Andrew Turner resigns as Isle of Wight MP

Just hours after OnTheWight revealed that Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner labelled homosexuality ‘wrong’ and ‘dangerous to society’, he has stepped down as the MP

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Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Andrew Turner has this afternoon resigned from his post.

Earlier today Mr Turner had told a classroom of A-Level students that he believed homosexuality was “wrong” and “dangerous to society”.

Following nation-wide outrage at the news, in a statement to the press Mr Turner said,

“It has been my privilege to serve the people of the Isle of Wight as their member of Parliament.

“I have been incredibly fortunate to represent such a beautiful constituency.

“After 16 years I have come to the decision that it is time for a new generation to take up the mantle of representing my fantastic constituency.

“I am grateful for the support I have received from Islanders and proud of the record that Conservatives have in delivering for the Island.

“In the forthcoming election I will be supporting the Conservative candidate to ensure the strong and stable leadership of Theresa May is returned to Downing Street.”

Source: Peter Henley BBC

Friday, 28th April, 2017 6:03pm

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Hermit

YES!!!

peterj

No doubt Sir Lynton Crosby will be delighted that he managed to get the current mantra of ‘strong and stable leadership’ in his resignation speech.

Shame he didn’t see fit to apologise though. I guess he really meant it.

andygarcia1948

“Strong and Stable” what a joke she’s “Weak and Wobbly”. No wonder Lynton Crosby is keeping her hidden away.

ouma

He must have realised that he does not have the support he had hoped for. Interesting to see what the IWCA will do now in the light of their earlier comments. (Were they made before or after his homophobic comments to students, I wonder?).

This will I hope shake up island politics and candidates for the GE!

Rod Manley

Another “stable leader” bites the dust !!

mat

About as stable as an elephant on a ping pong ball.

ianwinter

So it’ll be Seely, or Fox, or somebody parachuted in from Central Office I guess.

constituent

Hopefully Bob

Socrates

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mywifesheelsare2high

The Fox is top of the list surely they cant put up The Fog.

peterj

Shame that this didn’t happen after he’d been selected. Now the Tories have a chance of putting someone more personable forward.

Is this the time for the Bobster, ‘Baron’ of Chillerton? I see as part of his PhD studies he is researching ‘information warfare’. Could be handy!

mat

Could we at last see the end of the power of the aristocratic constituency and move into the 21st century?

Niton Wight Satin

No apology for his anti-gay comments you might note.

mat

It was a ruse, Turner didn’t want to be compelled to stand like Cameron and Central Office presuured him to do so last time.

constituent

So not true !!!

Caconym

So Turner didn’t want to stand and, instead of resigning more honorably by citing ill health or such, he thinks “I know, I’ll drop a humongous clanger and be forced to resign under a cloud”.

Really?

peterj

Did anyone actually check to see if he was drunk? CTK isn’t that far from the The Bargeman’s Rest.

constituent

That was his ex finacee’s old haunt, wonder where she drinks now ????

constituent

That was his ex fiancees old haunt, wonder where she drinks now ??? Anyone spotted her ?

retired hack

Constituent: still drinks there, I daresay. It’s all very cosy. They were going to rename it the Last Chance Saloon, but that’s been overtaken by events now.

constituent

Bizzare views coming from him ????

retired hack

Yes, noted…
Plenty of others anxious to apologise for being associated with him, though. And plenty of silence in other quarters.

mark francis
What have the Gays ever done for us? Obviously Alan Turing goes without saying…but apart from Isaac Newton, well arguably William Shakespeare – Michaelanglo for sure – what have they – well yes, probably Da Vinci and all them Greek philosophers, at it like knives…WHAT HAVE THEY EVER DONE FOR US? Thank goodness we still have the Christian church that is gay-free! (unless you count repressed, self-hating… Read more »
Rowan
Not true of many churches, actually. The Quakers have been inclusive – doing gay marriages, for example – for years. Most people in the Church of England are also far more accepting of diversity – see the excellent https://inclusive-church.org.uk for a campaign group within the church. Some of the people who claim to be followers of Jesus actually notice that Jesus was prepared to talk with anybody… Read more »
constituent

Let us hope the gang go with him

mat

It is about time the youth asserted themselves and put these old reactionaries in their place and came out to vote.

colinteller

Hear hear. The young and middle aged are in real peril under the Tories.

Rowan
Old people are in real peril under the Tories – it’s not just young and middle-aged people. Who needs the National Health Service most? Who needs most care from local government social services? Who is least able to cope if they’re forced to move out of their home because of financial trouble, or a private landlord kicking them out, or the Tories decreeing that poor people don’t… Read more »
Turnup

Good riddance

Caconym

Yes and no.

We now have the problem that the Tories might select someone marginally electable as Turner’s replacement.

constituent

Time for Mr Turner’s whole team to go and clear out the IWCA and MP’s office and bring in the new. A clean sweep will rejuvenate the Tory party on the IOW. Time for fresh blood and some younger members to benefit whilst they can from the stalwart members of the party

peterj

Fresh blood? Yes, I do believe they will require a ritual sacrifice for this.

mark francis

Anyone mention ritual sacrifice ?

Ezekiel 20:25-
“Moreover I gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not have life; and I defiled them through their very gifts in making them offer by fire all their first-born, that I might horrify them; I did it that they might know that I am the LORD [Yahweh].

Go for it!

Ode on Melancholy

Agreed. It is great news for the Island that this dreadful parody of a representative has finally gone.

Richard

Goodbye and good riddance. Know let’s hope we get someone with a backbone who is willing to stand up for the island and not just go with the flow the island deserves someone who is willing to fight for it.

IOWTUC

Move on,there is a election to win.

pahahahahahahaha

“I am grateful for the support I have received from Islanders and proud of the record that Conservatives have in delivering for the Island.”

what a joke.

Ruth R
Just remember when voting..the Conservatives WANT the drilling and Fracking anywhere… which isso unnecessary anywhere and dangerous. This Island, already licence and the companies claiming planning application is being currently prepared I believe, cannot stand any form of drilling, nor the massive damage To the roads with hundreds of huge tankers constantly flowing on and off the island. (Neither can the mainland). Too much proof is coming… Read more »
retired hack
I believe Tory HQ’s policy for the GE, because it was called at such short notice, is to impose a shortlist of three candidates on constituencies where the sitting Tory MP is retiring. This is unlikely to be the scenario which local candidates would have preferred; and they certainly won’t be happy at having to compete for one seat when they were expecting two to be available… Read more »
constituent

Could be a good thing ! The office of the IWCA is too connate and self serving

Scotland Gay Boy

The man was honest.

electrickery

Whatever the Cons do next, they can’t take away that AT was, earlier, a good constituency MP for a long time, despite his unfortunate colour. He’s resigned; let him go in peace.

The serious question here is: what rabid no-hoper will Central Office parachute in? If he wears a blue rosette, the somnolent population of this Island will vote for him.

Rowan
Agree with you – I disagreed with almost every vote Andrew Turner made, and I have never voted and would never vote for him, but I do respect him for doing what he believed to be hard work for the Island. He did get out and about and meet people – I saw him and chatted with him at more than one event, including some where he… Read more »
constituent

NOW we see it is CTK, I wonder what the Papal Knight thinks of this ????

Jenna Flynn

To be fair, he did do some good for the Isle of Wight, if not for him, a lot of people would still be voting Tory!

Geoff Lumley

CtK’s role in all of this needs some media scrutiny. They have been inviting only Tories up there for ages, in particular Turner. All most likely instigated by the hypocritical Papal joke. What on earth have they been trying to inflict on their students? Well done to those who protested today.

Ode on melancholy

These students should be proud of standing up for tolerant decent values. It is appalling to think that Turner was a teacher for a number of years and yet still managed to subject them to such a an upsetting experience – I suppose he may have done less damage as an ineffectual MP than as a classroom teacher – who knows?

constituent

What, when and whom did he teach ? worth exploring ?

Ode on melancholy

Economics in state schools for approx.7 years

constituent

That’s nice

mark francis

Tory party at prayer, Geoff.

Rowan

Good point Geoff. Just the name of the school is worrying – Jesus himself never called himself the King. He was there for everybody, especially poor people. If only more people who claim to be his followers would actually read the Gospels and pay attention to what Jesus was actually like…

stenbury

Clearly still the nasty party and always will be – a homophobic bigot ex MP and a racist bigot local party chair standing in Sandown where the anti tory vote isn’t split by outdated tribal loyalty – a good chance to get Ward out…

Steve Goodman

Why omit Private Eye’s OTW pretend paedophile poster from that little list?

Good Riddance
Turner was good for one thing… providing proof that men CAN multitask. He was able to be inept and lacklustre at the same time. I remain bewildered that anyone voted for him last time. But not as bewildered as he was. Permanently! I can’t see Turner’s baby-sitter, Ian Ward stepping up, he is about as eloquent a public speaker as Turner. The papal pillock has the same… Read more »
Certa Cito

Am gutted…. I was so hoping Mr Turner would come canvassing round to my house so I could tell him to do one !! (albeit I would have probably used more colourful language !)

Dawn

Wanted to send Mr Turner an email to ask him about the first Gay parade coming soon to the island, I’m sure it will be a great event

Richard

Hopefully this now puts an end to the Island’s suffering this buffoon as our representative.

Annoyed Newport.

Explain the difference between the remarks and views of Andrew Turner and the anti Catholic ‘remarks being aired by Geoff and others?Hypocrisy?

Geoff Lumley

The Pope ‘knighting’ such a hypocritical, non-christian as Whitehouse can only be understood in comedy terms.

I do not believe it

POETRY CORNER
So, farewell then Andrew Turner!
You’ve gone out with a great big BANG!
15 years of archeological right-wing crap
you’ve permeated across the entire map
of this sceptered island and sent us all into a longterm nap.
So take with you your hangman’s rope
and your corrosive anti LGBT dope
and I’ll see you later, behind the bicycle sheds, for a usual 5 minute grope.

E.J. Thrib
Aged 17.5

constituent
Unworthy of you Geoff, on what basis are you making t comments about CBK ? the Papal may have an interest in this school but ……. This was a sixth form Politics class with engaged pupils/students asking intelligent and probing questions as we would expect of them at A level. I think they should be commended for putting a Politician on the spot. They are our future,… Read more »
Geoff Lumley

Agreed ‘constituent’. But it would be good if they invited politicians from other parties as well. Its always Tories

constituent

Lets hope they do/are doing this All views should be aired. We live in a democracy. I couldn’t imagine CTK would do anything other than their best for their pupils/students. Given the calibre of comments/critical thinking skills from the pupils/students they must be doing something right there.

constituent

I meant CTK !!!

paludian

If the comments here are in any way representative of Islanders, whomever the Tories parachute in will lose their deposit.

Let us see.

Caconym

Unfortunately, the comments here aren’t that representative.

Most of the died-in-the-wool Tory voters will have never even heard of this site.

A good percentage won’t even know what the Internet is.

Anyway. All hail Esther the Turnernator.

mark francis wdp

At her age I would have stayed in the class & asked him to expand upon what he means “danger to society” and really let him hang himself.
But that was the kind of kid I was.

Still good going.

Caconym
Esther is a member of the LGBT community and was extremely upset by Turner’s remarks, which is why she left. Being told that you are a danger to society merely by dint of who you are is a pretty shocking thing for anyone to be told, let alone a 17 year old. Being gay isn’t a choice, like being a Christian or Tory. It’s not something you… Read more »
constituent
It will be interesting to see what Mr Turner and his ex fiancee and the Transport advisor get up to after this. I predict a Consultancy offering transport and other advice using connections to Government and Ministers. They will also advise the next administration at County Hall and of course the Transport Infrastructure policy as Chris Garnett and the Transport advisor are well know to each other.… Read more »
Allforone

I bet the blonde advisor/spin doctor will be turning up again!

bones

I hold no brief for Andrew Turner but I’m shocked by the venomous comments here. Whatever you might think of him he was a gentleman.

Calder Hughes
Completely agree with you bones. Once people have a “point” especially when it relates to somebody saying something as daft as he did in public, they seem to think that gives them carte blanch to behave like animals and forget we are all human beings. Makes my stomach churn – probably in a similar way to the way his comments offended people. Two wrongs NEVER make a… Read more »
Caconym

Sorry, but “gentlemen” don’t look 16 year old girls in the eye and tell them they are a danger to society.

Calder Hughes

As I said above, it was, at best, daft. The actual quote though was “he thinks that homosexuality is “wrong” and “dangerous to society””

He can think what he wants just as we all can.

Remember 1984?

I despair.

peterj
The 1984 analogy is ridiculous and he didn’t just think it, did he? He said it out loud – in front of children. He was an elected public servant who is there to represent us, not to use his position to vent his personal hateful thoughts. What if he had said ‘blacks’ instead of ‘homosexuals’? You would have been fine with that? You also think it okay… Read more »
bones

You’re like a pack of hounds who have caught a whiff of blood.
I do hope you are are all as perfect as you obviously think you are.

mark francis wdp

I’m not claiming to be perfect – just not homophobic.
That said, I would really like to know in what way Tigger believes homosexuality to be danger to society.
I understand that the Byzantine Emperor Justinian attributed earthquakes to his sort of thing.
I mean – you never know do you?

Rowan
I agree that it’s wrong to attack somebody when they’re down. I don’t see Andrew Turner’s voting record as gentle, though. I believe that he genuinely believed he was doing the right thing by voting for cuts to local government, or against gay marriage, for example, but even his intentions were honest and decent, that doesn’t make his actions right. So I wish that peple commenting here… Read more »
Calder Hughes
Peterj I’m not defending him. I think it was a terrible thing to say. My views on homosexuality or different ethnicity are irrelevant but for the record I believe in absolute equality accross the board. Live and let live. I accept that you think the reference to 1984 is ridiculous but it is my view, I trust you accept that? Mr Turners record is not something I… Read more »
chippy2

I think peterj and bones have said most of it for me, but judging by some comments Mr Turner’s biggest problem for some people is his politics. Tim Farron seems to be surviving, even after Jon Snow’s onslaught. The obvious thing about websites in general is you don’t hear from the silent majority.

hasnt happened yet
Technically, he has not resigned, he has simply said that he will not be standing again. He will not have resigned until he speaks to the Chancellor and applies for a position which disqualifies him from parliament. This cannot happen until Tuesday I believe. Technically, this is still not a resignation under law as an MP cannot resign, and therefore has to be appointed as a steward… Read more »
Fazza
So it seems that free speech is no longer allowed in this country. Mr Andrew Turner has the right to voice his opinions. Smoking is dangerous to society. His statement “homosexuality ‘wrong’ and ‘dangerous to society’ could be seen as correct as HIV and AIDS is rife within the Gay population. Therefore the financial drain on society due to the medical costs of HIV is huge. The… Read more »
Pigwig

All I can see is vile homophobia I’m afraid . This is actually a crime.Free speech is a right of our society. Crime is not. If these are his personal views he shold keep them to himself.

hasnt happened yet
Fazza – humouring your homophobic comments for a moment… Turner was asked if he intended to attend IOW Pride. He replied no, and expanded this to state that he considered homosexuality to be ‘wrong’ and a ‘danger to society’. Given the context of attending a Pride event, and the fact that HIV and AIDS affect everyone, not just homosexuals, I would suggest you withdraw your homophobic comments.… Read more »
Pigwig

‘Should ‘ !

constituent
Ian Ward retweeting Mark Fox again and again, please please not him for candidate most of the party members are not for him!!! Guess who his ‘friends’ are ? , yes the Turner/Ward gang. He is President of the Binstead Branch of IWCA whose Chair works for Mr Turner and whose bestie and drinking buddy is Lady McBeard, and whose husband is standing for Binstead in local… Read more »
retired hack

If Tory HQ know what is good for them I(and in many ways I hope that they don’t) they will want a clean break from Turner and his entourage. Before Turner’s recent gaffe, the entourage were as much of a problem, if not more so, than the man himself in the eyes of many Tory activists.

constituent

So true and the entourage believe that members like and want them, nothing could be further than the truth as they will now find out, their ‘protection’ is no longer there. CCHQ would be well advised to clear the lot of them out and let ordinary Conservative members and activists come to the fore and play their part. The private club is no longer.

Oldie
The silent majority, chippy2, are probably voting for the Party rather than for a person as this is a Brexit Election. So if Central Office were to parachute in someone famous like say Daniel Hannan with whom we already have a connection as he is our current Eurosceptic Conservative MEP, and who will be looking for a Westminster seat, then they may still vote Tory. Otherwise many… Read more »
retired hack

61.9% voted Con or UKIP in 2015.
61.95% voted Leave in referendum.
And those percentags are, of course, of those who voted, not “of the island”.

Mrs Retired Hack

Daniel Hannan, you say? That would be interesting…cerebral, Catholic, and one of the brains behind the Leave campaign.

tiki

Andrew Turner helped me out a few times- respect for that. Spoke to a number of people at work today who will now be voting Tory, his resignation has probably boosted the Tory cause.

Calder Hughes

According to all and sundry, he performed abysmally – “real life” experience is very different – he knew his job inside out and provided exactly the service I needed. Would I get that from the other candidates who are currently vying for the vote? Wholly unlikely I think.

Steve Goodman
Why would that be so unlikely? While he has done his duty to help some of us sometimes, he also lets us down. For example, I’m grateful for his help with the Frank James campaign, and furious about his seemingly sadistic determination to fight reform of our law to prevent the needless suffering of many dying people. I can say with confidence that at least one more… Read more »
retired hack
My “real life” experience with AT is that he would deal with relatively trivial constituency matters, but when lobbied on the important stuff he would invariably trot out a pro forma response provided to him by Tory HQ. He did nothing whatsoever to advance the island’s case to have our strategic problems addressed, seeming intent, as an example, on trashing our railway to make money for the… Read more »
constituent

Cllr Whitehouse has his own demons to contend with and has the Conservative party members sympathy for his continuing troubles and all that may come out on the near future.

Steve Goodman

Should he not then be dealing with those demons privately, withdrawing from office as he promised, and sparing us the sort of nastiness that came out in Private Eye in the recent past?

Calder Hughes
Steve, what I have seen so far is a bunch of undynamic, inexperienced people. I know everyone has a dig at Andrew Turner being away with the fairies but as I said, he served me well. Politics is a nonsense, a complete waste of time. Give me a candidate who doesn’t spend half their time slagging the opposition or pandering to certain groups because they think it… Read more »
Steve Goodman
What I have seen so far is that the best of the Island bunch on offer definitely has sufficient ‘dynamism and experience’ to do a good job for all people. Vix also now appears to be the only local candidate left with experience of trying to help by standing in the last GE. As documented here OTW over the years, most recently because of the above reminder… Read more »
Calder Hughes
Steve, there was a broad mix of drunkards from high profile Lords to MPs across all parties. I was in my late twenties at the time, so we are talking 20 odd years ago now. Things may have changed, I would hope so at least. But the memories haunt me every time I see a politician expressing sincerity. I do admit to not paying very much attention… Read more »
Steve Goodman
Thank you; I have witnessed such behaviour, as have friends who worked at the POW since you left. Things do indeed seem to have slowly changed for the better, given what is known about impacting factors like the personality traits of many attracted to that sort of power and office, their above average incidence of criminal behaviour, and the pressures of the job, but there’s obviously still… Read more »
Calder Hughes
I think in my political preference, I strive for the impossible. I will admit I have never found it – a good all rounder. So I’ve stuck with what I know, voted for what I know. What you say about resources and fossil fuels is of course completely accurate and perhaps I am looking in the wrong places when I make my decisions in terms of who… Read more »
Steve Goodman
It’s easy to mind the muddle made for all of us by those in power over the years, partly because they are still striving for the impossible in nature i.e. continued unlimited growth with damaged and diminishing finite resources and the crisis caused by mankind unbalancing our climate. Because that affects the most important needs of all of us, what’s wasteful is continuing to vote for those… Read more »
mark francis wdp

Bear in mind, Calder, that the reason Turner has resigned is that he received an instruction to do so (the “back spot” as it were) from Conservative Central Office – not from anyone else.

Personally I would have let a horse’s head in his bed. Or a parcel of wet fish with a note “Andrew Turner sleep wi’ da fishes, luv from Theresa”

Calder Hughes

Bit extreme Mark! For starters, what would the horsey types think?

Rowan
Thanks Calder and Steve for a lovely civilised discussion on here! Makes a refreshing change. No candidate is perfect, but some are better than others, and our job as voters is to choose the best candidate from the limited number of people standing. On the Island, fo me that means Vix Lowthion, no contest. She would make a superb MP. Bizarrely where I spend most of my… Read more »
Concerned of Wootton

After 16 years of representing the Isle of Wight, could Mr Turner now list everything that he has personally achieved for the Island. And I don’t mean opening schools, or attending charity events. Would be interesting to read….

hasnt happened yet

Google his voting record, its public.

islawight

Hurrah! Perhaps now we can have an MP who is of more use than a sponge leg on a wet day.

chippy2
Oldie is right. The problem for me, and probably a lot of other voters, will arise if Tory Central office impose a short list of Remainer candidates on a constituency that voted “leave”. They have already done this in one area – how daft. Do they think they are going to get such a big majority they can afford to weed out the “Leave” candidates? UKIP will… Read more »
Rowan
Candidates shouldn’t keep their controversial views to themselves – we need to know what people genuinely believe. I can’t agree with Andrew Turner that homosexuality is ‘dangerous’. People can be a danger to themsleves or to other people whether they’re heterosexual or homesexual – it’s not their sexual orientation that makes dangerous people dangerous, but other stuff. But he was right, in a sense, to speak openly… Read more »
Rod Manley
The Conservatives have been weakened by the internal problems and credibility issues of Tory Councillors. Now this with Turner. They are failing to turn this into a Brexit and leadership election. The chaos in national affairs is making neo-liberal politics go into crisis too, affecting the Conservatives, Liberals and Labour Right. The attack on Corbyn’s “leadership” is starting to backfire. The young voters are becoming active. There… Read more »
Oldie
Exactly Chippy2! However a new candidate given to a constituency by Central Office will always toe the party line so unless he has a good track record that we can find online we won’t really know what he really believes in about the Issues important to Islanders. The Party line is now to give Theresa May a strong mandate to get the best deal possible for the… Read more »
retired hack

I see from tomorrow’s Guardian that some senior Labour figures are urging Jeremy Corbyn to stand down the party’s candidate on the island in favour of the Greens. Ditto in the Brighton seat the Greens don’t already hold. There would be a reciprocal arrangement in a larger number of seats where support from the Greens could see Labour win.
Makes sense to me.

retired hack

CORRCTION: It’s Caroline Lucas’s Brighton seat.

Mat

What do you say Geoff Lumley?

Geoff Lumley

Do you have to ask ? Real Labour people like me and unlike political clowns and chameleons like Hilary Wainwright, Owen Jones, Polly Toynbee, other assorted Guardianista columnists and Billy Bragg will never agree to Labour standing down. And the national party could never enforce it on us.

Steve Goodman
My great great grandfather was real Labour; he was born into poverty, had no formal education, had to start labouring aged five because he would have starved otherwise, used his brains and brawn to help himself and his fellows for the common good, became a founder of the Party, a good local politician, and finally a well-respected MP for decades. Will Thorne and his colleagues and supporters… Read more »
Rowan
Sorry Geoff, but I can’t agree with you. Steve Goodman is right. What we need is to vote for candidates with the best chance of beating the Conservative and UKIP candidates. Who that is will vary from place to place. Here that means Vix Lowthion for the Greens, and it does in Brighton with Caroline Lucas, and a tiny handful so far of other places for the… Read more »
Oldie

So here we are on the Isle of Wight in the biggest constituency in the country in the most important election possibly since after World War Two without a Conservative or Labour candidate yet!!!! This is surreal!

Simon Cooke

Julian Critchley was announced as the Labour candidate last night.

hasnt happened yet

and has no hope of winning.

Steve Goodman

As Labour members and supporters have pointed out in their open letter to their leader, recognising that the Island’s best bet is Vix, and that the right thing to do for everyone is to co-operate more and to reciprocate the Green Party’s move to stand aside to help Labour in other places.

Geoff Lumley

Give it a rest Steve. It won’t happen and Ms Lowthion will move on elsewhere after she loses

Steve Goodman

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Give it a rest Geoff. It won’t happen and Mr Critchley will move on elsewhere after he loses.

hasnt happened yet

“Ms Lowthion will move on elsewhere after she loses”

She didn’t move on after coming 3rd in 2015. She stayed on the Island because its her home, and is now standing again.

On the other hand, Stewart Blackmore as I recall, threatened to send the boys round when someone disagreed with him and still came behind green.

Moondance

Common sense to work together for the parties who put Planet and People before profit…. Imagine if this could become the Isle of Green! Now that would be a legacy worthy of the late David Green and Bob Keats, two visionaries who saw the true potential of this Island.

Moondance
Vix cares for the Island. I am sure Geoff does too. However, with the current broken electoral system, common sense decrees that it is better to work together. That is, if we want to prevent a Tory landslide. In the long rung, of course, the broken electoral system needs to be mended, so that people can stand and vote freely, knowing that their votes will count for… Read more »
Rowan

Hear hear!

Robert Jones
Ms Lowthion has no hope whatsoever of winning the Isle of Wight, given a) she was only 400 votes ahead of Labour last time, b) 5,484 behind UKIP, c) 19,187 behind the Conservatives. This with a Tory MP who was rapidly losing credibility, and some think a rainbow coalition would work? Not a hope in Heaven or Hell. Comfortable grandees can sign letters, ignorant journalists can write… Read more »
Steve Goodman
? Now that uncertainty has replaced so much certainty in everything from politics to climate, and now that things are going downhill increasingly fast and furiously, we are increasingly unentitled to claim knowledge of outcomes. We do know that, for good reasons, Vix did well last time, and has gained support since. We also know that the need for everyone to get greener urgently is acknowledged. Some… Read more »