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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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  • Article: Mar 13, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    Putin is attempting to be the puppet master of the world, it is time we cut his strings.

    The UK must build a coalition of the willing, able to put an end to Putin's murderous adventurism, and show murder condoned or directed comes at a very heavy price.

    Putin is a bully who will not be put back in his box by entreaties from the Leader of the Opposition to have a chinwag over beer and sandwiches.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Mar 13, 2018

    The Spring Statement was a non-event.

    The OECD gave us the clearer picture - that the economy is bumping along the bottom of the G20, well behind the likes of Australia, Canada and the Euro area.

    The OBR's fresh forecasts are still a long way behind the figures estimated in March 2016 before the EU referendum.

  • Stephen Lloyd.
    Article: Mar 12, 2018

    Ahead of the Chancellor's Spring Statement, I'm calling on the government to reverse cuts to the Universal Credit Work Allowance.

    The Treasury reduced the programme's funding by £3 billion annually after the Liberal Democrats left government in 2015, reducing the amount people can earn while on Universal Credit.

  • An older man with his hand on his head, being conforted by an older woman.
    Article: Mar 12, 2018

    As the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill returns to the House of Commons today, the Liberal Democrats have secured a significant victory following the government's acceptance of crucial amendments tabled by Liberal Democrats peers in the House of Lords.

    Led by Lord Sharkey, the Liberal Democrats campaigned in the House of Lords to end the scourge of cold-calling in relation to pensions, claims management and other financial services.

  • Article: Mar 10, 2018

    https://www.libdems.org.uk/every-child-empowered

  • Article: Mar 10, 2018

    https://www.libdems.org.uk/conference-spring-18-housing-motion

  • Article: Mar 10, 2018

    https://www.libdems.org.uk/ed-davey-lib-dems-are-the-party-of-policing

  • Lord Ben Stoneham delivering his speech at Spring Regional Conference
    Article: Mar 6, 2018

    The South Central Regional Conference on 24th February was a great success. Region was delighted to welcome lots of new members, attending a Regional Conference for the first time. And a big thank you to all for your excellent donations in the appeal and for purchasing raffle tickets - we managed to raise £285 through the raffle which will help fund our campaigning.

    We had excellent speeches from our MP Layla Moran and Lord Ben Stoneham (pictured left). In addition, we had training sessions on Using Connect on Polling Day, MiniVAN, and Using Social Media. Thank you to Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Ben Dowling and Vanessa McPake who stepped in to lead on various training sessions as, unfortunately, one of our trainers was unable to attend. And thank you to all of you who made speeches at our Speakers Corner. We will be selecting several of the topics submitted to be developed into policy motions to be debated at our next conference on
    Saturday, 13 October 2018 (put that date in your diary now!).

  • Article: Mar 6, 2018

    To mark 100 days to the World Cup in Russia the we've laid out a 'starting 11' of major concerns Russia needs to give the red card before kick off.

    The issues include:

    1. Stop annexing foreign territory
    2. Stop interfering with foreign elections
    3. Stop hacking foreign governments & businesses
    4. Stop institutionalised doping in sports
    5. Stop human rights abuses
    6. Stop decriminalising domestic abuse
    7. Stop supporting Assad in Syria
    8. Stop the stamping out of democracy in Russia
    9. Stop abuses against LGBT Russians
    10. Stop political assassinations at home and abroad
    11. Stop imprisoning those opposed to Putin
  • Article: Mar 3, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    And even when no other party agrees, we've stood our ground.

    Today, on our 30th Anniversary we stand strong, with 100,000 members, right across the UK and once again, we're setting out the bold ideas needed to build a strong, Liberal Britain


    ✔︎ An exit from Brexit.
    ✔︎ a new deal for social care.
    ✔︎ a new deal for schools.
    ✔︎ a new deal for services.

  • Theresa May.
    Article: Mar 2, 2018

    Commenting on Theresa May's Brexit speech at Mansion House, Vince Cable MP Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    May's diminished authority is allowing Brexit extremists to neuter any chance she has at getting an acceptable deal for the UK.

    "With a listless government beholden to hard-line Tories the only way to protect our future is ensure a referendum on the final deal. Surely, If May believes in her strategy, she would happily take it to the country."

  • Article: Feb 27, 2018
    By Alistair Carmichael

    Boris Johnson has made a bizarre appearance on the Today programme where he showed flagrant disregard for history and international affairs by comparing the Northern Ireland border with the Congestion Charge.

    Once again the Foreign Secretary has shown why he shouldn't be allowed out of the house to talk about foreign affairs.

    He has revealed a complete lack of understanding of the complexities and history of the Northern Irish border. It is one of the major outstanding issues of Brexit negotiations and one of our most senior Cabinet Ministers hasn't even bothered to read his briefing notes.

  • Article: Feb 26, 2018

    Living in Britain today, we all know the scale of the problems approaching us - and yet it seems that no-one has the courage to argue for the radical solutions we need.

    Runaway climate change; an aging population; healthcare and housing both in crisis; the passing of the liberal international order; the commercialisation of our private data; the risks and rewards of automation and AI; one tax system for multinationals and the rich, another for everyone else.

  • Jeremy Corbyn.
    Article: Feb 26, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    "Corbyn started his speech claiming that Labour's position on Brexit has been consistent, by which he must mean consistently vague. And today was no different.

    "His slight movement on the Customs Union and some EU agencies might be one step on the road to rationality, but there is still a long way to go before the rhetoric meets reality. The Labour leader spoke of putting the British people first, but made no guarantees on making sure they are the ones who have a final say on the Brexit deal.

    "The reality is there is no Brexit that is good for workers unless we stay as integrated as possible. Until Corbyn guarantees that we will stay in the Customs Union and Single Market, and gives people a chance to decide their own future, he continues to be Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, walking hand in hand with Theresa May towards a destructive Brexit that risks jobs, the economy, and the Union."

  • Jeremy Corbyn.
    Article: Feb 26, 2018

    The Conservatives are making a mess of Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn now needs to show some strength and change course.

    'A jobs-first approach to Brexit' is a dangerous, meaningless and totally undeliverable soundbite with Britain out of the single market.

    The damage leaving the single market and customs union will do to our economy poses a real risk to the NHS and public services. Corbyn needs to listen to those in his party who are calling for him to change direction.

    If Jeremy Corbyn carries on down this path of 'having your cake and eating it', it would be another betrayal to those who believe that strong public services have to be underpinned by a strong economy, and Britain staying in the single market and customs union is crucial to that.

  • Vince Cable in Twickenham
    Article: Feb 24, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    University lectures have started 14 days of strikes due to drastic changes to their pensions. They can expect to be left around £10,000 a year worse off in retirement as a result. The government must move to underwrite the Universities Superannuation Scheme, providing lectures and academic staff with guarantees that their pensions will be safe.

  • Article: Feb 22, 2018

    Immigration figures announced today show that 47,000 fewer EU nationals came to live in the UK, and that 28,000 EU nationals departed our shores, between the period of September 2016 to September 2017.

    This continued chaos and confusion over Brexit coming from the Government is damaging our economy and our communities.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Feb 21, 2018

    It is bizarre that the government was so hasty in its invocation of Article 50, but is now scrambling for extra time in transition due to the scale of the task ahead.

    The government is arbitrarily pushing for us to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, at which point it follows that the UK will no longer have a veto over new EU legislation.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    A hard Brexit will damage this thriving and flourishing industry. A recent study from the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) fears that restriction of freedom of movement may deter high-quality talent, hurting the UK economy overall. Additionally, the British Retail Consortium have estimated that around 10,200 EU nationals were employed in UK retail, with the UK Fashion and Textile Association stating that 70% of all London fashion factory workers are from the EU. Towards the end of last year, a survey revealed that 56% of all EU retail workers are worried about their ability to reside in the UK in the future.

  • Eight schoolchildren working at a table supervised by a teacher.
    Article: Feb 19, 2018

    In interviews with The Sunday Times and Andrew Marr, new Education Secretary Damian Hinds signalled he would encourage restrictions on pupils' rights to sex education.

    In the former interview, he is reported to have acknowledged he was reversing the policy of his predecessor, Justine Greening.

    Hinds also failed to commit to the reintroduction of maintenance grants for students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds as part of a review of the university system.

    The sexual harassment and intimidation scandals - and the resulting need for the #metoo movement - and the shocking rise in homophobic and transphobic attacks are just some of the reasons why compulsory sex education is vital.

    The new Education Secretary should be pushing for all children to have age-appropriate sex education, not trying to encourage the use of opt-outs that could result in young people struggling to understand the sexual rights of themselves and others.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Feb 18, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    A survey by Kantar Public, published today (Sunday, 18 February), has found that 56% of the public judge the Conservatives' handling of Berexit as poor or very poor.

    Whether people are for or against Brexit, there is clearly growing anger that the Conservatives are badly mishandling negotiations.

    Warring factions in the Conservative Party mean the prospect of sensible negotiations has long since disappeared.

    This is why there is growing support for the Liberal Democrat policy of a vote on the terms of the deal, with the option of an exit from Brexit.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Feb 17, 2018

    Everything Theresa May said in this speech illustrated that being in the EU is the best way of securing our security objectives.

    This was an opportunity for her to show some pragmatism.

    She could have shown willingness to compromise on the European Court of Justice so as to break the logjam on the European Arrest Warrant and to make sure we have access to Europol's information.

  • A pile of Liberal Democrat posters. Window posters mind. Not the really good ones.
    Article: Feb 16, 2018

    Last night, in a bumper crop of by-elections the Liberal Democrats made a hat-trick of gains and huge increases in the vote in a brace of others:

  • Outline of Northern Ireland on a map.
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    Talks have today collapsed in Stormont.

    British taxpayers have coughed up £1 billion to placate the DUP and keep them on the Government's side during this disastrous parliament. What are we getting for it? Just intransigence.

    The British government are heading for a very dangerous situation in Ireland.

  • An ambulance By Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England (South Western Ambulance VX09FYP) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    1. Saving lives
    The NHS provides some of the best emergency care in the world. Although the NHS winter crisis has placed unprecedented pressure on our health service, the NHS has, historically, maintained an impressive standard of emergency care. Last year an astounding 23.65 million of us attended A&E. This number increases each year. Over the last five years A&E departments have seen a 7.2% rise in attendance. Yet despite this enormous pressure, A&E staff display tireless dedication during gruelling 12-hour shifts and regularly go above-and-beyond the call of duty.

  • An ambulance By Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England (South Western Ambulance VX09FYP) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    1. Saving lives
    The NHS provides some of the best emergency care in the world. Although the NHS winter crisis has placed unprecedented pressure on our health service, the NHS has, historically, maintained an impressive standard of emergency care. Last year an astounding 23.65 million of us attended A&E. This number increases each year. Over the last five years A&E departments have seen a 7.2% rise in attendance. Yet despite this enormous pressure, A&E staff display tireless dedication during gruelling 12-hour shifts and regularly go above-and-beyond the call of duty.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    If this speech was supposed to offer an olive branch to Remainers, Boris must have picked up the other version.

    A clear majority of Remain and Leave voters oppose the damaging hard Brexit Boris so vigorously advocates.

    They do not want job cuts triggered by tougher trading conditions with our largest export market or life-threatening uncertainty at the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    Boris's antipathy towards the common rules and standards which apply within the EU, and to trade within the EU, is in stark contrast to Brexiters head-long rush to adopt common standards with the US which would require the UK to accept chlorine-washed chicken, hormone-fed beef, GMO products and potentially open up the NHS to US private health companies.

    If Boris is seeking to establish himself as the standard bearer of liberalism, he should dump plans to come out of the Single Market and Customs Union and campaign to stay in the world's largest free trade area.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2018
    By Shas Sheehan

    Helen Evans, former head of safeguarding at Oxfam, made damning accusations about the lack of basic processes and disregard of serious concerns she raised, the substance of which were not denied by the Chief Executive.

    The government must now accept that nothing short of a full and far-reaching enquiry into illegal sexual behaviour within Oxfam and across the wider aid sector, will do.

  • Article: Feb 12, 2018

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  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Feb 9, 2018

    Michel Barnier has warned that a transition period immediately after Brexit is 'not a given' and that he did not understand some of the UK's positions on Brexit.

    When Barnier says he doesn't understand some of the positions the UK government are taking over Brexit, he is not only speaking for the EU but also the entire British population.

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