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.

Facts and truth ‘distorted out of all recognition’ claims Cllr Stubbings

County Hall with Priest and Gilbey

Details that first appeared as comments with OnTheWight, were, for the first time, heard in the council chamber last night. Cllr Stubbings laid out in detail his sequence of events, "to put the record straight in the public arena".

Friday, 3rd October, 2014 12:23pm

By Sally Perry with 70 readers' comments

Cllr Charles Chapman’s resignation: The actual emails and timings


There's been a lot of speculation as to what has and hasn't happened over Cllr Charles Chapman's resignation from the Island Independents. OnTheWight has brought together all of the actual emails and has discovered Cllr Chapman's view on joining the Conservatives.

Sunday, 21st September, 2014 3:27pm

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

Another Island Independent leaves the Group (updated)

Smiley faces :

The news doesn't bode well for the Group of Island Independent councillors who are now done to just 16 members.

Friday, 19th September, 2014 10:42pm

By Sally Perry with 118 readers' comments

Live coverage of potentially ‘fiery’ council meeting


Follow the twists and turns at what is being suggested will be a 'very fiery' meeting.

Wednesday, 17th September, 2014 12:59pm

By Sally Perry with 15 readers' comments

David Pugh gets involved in Priest/Gilbey/ overthrow rumour affair with questions

David Pugh

David Pugh (who lost his seat to Cllr Richard Priest at the 2013 local elections) has posed a number of questions to the Leader for tonight's council meeting. Here's the full text and his email to council members.

Wednesday, 17th September, 2014 12:36pm

By David Pugh with 37 readers' comments

How many times should you have to ask a question to get a straight answer? We tried 16 times with Cllr Priest

Questioning at Burning Man by fabola

During a ten minute conversation with Cllr Richard Priest last week, we put a simple question forward, but had to end up asking it sixteen times, as we couldn't get a straight answer.

Monday, 15th September, 2014 7:50pm

By Simon Perry with 40 readers' comments

Further accusations from Cllrs Gilbey and Priest in County Hall drama

Keyboard close up by ericnvntr

Following the sacking of Cllr Richard Priest from the Isle of Wight council Executive this week and Cllr Jon Gilbey's subsequent claims of being dismissed from the Independent Group (a claim refuted by the leader yesterday), there is a further twist in the story today.

Friday, 12th September, 2014 4:43pm

By Sally Perry with 122 readers' comments

The Priest / Gilbey email and where it’s incorrect

County Hall with Priest and Gilbey

Here are the full contents of the Priest/Gilbey email circulated this morning - and a breakdown of how its allegations don't stand up, exposing a basic misunderstanding of what has happened.

Thursday, 11th September, 2014 1:31pm

By Sally Perry with 70 readers' comments

Council leader instigates shake-up of Executive


Following rumours of an attempt to overthrow the council administration, just two days later the leader announces a restructure of the Executive.

Wednesday, 10th September, 2014 7:05pm

By IW Council Press Office with 32 readers' comments

Councillor calls for more road safety spending on rural roads

Councillor calls for more road safety spending on rural roads

Cllr Seely is hoping some of the £100,000 Community Highway Fund will be spent on roads in the Back of the Wight.

Wednesday, 10th September, 2014 12:38pm

By Cllr Bob Seely with 3 readers' comments

Attempt to overthrow Isle of Wight council administration rumoured

Gavel and water glasses:

OnTheWight has been told that a splinter group of Independent councillors are looking to collaborate with the Conservatives to bring them back to control the council.

Monday, 8th September, 2014 4:46pm

By Simon Perry with 59 readers' comments

Isle of Wight GCSE results slip back to pre-2011 percentages


The percentage of Isle of Wight pupils achieving five A* to C GCSE passes, including English and mathematics has dropped to its lowest since 2011.

Thursday, 21st August, 2014 5:31pm

By IW Council Press Office with 2 readers' comments