Richard Priest

Richard Priest was elected in the 2013 Isle of Wight council elections and joined the group of Island Independent councillors.

He was Independent executive member for Children’s services. However, he was sacked from the post by Ian Stephens in September 2014 and then left the Island Independents.

He became Executive member Adult social care and public health in January 2017 under the leadership of Conservative, Dave Stewart.

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

Isle of Wight CCG facing £12m funding deficit

Coins and helen sheilds

The CCG say the IWC have been aware of the planning reduction in funding since August 2015 and are themselves facing a significant deficit of £12m in 2017/18.

Thursday, 2nd February, 2017 11:52am

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

Find out who will be new Scrutiny Committee Chair: Live Coverage

Live reporting

The extraordinary meeting was called after accusations the decision to not elect a new chair of Scrutiny at the full council meeting last week was "bulldozed through" by Conservative councillors.

Wednesday, 1st February, 2017 4:45pm

By Sally Perry with 24 readers' comments

CCG’s plans to significantly cut funding will have impact on the vulnerable, say Council

Elderly woman

The Isle of Wight council say the CCG plan to reduce its funding to support adult social care by over £3.1 million by the beginning of 2018/19.

Wednesday, 1st February, 2017 9:18am

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Council’s new Executive revealed in full

New executive

It looks like the rumours we published were right. Here's the full list of the now-expanded Executive of the Isle of Wight council, following Conservative Dave Stewart being voted in as Leader this week.

Friday, 20th January, 2017 11:14am

By IW Council Press Office with 105 readers' comments

Council agree £800,000 for new Shanklin cliff lift

Shanklin Cliff Lift

The initial scope of the works was to refurbish the Cliff lift motor room and original, 1957, machinery. The programme now incorporates a complete overhaul of the lift cars, pulleys, winches and motor machinery, costing around £800,000.

Thursday, 3rd March, 2016 11:10am

By IW Council Press Office with 21 readers' comments

Over 16,000 adults on the Isle of Wight are unpaid carers for family members

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Healthwatch and Carers IW working together to improve local support for unpaid carers. There are reported to be one in nine of them on the Isle of Wight.

Wednesday, 24th February, 2016 1:01pm

By Nikki Stewart with one comment

Isle of Wight Council leader pulls apart IMG’s alternative budget

screwed up paper

A group of five councillors - independent of any political group - have submitted budget amendments that would actually see more cuts to services being made than those in charge are proposing, claims Cllr Bacon.

Tuesday, 23rd February, 2016 8:29pm

By Jonathan Bacon with 12 readers' comments

Letter: How can your councillor represent you if they leave meetings early?

Empty seats :

During Wednesday's full council meeting, several councillors upped and left before the end of the meeting, missing an important vote on how the council handles applications for fracking on the Isle of Wight. One reader was disgusted enough at their actions that she's shared the letter she sent them the next day.

Friday, 22nd January, 2016 3:05pm

By Kay Smith with 53 readers' comments

David Pugh: ‘Overheard discussing sensitive party matters’ on packed train claims report

Political Scrapbook - David Pugh Trailer -:

A general rule in life is, if you don't want others to know, don't discuss it in public. Certainly don't do it loudly on a busy train heading back to where you live.

Thursday, 18th December, 2014 10:02am

By Sally Perry with 29 readers' comments

Cllr Julia Baker-Smith voted as chair of the planning committee


The vote was incredibly close with Independent councillor, Julia Baker Smith, winning by just one vote.

Friday, 17th October, 2014 11:49am

By Sally Perry with 85 readers' comments

Head of legal advised Cllrs Priest and Gilbey to stay away from funding paper, but they didn’t

Exit signs:

A leaked set of email exchanges in front of all IWC councillors asks why Cllr Gilbey and Priest involved themselves at all with the Rush Close controversy after Head of Legal had advised not to. The chair of Scrutiny questions the extent of their 'acquaintanceships'.

Wednesday, 15th October, 2014 4:36pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments