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:

Brodie to probe Isle of Wight council leader on PM’s comments about Coronavirus in care homes (updated)

Trees outside County Hall and Geoff Brodie

Cllr Brodie has submitted a written question to the Leader of the Isle of Wight council about Boris Johnson's remarks on the spread of Coronavirus in care homes

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 11:04am

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Isle of Wight politicians defend care home workers from Government’s ‘attempt to shift blame’ for spread of Covid-19 (updated)

Boris Johnson

Spokespeople from Labour, Green and LibDem parties share their views on the Prime Minister's comments about the spread of Covid-19 in care homes. News OnTheWight asked Bob Seely his views too

Tuesday, 7th July, 2020 1:16pm

By Sally Perry with 12 readers' comments

The ‘Isle of Wight Welcomes You’ campaign launches today

Isle of Wight welcomes you t shirt and logo

The ‘Isle of Wight Welcomes You’ brand has been developed to prepare for the remarketing of the Island as a go-to destination

Friday, 3rd July, 2020 11:13am

By Feature Writer with 4 readers' comments

‘Zoe’s Law’ petition calling for all removed moles to be tested by law gains over 11,600 signatures

Zoe Panayi

The petition started on the Isle of Wight has over 11,600 signatures, calling for all removed moles to be tested for melanoma skin cancer - by law

Tuesday, 30th June, 2020 2:59pm

By The Office of Bob Seely

Bob Seely spoke in favour of regular Covid-19 testing for NHS staff but then voted against it. Here’s what he said when News OnTheWight asked him why

bob seely and chris heaton harris

After Islanders were confused why Bob Seely said he wants regular Covid-19 testing for NHS staff, then voted against it the same day, News OnTheWight got in touch to find out why. Here’s his reply

Monday, 29th June, 2020 6:37pm

By Sally Perry with 16 readers' comments

Isle of Wight MP asks ferry company to resume all cross-Solent services – but booking are already being taken

Keith Greenfield CEO Wightlink Ferries

Seely has written to Wightlink’s Chief Executive, keen to see the resumption of sailings on all cross-Solent routes - which includes the FastCat and the Yarmouth ferry service

Monday, 29th June, 2020 6:30pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 7 readers' comments

Seely votes against weekly Covid-19 testing for NHS and care home staff

weekly testing for care staff

The day before he issued a press release praising Isle of Wight NHS and care home staff, Isle of Wight MP voted against weekly Covid-19 testing for them

Thursday, 25th June, 2020 5:27pm

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Isle of Wight NHS staff and care workers thanked for remarkable work during Covid-19 outbreak

bob seely in parliament

Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, highlighted and praised the work of NHS staff and care workers during the health debate on Wednesday

Thursday, 25th June, 2020 12:11pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 5 readers' comments

Isle of Wight MP welcomes relaxation of 2m social distancing rule and other lockdown easing measures

bob seely outside st marys

Isle of Wight MP thanks the Prime Minister for relaxing the 2m social distancing rule and says we need to make sure that tourism-related businesses are not left behind in the fight for survival against the Covid-19 virus

Wednesday, 24th June, 2020 8:38am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 18 readers' comments

Isle of Wight to ‘responsibly open up its visitor and hospitality sector’, says MP

Shanklin beach

The Isle of Wight MP welcomes the return of the Red Jet service, adding that, "it’s a step forward in returning slowly to normal"

Tuesday, 23rd June, 2020 10:53am

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Official: The Isle of Wight Covid-19 App and its centralised approach has been killed (update 3)

stop sign

The NHS digital team will now be working with Google and Apple to develop an App that uses learning from the Isle of Wight

Thursday, 18th June, 2020 3:41pm

By Sally Perry with 23 readers' comments

Call for Government help by Independent pharmacies

Tim Gibbs and Bob Seely outside Yarmouth Pharmacy

Seely says pharmacies have been under severe pressure during the Covid-19 crisis, with income decreasing whilst their role in the community has become more important

Thursday, 18th June, 2020 8:46am

By The Office of Bob Seely