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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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  • Article: Sep 7, 2018
    By Greg Foster

    THE PROPOSITION

    What are the proposed reforms?
    The introduction of a supporters' scheme. This is expected to be free of charge and supporters will have the right to vote in leadership elections.

    Dropping the requirement for people to have been a member for a certain length of time before they can stand for selection. At present, members must be a fully paid-up party member for 12 consecutive months in England & Wales and nine consecutive months in Scotland before they can be assessed for approval to be Prospective Parliamentary Candidates. Removing the restriction of the party leader having to be an MP. All members and registered supporters would be able to choose from a wider pool of candidates.
    This is arguably the most crucial point in British politics for more than 70 years. Why are we doing this now?
    By engaging our supporters and growing our base, we strengthen our voice against Brexit. These proposals signal our openness to new people and will bring extra energy at a time of national crisis, reinforcing our efforts.

    There is also political realignment, with the emergence of broad campaign groups involving many or all parties, such as the People's Vote and More United. Numerous parties have been labelled as 'centrist', 'moderate' or even 'liberal'. We need to be at the heart of that political realignment and show that the Liberal Democrats are the natural party for people fed-up of the extremes of British politics. The Liberal Democrats are changing British politics. We're opening up our party to new supporters and listening to our members about how best to do it.
    Why have you sprung this on the party?
    These proposals flesh out the strategy passed at the Liberal Democrat spring conference in Southport this year. We passed a motion that promised to "create a political and social movement which encourages people to take and use power in their own lives and communities" and to create "a much larger base of long-term, loyal supporters".
    What data do you have to support this proposition?
    A newly "open" Lib Dem party would be two to three times more popular than it is presently, according to research we commissioned from Data Sciences. The poll has a +/- 2% margin of error.
    Is this just a poor man's Momentum?
    No. This is a much more comprehensive set of reforms that will provide a home for those millions who are uncomfortable with the polarisation of British politics.

    Momentum is a movement of the far left. We are creating a movement for people from the centre who believe in a free, fair and open society and oppose extremism and nationalism.

    We must not be afraid to try something new to attract moderate people who want a better politics.
    Are these proposals set in stone?
    No, this is a democratic party and the leader cannot impose his proposals on it. However, the leader has made a series of recommendations that he believes will open up the party and enthuse membership and supporters.

    There will be a consultation session, led by Vince, at the annual conference in Brighton. There is a consultative fringe meeting at conference solely about the supporters scheme.

    There is also a consultation of all members, which will be published on the Liberal Democrat website shortly after Friday's speech. Its launches on 7th September and will closes on 14th October. When the consultation closes, Vince will ask the Federal Board to commission an all-member ballot. Final proposals will be subject to a vote at conference.
  • Wera Hobouse.
    Article: Sep 5, 2018

    Letting fees are an unfair cost pushed onto tenants by greedy landlords.

    Today a bill to abolish letting fees achieved third reading in the House of Commons and I spoke in favour of the bill

    The leading cause of homelessness is the ending of a private rented sector tenancy. Whilst rental costs continue to spiral, people are becoming trapped: they cannot afford their rent and they cannot afford to move somewhere more affordable as a result of the myriad of administrative fees.

  • Ed Davey outside Kingston Police Station.
    Article: Sep 5, 2018
    By Edward Davey

    In an interview with The Guardian, I set out our ambitious plan to fix the UK's broken immigration system, end the Conservatives' hostile environment and celebrate the positive impact immigration has had on the United Kingdom.

    Our policy paper, A Fair Deal for Everyone: Prosperity and Dignity in Migration, will be debated this month in Brighton. It calls for a new right to work for refugees and asylum seekers, major reform of the Home Office - giving control of work permit policy to the Business Department and student visa policy to the Education Department, policies to make family reunification easier and scrapping the net migration target.

  • Article: Sep 4, 2018

    Over the weekend, member Ruby Chow started a thread on Twitter asking Lib Dems who the top ten most important people in the party were to them.

    What followed was a thread full of love for Lib Dems across the country who have encouraged, supported or inspired others.

    Some members named MPs and Lords that inspired them the most:

  • Article: Sep 1, 2018

    Ever feel like you never get to see other Lib Dems from the region? Do you sometimes think "I wish I could have a chat with Jane and Bill from that other local party over a nice pint"? Well now's your chance!

    For those of you who are coming to Federal Conference, we are having our annual South Central Regional get together on Sunday 16th September from 18-19:30.

    It will be in The Hop Poles pub, 13 Middle Street, Brighton, BN1 1AL which is where we had it two years ago.

    Come thirsty.

  • Vince Cable in Twickenham
    Article: Aug 30, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    The report - "Taxing Land, Not Investment" - calls for the abolition of business rates and its replacement with a tax on land values, the Commercial Landowner Levy (CLL). The levy would remove buildings and machinery from calculations and tax only the land value of commercial sites, boosting investment and cutting taxes for businesses in nine out of ten English local authorities.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Aug 30, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    The Government have refused to guarantee that MPs will see the full impact analysis of a no-deal Brexit before the final vote on departure from the EU.

    The Government are clearly losing the plot.

    Refusing to show MPs the full damage a no-deal Brexit would inflict on our country makes a mockery of the discredited mantra 'Taking Back Control'.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2018

    Our Exit from Brexit Summer Campaign is in full swing. Across the country, Liberal Democrats have been speaking to voters in their area about how disastrous Brexit is going to be.

    Sorry, the rest of this article is just for members.

    If you're a member, log in here:

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    Forgotten your password? Reset it here.

    If you'd like to become a member, you can join today from just £1 a month:

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  • Dominc Raab, MRA and Brexit Secretary. Image: Policy Exchange
    Article: Aug 24, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    In a speech today the Brexit Secretary set out the no-deal Brexit papers.

    No one will be surprised that the Brexit Secretary was hot and flustered today. What he set out means a disaster for British families and British jobs.

    We also have yet further confirmation that there is no prospect that a plan will be delivered in the next six months, not least on the Northern Ireland border and post-Brexit customs arrangements.

  • Jeremy Corbyn.
    Article: Aug 23, 2018

    Yesterday, I sent you a video of Corbyn refusing to answer a question about whether we would be better off after Brexit five times.

    Already this has been seen fifty thousand times on Facebook thanks to you all sharing it online - and with no sign of it slowing down.

    You can watch it yourself here:

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    More than 7 in 10 Labour voters want to have a vote on the final deal that Theresa May has put together - with an option to stay in the EU.

  • Sal Brinton speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Aug 15, 2018

    It may be mid-August but the bad news about Brexit is increasing by the day! Senior Brexiteers such as Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg continue to peddle their populist nonsense, against the facts: the pound dropping against the Euro; international organisations moving their EU HQ out of Britain; and even the Governor of the Bank of England confirming Brexit will not be good for the economy. Only Vince Cable and the Lib Dems remain totally committed to an Exit from Brexit, and giving the people a Final Say on the deal, with more regions that voted leave now changing their minds.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2018

    The last ten days have seen major stories of racism in both of Britain's major parties.

    What is happening in the Labour party - and Boris Johnson's comments this week - are frightening to many Jewish and Muslim people living in Britain.

    This is a reflection of the way the politics of identity dominates politics today and attracts comments, sometimes critical or offensive, about particular groups.

  • Nick Harvey | Image: Chatham House
    Article: Aug 10, 2018

    After the 2015 election disaster, a comprehensive post-mortem led by James Gurling analysed what had gone wrong and made a huge number of detailed recommendations of what should be done differently next time.

    However, the snap election of 2017, coming just two years later and out of left field, meant that we were still recovering from 2015 and had not had much chance to implement many of those changes.

  • Liberal Democrat activists get a briefing in a by-election HQ
    Article: Aug 10, 2018

    I say no - conscience comes before one's own ambitions and equality, tolerance & justice are far more important that one's own career path. The future of our great United Kingdom and our future generations is far more important than anything else in my view and worth fighting for every step of the way.

    Politics surely should be about policies and not personal attacks - what a shame it hasn't remained that way? What I did not realise is that this was just the beginning of a long and rocky ride over the coming months where I saw a real lurch to the right, in the words of the former Tory MP Stephen Phillips QC the party has started to mould itself into 'UKIp-Lite'.

  • Ed Davey outside Kingston Police Station.
    Article: Aug 8, 2018

    Theresa May once called modern slavery "the great human rights issue of our time", and she was right. The very idea that human beings are held in bondage in the UK today - forced to pick fruit and wash cars, to work on construction sites and in nail bars - is sickening.

    In 2015, the Coalition Government passed a Modern Slavery Act to make it easier to identify victims and bring traffickers to justice, and prosecutions have increased as a result. But now, many of Theresa May's own policies are undermining efforts to tackle it.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2018
    By Sophie Tyrrill

    I first became involved with party politics when I was 18. I was studying an undergraduate degree in Politics and Religious Studies (later refined to straight Politics) at Cardiff University. Like most first years, I had planned to join at least one society and throw myself into student life at the University. I knew I wanted to join a political society, and for me what was then Cardiff Conservative Future seemed like the perfect option.

  • Article: Aug 7, 2018
    By Roderick Lynch

    The new Liberal Democrat Campaign for Race Equality aims to make the Liberal Democrats a truly multiracial party - to become a leading political force for race equality and integration.

    The Alderdice review into race equality within the party made for uncomfortable reading. It concluded that the party was not integrated at any level - and that too many of our local parties were overwhelmingly white in multiracial communities.

  • Lib Dem conference delegates voting.
    Article: Jul 30, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    The dates and locations for Spring and Autumn conference 2019 have been announced.

    Spring conference - York Barbican - 16-17th March 2019
    Autumn Conference - Bournemouth International Centre - 15-18th September 2019

    Conference is where our party makes decisions on our future direction.

    You can participate in thought-provoking debates, meet like-minded people, make party policy, hear from experts on a range of topics at our fringe events and learn new skills at our training sessions.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2018

    Last year I attended ALDC (the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigns) Kickstart weekend as part of their Future Leaders scheme.

    15 or so young people in the party are offered individual mentorship to help them get to where they want to be in the party - whether that is an MP, a Councillor, or something else.

  • The House of Lords. Image: UK Parliament
    Article: Jul 27, 2018

    It's wise to choose for a private member's bill a discrete topic to address a problem which has been identified and can be relatively easily solved - and which the Government might be prepared to see implemented. But sometimes the concern to take forward a cause overtakes wisdom - thus my Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill which finished making its way through the Lords on 3rd July and has been taken up in the Commons by Tim Farron.

  • A cluster of Liberal Democrat balloons.
    Article: Jul 27, 2018

    Today the Government reported that patients in need of cannabis-based medicines will be allowed access to them in 'exceptional circumstances'.

    This is very welcome and long overdue change, which will be a relief for many patients and their families. It is disgraceful that people have been left to suffer for so long, because the Conservative Government have refused to accept evidence of the benefits of cannabis based medicines.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2018
    By Almona Choudhury

    I want to tell you why I joined the Liberal Democrats and to encourage you to make the same journey.

    As first-generation immigrants, my parents could have barely imagined the journey they or their children would make in the mother country. As an immigrant from South Asia, barely able to communicate in English, my mother built up a real estate business in London, in a country which has increasingly diversified in the intervening years.

  • Nick Harvey | Image: Chatham House
    Article: Jul 26, 2018

    Since its launch in 2013, the Membership Incentive Scheme has helped our party not just grow, but thrive.

    The money from it has helped local parties grow their membership, fight campaigns and demand better for their communities.

    In recent years, we've seen a worrying trend developing though. More and more local parties stopped actively recruiting new members.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2018

    The last article talked about building your team - once you've got them you have to give them something to do. Delivering leaflets is essential, but the most effective thing we can do to get people to vote for us is talk to them.

  • Lib Dem conference delegates voting.
    Article: Jul 20, 2018

    Federal Conference Committee met this weekend - unusually at Amnesty HQ in London rather than LDHQ - to set the Agenda for Autumn conference in Brighton.

    If you have not yet registered, please don't forget - conference runs from the 15th to 18th September, and you can sign up at https://www.eventsforce.net/autumnconference2018. Or, if you'd like to take advantage of our new refer-a-friend discounts, see https://www.libdems.org.uk/refer_a_friend

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Jul 19, 2018

    1. He approves of a higher pay rate for men

    His statements on the gender pay gap are shocking. He stated, "men work longer hours, die earlier but retire later than women." He expanded, saying "from the cradle to the grave, men get the raw deal".

    Raab's comments are completely out of touch with reality, plain and simple.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2018

    It is a day when we must remember that every person has the power to change the world.

    It has been 100 years since Mandela's birth. His dedication to the service of humanity and his contribution to the struggle for democracy continue to inspire millions of people.

    Global inequality remains a serious problem facing in the world and protecting human rights is an ongoing struggle of immense importance.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2018

    Today the Electoral Commission ruled on what we all knew - Leave cheated.

    Vote Leave have been fined £60,000 for incomplete and inaccurate expenses and for working jointly with pro-Brexit group BeLeave - and using this to get around their spending ceiling of £7 million.

    And, lest we forget, the referendum result was just 51.9% for Leave and 48.1% for Remain.

  • Jo Swinson speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Jul 18, 2018
    By Jo Swinson

    Two weeks ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. His name is Gabriel and we adore him.

    My situation isn't typical - I'm an MP. I'm not only an MP, I'm the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    And our party's goal right now - above all else - is to stop Brexit. We want to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal, including the option to remain in the EU.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2018

    So you have your team, you know who to talk to, but what are you going to tell people, and how are you going to do it.

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