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:

Letter: One per cent pay rise for NHS staff ‘a heinous and reproachable act’

Nurses on protest march

This reader shares an open letter to Matt Hancock and Bob Seely urging the Government to reconsider the proposed 1 per cent pay rise for NHS staff. He says many have lost their lives protecting us and those that have survived, may have lost their peace of mind

Saturday, 6th March, 2021 1:28pm

By Paul Schofield with 28 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Conservative MP responds to the Budget Statement

Rishi Sunak standing in front of Houses of Parliament

The Isle of Wight Conservative MP welcomes the Conservative Chancellor's Budget. See within for details he has picked out to highlight

Thursday, 4th March, 2021 7:55am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 19 readers' comments

Dental crisis on the Isle of Wight: MP suggests to Government how to improve the situation

dentist working on a person

The Isle of Wight MP has made a number of suggestions to address the issue being faced by dentists, including the initiation of a dental training scheme on the Island. Read the full list within

Wednesday, 3rd March, 2021 9:23am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 5 readers' comments

Government support sought for Newport and rural post office services

Post office sign on side of building

The Isle of Wight MP and Community Action IW are working together to secure future sustainable post office provision on the Island

Monday, 1st March, 2021 8:57am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 6 readers' comments

‘We need to stop this piecemeal concreting of the countryside’ says Isle of Wight MP

Brighstone plans and IW MP

The MP has stepped in to have his say on a development for five houses on greenfield land in Brighstone

Wednesday, 24th February, 2021 8:47am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 4 readers' comments

£50,000 given to Isle of Wight council to investigate unique costs faced by being an island

aerial view of the island and the solent

Cllr Stewart said this is the first time in many years that any government has given such an explicit recognition of the need for the Island’s unique circumstances to be looked at

Thursday, 11th February, 2021 11:29am

By IW Council Press Office with 16 readers' comments

New Government grant could help keep future rents down for social housing on the Isle of Wight

Stoneham’s Kalon Tymon works on new construction at Ryde Village in 2019

The Isle of Wight has been added to the government's list of areas where newly-built social housing can claim a higher level of grant money to keep future rents down

Wednesday, 10th February, 2021 10:17am

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments

MP adds his objection to plans for more homes in Cowes

place road cowes

Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, says the additional 14 homes will put further strain on GP and dental services, as well as schools

Monday, 1st February, 2021 2:51pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 6 readers' comments

Isle of Wight businesses closed due to lockdown reminded to claim grants

fifty pound notes close up

In addition to the rolling £3,000 monthly grants, all businesses forced to close can claim a one-off grant of up to £9,000. Details within

Monday, 25th January, 2021 11:30am

By The Office of Bob Seely with one comment

Feasibility study into extending Island Line to Ventnor and Newport underway

Class 484 train

The feasibility study into extending Island Line from Ryde to Newport and Shanklin to Ventnor has begun but Bob Seely says it can only proceed with the support and cooperation of the Steam Railway

Thursday, 21st January, 2021 4:22pm

By IW Council Press Office with 21 readers' comments

Isle of Wight MP renews his call for ‘Island Park’ designation

View of the South West coast of the Island from Tennyson Down

Seely says, “This is not just about housing and protecting from overdevelopment: it is about protecting landscape in perpetuity and is part of a green agenda for the Island too"

Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 5:15pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 3 readers' comments

Letter: Call for Bob Seely to vote for Trade Deal amendment

Computer keyboard

The Trade Bill will be voted on in Parliament very soon, and has been amended to give Parliament a say on trade deals. This reader is hoping our MP will vote for the amendment and urges others to write to him

Sunday, 17th January, 2021 5:23pm

By Christine Lightbody with 5 readers' comments