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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: Sep 17, 2020

    Our first ever full online conference is set to be one of our biggest ever. I'm so proud that we've been able to keep costs low for members to attend, plus no cost of travel, accommodation, or buying all your meals out.

    With a more accessible, affordable, and flexible conference, more members than ever will be able to have their say and vote on some of the fantastic policy motions coming up at Autumn Conference.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2020
    By Daisy Cooper

    I'm honoured to have been elected by my fellow MPs as Deputy Leader and I'm champing at the bit to get started.

    Whilst Ed is touring the country listening to and reconnecting with voters, it's going to be my role to help build a campaigning machine that will get us winning again at every level.

    It's going to be my role to help build a campaigning machine that will get us winning again at every level.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2020
    By Anthony Harris

    Our Remit

    The Federal Finance and Resources Committee (FFRC) is responsible for the budget and finances of the Federal Party and overseeing the administration of the Party. A key element of its role is oversight of compliance with external regulatory bodies.

    Guest Appearance by Geoff Payne (Chair of the Federal Conference Committee)

  • Article: Sep 15, 2020
    By Lisa Smart and Iain Donaldson

    Last week we officially welcomed our newest member - Director of Strategy, Research and Messaging Mimi Turner.

    Mimi provided for us her perspective on the Party's strategic and campaigning position, as well as an initial summary of what we might do differently in future. There is much to be done but we are excited by the steps the Party is taking to get more Liberal Democrats elected and our newly elected Leader's listening tour.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2020

    Liberal Democrat MPs have put forward measures to the Internal Market Bill that will remove controversial clauses that breach the Northern Ireland Protocol.

    Respecting the rule of law is fundamental to any self-respecting Government.

    The clauses in question allow the UK to unilaterally scrap "exit summary" forms for goods moving from Northern Ireland to Great Britain, and to apply UK state aid rules in Northern Ireland - contrary to what was agreed with the EU. A third clause seeks to protect the above changes from being considered unlawful.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2020

    I've been a member for many years but like many others, I'd never taken the plunge and dived into conference.

    That all changed last year when I went to the 2019 Lib Dem Party Conference in Bournemouth.

    I didn't know what to expect, but before I knew it, I was meeting fellow Lib Dems from across the country, sharing stories, learning new tricks, and feeling at home with over 3,000 like-minded members who share my values.

  • Article: Sep 9, 2020

    Regional Policy Committee would love to hear from members with policy ideas or debate ideas for Autumn Regional Conference. We can help research and craft your idea into a debate for conference, and then push it further in the Party.

    • Motions passed at Region help influence Federal policy, both on their own and as a great step towards a successful federal conference motion. We have had past success in Regional Policy going to Federal Conference and being passed as actual policy!
    • New to the party and want to know how you can make party policy? Unsure what "policy" is? Have an idea or issue you'd like us to develop regionally or nationally
  • Article: Sep 8, 2020

    Saturday sees the first full meeting of our new Steering Group, created by the Federal Board in a pilot to find ways of improving how we run the party. As the Thornhill Election Review found in frank detail, failing to run the party well hinders our election prospects.

    Elections will be very much on our mind as one of our major items of business is next May's elections. The combination of general elections in Scotland and Wales plus two rounds of local elections in one will make this much more than a usual May. How much normal party activity to put aside so we can focus on the elections will be one of the issues discussed. It's always tempting to stop everything for the next election, but do that too often and many long-term problems build up. Some careful judgements will be needed.

  • Article: Sep 3, 2020
    By Layla Moran

    The new law, aimed at stamping out protests that have racked Hong Kong for the past year, can "prevent, stop and punish any acts or activities" that severely endanger national security." Such charges are often used in mainland China to silence dissidents and other political opponents. It has already been used to silence people.

  • Article: Sep 2, 2020
    By Alistair Carmichael

    Alan, his mum and his five-year-old brother had drowned as they attempted to cross from Turkey to Kos in a small inflatable boat, having fled the violence of ISIL and Assad's civil war.

    The Conservatives voted against providing a safe haven for children who've been forced to flee their homes and separated from their families.

  • Layla Moran
    Article: Sep 1, 2020

    Lib Dem Leader Ed Davey has announced a new team of spokespeople who will hold the Government to account and rebuild our party.

    Layla Moran

    Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs & International Development

  • Article: Sep 1, 2020

    Those who have put their lives at risk for our country are welcome to live in it.

    Like the rest of our wonderful NHS and care staff, hundreds of thousands of people from other countries are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, putting themselves in harm's way to make sure we get the care we need.

  • Article: Sep 1, 2020

    Party Reform

    This month we received a report on progress against the Thornhill Report and we felt that the party was making good progress on some of the key points raised.

    Whilst there is still much to do, there is a feeling that what we are setting in place will be good for the future. The Party is improving its ability to work across different parts of itself (HQ, ALDC, the States and Regions) and, despite the challenge of Coronavirus, is ploughing on with the reforms necessary to elect more Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: Sep 1, 2020
    By Flo Clucas

    Our Party is going through a period of change. The General Election Review was one of the reviews commissioned by the Party, to look at how we organise ourselves for elections and how we can do things better.

    The Party has also asked for a review of Party organisations - known as AOs, Associated Organisations and SAOs, Specified Associated Organisations. These are organisations in the Party that cover everything, from Green Liberal Democrats to Liberal Democrat Women and everything in between. If you are a member of one of the Party's organisations, then this survey is for you. We want your views both on the support the Party gives to your organisation and what changes can and should be made.

  • Article: Aug 27, 2020
    By Sir Ed Davey MP

    I'd like to start by thanking my friend Layla Moran. Layla, you fought a passionate campaign, full of energy.

    I'd like to start by thanking my friend Layla Moran.

    Since becoming an MP, you have inspired so many people, particularly young people. Your future is bright and I look forward to you playing a big role in my team.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2020

    The booklet of party reports for our autumn conference has now been published. It has been an unprecedented year and your help in keeping the party going through those challenges is greatly appreciated.

    These reports give you updates on everything from how conference is run to the latest on our policy-making process, the state of our finances, the working of our complaints system and the Federal Board's work on your behalf.

  • The LGBT Lib Dems
    Article: Aug 25, 2020

    This weekend would have been Manchester Pride and Pride Cymru. While we're not able to get together in person this year, LGBT+LD, Manchester Lib Dems and Welsh Lib Dems would love you to join us for our own Pride Inside - open to Lib Dem members across the country.

    We will be hosting a panel discussion at 2PM on the topic of winning back trust amongst LGBT+ voters. Our panel will include a series of LGBT+ candidates, representatives and experts. We would love to hear your questions and thoughts.

  • Article: Aug 25, 2020

    His death rocked the world. It sparked overwhelmingly peaceful Black Lives Matter protests. It demanded of all of us that we look at what we can do to tackle racial injustice.

    And the Liberal Democrats are no exception.

    Over the past three months, we have stepped up our efforts to combat racism - whether conscious or unconscious, individual or institutional - wherever we find it.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2020

    The LDHQ Campaigns & Elections Team are running a rolling programme of bulk-buy deals on literature and Royal Mail door-to-door delivery.

    Here's info below about the new phase we're offering.

    Why opt in to the bulk-buy deal?

    • It's a process that you're hand-held throughout - meaning you do not have to deal directly with Royal Mail or the Printers
    • It's often (though not always) cheaper as we're ordering in bulk
    • As we offer door-to-door postage, it allows a greater degree of flexibility for seats without deliverers in the current climate
  • Article: Aug 21, 2020

    When I ran to be the Liberal Democrat candidate for North East Fife, I knew what I was getting into. In the 2017 election, my party had missed out on winning the seat by just two votes, making this quiet, rural, coastal constituency the most marginal in the country. While I wasn't necessarily expecting another election to come along as soon as 2019, I was expecting a very competitive race.

  • Article: Aug 21, 2020

    In a bid to raise awareness of those excluded, we asked members of the public to share their stories with us.

    These individuals have lost their livelihoods overnight as a result of the coronavirus crisis and are entirely excluded from the Government's financial support measures.

    Here's what they had to say:

  • Article: Aug 19, 2020
    By Liberal Democrats

    As Liberal Democrats, we've always looked to the future with hope to build a better world. When looking past the direct impact of the Coronavirus crisis, we should welcome the unprecedented opportunity to change society radically for the future.

    That's exactly what PolicyLab users have done since the launch of our new member engagement forum.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2020

    The LDHQ Campaigns & Elections Team are running a rolling bulk-buy deal on literature and door-to-door postage. The September Phase of this deal is now live - find out all the information below and preview template artwork here.

    If you would like to take advantage of this phase of the bulk buy print deal or the Royal Mail paid delivery option, you need to obtain permission from your Local Party Treasurer and complete this form by 5pm, Tuesday 8th September.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2020

    On Thursday 13th August, Mike Dixon and Mark Pack sat down with Mimi Turner and 150 activists for a quick run-through of the party's response to the Thornhill review, party objectives and strategy.

    If you missed it, you can catch up on the webinar here.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2020
    By Tim Farron

    This week the country has seen harrowing images from the English Channel. Desperate people in tiny plastic dinghies, some desperately emptying water from their sinking boat, forced into a perilous journey as they flee their homes to escape war and persecution.

    It's a disgrace that the Government has chosen refugees as their next distraction from their mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, an impending economic crisis, and failure to protect jobs.

  • Article: Aug 13, 2020

    Due to the coronavirus crisis, young people have not only had to adapt to a new system of at-home learning, but many have also missed out on sitting crucial exams that would decide their university fate.

    Now, many of these students across England have been left rightly worried about their futures over the government's decision to use a botched grading system in their A-level results.

  • Article: Aug 13, 2020

    Back in July, Boris Johnson finally agreed to our demands to hold an independent inquiry into the Government's response to coronavirus.

    The Prime Minister accepted his Government will "learn the lessons of this pandemic" and confirmed there will be in independent inquiry.

  • Article: Aug 13, 2020
    By Simon McGrath

    the combination of a higher poverty rate than the rest of England, Brexit, COVID-19 and an ineffectual Mayor have presented Londoners with huge challenges

    Nearly nine million people, 300 languages, the second largest financial centre in the world, a power house of culture, media and business and the driver of the UK economy: London is a fantastic place to live and work. But the combination of a higher poverty rate than the rest of England, Brexit, COVID-19 and an ineffectual Mayor have presented Londoners with huge challenges.

  • Article: Aug 11, 2020

    On the 1st of August, we notified both Leadership Campaigns of a proposal from the Radical Association to conduct an event.

    An agreed Chair wasn't then identified before Saturday 8th. At this stage, we were advised that the Layla Moran campaign could no longer attend the event.

    The Returning Officer's team believes both campaigns acted reasonably and in good faith, indeed they have been notably helpful and flexible with the shifting arrangements throughout this campaign.

  • Article: Aug 10, 2020

    The past few months have been incredibly difficult for pupils and teachers. We must ensure no child's opportunities are diminished due to this terrible pandemic - that means getting children back to school safely.

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