telling Danish Fishermen the opposite.

    We saw a promise of £350 million for the NHS on the side of a bus, this promise to fisherman might as well have been painted on the hull of a boat.

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