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Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats

General Election 2017

It's general election time again, and the Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats will be out all over the Island listening to voters and campaigning on behalf of our energetic candidate Nick Belfitt. If you want to help out send an email to info@iowlibdems.org.uk or just turn up and see what's happening. If you want to help out in other ways check out this page.

  • East Cowes 22nd May, 10:00 - 12:00
  • West Cowes 22nd May, 13:00 - 15:00
  • Shanklin 24th May 10:00 - 12:30
  • West Wight - Freshwater, Totland, Brighstone (Times to be confirmed)
  • Sandown 26th May 10 :00 - 12:00
  • Brading 26th May 13:00 - 15:00
  • Ryde and Newport 29th May (time to be confirmed)
  • Ventnor 31st May 10:00 - 12:00
  • Bembridge, St Helens 2nd June 10:00 - 12:00





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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: Jun 1, 2017

    The Economist has endorsed the Liberal Democrats one week out from polling day. It says they "consider a vote for the Lib Dems as a down-payment for the future."

    The influential magazine argues that "the leaders of both main parties have turned away from a decades-old vision of an open, liberal country" leaving only Tim Farron and the Liberal Democrats representing the large majority of British voters who want to live in an open, tolerant and united Britain.

  • Article: Jun 1, 2017

    In last night's leaders' debate, Tim Farron did what he always does: he held the other parties' feet to the fire.

    With style and substance, he called them out on their failures and communicated a positive vision for Britain's future.

    Theresa May, meanwhile, didn't even show up - demonstrating her complacency and utter disdain for the British people.

  • Article: May 31, 2017

    Tim Farron came out on top of tonight's debate showing that he is the voice for those people who want a brighter future than Theresa May's cold, mean-spirited vision for Britain.

    He will stand up for the people of Britain on Brexit, the NHS and schools.

    Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat Campaign Spokesperson, said: "Tim Farron is a leader with principles and passion."

  • Article: May 31, 2017

    As the Lib Dem Climate Change Secretary, I think it's an utter disgrace that Trump is preparing to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement. He clearly has utter contempt for science and the planet.

    What's also disgraceful is Theresa May's failure to challenge him. Where are the Conservatives' priorities? Where's their foresight? Where's their courage?

  • Article: May 31, 2017

    Theresa May called this election, but now won't even turn up to debate the issues. I think her illusiveness, just like her policies, demonstrates her utter lack of regard for the British people.

    She's clearly terrified of having to defend the cruel and heartless policies in the Conservative manifesto, 20 of which she's said she'll review AFTER the election.

  • Article: May 31, 2017

    The figures, which have been broken down by constituency and local authority, show 260 children living in poverty are set to lose out in Theresa May's constituency of Maidenhead.

    It comes as Nick Clegg is set to unveil a new, hard-hitting poster attacking Theresa May's decision to scrap free school lunches.

  • Article: May 30, 2017

    He also warned that Theresa May's plans to leave the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice would mean Britain will leave the Open Skies agreement which governs flights between the UK and Europe.

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "This is the reality of Theresa May's extreme version of Brexit and insistence we could just crash out of the EU without a deal.

  • Article: May 29, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have compiled the list of the biggest blunders of the Battle for Number 10 and the questions that May and Corbyn have failed to answer.

    Jeremy Corbyn:

    • Corbyn committed a whole new £3bn+ a year unfreezing working age benefits. There's nothing in his manifesto costings to uprate benefits. How is he paying for it?
    • He didn't answer the question on why someone who is worried about Brexit should vote for Labour over the Liberal Democrats.
    • Labour could have voted for unilateral rights for EU citizens to stay in the UK. They didn't. They voted for Article 50. Why didn't he stand up for the 3m EU citizens that call the UK their home?

  • Article: May 29, 2017

    Increasingly people are saying that the Liberal Democrats are now the only genuinely pro-business party. Over fifty business leaders recently signed a letter to The Times endorsing the Lib Dems1 and the party has published a manifesto specifically aimed at entrepreneurs (you can read that here).

    And one business sector more than any other is turning to the Liberal Democrats - the Tech community - reflecting a passionate commitment to free trade, freedom of movement and an open, inclusive and tolerant society.

  • Article: May 29, 2017

    The Tories seem to think - if we ignore any difficult question - we don't have to tell the public the truth. If they cannot tell us even the most basic things why should we trust them at all.

    Theresa May seems to be hiding their real agenda from the public.

    The Tories cannot tell us anything about their plans and they are doing it on purpose. They hope to secure a colossal majority and then to take the country for a ride. We cannot let this happen - our schools, hospitals and social care are at risk

  • Article: May 29, 2017

    It comes after Amber Rudd said the Conservatives did not know what a future cap on social care costs would be, while refusing to rule out that it could be as high as £200,000 or £300,000.

    The analysis reveals that:
    • If a cap was introduced at £200k, the costs of care for those with long-term conditions could wipe out over half of the value of an average family home

  • Article: May 29, 2017

    The Schengen Information System (SIS II) is an EU-wide database on organised criminal and terrorist suspects across 28 countries, including 35,000 people wanted under a European Arrest Warrant. It includes alerts on suspected 'foreign fighters' - people who have travelled to Syria and elsewhere to fight for ISIS.

  • Article: May 28, 2017

    Under Theresa May's proposals, many would end up paying far more for their care. Families deserve to know now what the Dementia Tax will mean for their homes, finances and relatives. The Liberal Democrats will keep campaigning to scrap the Dementia Tax and ensure no-one has to worry about catastrophic costs to pay for their care.

  • Article: May 26, 2017

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has launched a national movement calling on people, irrespective of their party affiliation, to stop the Conservatives' planned Dementia Tax.

    It comes alongside Liberal Democrat research that reveals that across England, 9 out 10 homes could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May's Dementia Tax.

  • Article: May 26, 2017

    An announcement by the Labour Party that it would invest £45bn in the NHS and social care over five years as well as protect pensions could be rendered meaningless by Brexit, Liberal Democrats have said.

    Treasury analysis from 2016 estimated that the form of Brexit supported by the Labour and Conservative parties - a negotiated bilateral agreement as opposed to membership of the single market - would rob public services of £36bn EACH YEAR. A botched Brexit could cost the Exchequer up to £45 billion a year. The government has neither formally rejected this analysis nor commissioned new figures since the referendum.

  • Article: May 26, 2017

    A new survey for The Independent has found the majority of the public is now in favour of banning the most-polluting vehicles from city centres.

    Some 51 per cent of respondents agreed with this suggestion, with only 15 per cent against and the remainder not expressing a view, pollsters ORB said.

    Commenting on the reports which shows the public back the Liberal Democrat policy of banning the most-polluting cars from city centres, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary Jenny Randerson said: "The air we allow our children to breathe is toxic and is leading to a national health crisis.

  • Article: May 25, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have withdrawn their Party Election Broadcast that was due to air on BBC One in England this evening. The party is replacing it with a heartfelt, personal and non-political message from leader Tim Farron following the heinous attack in Manchester on Monday.

    In the emotive and deeply personal message, recorded yesterday, he reflects on his experience of visiting Manchester for the vigil in Albert Square on Tuesday night.

  • Article: May 23, 2017

    Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has announced that the party has suspended all national campaigning until further notice. Tim was due to fly to Gibraltar today as part of the general election campaign but has cancelled the trip.

    Tim Farron said: "The country is united in grief after this devastating terror attack. Just as the country is focusing all its thoughts on the victims and their families, so politicians should come together in solidarity and respect for the innocent people caught up in this vile attack.

  • Article: May 19, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats recently distributed a letter signed by Dr Clare Gerada setting out her view on the challenges facing the NHS.


    Clare absolutely stands by those comments however the letter did contain incorrect details regarding Clare's time at the Royal College of General Practitioners. We thank Clare for publicising her concerns about our NHS and apologise for the drafting error. Here is the correct version of Clare's letter:

  • Article: May 18, 2017

    With the announcement of the Conservative manifesto today, Theresa May has shown her true colours. I've scarcely seen a colder, more mean-spirited agenda in my entire career.

    There's no doubt about it: the Nasty party is back. The Tories are hitting families from cradle to grave by snatching school lunches from children and homes from the elderly.

  • Article: May 17, 2017

    A couple of weeks ago, in Kidlington near Oxford, I met a guy called Malcolm. I say met…he came up to me in the street and started shouting at me.

    You might have seen it on the news. Or the internet.

    In the end we actually got along. But he was angry with me for not getting behind Theresa May and backing Brexit. I think I calmed him down a bit when we spoke, but I don't think I changed his mind.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: May 17, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto for a brighter future.

    Change Britain's Future is a plan for a fairer Britain where people are decent to each other, with good schools and hospitals, a clean environment and an innovative economy.

    Nothing is more important to our children's future than Brexit. A bad Brexit deal, with Britain outside the single market, will wreck the future for our children, our economy and our schools and hospitals. That's why at the heart of the manifesto is a commitment to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal in a referendum.

  • Article: May 15, 2017

    This week Labour pledged an additional £37 billion of NHS funding, which sounds to me, as Shadow Health Secretary, like poorly-thought-out, pie in the sky policy.

    You can't solve the crisis in our NHS and social care services by simply imposing more top-down targets on staff and plucking numbers out of thin air.

  • Article: May 14, 2017

    As part of the coalition, the Lib Dems managed to secure 0.7% of Britain's gross national income for international development. It was one of our final acts in government, and it's one we're most proud of.

    Since then, 0.7% has been a legal requirement, which has prevented the Conservatives and UKIP from stopping these vital funds getting to the world's most vulnerable people.

  • Article: May 13, 2017

    As part of the coalition, I was proud to introduce the original Shared Parental Leave programme.

    The Lib Dems campaigned hard for this transformational policy, that allows parents - instead of the Government - to choose how they share their childcare.

    Parents across the UK have already benefitted from greater flexibility and freedom, marking a massive step towards equal parenting.

  • Article: May 13, 2017

    The Conservative government has given developers a carte blanche to play the property market at the expense of our citizens. And now the country's in crisis.

    Not enough homes. Properties sitting empty. Exorbitant prices. The market is closed and exclusive: a fat cats' game. That's not good for people and it's not good for business.

  • Article: May 12, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats plan to break the grip of criminal gangs and protect young people by introducing a legal, regulated market for cannabis.

    Why are we doing this?

    Because the current approach to cannabis has been a catastrophic failure.

    Unregulated cannabis is freely available and widely used, generating significant mental and psychical health problems - especially for young people - who are being harmed by increasingly potent products.

  • Article: May 12, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats will introduce an additional month of paid parental leave especially for fathers to encourage greater sharing of parental responsibilities.

    The policy will build on our achievement of introducing Shared Parental Leave in order to ensure that new parents can make the decisions which work best for their family.

  • Article: May 12, 2017

    I passionately believe that the British people are open, tolerant and progressive. That's what I love about us. But lately I've felt the country slide into a Britain I don't recognise - a Britain that's closed, insular and suspicious.

    The Conservatives are largely to blame.

    Their treatment of refugees - especially child refugees - is despicable and shameful. Faced with the biggest global trauma since the Second World War, Theresa May has torn up her promises and turned her back on the most vulnerable people in the world.

  • Article: May 12, 2017

    Excellent healthcare is at the heart of our vision for Britain. As a leading liberal democracy, our public services should - and can be - the envy of the world. The Lib Dems are committed to making this vision a reality.

    Last weekend, Tim Farron and I announced our five point NHS and care recovery plan, which laid out our health strategy for the next parliament - generating an extra £6bn funding boost.

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