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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

  • Article: Dec 15, 2020

    It's outrageous that nine months on from the Chancellor's announcements on coronavirus support, there are still 3 million people excluded from Government financial help.

    As we move forward, the Government risks leaving the Excluded behind

    These people are slipping through the cracks. As we move forward and seek to recover from coronavirus, the Government risks leaving them behind.

  • Article: Dec 15, 2020

    I am so frustrated that only weeks after coming out of national lockdown we are going back into further restrictions.

    Going into Tier 3 has unfortunately become necessary - but it didn't have to be this way

    My heart goes out to all Londoners who will be feeling the impact of this, whether through ruined plans with family and friends or work grinding to a halt.

  • Article: Dec 15, 2020
    By Sarah Olney

    During the pandemic when so many are already struggling to get by, unemployment has and will continue to have a devastating impact.

    This Government's failure to get a grip on the virus has seen tens of thousands of livelihoods lost, and these extra job losses means thousands more families wondering how they're going to put food on the table.

  • Article: Dec 15, 2020
    By Carol Hayward

    As Carers Representative for the Young Liberals, my reaction to the Liberal Democrats' decision to focus on carers has been a mixture of relief, pride, and tentative excitement.

    I have been a carer for my mother since 2009, when I was 14 years old.

    It's refreshing to see a political party put unpaid carers centre stage, especially after what feels like years of being brushed aside. I'm pleased that the party is focussing on Carers' Allowance in particular, since I've been personally campaigning for its improvement since 2014.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2020

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 7th December

    Back to Brexit: The end of the transition period draws nearer and Lib Dem MPs demand clarity from Ministers on what this means for the future of the United Kingdom.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2020

    Remember all those promises made by Boris Johnson, Priti Patel and Michael Gove to EU citizens living in the UK? That there'd be "no change" to their rights? That they'd be given "absolute certainty" and "automatically be granted indefinite leave to remain"?

    Well, those promises lie in tatters.

    Under the new laws passed by the Government, citizens who have applied for Settled Status but not received a decision will lose their rights

  • Article: Dec 10, 2020

    The Conservatives are at it again. Trying to strip away the protections that stop governments from trampling on people's rights.

    First, they launched their review of judicial review in the summer. And now - before that one's even finished - they've launched a second review, this time of the Human Rights Act.

  • Article: Dec 9, 2020
    By Sir Ed Davey MP

    British businesses are headed towards a cliff edge in three weeks.

    Boris Johnson must negotiate an adjustment period of three to six months with the EU

    Exporters still don't know what rules of origin will apply; there is no clarity about how goods will be traded from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, while key customs software remains unready; and food and drink exporters still don't know how they should label their products.

  • Article: Dec 3, 2020

    Many disabled people have seen their finances hit as a result of the pandemic

    As we celebrate, we should also remember the economic and social barriers faced by so many people with disabilities.

    Recent figures for example suggest a significant number of disabled people have seen their finances hit as a result of the pandemic. And far too many have had services and support reduced or even withdrawn and feel isolated and overlooked.

  • Article: Dec 2, 2020

    In reading this report, you may notice a certain similarity with previous reports. That is deliberate and, I hope, welcome. Because a relentless focus on priorities is required to ensure our party best helps people win, taking political power to turn our policies into improvements in people's lives. Trying to do too much means you end up doing nothing much at all.

  • Article: Dec 1, 2020
    By L.G.B.T Liberal Democrats & Lib Dem Health and Care Association

    This World AIDs Day we have the opportunity to set ourselves an ambitious but achievable target: to end the transmission of HIV in England by 2030. Published today, the HIV Commission has outlined 20 measures necessary to achieve this worthy goal.

    As Liberal Democrats we have a responsibility to help make sure that we achieve it.

  • Article: Nov 30, 2020

    Today marks Guru Nanak's Gurpurab, which commemorates the birth of the founder of the Sikh faith, Guru Nanak.

    Guru Nanak was a significant figure: his message of acceptance, compassion and community remains relevant even today.

    I have seen these values put into action by British Sikhs, be it through the practice of the langar, especially in gurdwaras, or through dedicated service in our schools and emergency services.

  • Article: Nov 30, 2020

    The country is desperate to get life back to normal, particularly given how much has already been sacrificed.

    Time and time again, the Government has squandered the sacrifices the British people have made.

    But time and time again, the Government has squandered the sacrifices the British people have made through Ministers' unbelievable incompetence.

  • Article: Nov 30, 2020
    By Nick Stuart

    I'm utterly disappointed with the announcement that yet again the Wightcat services to the Island are suspended. These are critical
    transport links that allow people and materials to flow across the Solent and it is a real failure of Westminster that they simply don't
    care enough. Local Government does not currently have the money or powers to save this Island connection and I would dearly like the
    Conservative Council to persuade their party colleagues in Government how vital these links are.

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  • Article: Nov 28, 2020

    The Liberal Democrat gain this week in Scotland was part of the final contests of the year. Which means we can also tally up the net score for each party during 2020. It's the Lib Dems who come out on top:

    • Liberal Democrats: net 4 seats gained
    • SNP: net 1 seat lost
    • Labour: net 2 seats lost
    • Conservatives: net 2 seats lost
  • Article: Nov 27, 2020

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 23rd November

    Monday 23rd November

    The Prime Minister's announcement on Monday did not quite go to plan. After his statement to the House on Coronavirus, delivered virtually from Downing Street, the PM's connection dropped out and the Secretary of State had to stand in his place, fielding questions from around the Chamber.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2020

    The coronavirus crisis has shone a new spotlight on the issue of child hunger, with demand for food banks soaring and almost a fifth of households with children unable to access enough food in the first weeks of lockdown.

    The Government has repeatedly overlooked the needs of children from low-income families.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2020

    Yesterday, on Carers Rights Day, we launched our campaign Stand Up for Carers - calling on the Government to immediately raise Carer's Allowance by £1,000 a year.

    After the Chancellor's Spending Review earlier this week, it's more important than ever that we support the incredible work that carers do.

  • Article: Nov 26, 2020
    By Sir Ed Davey MP

    Unpaid carers are doing a remarkable and important job in very difficult circumstances. They deserve our support.

    But many carers are facing extreme financial hardship.

    900,000 full-time unpaid carers rely on Carer's Allowance - but at just £67.25 a week, it's just not nearly enough.

    Carer's Allowance is just £67 a week. It's just not nearly enough.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2020

    Countless families are facing serious financial hardship. More than a million people have lost their jobs and the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic will continue to be felt throughout the next year.

    We are also facing serious challenges in deep-seated inequality and the climate emergency.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2020

    With the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the Chancellor needed to ensure today that no one is left behind. That was the litmus test, and he has failed

    In a year when our NHS and care staff, teachers, police officers and many others have gone beyond the call of duty, a pay freeze reveals just how callous the Chancellor truly is.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2020

    Roderick Lynch - Chair of Lib Dem Campaign for Race Equality

    The death of George Floyd has put race and racism firmly on the political agenda. Black Lives really do matter, or do they?

    Whilst people are grieving on the streets, the authorities were working behind the scenes to use legislation to curtail their protesting. Corporate companies and local governments have jumped on board the Black Lives Bandwagon with slogans and statements, however, we need to see deeds not words.

  • Article: Nov 24, 2020

    We must do all we can to protect people forced to flee their homes to escape war and persecution.

    That's why, back in September, all Liberal Democrat MPs wrote to the Chancellor and Home Secretary calling for a new long-term commitment to resettle vulnerable refugees in the UK.

    The UK has a proud history of providing sanctuary to those in need.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2020

    This week FPC met with an unusually light-looking agenda but we still managed to talk for two and half hours! We received an excellent presentation from Mimi Turner, Director of Strategy, Messaging and Research. Mimi talked us through the scale of the task ahead of us in terms of understanding how the Party fares when voters are asked whether we share their values; whether we'll do what we say; whether we're perceived as wanting to help ordinary people get on in life; and whether they see us as competent and capable.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2020

    November's meeting opened with a discussion with Ed Davey in which he outlined his plans for the Parliamentary Party going forwards. Collectively we deliberated on how to make sure all parts of the party are collaborating effectively and making best use of Ed's overarching strategy.

    The Moving Forward Programme

  • Article: Nov 21, 2020
    By Alex McBeath

    Welcome to the Weekly Whip. Your one-stop shop for Lib Dem Parliamentary updates, covering the week that was and the week to come.

    For up to date information from the Lib Dem Whips Office, follow us on Twitter: @LibDemWhips

    Weekly Whip w/c 16th November

    Monday 16th November

    To start off the week, the Commons had a quiet day of business.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2020

    Federal Conference Committee met for the morning of Saturday 14 the November 2020. The meeting was designed to pick up on issues that arose from the Autumn Conference feedback meeting that took place in October.

    At the feedback meeting, the FCC had decided that Spring Conference would take place online. We will be using the Hopin platform and conference will operate in a very similar manner to Autumn Conference.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2020

    Today the Government announced their Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

    Sadly, it fails to undo the damage the Conservatives have done to the UK's progress on climate change over the past five years.

    We need a long term plan backed by meaningful funding.

    Their plan not only pledges to continue selling fossil fuel powered hybrid cars past 2030 but it also extends the Green Homes Grant by just one year.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2020
    By Mark Pack

    Disability History Month is an important opportunity to remember how far we have come in the battle for disability rights and equality.

    There is still a long road ahead to ensure equality and inclusion for disabled people.

    It is also a time to honour those who have led the way forward, defied stereotypes and contributed so much to the success of our country.

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