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Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats

Our Priorities for the 2017 Council Elections

Get tough on planning breaches - Sadly, many developments on the Island ignore current planning regulations. This can make places look untidy, and create some eyesores. We want to invest more resources in planning enforcement, to stop people who abuse the system.

Every Islander's home is their castle - There's a housing crisis nationally, and the Island has not escaped it. It's time to build more council houses on the Island, plain and simple. We would finance this through borrowing as interest rates are at a historic low. These houses need to be energy efficient AND affordable. The rents from these houses will become a sustainable, long-term source of income for the Isle of Wight Council.

A new deal for young people - Young people have a rough time when it comes to getting housing that is affordable. There are so many extra costs and fees that it effectively prices people under 25 out of the market. This has been made worse by the Conservative government's cuts to housing benefits for 18 to 21 year olds. The Liberal Democrats would investigate ways to change this. We would set up a trust to let 18 to 25 year olds borrow money to cover deposits and admin fees. Our young people are the backbone of the Island's economy, it's time we gave them a hand.

Frack off! - We will oppose fracking on the Island. Not only are there risks of land slips and water pollution, fracking the Island doesn't make sense. Island roads are already at capactiy and an extra 40 lorries to and from fracking sites will cause traffic jams and strain on infrastructure. Instead, we support the development of wind, solar and tidal energy on the Island. We would make sure that Islanders are rewarded first from green energy.

Bring the Island into the 21st century - People often joke that visiting the Isle of Wight is like going back in time to the 1950s. We would like to disappoint these people by attracting inward investment to the Island. The Island needs modern companies to invest in seasonal and year-round businesses to regenerate the parts of the Island that have been left to decay. Things like decent broadband speeds and mobile phone signals would make it possible for start-ups in places like London, to branch out to the Island. We also want the Council to play a part in these investments as well. It's time for the Council to make more than just cuts. It's time for the Council to make some cash.

Create a new generation of bookworms - Libraries are an important part of any community, and we believe that more needs to be done to encourage kids to use them. We propose that every school kid is registered with a library, so at the very least they know the resources are there to use. Kids who read from an early age are more likely to succeed in life as their literacy skills are better. They are less likely to be in long-term poverty or rely on benefits. Simple, common sense policies like these can make a huge difference on the lives of our children, and it's time we did something about it.

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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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Recent updates

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have seen their membership surge to 87,000 on the same day Article 50 is triggered.

    Over 5,000 members have joined the party since the beginning of February, when Jeremy Corbyn ordered his MPs to vote in favour of triggering Article 50.

    This comes amid reports that the Labour Party's membership has fallen by almost 11,000 over the last four weeks.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    As the Prime Minister triggered Article 50, the Liberal Democrats have emphasised that it is still possible for people to stop a Hard Brexit and that the by-election in Manchester Gorton will be a chance to force Labour and the Government to "change course."

    The date for the Manchester Gorton by-election has been set for the 4th May. The Liberal Democrats are mounting a strong campaign as the only challengers to Labour in the seat.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    Theresa May has delivered a "blatant threat" to the EU 27 by threatening to withdraw security co-operation if we do not receive a favourable trade deal, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said.

    The letter comes as a European Parliament text outlining the EU's position has warned the UK not to seek a trade-off between security and trade in the Brexit negotiations.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    MEPs will tell the UK that it can change its mind about leaving the EU even after Theresa May triggers Article 50 tomorrow.

    The European Parliament resolution, set to be voted on next week, will stress the Government could still halt the process during the next two years of Brexit talks.

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake commented:

  • Article: Mar 27, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have highlighted six tests that the Labour party have already failed on Brexit, in response to Keir Starmer's speech today.

    These include failing to oppose the Government's hard Brexit plans, stand up for Britain's membership of the Single Market or give the British people the final say on the Brexit deal.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2017

    Commenting on today's attack in Westminster, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "These were horrific and deeply tragic events and my thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of those who lost their lives today and the many more who are injured.

    "The bravery and professionalism of the police and emergency services has been truly humbling."

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have today published a paper setting out the challenges facing the UK's creative industries.

    The Power of Creativity and Brexit paints a testing picture for the industry, with potentially huge impacts from changes to freedom of movement, loss of investment and funding and less access to markets after Brexit.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    George Galloway's decision to stand in the Manchester Gorton by-election could boost the chances of a Liberal Democrat win.

    Mr Galloway once acted like a cat during a stint on reality show Big Brother but his politics are perhaps even more alarming.

    George Galloway cat

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "While George Galloway won't pick up enough votes to win, he clearly will take a number of votes from Labour. That increases our chances of winning as the only party that can beat Labour in Manchester Gorton.

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    Article: Mar 20, 2017

    Commenting on news that Theresa May is to trigger Article 50 on the 29th March, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "Theresa May is embarking on an extreme and divisive Brexit. She has rushed this through without a plan, and without a clue.

    "On the day Theresa May is travelling the country claiming she wants to bring the United Kingdom together, she lets it be known she is about to unleash division and bitterness.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2017

    There are various links to show you some of the key events at our recent national conference in York"

    Watch Tim Farron's Live Q&A over on our Facebook page:


    Tim took questions from the audience, and from you at home, submitted in advance and live on the day, covering everything from Europe, to Health, to Housing to how to get young people involved in politics.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2017

    Tim Farron's speech to the 2017 Liberal Democrat Spring Conference

    Whether you support Brexit or not, Britain needs a decent opposition

    A few weeks ago I was in Doncaster, filming for a Laura Kuenssberg documentary. They took me to a pub to meet a group of people who had voted Leave, and I got talking to one of the guys there - a Scottish businessman who'd lived in Yorkshire for many years, a bit older than me, pro-union, anti-Europe.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have demanded the government re-open the Dubs child refugee scheme, at the party's Conference in York.

    The party has slammed the Government reasons for closing the scheme as 'lies'.

    The Government has been condemned for closing down a scheme to accept lone refugee children marooned in Europe after allowing just 350 displaced youngsters, not thousands as expected.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2017
  • Article: Mar 18, 2017

    Liberal Democrat members have today voted for proposals to maintain a credible minimum nuclear deterrent, keeping the Trident Successor Programme but ending continuous at-sea deterrence

    The proposals would mean the UK's submarines would patrol at irregular intervals, meaning the UK's adversaries would not know when our submarines were at sea so the deterrent is maintained.

  • Article: Mar 18, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have called for an "NHS Passport" to secure the rights of the 59,000 EU citizens working in the NHS, as figures have revealed a sharp rise in nurses from the EU quitting the health service.

    Over 2,700 EU nurses left the NHS in 2016, a 68% increase compared to two years ago. Separate figures from the Royal College of Nursing have shown the number of EU nationals registering as nurses in England has dropped by 92%, while there are 24,000 nurse jobs unfilled in the NHS.

  • Article: Mar 18, 2017

    Today, at their conference in York, Liberal Democrats have slammed the government over the Great Repeal Bill. Foreign Affairs spokesperson Tom Brake has said the government are 'playing with fire' and the party 'is up for the next Brexit Battle'.

    The motion passed this lunchtime agreed to strictly limit the scope for the Government to give itself powers to change legislation through 'Henry VIII' powers, and secure the maximum Parliamentary oversight of powers given to ministers.

  • Article: Mar 18, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have put forward ground-breaking proposals to reduce overcrowding in prisons, including overhauling sentencing policy and decriminalising the possession of drugs for personal use.

    The party has also called on the Government to increase the number of prison officers beyond the 2,500 Liz Truss has promised.

  • Article: Mar 18, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats reaffirmed their commitment to the decriminalisation of sex work, as well as the quashing of past sex work convictions.

    The party has also called for additional support for people trying to leave sex work including increased education and training, the involvement of Local Housing Authorities and healthcare services.

  • Article: Mar 18, 2017

    So, never let it be said that I don't play fair.

    My daughter Gracie went on Spanish exchange to Madrid last month to stay with her friend Alba, and her Parents took them to Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium.

    This week it's our turn to host Alba, and where have we taken her in return?

    That's right, we've brought her here to Liberal Democrat party conference.

  • Article: Mar 16, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have today published the interim report by the independent panel of health experts commissioned by Norman Lamb to set out a new deal for Britain's Health and Social Care Services.

    The panel is independent of the party and is making recommendations based on the experience and expertise of its members which they hope are considered by all political parties.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2017

    There were almost 5,000 same-sex marriages in the year equal marriage was introduced, new figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed.

    The figures show there were 4,850 marriages between same-sex couples in 2014, 44% (2,129) between male couples and 56% (2,721) between female couples. In total 1 in 46 marriages that year were between same-sex couples.

  • Article: Mar 13, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrats will continue to oppose a new independence referendum.

    Commenting on Nicola Sturgeon's plans for a second referendum, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "Scottish Liberal Democrats stood for election last year on a platform to oppose a new independence referendum. That is what we will do.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2017

    Philip Hammond has delivered his Brexit squeeze budget, which will not only leave our NHS and care services in crisis but ordinary households will be clobbered, leaving them £700 per year worse off.

    In this video, Liberal Democrat peer Susan Kramer looks at what this Budget means for you and our country.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2017

    The Tories have been attacked today by the Liberal Democrats as 'betraying' small businesses. The Budget still meant that businesses could pay £600 more a year.

    Hammond pledged that no firm losing small business rate relief will see their bill increase next year by more than £50 a month, this works out at £600 a year.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2017

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has attacked the Brexit squeeze budget, saying the government's decision to take us out of the Single Market will cost the average UK household over £700 a year. Meanwhile, the Chancellor has clobbered "white van man" with £193 increase by next year in National Insurance charges.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2017

    The Chancellor has broken a Conservative manifesto pledge by introducing a tax on entrepreneurs and "white van man" with a rise in National Insurance payments that will cost them £93 by next year. Meanwhile cuts in corporation tax will still go ahead and wealthy pensioners will not being ask to pay a greater share.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2017

    The Government's approach to school spending will see an increase in grammar schools and widening gaps in quality of schooling.

    The Liberal Democrats have called for any extra money for education to be spent on reversing the devastating £3bn of cuts to school budgets that will see an 8% cut in per pupil funding by 2020.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2017

    As health and social care services struggle increasingly with a lack of funding and increasing demand we wonder how much longer the Government can ignore this mounting?

    In the last six months alone there have been more and more examples of the impacts of these cuts across the country…


    When inspectors described the NHS as standing on a' 'burning platform'.

  • Article: Mar 7, 2017

    In an extremely rare move for the House of Lords the Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment against the Brexit Bill at Third Reading.

    The Liberal Democrats tabled the amendment which declines to allow the Bill to pass following today's defeat of their amendment demanding that the people are given a final say on the Brexit deal.

  • Article: Mar 3, 2017
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    A video message from Nick Clegg ahead of our action weekend!

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