David Pugh

David Pugh became Leader of the Isle of Wight council in 2007, but lost his seat in the county election of 2013.

March 2018 David Pugh became Chairman of the Isle of Wight Conservative Association.

Below you’ll find the articles that we’ve published about him.

Three prominent Conservatives tried to recruit me, says Isle of Wight’s self-declared ‘biggest Brexit gobsh*te’

Iain McKie

Iain McKie says he's been recently been approached by three prominent Conservatives, asking him to rejoin the Party, claiming it would add credibility to Seely's candidacy.

Tuesday, 30th July, 2019 12:05pm

By Sally Perry with 20 readers' comments

Opposition parties comment on Johnson and Hunt visit

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson

The Isle of Wight is the first constituency in the UK to host a dedicated event for both the candidates in their quest to be the next Prime Minister. Opposition parties share their views on the visit.

Wednesday, 26th June, 2019 9:58am

By Sally Perry with 18 readers' comments

Tributes paid to former Isle of Wight councillor, ‘a relentless champion for the Lake community’ (updated)

Yellow Lily and Gerry White

Tributes to the late Parish Councillor come from the former leader of the Isle of Wight council who says Gerry was "a relentless champion for the Lake community".

Wednesday, 29th May, 2019 2:46pm

By Sally Perry

Conservatives announce candidate for Osborne and Whippingham seat on Isle of Wight council

stephen hendry

Island Conservatives' candidate says he's already working hard for residents as a town councillor and by-election offers an opportunity to continue this at a county level.

Monday, 13th May, 2019 4:47pm

By David Pugh with 8 readers' comments

Former UKIP cllr says ‘botched’ school reorg directly led to ‘disappointing’ school league table results

School classroom :

Former Isle of Wight UKIP councillor says he has no doubt that the most recent GCSE and A-Level results come as a direct result of the "failed policy” of school reorganisation from three tiers to two.

Friday, 1st February, 2019 4:02pm

By Daryll Pitcher with 2 readers' comments

Tributes paid to former Isle of Wight Conservative Association chairman

blue water lily

Tributes have been paid by the chairman who served Isle of Wight Conservative Association between 2008-2012.

Tuesday, 17th April, 2018 12:29pm

By David Pugh with one comment

David Pugh now heads new team at Isle of Wight Conservative Association (Updated)

IWCA officer team

Following last night's big old clear out at the Isle of Wight Conservative Association, here's what David Pugh's got to say from the top seat. OnTheWight also asks Chris Whitehouse a series of questions to see if he'll back up his talk with actions, re: exiting the Conservative fray?

Friday, 30th March, 2018 3:26pm

By Sally Perry with 22 readers' comments

All welcome to public meeting on the future of Isle of Wight railways

Shanklin Theatre

Next week's public meeting about the future of Island Line railway will hear about South Western Railway’s proposals, future plans for the IW Steam Railway and how inter-connectivity between the two lines and links with cross-Solent travel can be improved.

Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 3:30pm

By David Pugh with 3 readers' comments

TITF report: ‘Ensure Island Line remains part of franchised National Rail Network’

train at ryde station

Today's transport report has delivered a list of recommendations for Island Line including ensuring Island Line remains part of the franchised National Rail Network. Here's the detail and the reaction.

Wednesday, 26th July, 2017 11:55am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

‘Dark Day for Island Democracy’ say Island Indies

julia baker smith

The Island Independents say the constitutional changes voted through at last night's council meeting are "even worse even than the ‘Pugh days’", adding that the "Conservatives are effectively silencing the opposition".

Thursday, 18th May, 2017 8:37am

By Julia Baker-Smith with 5 readers' comments

Cllrs Priest and Gilbey: Police investigation into electoral law breach

richard priest and jon gilbey

The election material of the Shanklin councillors has been investigated and reviewed by senior police within Gold Command. It's been found there "certainly has been a breach" of electoral law.

Thursday, 27th April, 2017 6:07pm

By Sally Perry with 50 readers' comments

KILF asked IWC candidates for assurance to keep Island Line in Franchise: Their responses

Islandline trains

The resident group KILF believes it's vital for Island Line's survival that this Isle of Wight train line must stay within the South Western Rail Franchise. Here are the results they've shared with OnTheWight of responses they got when asking for assurances from each of the local election candidates on the route.

Monday, 24th April, 2017 11:13am

By David Pugh with 27 readers' comments