Bob Seely

Bob Seely was elected as Isle of Wight councillor for Central Wight in the 2013 and 2017 local elections.

Back in 2005, he stood as the Conservative candidate in Broxtowe, Nottingham, coming very close to winning the race with 37.2% of the votes (18,161) – just 2,296 behind the Labour candidate.

He’s been a spin doctor for the Tories and a member of the PR team at music channel MTV, not to mention serving in Iraq in the Territorial Army. Bob’s currently doing a PhD at King’s College, London, where his area of study is non-conventional warfare.

As he first disclosed on OnTheWight, Bob had an ambition to become a candidate for the Isle of Wight MP, when Andrew Turner was no longer in the role.

When in April 2017 Andrew Turner stepped down after his views on homosexuality became widely-reported and criticised, Bob became one of three candidates for selection. After a messy round of people dropping out and others popping up, Bob was finally selected as the Conservative candidate for the Isle of Wight MP.

He secured the seat in the 2017 General Election with 51.3% of the vote, 38,190 votes.

Readers can keep an eye on exactly how Bob Seely votes by visiting the UK Parliament Website.

In the 2019 election Bob Seely increased his majority, gaining 41,850 votes, 56.8 per cent of the vote with an increase of 3,660 votes.

Below are some of the articles where he’s been mentioned through OnTheWight:

MP Seely asked for comment after IW Conservatives lose their majority at council

Bob Seely with the Island coastline in the background

Seely thanked now-deposed Dave Stewart for leadership and said he’ll be writing to the new councillors to ‘outline a common agenda’ he believes elected leaders of the Island should be working towards

Saturday, 8th May, 2021 10:25am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 22 readers' comments

Conservative candidate: Confident of a ‘sound case’ to convince planning committee to reject new Isle of Wight oil well plans

No in neon yellow

During Earth Week, the Conservative candidate shares her views on plans for exploratory oil wells in Arreton

Friday, 23rd April, 2021 9:34am

By Sally Perry with 17 readers' comments

Campaign to stop child abuse goes from strength to strength during lock

Child covering their eyes

It's been a challenge over the last year with the impact of Lockdown, but Isle of Wight 70/30 ambassadors have continued with passion and dedication

Wednesday, 14th April, 2021 12:16pm

By Natalie Thomas

Isle of Wight Conservatives launch their 2021 election campaign

All Island Conservative candidates

The Isle of Wight Conservatives launch their 2021 Isle of Wight council election campaign. See inside to put faces to names

Tuesday, 13th April, 2021 12:05pm

By Dave Stewart with 8 readers' comments

Aggregate dredging off Sandown Bay is ‘not impacting on coastline’ says MP

Dredger in the water

The Isle of Wight MP says erosion in the area is largely the result of historic storm activity from previous years

Tuesday, 13th April, 2021 11:53am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 4 readers' comments

Government needs to help festival organisers, says Isle of Wight MP

Ventnor Fringe closing party

Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, is calling on the Government to launch a pooled reinsurance scheme to help festival organisers to plan with confidence

Wednesday, 24th March, 2021 9:39am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 7 readers' comments

Isle of Wight farmers urged to take part in sustainable farming pilot scheme

Hedgerows and road

Under the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) scheme, farmers will be paid to adopt agricultural practices that benefit the environment

Friday, 19th March, 2021 11:20am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 8 readers' comments

Isle of Wight MP comes under fire for voting in favour of new Policing Bill that includes limits on public protest (updated)

bob seely in westminster hall in send debate

Ten years in prison for damaging a memorial versus a five year sentence for grievous bodily harm is just one element of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

Wednesday, 17th March, 2021 10:49am

By Sally Perry with 14 readers' comments

Isle of Wight pilot verge management scheme aims to protect ‘Nature’s Highways’

wildflower verge

The Isle of Wight's verges are effectively mini nature reserves and this new pilot scheme will allow the biodiversity found there to thrive. Details within

Tuesday, 16th March, 2021 12:03pm

By Joel Bateman with 13 readers' comments

Filmwight launch puts culture and arts at the heart of the Isle of Wight’s regeneration

Appuldurcombe House by Gianpaolo Mario Photography

As well as promoting the Isle of Wight as an ideal TV and film location, Filmwight are working with a consortium of specialists in this field with a view to opening a state-of-the art studio complex. Read more within

Friday, 12th March, 2021 7:42am

By Gillian Dobias with 2 readers' comments

Concerns raised that dredging off Sandown Bay is eroding beaches

Dredger in the water

The Isle of Wight MP has written to the Crown Estate to seek reassurance that coastal erosion around the Island is not linked to marine aggregate dredging

Thursday, 11th March, 2021 10:48am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight MP objects to plans for two holiday lets in Bembridge woodland

Love Lane map with red line around planed area of development

The Isle of Wight MP says, “I find it outrageous that anyone would even think to build on woodland like this. It should be left well alone”

Tuesday, 9th March, 2021 11:26am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 7 readers' comments