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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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Recent updates

  • Article: Nov 2, 2020
    By Gerald Vernon-Jackson

    It's been an appalling sight to watch Conservative MPs refuse to feed children during the school holidays.

    No child should be going hungry in a modern country like Britain.

    No child should be going hungry in a modern country like Britain.

    Faced with an injustice like this, we can't just stand idly by.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2020
    By Nick Stuart

    A second lockdown is a disaster but it is inevitable given the rate of increase throughout the UK. The consequences of letting this disease rip through the population are too serious to accept.

    Listening to people with real knowledge of this disease from medicine, public health and epidemiology we cannot wish this away. Public servants in departments, the NHS and local government have been working hard to reduce the spread. We we have all seen the vast majority of Islanders doing their bit, and the heroic efforts of local businesses and organisations. However this has not been enough yet.

  • Article: Oct 31, 2020

    Yet again, Boris Johnson dithered, delayed and ignored expert advice.

    People across our country have sacrificed so much.

    He was too slow in March and too slow again now, and his failure to lead has cost lives and jobs.

    People across our country have sacrificed so much, waiting for Ministers to act and keep our families safe.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2020

    Earlier this week, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey called on the four governments of the UK to work together and agree on a set of unified guidelines that would work for families across the UK during the festive season.

    We're glad to see that the UK leaders have listened to the Liberal Democrats' calls.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2020

    The recent contact tracing figures show that the current system is still woefully inadequate.

    This is despite repeated calls for the Government to fix Test and Trace. The test, trace and isolate system is essential to not only slow the spread of coronavirus, but for people to have any hope of ever getting out of the Government's restrictions.

  • Article: Oct 29, 2020

    Hundreds of thousands of extra email addresses are being made available via the Lighthouse system. These are from people who have backed at least one of the party's national campaigns. The email addresses come with the necessary permissions to use them.

    Previously, such email addresses were not shared with local parties. But this is changing as part of improvements to our use of data, helping grassroots campaigners.

  • Article: Oct 28, 2020

    Families across the UK have had an extremely difficult year being separated from their loved ones. They deserve a Christmas that is as normal as possible.

    So far, Boris Johnson's government has been badly prepared and slow to act at every stage throughout the Covid-19 crisis. That can't happen again, especially for Christmas.

  • Article: Oct 26, 2020

    This committee knows that to get ourselves back to winning ways, we need to be ambitious going forwards and honest about the recent past.

    In that vein, this month we discussed the internal investigation we commissioned into the Liberal Democrat response to the Unite to Remain campaign, and its structural and electoral implications for the Party.

  • Article: Oct 26, 2020

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 19th October

    Monday 19th October

    Before we moved onto the main business of the day, we had two Ministerial Statements.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2020

    If ever there was a time for us to act in support of Hong Kongers, it is now.

    Many Hong Kongers have suffered grave persecution at the hands of the Chinese Regime.

    With repeated reports of police brutality, the UK has a moral and legal duty to stand with Hong Kongers and ensure no one is left behind to suffer under the Chinese Communist Party.

  • Article: Oct 22, 2020

    Despite the massive effort people have made to fight coronavirus it's clear that the road to recovery is going to be rockier than we first feared.

    With millions of workers worried about their livelihoods, the British people deserve a Government that listens to their concerns and does everything in its power to protect them. Sadly, this isn't the case.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2020

    Improving our candidate process

    Following the issues with our Mayor of London selection and in response to a request from the London Lib Dems, I asked Alison Suttie - a Liberal Democrat peer and the new chair of the Joint Candidate Subcommittee (JCSC) - to do an investigation to learn the lessons, not only for London but for our selections more generally.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2020

    I have a bill going through the House of Lords right now, the Domestic Premises (Energy Performance) Bill.

    It requires the Government to ensure (with certain reasonable exceptions) that all fuel poor households are properly insulated and heated to achieve Energy Performance Certificate band C by 2030, and all other households by 2035.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    The Conservatives have continually promised to back British farmers throughout the Brexit process, but their failure last week to uphold our high food standards reveals just how hollow those promises were.

    Our high agricultural standards must be protected in international trade deals and after the transition period.

  • Article: Oct 19, 2020
    By Alistair Carmichael

    Conservative MPs have rejected all 10 cross-party amendments to the Government's Immigration Bill passed by the House of Lords earlier this month, including three from the Liberal Democrats.

    The 28-day time limit on immigration detention (Amendment 6) - introduced by Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Hamwee in the House of Lords - was rejected by 328 votes to 264.

  • Article: Oct 19, 2020

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 12th October

    Monday 12th October

    Monday was a key day for British Farming, but the House started off with a Prime Ministerial Statement from Boris Johnson regarding the new tier system for Covid-restrictions. Ed Davey and Munira Wilson led the charge for the Lib Dems, with Ed stressing that time is of the essence; the British people have made painful sacrifices and the government cannot squander the opportunity to get solid testing systems in place. Munira raised another glitch in the trace system which attributes positive cases for students to their home addresses, rather than university addresses, skewing critical data.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2020

    Today, Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael led cross-party opposition to the Government's Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill, calling a vote against the legislation in the House of Commons.

    Writing in the Independent ahead of the debate, Alistair set out our concerns:

  • Article: Oct 15, 2020

    People across the country have endured terrible hardships over the past six months. They've lost loved ones, lost livelihoods and been cut off from friends and family.

    We have made huge sacrifices and played by the Government's rules - we deserve to have confidence that these rules will work.

    Instead, our efforts are being squandered by the incompetence of Boris Johnson. His Test and Trace system is not fit for purpose, and scientific advice is being ignored.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2020

    I am pleased to announce today that in Wales we have secured free school meal provision for all school holidays until at least Easter 2021.

    The coronavirus pandemic has presented countless challenges this year, but with the Welsh Government now guaranteeing £11 million for these provisions, we can help support those who look to school for more than just education.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2020
    By Ed Davey

    The Government have completely lost control of coronavirus across vast swathes of the country, and the situation in London is looking very difficult.

    In the north of England, and now in London, the sacrifices of millions of people have been squandered by this Government.

    Because of Boris Johnson's failure to ensure our test, trace and isolate system worked, millions of people will have to make those sacrifices again.

  • Page: Oct 14, 2020

    LibDem BLAC Initiatives

    To mark Black History Month in the U.K, the Liberal Democrats Black Lives Action Committee (BLAC) is publishing a short series of compositions, beginning with the attached BLAC Liberal Democrats Policy Agenda.

    The BLAC Liberal Democrats Policy Agenda proposes steps to dismantle old systems and structures that inhibit prosperity and build new ones that will unlock Black people's collective potential in Britain. At 20 pages, it is a lengthy document, but it is also easily accessible. Please keep in mind that you are asked to read and provide feedback on (less than) one page per 20 years of Black Britons subjugation by often cruel and unjust systems and processes, including, but not limited to, slavery.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2020
    By Wera Hobhouse

    On behalf of the Liberal Democrats, I have written to Equalities Minister Liz Truss calling on her to stop all forms of hair discrimination.

    We must combat racism wherever we find it in our society, and this all-too-prevalent form of prejudice must end.

    Read my letter in full...

    Dear Liz,

    We are writing to urge you to take action to end hair discrimination in schools, colleges and workplaces, and throughout society.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2020

    People across this country have endured terrible hardships over the past six months: losing loved ones, losing livelihoods and isolating from friends and family.

    People are angry to see their hard work and sacrifices utterly wasted by the incompetence of Boris Johnson.

    That's why people are so angry to see their hard work and sacrifices utterly wasted by the incompetence of Boris Johnson.

  • Article: Oct 10, 2020

    What are we calling for?

    We want the Government to commit to three steps which will make a world of difference to struggling families and help end child hunger:

    1. Extend eligibility for free school meals to every pupil in primary and secondary school, whose parents or guardians are in receipt of Universal Credit
    2. Food vouchers for every one of those pupils in every school holiday
    3. Food vouchers for every one of those pupils during any period of lockdown
  • Article: Oct 9, 2020

    This World Mental Health Day, it's more important than ever that we take the time to reflect on our wellbeing.

    The coronavirus crisis has exacerbated mental ill health for many people across the UK, and although tackling Covid-19 is the most critical battle our health system is facing right now, it's crucial that we remember to take care of our mental health too.

  • Article: Oct 9, 2020

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 5th October

    Monday 5th October

    Another week, another issue with Track and Trace.

  • Article: Oct 9, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to extend access to Free School Meals to all children whose families are on universal credit, and guarantee food vouchers to those children when schools are closed for holidays or during periods of lockdown.

    Coronavirus has shone a new spotlight on the issue of child hunger - but this is not a new issue

  • Article: Oct 7, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    This is an incredibly difficult time for people. Right across our country, coronavirus has caused enormous upheaval and uncertainty.

    Too many have lost loved ones. Too many have lost their livelihoods.

    In many ways this crisis has amplified pressures in our communities that have for too long been ignored. That must change.

  • Article: Oct 2, 2020

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 28th July

    Monday 28th September

    We had a relatively quiet start to the week with a general debate on Covid-19. Munira led our response to this debate, highlighting our concerns with the situation in care homes.

  • Article: Oct 1, 2020
    By Ed Davey

    October is Black History Month - a time to celebrate the enormous contributions Black people have made to our country.

    Black History Month - a time to celebrate the enormous contributions Black people have made to our country.

    Their contributions have shaped our national identity and are evident in every field from literature, politics, science, business, music and arts.

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