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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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If you would like to find out more information, and keep up to date with local news and events, then please follow us on the links below.

FOLLOW OUR EVENTS HERE:

www.facebook.com/IOWlibdems/

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If you wish to get in contact directly, please find us under "contact us" and send us a email. Alternatively, you can contact us or via Facebook and Twitter, and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

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: Nov 26, 2019

    Together, we can build a brighter future, based on hope, not fear.

    We can work with our closest neighbours in Europe to save our planet for future generations.

    Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit and build a brighter future.

    Sound good? Share the video with your friends and family now, then say you'll be a voter for the Liberal Democrats:

  • Article: Nov 26, 2019

    We're now just past half-way in this important General Election campaign. And with the help of our incredible supporters, donors, and volunteers, we're doing some pretty amazing stuff!

    What have we done so far?

    So far we've:

    • Printed over 33 million leaflets and letters to voters. Thirty. Three. Million. 📃📃
    • And delivered 23 million of those 📫📫
    • Reached 5.3 million voters 8 times each via social media 📱📱
    • Released plenty of praise for our fantastic plan for the future (see some of it here) 💌💌
  • Article: Nov 26, 2019

    "We will put the UK at the heart of global efforts to protect our marine environment."

    Our marine environment is in crisis. Programmes like the BBC's Blue Planet 2 have revealed the scale of the threat.

    The world's beloved marine species like whales and turtles face numerous threats. Plastic pollution, over-fishing, high volumes of shipping traffic, and rising temperatures are but a few.

  • Article: Nov 26, 2019
    By Tara Copeland

    Our Volunteer Hub has just opened in central London, and we've had a great first week. Hundreds of volunteers have come through our doors in the past few days, but there's always room for more. Here are our top 10 reasons to make the Volunteer Hub your after-work or weekend destination:

    1. Lots of exciting work to be done

  • Article: Nov 26, 2019

    "The UK under Johnson will become President Trump's poodle."

    Johnson is desperate to secure a US trade deal to make up for the damage done to our global standing if Brexit happens.

    Close alignment with US rules and regulations will be demanded. We risk becoming a vassal state of the US if Boris Johnson gets a majority.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

    One in three women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. More women are killed or incapacitated by violence against them than by cancer. Every week, two women in England in Wales are killed by a current or former partner.

    Faced with these facts it seems almost impossible to imagine the mountain we need to climb to end violence against women. We need to take bold action now to tackle this crisis. This International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, I'm proud to set out the Liberal Democrat plan to protect women from violence.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2019

    So you're thinking about volunteering for the Liberal Democrats.

    Good choice.


    It can seem a bit daunting to come and work with the people you see on the news or on Have I Got News For You.

    But take it from me: as someone who volunteered, it was the best decision I've ever made.

    Here's why.

    1. There has never been a more exciting time to volunteer with the Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Nov 24, 2019

    Time and time again, through his actions and his friends, Boris Johnson has proven himself unfit to be Prime Minister.

    Only the Liberal Democrats can stop Boris Johnson.

    Only we can win seats from Tory MPs and kick Johnson out of office.

    Will you help us do just that by pledging your vote to the Liberal Democrats?

  • Article: Nov 24, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Our schools should be world class, but years of under-investment and funding cuts have left them crumbling, with repairs being unaffordable. It is completely unacceptable that in the 21st century, our children are being taught in Victorian conditions.

    Enough is enough. The Liberal Democrats will invest an extra £7 billion over five years from our infrastructure budget for new school buildings and repairs to keep up with rising pupil numbers.

  • Article: Nov 23, 2019

    On Wednesday, Jo Swinson revealed our bold plan for building a brighter future. Our manifesto is green, progressive and inclusive…

    And the reviews have been glowing!

    On the NHS, Lynda Thomas, the CEO of Macmillan, agreed that we need to back our nurses and staff. She said:

  • Article: Nov 22, 2019


    Obviously, a quiz about who to vote for on the Lib Dem website was always going to strongly suggest that you'll probably want to vote for the Liberal Democrats.

    But we're very proud of our Plan to Build a Brighter Future.

    From stopping Brexit, to properly investing in our schools and hospitals, to fighting the climate emergency - The Liberal Democrats are the only party with a coherent, inspiring vision for tomorrow.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2019

    There are currently over 4,500 Commonwealth soldiers serving in the British Armed Forces. 1.7m men and women of the Commonwealth forces gave their lives for us during the two World Wars.

    We owe them all a great debt - yet we are not doing nearly enough to support them.

    The Home Office is making a profit off the back of veterans who have risked their lives to protect us.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2019

    Whether renting or buying, too many people across the country - people who work hard and play by the rules - are struggling to afford good homes in in the right location.

    We are facing a national housing crisis. Both Labour and the Conservatives, in pursuing Brexit, show they are wiling to risk 10% of our construction workers who are from the EU, making this crisis worse.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have officially launched our 2019 General Election Manifesto!

    In it, we have outlined a clear plan to build a brighter future, where every person, every community and our planet can thrive.

    Don't have time to read the full manifesto right now? Here, we explain our top 5 steps:

    1. Stop Brexit

  • Article: Nov 21, 2019

    Last night, we held our Liberal Democrat manifesto launch event in Camden, North London, where Jo Swinson laid out our ambitious government plans for both people and the planet.

    In her speech, Jo emphasised that the Liberal Democrats are the only party that can take votes away from the Conservatives, the only party that will stop Brexit and the only party that can build a brighter future for our country.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2019

    Today, we can finally share our full Plan for the Future with you!

    This manifesto is a bold plan to build a brighter future for our country.

    That starts with stopping Brexit.

    The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for people and our planet.

    Labour and the Conservatives can't offer the country a brighter future because they both want Brexit. We know that will be bad for our economy, bad for our NHS and bad for our environment.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2019

    For too many people, things aren't working as they should be. The Conservatives and Labour are stuck in the past, failing time and again to deliver a better future.

    Brexit chaos has distracted from the real issues facing our country. While the Tories and Labour are squabbling over the latest Brexit deal, the country is in crisis.

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    Article: Nov 20, 2019

    "Inexplicable and shameful."

    "Inexplicable and shameful." - Hillary Clinton on the UK government's refusal to publish a report into Russian interference in British politics.

    Yeesh. It's almost like she has experience with childish leaders lying to get their own way.

    Hillary Clinton knows first-hand what it feels like to go up against Russian interference into elections. While investigations are still ongoing, many close to Trump are already in jail - for collusion with Russian politicians during the 2016 Election.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2019

    20th November is Trans Day of Remembrance. Every year, we take a moment to remember those in the trans community who have been lost too soon. Too many are killed or are made to feel like they have no choice but to end their lives for simply being who they are.

    We proudly champion the T, alongside the LGB, for a society where no-one is made to feel unsafe or worthless because of who they are or who they love.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Our schools should be world class, helping every child make the most of the challenges ahead. But instead, they are trailing behind.

    The Conservatives have cut school funding to the bone and children have paid the price, especially those with the most complex needs.

    Highly valued, well trained teachers are the most important resource we have in our education system. Liberal Democrats will recruit 20,000 more teachers and give them the pay and support they deserve.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2019
    By Ed Davey

    Today - Tuesday 19th November - is International Men's Day.

    While women bear the brunt of continuing sexism and discrimination, men can also struggle unfairly because of gender stereotyping. Societal expectations of what a man should be - stoic, emotionally distant, wholly independent - can bring their own pressures for some. Such expectations can contribute to poor mental health and isolation.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2019

    "This law needs to change. ITV needs to change."

    "The Liberal Democrats' position in this election and that of our leader is unique: Jo Swinson is the only leader of a national party fighting to stop Brexit.

    "Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn should not be allowed to sidestep debating the issue of Brexit with someone who wants to remain, and ITV should not give them the opportunity to do so.

    "That is why this is an incredibly disappointing verdict. Not just for the Liberal Democrats but also for democracy in this country, and for every Remainer who deserves to have a voice in this debate.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2019

    1. To Stop Brexit

    Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote stop the Brexit mess the that Conservatives and Labour have left us in.

    A Liberal Democrat government will Stop Brexit on day one. Then we'll use the £50 billion Remain Bonus to properly fund our public services and tackle inequality across the country.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    Britain just isn't working the way it should be. People feel disillusioned. The old parties have failed to provide find solutions for the problems we face. Britain desperately needs change.

    Johnson and Corbyn want to go backwards. Johnson dreams of empire, and Corbyn wishes it was the 70s.

    But Jo Swinson is planning the future.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    The UK should be leading the world in tackling the climate crisis, but the Tories are failing to address it.

    As part of our 'Plan for a Brighter Future', we will fight the climate crisis with all the ambition and urgency required.

    This is how we'll do it:

    1) Halve emissions by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2045

  • Article: Nov 19, 2019
    By Liberal Democrats

    We need to protect our NHS. Under the Conservative government, it's struggling to cope with severe staff shortages, chronic under-funding and crumbling hospital buildings.

    All of these problems would be made much worse by a Tory or Labour Brexit that would end free movement and make it harder to attract nurses and doctors from the EU.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2019

    I'm sure you've noticed. It's pretty hard not to.

    There's rather a lot of few new faces among our ranks.

    In recent months, the Liberal Democrats have welcomed more and more brilliant, progressive MPs into our ranks. MPs like Chuka Umunna and Luciana Berger have joined us from the Labour Party, while MPs like Sarah Wollaston and Sam Gyimah have joined us from the Conservatives.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2019

    Brexit has already taken far longer and cost far more than anyone said it would. But this is just the beginning. New research has uncovered a shocking figure:

    Brexit will slash our economy by £50 billion over the next five years.

    Britain will be £50 billion worse off. That's money taken from our schools, our police and our communities. That's even more families having to use food banks. That's the NHS having to turn people away in their hour of need.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2019

    We have already lost more than 5,000 EU nurses in the last two years.

    Day in, day out, millions of people are affected by mental health issues across the country. But when they ask for help, it's often not available.

    The NHS has been driven to crisis point by chronic underinvestment by the Tories. Their reckless pursuit of Brexit means we have already lost more than 5,000 EU nurses in the last two years.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2019

    Want to help during the election? We're open for business.

    The work done here is so important - and we make it fun!

    We've got a brand new Campaigns hub in Charing Cross - and we need you to join us!

    RSVP here

    All you have to do is RSVP here and then come along.

    We have everything - admin, surveying, phone canvassing - to get done and less than a month to do it in!

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