Election hustings planned for Shanklin: Pugh declines to take part (updated)

This could be one of the most interesting hustings on the Island as Richard Priest contests David Pugh for the Shanklin South seat.


Due to popular demand, an election hustings debate has been organised in Shanklin for the Central and South wards.

The event is planned for Tuesday 23rd April (6pm–8pm) at Shanklin Theatre and has been organised by interested local residents.

They say their particular concern is eco-issues in Shanklin and on the Island, but other matters may well arise during the debate.

We’re waiting to hear which candidates have accepted the invitation and will let you know once we hear back.

We hear from organisers that Jon Gilbey and Richard Priest have confirmed their attendance, but David Pugh and David Williams have declined to take part.

We got in touch with Cllr Pugh to find out why he wouldn’t be taking part. He replied, “I will out speaking to residents, not waiting for them to come to us in a meeting!”

Cllr Pugh may not have considered that whilst he’s out knocking on doors, many residents may be seated in Shanklin Theatre waiting to pose questions to him at the hustings.

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Wednesday, 17th April, 2013 8:41am


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  1. Davy Jones

    17.Apr.2013 9:58am

    “So you are afraid of an election are you? Afraid, Afraid, Afraid. Frightened, frit – couldn’t take it. Couldn’t stand it.”

    Margaret Thatcher – 1983

  2. “BE AWARE MR PUGH,BE VERY AWARE”,the storm clouds are gathering and the Electorate demand debate.But you decide to stay in your “BUNKER”,The Pughreich is crumbling,and you can’t defend it,your running scared.

  3. Victor Meldrew

    17.Apr.2013 11:19am

    I understand that the Labour candidate has also indicated a willingness to take part so it’s only the Tory boys who appear to be afraid.

    Pugh did say he’d stand on his record – not a brilliant bit of poitical thinking – and it’s his recored and that ofhis lapdog that is coming back t bite him where it hurts.

  4. footerwootertictocs

    17.Apr.2013 12:28pm

    Perhaps he cant come to the husting meeting because he’s not able to bring his dog along?

    Or perhaps he feels he would not able to stand up to his critics – there are so many now!

  5. Its funny I didn’t think the Conservative Party used YELLOW as its election colour!

  6. I’m sure with David Pugh there, backed by Alan Wells, and with their respective records, they’ll be unbeatable – provide the electorate don’t get hold of them that is !

  7. Bystander

    17.Apr.2013 4:27pm

    The chickens can run and hide but judgment day draws near,
    I savour every moment whilst they squirm in fear.

    A lot has changed in the last four years, not least that we all buy paper-clips from Amazon now. You’re obsolete Pughey, no longer wanted, needed or welcome.

    • If people have the time go the the CP’s online pages and put ‘elections’ into the ‘search’ box
      and be wowed/shocked by the results.

      Democracy in action or what from a free press?

  8. I do not believe it

    18.Apr.2013 9:16am

    I am convinced that Pughrile (and his dodgy pals) have come to realise that the intelligent part of the electorate have evaluated his puerile legacy and have thus decided to vote for anyone, and I mean anyone, who is not in his incompetent cabal.

    So knocking on the doors of the blue-rinsed and hang ’em and flog ’em brigade in Shanklin South and getting them
    out to vote for him is his last hope of hanging onto the reins of power.

    The very thought of appearing at the hustings and being savaged, plus the remote prospect of the CP actually accurately reporting his undoing, is enough to give him a dose of ‘the trots’.

  9. It’s been interesting to observe that some tory notables have distanced themselves from the word Conservative in their literature.
    Voters, don’t be fooled, they haven’t suddenly seen the light. If they get a majority again it’s business as usual.
    Please don’t let that happen!

  10. @IDBI “..enough to give him a dose of ‘the trots’.”

    The Tory patron saint- St. Margaret of Grantham- would no doubt claim that “trots” should be spelled with a capital letter because all the opposition to the cabal must be closet-Trotskyists! :-))

  11. Mason Watch

    18.Apr.2013 4:18pm

    So Private Pike Pugh and Capn Wells Mainwaring have declined……never mind Alan Davies tickets, I’d pay to see those two up on stage!

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