Following the continued problems of Andrew Turner’s election campaign, Tuesday night’s South Today programme screened a feature by BBC reporter James Ingham.
In the feature James interviewed four of the other candidates, Stewart Blackmore, Vix Lowthion, Iain McKie and Ian Stephens, but said that Andrew Turner had turned down his request for an interview. A statement from David Goodall was read out.
The ‘meltdown’ of the Conservative campaign was highlighted by the other candidates interviewed for the feature.
Walter: “Andrew is NOT the man for the Isle of Wight”
Andrew Turner’s until-recently Election Agent, David Walter, a loyal Conservative supporter of the former MP, also appeared in the feature, saying
“Rather than sitting down with me face to face to try to overcome these problems, Andrew just disappeared and wouldn’t speak to me so I’ve really had to do this. It is sad, but I’ve come to the conclusion that really Andrew is not the man for the Isle of Wight.”
As Andrew declined to be interviewed, James read out a statement by him about David Walter’s claims, “His views aren’t shared by anybody else in [my] team.”
If you missed the feature you can see it before 6:55 this evening on BBC iPlayer (about 6 minutes in).