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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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Recent updates

  • Article: Sep 21, 2019
    By Sal Brinton

    At Conference I marked your - our members and supporters - amazing contribution over the last six months since Spring Conference and I want to repeat my thanks to all of you in this newsletter.

    We asked you to all go on the Stop Brexit march on 20 March to make it clear we are the strongest Remain party. You did that.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2019

    Britain's railways are essential to everyday life - they transport millions to and from work and around the country day in, day out.

    Unfortunately, all too often our trains are late, crowded or cancelled. Ticketing is a confusing mess and the railways and their rolling stock are in desperate need of investment.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2019

    It's no secret: crime rates in the UK have been rising.

    Brutal knife and gun crimes have become a sad fixture of our headlines, while conviction rates for offences including violent robberies and sexual assaults have experienced an alarming decline.

    Why?

    Since 2015, the Conservatives have cut £1bn from police budgets while resolutely maintaining that falling policing numbers have nothing to do with rising crime.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2019

    There are just 11 days left to get your nominations in for the candidates you'd like to see elected to party committees.

    If you need a reminder of which roles are up for election, here it is:

    Top of the bill is Federal President, to take over from Sal Brinton on 1 January and serve for 2020, 2021 and 2022. This is a major role chairing the party's Federal Board, protecting and representing members, and acting as guardian of the party's interests. Hustings will be held throughout the country during the two-month campaign, and candidates may raise and spend £20,000 campaigning for the job.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2019

    With beautiful sunny Bournemouth as a backdrop, Paddy's friends and colleagues took to the main stage to share their fond memories of him.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2019

    What an amazing week we have had.

    Hearing about our 700 council gains. 15 European gains.

    Chuka, Sarah, Angela, Philip, Luciana and Sam joining from the Conservatives and Labour. The Brecon win for the wonderful Jane Dodds against the Conservatives.

    It's happening in Scotland too. Councillor Fiona Dryburgh left Labour to join us. And Councillor Mark McGeever left the Conservatives to join us.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2019

    Since the EU referendum, the Liberal Democrats have been on the side of Remainers.

    Whether in Parliament, in the courts, in the media or on the streets, we've been leading the fight for three years to stay part of the European Union.

    For three years, we've been leading the fight to remain in the European Union

  • Article: Sep 19, 2019

    Today, Jo Swinson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats closed Conference with a rousing speech outlining her vision for a Liberal Democrat government winning the next General Election powered by the surging Liberal Democrat movement across the county.

    Tribute to Paddy Ashdown

    We remember a man who was bold, fearless, determined

  • Article: Sep 17, 2019

    There is something that the architects of Brexit are desperately trying to distract us from.

    Our planet is in crisis, balanced on a knife-edge at the point of no return.

    Our planet is in crisis, balanced on a knife-edge at the point of no return.

    Due to man-made climate change, global temperatures are soaring, the polar ice caps are melting faster than ever before, and whole nations are already facing the existential crisis of rising sea levels and extreme weather. Whole species of animals are being wiped out month by month, and global famine is a very real threat.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2019
    By Bansri Buddhdev

    Hello Conference!

    What a brilliant time to be a Liberal Democrat!

    On the 7th May next year, London voters will make a decision of national and international importance. Who will be the next Mayor of London.

    They will decide who they believe embodies the very spirit of London. Who will stand up for global, liberal, pro-European, warm-hearted and dynamic values. Who will reflect and reinforce the optimism, diversity and entrepreneurialism of our capital.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Conference, I don't know about you, but when you knock on doors canvassing, and people say "Oh, you're all the same", it can be quite frustrating.

    Brexit has changed all that. Everyone now knows, we are very different from Johnson's Conservatives and Corbyn's Labour.

    Only the Liberal Democrats want to stop Brexit. Let's face it. Our great country could be just 46 days from economic catastrophe.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    The power to strip someone of their citizenship is one of the most serious the Home Secretary possesses.

    It should only be taken when absolutely necessary. And only when the national security interest can be proven in court.

    Was Javid's decision to strip Shamima Begum's citizenship about the safety of our country or the advancement of his career?

  • Article: Sep 16, 2019

    Vince began by thanking everyone who had helped him during his time as leader, and saying what he'd be doing next:

    "I have fought ten national elections over half a century. I couldn't have done that on my own without the emotional and practical support of my wife Rachel and my late wife Olympia. And without my dedicated team of volunteers in Twickenham and in Parliament led by Dee Doocey."

  • Article: Sep 16, 2019

    Make no mistake: there is something that the architects of Brexit are desperately trying to distract us from.

    Our planet is in crisis, balanced on a knife-edge at the point of no return.

    Our planet is in crisis, balanced on a knife-edge at the point of no return.

    Due to man-made climate change, global temperatures are soaring, the polar ice caps are melting faster than ever before, and whole nations are already facing the existential crisis of rising sea levels and extreme weather. Whole species of animals are being wiped out month by month, and global famine is a very real threat.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2019

    Conference, it is an honour and a pleasure to be addressing you as a Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament and as your Shadow Foreign Secretary.

    From the bottom of my heart, thank you for making me feel so welcome. I could not be more at home in the wonderful Liberal Democrat family.

    The truth is, all the incredibly difficult decisions I have made on the journey I've been on this year were routed in my values and principles. I joined this party out of conviction.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2019
    By Bansri Buddhdev

    Jane started by thanking everyone who came to help in Brecon and Radnorshire...

    Whether you came during the recall petition or the by-election or even both - thank you. Without all of you, and the wider party and beyond, I would not be standing here today as the MP for Brecon & Radnorshire.

    She moved onto our recent wins:

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019

    There is nothing more important than education.

    Education opens up opportunities, shows us what we are capable of and challenges our preconceptions. When education is accessible it can be a great equaliser, however with cuts from 2010 then it is no longer fit for purpose.

    Our economy is changing. It is crucial that our education system evolves at the same rate.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019

    Q: Do you forgive David Cameron for calling the 2016 referendum?

    A: No, I don't forgive him. Much of the problems we currently face come from David Cameron's shocking misjudgement and putting the interests of the Conservative party above the national interest. He did it when he announced the referendum in the first place, he did it when he won a majority. And this is clearly a pattern with Conservative prime ministers. The future of our country is at stake - people are losing jobs, feeling the impact of the falling pound and they're worried about our public services. Over 5000 of our nurses are from EU countries. There are 3 million EU citizens living now with uncertainty and a disturbing spike in hate crime. On so many grounds such as these, David Cameron cannot be forgiven.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019

    Dignity and respect should be at the core of our criminal justice system.

    This is crucial if we are serious about reducing reoffending rates, supporting young people who have grown up in poverty and caring for people with poor mental health.

    No one is born wanting to break the law. And yet, our criminal justice system does far too little to help people build a life free from crime.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019

    The European Court of Justice ruled that the UK has the power to unilaterally revoke article 50 and withdraw us from the Brexit process.

    And the further we get into understanding what Brexit will mean for the UK, the clearer it is that we need to stop Brexit.

    And the further we get into understanding what Brexit will mean for the UK, the clearer it is that we need to stop Brexit

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Our health and social health services are at crisis point in the UK.

    They have been at crisis point for years now - and it is a credit to our brilliant healthcare workers that our NHS has continued to take care of millions of us every year

    It is a credit to our brilliant healthcare workers that our NHS has continued to take care of millions of us every year

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019
    By Sal Brinton

    Well, hello Conference and hasn't everything changed since we last met in March!

    Wow! Just wow! We asked you to all go on the Stop Brexit march on 20 March to make it clear we are the strongest Remain party.

    You did that.

    It was my privilege to help lead thousands and thousands of Liberal Democrats along with Vince Cable at that march that had over a million people on the streets of London.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2019
    By Harry Samuels

    In our country right now, around 6.5million people are classified as carers. And an enormous 700,000 of those are young people. What they do often goes under the radar, but has a huge impact on the people they care for.

    Our new policy will unlock the potential of those young people with care responsibilities

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019
    By Dan Schmeising

    What is it with Labour's fixation on delivering Brexit at any cost?

    Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck went on an ITV podcast last night. And when asked about potential coalition partners with Labour, she chose…

    Nigel Farage's Brexit Party.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019

    Last week, I and twenty brave colleagues took the ultimate step of defying the Conservative whip to make crashing out on October 31st illegal. In an unprecedented move, Boris Johnson withdrew the whip from us all.

    I won't be seeking to get it back. It is with great sadness that I've come to realise the Conservative Party is no longer the party I joined more than twenty years ago.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019

    Wera started by talked about everything we've achieved in just the time since the last conference.

    "Number of councillors UP

    Number of MEPs UP

    Number of MPs UP

    Membership UP

    Polling UP.

    Is there anything that can stop us now?"

    She then talked about the scale of the climate crisis

    The Climate Crisis is the biggest challenge of the future and we have a moral duty to solve it

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019

    One of the crowning achievements of our time in the coalition was legalising same-sex marriage.

    This was a key part of our manifesto in 2010, and despite it not being in either the Labour or Tory manifestos, we negotiated for it to be in the coalition agreement - and under the incredible work of Lynne Featherstone in the Home Office, we passed the legislation in 2013.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019

    I'm delighted that Motion F10: A Fairer Share for All has been passed by Conference. It commits the party to a radical shake-up of how we look after the least well-off in our society - and I can't wait to get started.

    I'm appalled by the levels of poverty we have seen across the UK in recent years. Years of cruel Conservative cuts have left vital services strapped for cash, and people destitute on our streets. For too many people, there is just not enough support to get them back on their feet when hard times come around.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2019
    By Christine Jardine

    The suffragettes were fighting for women's rights over 100 years ago.

    They recognised that women's representation, having a voice, and having a vote were the keys to women's rights and gender equality.

    And in those one hundred years we've come a huge way in advancing women's rights.

    The Liberal Democrats are proud to have played a role in this fight. In coalition, the Liberal Democrats brought in shared parental leave and required all large employers to report their gender pay gap. And last year, Wera Hobhouse's fantastic backbench bill made upskirting a specific criminal offense, and gave women the tools to report it as a crime.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2019

    Our three-yearly round of internal party elections gets underway when nominations open this Thursday (12 September), ahead of the party conference at Bournemouth - which is traditionally the opportunity to gather signatures on nominations. (A new online nomination process is also being trialled, alongside the old-fashioned paper method).

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