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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

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

    Bluntly, David Davis' resignation today makes it clear: this government is up shit creek without a paddle.

    It is obvious to all - Brexiters and Remainers alike - that Theresa May cannot deliver on Brexit.

    This is most important issue in a generation and the government has failed.

    "This Government is up s**t creek without a paddle"

  • Article: Jul 8, 2018
    Regional Policy Committee would love to hear from members with policy or debate ideas for Autumn Regional Conference. We can help research and draft your ideas into a motion and push it further in the Party. Motions passed at the regional level help influence federal policy, both on their own, and as a step towards a successful motion at Federal Conference.

    If you are new to the party and want to know how you can influence party policy, unsure of what 'policy' is, or have an idea you want us to develop regionally or nationally, please email Mohsin Khan, chair of the Policy Committee, at mohsin.khan@wadh.oxon.org and we'll help you.

    We are also looking for people who can speak or advise on topics at future events to get in touch. If you have any expertise in particular field (for example: education, police, health, defense, engineering, etc.) and would like to contribute to regional or federal policy in any way, please email Mohsin at the email address above.
  • Article: Jul 8, 2018

    Today is UK Black Pride, a day to hear from and celebrate those of us who live in the BAME-LGBT intersection.

    I am one of these people. nadya-phoenix.png

    My name is Nadya Phoenix and I am on the board of the newly established Liberal Democrat Campaign for Race Equality.

    Coming out was a long, and at times very lonely road for me. It took attending an Arab Lesbian/Bisexual event for me to realise that I was not alone. It was a massive step in accepting my sexuality and myself.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Jul 4, 2018

    What is an opposition day debate?

    Opposition Days are a chance for opposition party's to decide on a motion for debate in the House of Commons. In most cases the Official Opposition will choose the topic, but this Thursday we will get to set the agenda and debate an issue of our choosing. We only get to lead opposition day debates a couple of times a year, so we want to ensure we use this to debate the issue which is most important to our members.

  • Sal Brinton speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Jul 4, 2018
    By Sal Brinton

    It's that exciting time of the year again!

    Party awards time!

    Every year at Autumn Conference we hand out prestigious party awards to members who have done some of the most outstanding work in the party. Going above and beyond the call of duty time and time again.

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

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

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  • Two computer screens at a desk.
    Article: Jul 2, 2018

    One of our suppliers, Typeform, informed us that on the 3rd May 2018 they suffered a data breach - and data from Liberal Democrat members was among the data affected.

    You will have received an email if your data was affected.

    Typeform have informed us that an external hacker managed to get unauthorised access to one of our recent Member Experience Survey and downloaded the results.

    This survey contained names and email address, so we are asking affected members to watch out for potential phishing scams or spam emails. This survey also contained information about political opinions, such as the campaigns and policy areas that are most important to you.

    The survey did not contain any financial details and no other data held on any other systems has been compromised in this breach.

    We are in communication with Typeform and will be re-evaluating our relationship with them in light of this incident.

    We take the security of your data seriously and if we are not satisfied that sufficient steps have been taken to secure your data, we will terminate our relationship with Typeform.

    We have also voluntarily reported this incident to the Information Commissioner's Office.

    We're incredibly sorry that this happened and if you have any other questions about the data breach, please feel free to contact us by emailing help@libdems.org.uk - we'll do our best to answer any queries you may have.

    Sir Nick Harvey

  • Six medics in discussion.
    Article: Jul 2, 2018

    There have been times this past week when the emotional arguments surrounding the medicinal cannabis debate have threatened to overwhelm me.

    It's an issue that's affected me not just as a politician, but on a deeply personal level too.

    It seemed utterly unbelievable that it took a young boy's life potentially being endangered before the Conservative government accepted the evidence that many have been pointing to for years.

  • Pride flag. Image: Benson Kua.
    Article: Jun 28, 2018
    By Edward Davey

    One of my own proudest political moments as a Liberal Democrat was moving the amendment in a parliamentary committee that abolished section 28 - that shocking discriminatory law which banned the "promotion" of homosexuality by local authorities and schools. And with 2018 marking 30 years since the original passing of Section 28 we need to recall the damage that odious law did: it not only led to the LGBT+ community being shunned by some but it also gave rise to homophobic bullying in many communities.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jun 26, 2018

    "At the centre of the last budget was a pledge to build 300,000 UK houses a year to address the 'housing crisis'.

    We were taken back to the days when a post-war Conservative Government, under Churchill, was elected with this level of ambition, and more than succeeded.

    Or to the interwar National Government when, under the much-maligned Neville Chamberlain, when there was a similar level of ambition and achievement in the aftermath of, and as an antidote to, the Great Crash.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2018

    To make matters worse Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party is still cowering behind the sofa rather than being a real opposition.

    If there was ever a time for the people to stand up and demand to be listened to it is now - and they are.

    23rd June is the second anniversary of the European referendum Leavers lied about having a plan and it's now clear that there is no plan for our exit. It's costing us all money, jobs, damaging the NHS and the future for peace and security for our young.

  • Article: Jun 16, 2018
    By Bansri Buddhdev

    The Liberal Democrats have many strengths as a party.

    But right now we failing in one key area - diversity. We have too few women, too few people without a university education - and far too few BAME members in our party.

    This is not the kind of party we want to be.

    Together we are going to do something about it but I need you to be bold.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2018

    We were so close.

    Lib Dem MP Wera Hobhouse has been fighting to make 'upskirting' (taking photographs up a woman's skirt without their consent) a specific criminal offence.

    This morning it looked likely that this vile practice would be outlawed after it received backing from the Ministry of Justice, Number 10 and numerous MPs across the house.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Jun 15, 2018

    To make matters worse Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party is still cowering behind the sofa rather than being a real opposition.

    If there was ever a time for the people to stand up and demand to be listened to it is now - and they are.

    23rd June is the second anniversary of the European referendum Leavers lied about having a plan and it's now clear that there is no plan for our exit. It's costing us all money, jobs, damaging the NHS and the future for peace and security for our young.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2018

    This month has been the most successful yet frustrating one we've had for our Brexit campaign.

    At the end of May we won a series of victories against the government in the House of Lords.

    We defeated the government on the EU Withdrawal Bill a staggering 15 times - thanks to the thousands of supporters who wrote to Peers we identified who would consider supporting us on this.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2018

    When I was little, my grandfather got involved in amateur dramatics. He wasn't very good, but I mention it because the role that I best remember him playing was that of a judge in a play called "Breaking the Code", about the life and trial of Alan Turing. It was important to grandpa because he had always thought of Alan Turing as a national hero. He felt that his intelligence work at Bletchley had turned the tide of the war in the north Atlantic, where my grandfather was an officer on a destroyer. Grandpa felt that, despite his heroism, Alan Turing had been terribly ill used by the British establishment and the judiciary and that what happened to him ultimately brought about his destruction.

  • A pile of leaflets to be delivered in a Liberal Democrat Office
    Article: Jun 15, 2018

    Elections weren't just being held for Parliament last night - there were also two Council by-elections, a delayed election in Southwark (with three seats up for grabs!) and a by-election in Doncaster.

    In London Bridge & West Bermondsey, we pulled off a stunning win - winning all three seats that were up for grabs.

  • Wera Hobouse.
    Article: Jun 15, 2018
    By Wera Hobhouse

    Today, the Government has announced that they will be backing my Bill to make 'upskirting' a specific sexual offence.

    I've been working closely with the tenacious campaigner Gina Martin and her lawyer Ryan Whelan on the details of law reform with the Ministry of Justice - supported by hundreds of activists who have lobbied the relevant ministers for a change in the law on upskirting.

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

    I want to start by thanking Lucy Salek, our wonderful candidate in Lewisham East, and her team, including the many of you who have helped, either visiting Lewisham or helping remotely by phone. We have sent a strong message to both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn that we will continue to fight against Brexit, and insist on a people's final say on the deal.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2018

    With all the privacy notices flooding your inbox, you'll know the UK Data Protection Act passed into law.

    We would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in training, webinars, the Spring Clean, and getting ready for GDPR. We could not have done it without your help.

    The bad news is that we always have to work within the new regulations now!

  • Article: Jun 15, 2018

    Over the last five weeks, hundreds of Liberal Democrat activists have been hard at work campaigning in Lewisham East, for our fantastic candidate, Lucy Salek.

    And last night, their hard work was rewarded - we quadrupled our share of the vote and delivered a 19% swing against Labour - the largest swing against a Labour opposition since 1983.

  • Article: Jun 13, 2018

    Recent events have raised the profile of the Windrush Generation in the media and public consciousness, but sadly not for reasons our country can be proud of. Instead, we should be celebrating the contributions of migrant communities in the UK.

    Windrush citizens like myself have lived here for decades, working, raising families and making a positive contribution to British society. Our generation answered the call to help address the UK's post-WW2 labour shortage, yet many of our children know nothing of that Windrush legacy.

    To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Windrush, Liberal Democrats are calling for 22nd June to be recognised as 'National Windrush Day'. Let's give people from all ethnic backgrounds a reason to celebrate their unique identities, histories and rightful home in UK.

  • Article: Jun 13, 2018

    In news from Scotland, the Liberal Democrats have been instrumental in delivering new legislation that offers greater protection and powers to Scotland's island communities.

    Year in year out, our islands are voted among the best places to live. From unique culture to breathtaking landscapes and world class heritage, we have it all. But for those of us who live and work in our islands, we know there are also unique challenges.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Jun 13, 2018

    The EU Withdrawal Bill came back to the House of Commons this week after 15 Government defeats in the Lords. Theresa May's strategy this week was shaped entirely by her tenuous grip over her own ranks.

    Theresa May has struggled for months to maintain Tory unity during her mishandling of Brexit negotiations. Cabinet disputes are spilling into public view, ministers are resigning, and Boris Johnson is whispering about his wish to replace Theresa with Trump.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2018

    On May 4th, South Cambs Lib Dems stormed to victory in all up elections on new boundaries, winning 30 of the 45 seats. Previously we'd held just 14 out of 57 seats. Cllr Bridget Smith became the leader of South Cambridge District Council, and won the chance to put liberal politics into practice and make people's lives better where she lives.

  • Article: Jun 9, 2018

    By-elections might not be able to change the Government, but shock results can change politics and change Britain.

    And now we have a chance to do just that in Lewisham East.

    Since the referendum, every time Jeremy Corbyn could have stood up to the Tories on Brexit, he's sat on his hands.

    We can only stop Brexit with the Labour party's votes. And the only way we get those votes is if they're scared of a pro-European tide sweeping them away.

  • Article: Jun 8, 2018

    By-elections might not be able to change the Government, but shock results can change politics and change Britain.

    And now we have a chance to do just that in Lewisham East.

    Since the referendum, every time Jeremy Corbyn could have stood up to the Tories on Brexit, he's sat on his hands.

    We can only stop Brexit with the Labour party's votes. And the only way we get those votes is if they're scared of a pro-European tide sweeping them away.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jun 7, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    He explores some of the serious problems facing capitalism today, and how these issues have provoked reactions from the extremes of the political spectrum. Common sense reform is necessary to curb the worst excesses of capitalism.

    "Scarcely a day goes by without a scandal erupting around greedy or bullying bosses, pilfered pension funds, business tax dodging, chaotic private train operators, rewards for failure, bankers' bonuses, price gouging or exploitation of gig workers, zero hours contract employees or modern slaves.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: May 24, 2018

    Liberal Democrat Peers have been leading the fight against the Conservatives in the House of Lords and inflicted a whopping 15 Government defeats on the EU Withdrawal Bill. That Bill is key to reversing Brexit and is expected to return to the House of Commons in late June.

    The Liberal Democrats will now spearhead the resistance against Brexit in the Commons.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: May 19, 2018

    Congratulations to all the very many Liberal Democrats who stood for local council seats this month.

    Local democracy relies on those who put themselves forward to represent residents, so whether you won or not, I hope you will be proud of having stood.

    As a party, we saw results greatly exceeding expectations, with a big net gain of 75 councillors and four new councils under Liberal Democrat majority control.

  • Lib Dem conference delegates voting.
    Article: May 19, 2018

    We're looking for members for two new policy working groups: one on health and social care and one on climate change.

    Do you have expert knowledge of the healthcare system? Of social care? Or climate change and energy policy?

    If so there is an opportunity to help set the direction of party policy on these issues by joining a policy working groups. The party's Federal Policy Committee is launching two new working groups: a Health and Social Care working group and a Climate Change and the Low Carbon Environment working group.

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