Isle of Wight Conservative, Bob Seely, launches general election campaign

Former soldier in Afghanistan and Iraq, Conservative candidate Bob Seely says he’s ready to fight new battles and get the right deal for the Isle of Wight.

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Bob Seely, the prospective parliamentary candidate for the Isle of Wight Conservatives in the 2017 general election launched his campaign today. Ed

I have loved the Isle of Wight ever since I was a child, and to represent the Island in our Parliament is my dream. If elected, I pledge to represent all Islanders, regardless of political affiliation or belief.

Nationally, we have a clear choice: between Theresa May’s strong and stable leadership on one side, and on the other a ragbag Coalition of Chaos led by Jeremy Corbyn.

Getting Brexit right
If we don’t back the Prime Minister and help her get the Brexit negotiation right, we risk our local economic security. That means our Island jobs are at risk if people support Jeremy Corbyn’s candidate. It means the finances to pay for our local schools across the Island and funding for strong public services will be under threat.

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Bob Seely's Campaign Launch

On the Island, we also have a choice. We can add to an experienced Conservative team, or go with untried and untested alternatives. If elected, I promise to work with all Councillors to ensure that we collectively deliver for Islanders.

Ready to fight new battles
I have four years already as a campaigner on the Island delivering for residents. I’ve battled – and beaten – developers to save coastal land. I’ve rescued buildings for my local community, and defended services in the West Wight. I understand that representing Islanders is about more than empty protest.

Some of you know I was a soldier. I’ve seen active service in Afghanistan, in Iraq and elsewhere. I’m now ready to put my permanent military service behind me, and fight new battles as the Island’s Member of Parliament. I love my country, and I love my Island too, and I am proud to come from an Island family.

We need a new deal with Government
However, Government needs to deliver. We need a new deal with Government. As Theresa May’s candidate I am best placed to make a new deal with Government. Working with others, I will strive to get that deal. Under the current housing system, developers make millions building homes that Islanders cannot afford: that is not right and I am delighted that the Conservative manifesto will recognise this.

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Bob Seely's Campaign Launch

We export our young to the mainland because we lack the higher and technical education opportunities for them here: that is not right. We seem to be in a permanent struggle to defend public services from leaving the Island: that is not right. I will campaign within Parliament for these changes.

Government needs to deliver for our Island
The Island’s voice must be heard in Westminster loud and clear. Government needs to deliver for our Island. But this is also about enabling ourselves to succeed. I will work with all Islanders: residents, volunteers, community workers, business men and women, people from across the political divide, to deliver a better future for all our people.

a) A future based on developing the new knowledge and education economies, on arts and science. A future that focuses on developing minds, not land.

b) Tourism that welcomes not only continues to traditional bucket-and-spade but also delivers new offers# that revel in the natural beauty of the Island and the inspiration that it brings, attracting new generations of visitors wanting to be inspired by our natural beauty.

c) Finding solutions to transport issues: first; to ensure the future of the Island line; second, to # develop more cycle routes and third, to strive for a better service from the unregulated ferry companies, whose debt we service every time we use them.

d) Ensuring that the Island’s older residents receive the support and care they deserve, enabling them to lead independent and fulfilling lives in their later years.

I see a direct link between: fighting over-development, preserving the landscape, ‘greening’ our Island, sustainable growth, developing the knowledge economy, attracting educational institutions, attracting high-tech firms, supporting alternative forms of public transport, driving educatio standards; all to produce a virtuous circle of sustainable growth, better quality of life and raised aspirations in a caring and united community.

That is my vision, and one I look forward to taking to the Island over the next few weeks.

Thursday, 18th May, 2017 1:31pm



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Don Smith

What is your opinion on the re-legalising of fox hunting? A simple ‘For’ or ‘Against’ would be appreciated. Thanks! Personally, I could not support any MP who wanted to bring back this barbaric pastime, just to appease the members of the Countryside Alliance.



I, too, want to know this.

Don Smith

“Government needs to deliver for our Island”, says Mr SEELY (Tory) –

Bringing back the cruel, barbaric pastime of foxhunting will most certainly do that:-)

All about Brexit – now it’s ‘Foxit’.

1000s of votes will be lost; I do hope so.

Old age pensioners look out Mrs May is about.

Bob is in favour of the hunt. He thinks May is right that May brings in a free vote in parliament to bring it back and he added in his email to me that he doesn’t think the hunt should be criminalised. It was the fourth or fifth response I got after asking all candidates. I kept my reply to him polite but made my feelings clear!… Read more »

Just wondered if you could outline your military service, capacity, rank, time in field operation areas etc

Don Smith

I have a feeling he’s not being up front.
Has he something to hide? Maybe he’ll tell us if he’s elected. Too late then.


**”d) Ensuring that the Island’s older residents receive the support and care they deserve, enabling them to lead independent and fulfilling lives in their later years.”**

Has he not read the Tory Manifesto, then?

Because it promises anything but that.

Don Smith

He’s obviously not read the Tory Manifesto – The OAP will respond and desert the Tory Party in their 10,000s. If they don’t there will be greater cuts in the future. Let’s pray.


Don’t you believe it. You should have heard the group of elderly people on BBC News this evening.

When asked about having to pay for their own care, losing the winter fuel allowance and the loss of the triple lock on their pensions they were most unhappy.

But still going to vote for Theresa May.


Trouble is she is almost certainly the least bad option. People of advanced age have seen the damage Labour can do.

What other choice is there? Lib dems, greens? I’m sure there must be others I should be slagging off . . .


If you want to see the damage *Tories* do, watch this:

Don Smith

Just shows how stupid some people are. Some would vote for a cabbage if it was a BLUE one and had gone to

Billy Builder
What a complete and utter load of tosh: • our economy and future are at massive risk because of the Tories hard BRexit. Giving May’s government a massive majority will destroy the future for all. • the Tory policies on care will ensure povity and hardship for all except the rich. • more of the voting system will be gerrymandered to ensure Tory dominance, circumventing democracy. •… Read more »

You say gerrymandering but the boundary reform will bring in a second seat for the Isle of Wight, a huge opportunity for us!

Oh goodness ! Your faith in ‘the red cabbage’ is touching but not well placed. Anyone less like a statesman would be hard to find. He seems to be a nice chap but apart from anything else he has a very dodgy past….which I assume you’ve red about. You reds are turning into a lynch mob. A couple of weeks ago you wanted Andrew Turner’s blood now… Read more »

Mr Seely is proud of his military service in Psy-ops. If you google for a definition you find:

‘tactics intended to manipulate one’s opponents or enemies, such as the dissemination of propaganda or the use of psychological warfare.’

Given he’s a master in propaganda, how can we believe what he says?

Billy Builder

A fine purveyor of fake news no doubt. Lies damned lies and Tory truths.

Don Smith
I have asked him four times regarding his views on fox hunting – He appears to be very slow at coming forward. Appears to be yet another Tory ‘Yes’ man. Letter from Mrs May PM, informs me that it was she who selected this chap to represent the Tories on the IoW. What the h*** has it got to do with her? Central Tory office gave us… Read more »

Don, I can probably copy and paste or forward you the email I got from Bob last night. I did respond to one of your other comments explaining his stance on the subject. He used words such as “tradition” and “maintaining the countryside” when referring to the IOW hunt. Ironically he said he didn’t hunt or shoot – then I find out he’s ex military!!!😂

Don Smith
Back in 2005, he stood as the Conservative candidate in Broxtowe, Nottingham, coming very close to winning the race with 37.2% of the votes (18,161) – just 2,296 behind the Labour candidate. He’s been a spin doctor for the Tories and a member of the PR team at music channel MTV. Not to mention serving in Iraq in the Territorial Army. Bob’s currently doing a PhD at… Read more »
I don’t see the problem Don Smith. Lots of soldiers study for a degree when they come out of the army. The army actively encourage this. If the military and conservative head office are happy to recommend him and give him an MBE then it would be very useful for an Island MP to have contacts in the right places to maybe bring more jobs to the… Read more »

“That is my vision, and one I look forward to taking to the Island over the next few weeks.”

He should have gone to “specsavers”


Come on Tim… I think its fantastic that we have a new candidate with energy and vision. A great opportunity to make the Island more relevant at Westminster.


If only he was standing for a party that wasn’t so concentrated on ensuring the wealthiest in society do well and the poor and middle classes get screwed, eh?

A candidate NOT standing for such a party would represent us more relevantly at Westminster. This man will not.

The only difference between Tory and Democratic Socialism (or ‘old’ Labour) in the previous century has traditionally been Labour gives more crumbs to the poor. The problem with Labour though is that it kept, and keeps getting infiltrated by Marxists whose aim is to overthrow capitalism through revolution. That made them unelectable when they tried to take over the party and the country in the 70s and… Read more »

You are quite right.

The Tory manifesto is vague, and out of touch with ordinary people.

Just like those who wrote it.

Can I advise BS to get himself a proof reader? Item b does not make sense. Can I also ask him to drop the Tory soundbites as we don’t believe him, drop the ‘trusted’ from his ‘team’ as the last fella was anything but,and stop asking us to believe it is his ‘dream’ to represent the Island in parliament… that’s the biggest load of balderdash yet, he… Read more »
Black Dog

Perhaps he has a script writer who comes from Shanklin?

Doughnut, you need to remember that at election time all new candidates have to stick to their Party line. They don’t give their own private opinions. We cannot judge them on their parliamentary record. We cannot tell if they will be a good constituency MP yet. Bu, If you want to work out how a new candidate is likely to think you have to do some research… Read more »
He hires a holiday home over here oldie, he lives in Oxford; his ward say they never see him as a Councillor; until he was dropped in as the potential candidate and given a sure council seat the Island had never heard of him; he hasn’t said that he’s related to the Island Seeleys, but even if he was what has that got to do with anything.I’m… Read more »

Thanks for the info Doughnut


Might want to ask about his claims to have ‘done work’ for vauxhall bridge types. See if they are validated.

Don Smith

Another one from Tory Head Office no doubt. Just like Turner.

Don Smith
I’d like to know what this import does for a living. In days of old candidates gave their occupation, matters relating to family, and experience in the wide, wide, world. This chap is an unknown quantity, and the electorate should have sight of his CV, just like any others have to produce when applying for a job. He tells us he was in the army and likes… Read more »
Don Smith
After over a week waiting for a reply to my three requests, I have just received a reply from Mr Seely – Just as I thought he’s going to support Mrs Mays commitment to try and legalise fox hunting. Yet another man from Oxford:-) Remember AT? I thank him for expressing his honest opinion. Now let’s see if he will give us a run down of his… Read more »

Sorry Don, after commenting twice on your posts, I see you got your email yesterday from him 👍

Dear Don, I didn’t hear Mrs May committing to try and legalise fox hunting. What I heard was that if it came back to the commons for consideration, that she would allow (her MP’s) a free vote. That is very different. I don’t believe she has made any commitment to it at all, but, if it should come back to the commons, she will allow Conservative MP’s… Read more »

The Tories have made a manifesto pledge to hold a free vote on re-legalising fox hunting.

So it *is* coming back for consideration.

And Seely supports it.

Not getting my vote for that reason alone.


Please tell me where it is mentioned in the manifesto….
page? para?


ah yes, there it is

We will grant a free vote, on a government bill in government time, to give parliament the
opportunity to decide the future of the Hunting Act.

As I said – a free vote



And Seely will vote *FOR* a return of fox hunting.

As Oscar Wilde said: “The unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable!”

Don Smith

This chap has been after a free meal ticket for a long time. That’s what I call SPIN.


How about this pledge then –

Decades of profound economic change have left their mark on coastal communities
around Britain. We will continue to work to ensure these communities enjoy the
vitality and opportunity they deserve. In England, we will extend our successful Coastal
Communities Fund to 2022, helping our seaside towns thrive.

or would you rather bequeath us to the champagne Islington socialists?


Empty words. Vague aspiration. Nothing concrete.

The Tories’ actions, however, speak louder than words.

NHS in crisis.
Schools in crisis.
The Prison Service in crisis.
Community care in crisis.
The Police Service in crisis.

Austerity, for all except the wealthy.

Inflation, yet again, outstripping wages.

And the UK to be driven off the Hard Brexit Cliff.

And Seely a hunt supporter.

I’d rather vote for my hamster than him. And Nibbles has some damn odd ideas.

Steve Goodman

Also, despite overwhelming public and professional support for reform of our assisted dying law to prevent a lot of needless suffering for those unable to travel to Switzerland, BS wants dying people her to keep suffering.

Steve Goodman

And he either doesn’t know the difference between PR and AV, or remains determined not to tell the truth about the 2011 referendum.

Don Smith
I’d like to know what political experience Mr Seely has. I’ve heard he was in the territorial army (So was Pike:-) and is employed as a spin doctor. Please put us right Mr Seely, far too much speculation at this time. Yes! Suruk the Impolite. I do wish Mr Seely would be up-front and inform us about his life and aspirations. Why the local Tory party can’t… Read more »

Pike was in the Home Guard, not the Territorial Army I seem to recall.

Black Dog
Conservative, Labour and Green rent a mob were out in force last night with staged written questions, insulting the audience who came to hear proper debate and to help them decide on how to vote. Mr Seely did very badly and was outclassed by ALL the other candidates (had something gone wrong with the well oiled machine, or did someone or something rattle him before the event… Read more »

Black Dog, your comments on Mr Seely might have a little more credibility if you (in the same breath) launched a passionate defence of the tremendous oratory of his predecessor, Mr Turner.

After all, you spent 16 years promoting his attributes.

I trust the clear out of the Riverside office is going well.

> Mr Seely did very badly and was outclassed by ALL the other candidates BD were you listening to the same debate? If you honestly thought Daryll Pitcher did better than Bob then god help us. He was by far the poorest candidate but had the room against. trainspotter mentioned that you supported Andrew Turner so that does explain a lot… Out of all the candidates only… Read more »
Steve Goodman
? Other opinions are available; Bob did as well as expected when having to defend the con. cuts etc., and Vix again came across as a very credible candidate. Vix also has the advantage of being our greenest candidate at a time when we all know we can’t get green enough fast enough following the statements at the end of the last global climate crisis conference. So… Read more »
Black Dog
@ trainspotter and jammy. I have absolutely no idea what you are on about. Your assumption of who I am is as far off the mark as Mr Seely was last night. I went there with an open mind and was very disappointed in his performance. As far as Mr Pitcher is concerned I was not convinced, however he was honest with his answers – like it… Read more »