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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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  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Jan 30, 2018

    In my opening remarks in the debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill today, I plan to attack the government's "arrogance and incompetence

    I will also highlight the complete lack of progress on Brexit despite the government's own deadlines fast approaching.

    This Withdrawal Bill exhibits the arrogance and incompetence of the Government in equal measure.

  • Jo Swinson speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Jan 30, 2018

    Most women have experienced some kind of harassment in their daily life at some point.

    This is not acceptable, this is not okay.

    This isn't about making a new crime, it is a hate crime definition that allows for information gathering, it encourages reporting, and means the police can have more intelligence about where misogyny is happening and when it increases.

    There is a real problem with violence against women and this would help give people the confidence to report it.

  • A screen at the stockmarket showing values rising and falling.
    Article: Jan 27, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    The government must urgently spell out its aims from the second phase of EU negotiations and on transitional arrangements, the Lords EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee has warned.

    The committee has warned of market fragmentation and financial instability if the UK loses access to the EU through no deal, particularly damaging Britain's financial services industry.

    Goldman Sachs boss Lloyd Blankfein, for example, warned this week that it is reaching a point in contingency planning where it will be too late to stop the group from leaving the UK.

    This is a serious warning from a respected committee. Philip Hammond's comments this week that the UK and EU economies will diverge only 'very modestly' shows he is desperate to reassure the City that nothing is really going to change.

    But obviously things will. Serious business people will, therefore, be assessing their options, including whether or not to relocate to other EU countries.

    The Conservatives must stop their infighting and at least draw up some kind of coherent plan on what they want from Brexit talks.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Jan 26, 2018

    An ICM poll for The Guardian has shown that Brits favour a referendum on the terms of Brexit by a 13 point margin. Once 'don't knows' are taken out, this rises 58% in support to 42% against.

    The evidence is mounting that the British people want a vote on the terms of any deal to leave the European Union.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jan 25, 2018

    Rough sleeping in England rose by 15% in the year to autumn 2017, according to new government figures.

    A 15% rise in rough sleeping is shameful and shows the Conservatives have failed to take real action to tackle the housing crisis.

    The number of rough sleepers is hard to record and so these figures are likely to be an understatement of the full extent of the crisis.

    Until the Government commits to the funding needed to prevent homelessness and builds more genuinely affordable homes, and invests properly in mental health care, the number of rough sleepers will continue to rise at a shocking pace.

    This is why I'm putting tackling rough sleeping, and the wider issue of homelessness, at the heart of my leadership of the Liberal Democrats.

  • Two police officers on patrol.
    Article: Jan 25, 2018

    Police recorded crime statistics show a rise in reported crime over the past year, in particular sex offences and knife and gun crime.

    5.3 million crimes were recorded: a rise of 14%. The number of incidences of sex offences has increased by 23%, violent crimes have risen by 20%, with knife crime increasing by 21%.

  • Sal Brinton speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Jan 24, 2018

    As 2017 passes into the history books as yet another extraordinary political year, I want to thank all of you for the help you have given the party.

    Not only have you risen to the challenge of improving our position in local elections, but you responded fantastically to the snap General Election.

    I am pleased to announce that my monthly Presidential Webinars are getting under way for 2018. Webinars are virtual seminars, that you can register for and 'dial into' using your computer, tablet or even just using a telephone. They are free and easy to access - and if you can't make a webinar, you can watch it back later on in your own time.

  • Tim Farron in front of activists holding Lib Dem diamonds.
    Article: Jan 24, 2018

    The Scottish government has announced that they will ban electric shock collars used in the training of dogs.

    This announcement is very welcome.

    Westminster needs to legislate to ban both the sale and use of these barbaric devices.

    Although shock collars are marketed as harmless, they cause anxiety-related behaviours, re-directed aggression and physical pain to dogs.

    Extensive research has proved that training a dog with a shock collar is harmful and unnecessary.

    Westminster needs to legislate to ban both the sale and use of these barbaric devices across the whole of the UK, following the lead of the Welsh and now Scottish governments.

  • Jo Swinson speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Jan 24, 2018

    Today, I've written an open letter, signed by MPs from all parties, to the CEO of the Charity Commission and to the President's Club.

    The letter calls on the Charity Commission to urgently investigate the President's Club "because of the "serious and potentially criminal nature of the behaviour."

    There can be no place in 2018 for respectable fundraising events which objectify women and subject them to groping and harassment.

  • Article: Jan 24, 2018
    By Greg Foster

    This Winter's NHS Crisis is one of the worst for a long time - and for me, it's brought one thing into sharp focus.

    Our NHS needs urgent investment - and we are the only party that is honest about how we do that.

    You can read the plan in full here: libdems.org.uk/health

    Will you back our plan today?

  • Stephen Lloyd.
    Article: Jan 23, 2018

    The government have today agreed to bring forward plans to review the current rules concerning the priority of pensioners following pressure from the Liberal Democrats.


    Responding to calls from the Lib Dem Spokesman for the Department for Work & Pensions, Stephen Lloyd MP, new DWP Secretary of State Esther McVey agreed that a review into the current rules - past and current - after companies go bust is "something that needs to be brought forward".

    Under current rules, pension obligations are unsecured - meaning that insolvent companies only fund their pension schemes once they have compensated they are other supposedly more 'important' secured creditors."

    Today I urged the new Secretary of State to review the rules and provide further protection for employees with private pensions by giving them greater priority when companies fail. I was delighted to hear the Minister agree that this is something 'which needs to be brought forward'.

    Then and only then will employees with private pensions be wholly protected when large companies collapse. I will be making sure that the Minister sticks to her word on this.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Jan 23, 2018

    The Competition & Markets Authority has provisionally blocked Fox's attempt to buy the 61% of Sky that it does not own already.

    The Liberal Democrats have opposed the deal would result in a significant reduction in media competition with one family having too much power.

    The CMA has reached the correct decision on the Murdochs' attempt to take full control of Sky.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2018

    South Central Region consists of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

    We have around 10,000 members, 1 MP and 1 Council where we have majority control.

    Our wish is to grow the capacity of Lib Dems across our region to win elections at all levels and grow the party in all parts of the Region.

  • A pen marking an X in a box.
    Article: Jan 19, 2018
    By Rhiannon Leaman

    In this year's local elections, EU Citizens can vote. For many of them, it'll be their one and only chance to make their voice heard on Brexit at the ballot box.

    And in many places, winning the EU citizen's vote could be a big boost to a Liberal Democrat campaign.

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  • 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: Jan 18, 2018

    More than 100,000 patients this winter had to wait in the back of an ambulance for at least 30 minutes due to overcrowding.

    Those figures are absolutely shocking.

    They provide yet more evidence that our NHS is at breaking point.

    The government must act immediately to find a long-term solution to this unacceptable situation. Patients and hard-working staff are paying the price for the Government's repeated failure to act effectively.

    The government were well aware that the winter-crisis period was approaching.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2018

    If Brexit wasn't happening, taxpayers wouldn't be paying yet another huge bill.

    The French President is able to demand £45 million because he also has the option of withdrawing co-operation over the special border control in Calais, as the UK withdraws from the EU.

    Parliament needs to be told when this money was budgeted for, and what guarantees the UK has secured in return, if any, for future co-operation on our border security.

  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Jan 17, 2018

    A Lib Dem amendment that would have forced the Government to publish impact assessments of either an agreement or no deal before a meaningful vote on the deal in Parliament has received cross-party support in a vote today.

    The Government narrowly avoided defeat, with 320 votes to 301.

    Let this be a warning to the Conservatives: they are not going to get the easy ride they expect in their pursuit of a hard Brexit.

    This is more evidence that the opposition parties will work together to avert the Conservatives' disastrous path to Brexit. We just hope this is not a one-off by the Labour Party and we urge their leadership to join us in this fight.

    The fight now goes to the Lords where the Government isn't close to commanding a majority for it's hard and damaging Tory Brexit.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2018

    Today, Les Matheson, Chief Executive, Personal & Business Banking for RBS appeared before the Westminster Scottish Affairs committee.

    RBS (whose headquarters is in my constituency) has caused controversy in recent months by shuttering many of their rural branches, leaving many unable to access their accounts and struggling to manage their money.

  • Surgeons operating in theatre.
    Article: Jan 17, 2018
    By Judith Jolly

    Figures released today show 1 in 10 nurses are leaving the NHS every year. The number of nurses leaving the NHS now outnumbers those joining.

    Nurses are the backbone of our NHS. The vital service and quality of care they provide cannot continue to be undervalued.

    It is little wonder nurses are leaving in droves and that they far outnumber new nurses being recruited.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2018

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  • Palace of Westminster.
    Article: Jan 16, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats have gained strong cross-party support behind their bid to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill at Report Stage. The amendment will be debated in the house tomorrow.

    It's vital that MPs are fully briefed on the impact of Brexit on British jobs and families before any meaningful vote on the deal.

  • The union flag flying next to the EU flag.
    Article: Jan 16, 2018

    Christmas and the New Year are already dim and distant memories. Parliament is back in full swing and Brexit Bills again dominate the parliamentary timetable.

    The customs and trade bills this week will be followed by the report stage of the EU (Withdrawal) bill next week.

    The Liberal Democrats opposed both these Bills.

  • A cluster of Liberal Democrat balloons.
    Article: Jan 12, 2018

    As GDPR Project Manager for the Liberal Democrats my job is ensure the entire party is in compliance the new Data Protection regulations (GDPR) coming into force in May.

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  • Surgeons operating in theatre.
    Article: Jan 12, 2018

    Patients are dying in hospital corridors because of NHS underfunding, a group of A&E doctors has warned in a letter to Theresa May.

    In their unprecedented warning, the doctors told the prime minister that more than 120 patients a day were being managed in corridors in some hospitals, with "some dying prematurely" because staff were so busy.

  • Article: Jan 11, 2018

    As we endure another winter crisis in the NHS, it is vital to be campaigning on health services in your area.

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  • Eight schoolchildren working at a table supervised by a teacher.
    Article: Jan 11, 2018
    By Layla Moran

    There were 3,750 teachers in England on long-term stress leave in 2016/17, up 5% on the previous year, Liberal Democrat research has revealed.

    It means one in 83 teachers is now on long-term leave of one month or more for stress and mental health issues, up from one in 95 three years ago and one in 90 last year.

  • The flags of EU countries flying.
    Article: Jan 11, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    Brexit could cause the UK to lose half a million jobs and nearly £50bn in investment by 2030, a report commissioned by Sadiq Khan has found.

    The London Mayor said the government should negotiate to stay in the single market and customs union.

    It comes days after Jeremy Corbyn refused to attend a cross-party summit on keeping the UK in the single market.

    This bombshell report should make obligatory bedtime reading for Jeremy Corbyn.

    Half a million jobs could be a lost as a result of the hard Brexit that Corbyn has ordered his MPs to vote for.

    The Labour leadership must listen to the Mayor of London and back efforts to minimise the impact of Brexit by keeping Britain in the Single Market and Customs Union.

    It's also crucial that the option of an exit from Brexit is kept on the table through a vote on the deal.

    We can protect jobs and living standards against a botched Conservative Brexit, but only if Labour comes off the fence.

  • Nigel Farage MEP and Kate Hoey MP, UKIP and Labour, best of friends | Image: Farage22
    Article: Jan 11, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    Support is now growing on both sides of the argument for a vote on the final deal and the choice of an exit from Brexit.

    In any future referendum, Liberal Democrats will be leading the charge against Nigel Farage to keep Britain in the EU.

    In any future referendum, Liberal Democrats will be leading the charge against Nigel Farage to keep Britain in the EU.

    Tony Blair and Nigel Farage aren't two people I'd normally like to be put in a group with, but on this issue they are speaking sense.

    But Farage shouldn't be so confident of winning, people are now far more aware of the costs of Brexit and the fabrications of the Leave campaign.

    Instead of the promised £350m for the NHS, living standards are in freefall and the health service is in crisis.

  • Surgeons operating in theatre.
    Article: Jan 11, 2018

    The Churchill Hospital in Oxford is having to cut chemotherapy services due to staff shortages.

    This is a horrendous situation.

    Vital treatments that can save or extend life are under threat because of the pressures the NHS faces.

    All of us will have friends and loved ones who have had a cancer diagnosis, and to learn that they might face a delay or a cut back in treatment to alleviate symptoms is appalling.

  • Article: Jan 11, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    The Conservatives launch their 25-year environment plan tomorrow.

    Despite being heavily trailed to the media, the proposals are expected to be limited.

    The Conservatives should be eliminating all avoidable plastic waste now - a target of 2042 beggars belief.

    They ramped up expectations only to disappoint.

    The Conservatives have shown a complete lack of ambition.

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