Six Isle of Wight council candidates named in latest Newport-West by-election

All the main parties have candidates standing, plus two independents in the by-election for the Isle of Wight council set in Newport West

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Six candidates will stand for the Isle of Wight Council’s Newport West seat, following the recent resignation of Chris Whitehouse.

The candidates have been confirmed by the council after the deadline to submit nominations closed at 4pm today (Friday).

The candidates are:

  • Julian Harris, Independent
  • Richard Hollis, Conservative
  • Joe Lever, Green Party
  • Stephen Reynolds, Independent
  • Nick Stuart, Liberal Democrat
  • Maria Villa Vine, Labour

Mr Lever has run for the Newport West seat before and is a member of Newport and Carisbrooke Community Council.

Mr Hollis was previously the Isle of Wight Councillor for the Parkhurst ward — until Lib Dem Cllr Andrew Garratt won the seat in the 2017 election.

Mr Stuart is the former parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats, and previously stood in the Freshwater South ward.

Ms Villa Vine, a perinatal community nursery nurse, is chair of Island Labour’s Newport Branch.

The by-election for the Newport West seat will now take place on 12th December, the same day as the General Election.

This article is from the BBC’s LDRS (Local Democracy Reporter Service) scheme, which OnTheWight is taking part in. Some alterations and additions may be been made by OnTheWight. Ed

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4 Comments on "Six Isle of Wight council candidates named in latest Newport-West by-election"

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Benny C

All I would with for is a high turn out and clever questioning by voters. We need someone who can bring some good governance and sense to the current hapless stale self interested and disconnected leadership.


Go Maria villa Vine. You’ll be perfect for this

Angela Hewitt

It’s time for a massive shake up and the Isle of wight to live up to its name of the Eco Island and to go GREEN

Geoff Brodie
A quick summary from someone who has been around Newport politics for 25 years. This is a usually safe suburban Tory ward with a Tory candidate from Cowes (as they are so weak in Newport) who will do little to improve its representation at County Hall given his previous track record in Parkhurst ward. Maria Villa Vine, as a local resident, would be excellent, but in reality… Read more »