Isle of Wight election: Independent councillors now the largest group

Independent candidates are now the largest group at the council as the Conservatives lose their majority, after two terms in power.


The final results have now been announced in the Isle of Wight local election.

15 Conservative
20 Independents
2 Labour
1 Liberal Democrat

Loss of power for Conservatives
After two terms in power, the Conservative party have lost their majority at the Isle of Wight council. They originally came to power in the 2005 election, then retained their majority – slightly reduced – in 2009.

It’s widely thought that the way they implemented the financial cuts turned the Island against them. Particularly unpopular was the wholesale closing of the Tourist Information centres and public toilets. The ruling party Conservatives lost a total of nine seats.

Labour and LibDem
Cllr Reg Barry retained his seat in Nettlestone and Seaview, but will be the lone LibDem councillor. Meanwhile, Labour councillor Geoff Lumley, will be joined in the council chamber by Alan Hollands who won Lake North for Labour.

For analysis of the votes see our detailed report.

Image: adamkr under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license

Friday, 3rd May, 2013 2:17pm



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Job very well done, Simon and Sally, thank you!


A bit misleading

Tories have lost overall majority…you can’t lump all the Independents together. The tories have the most seats thus a majority…but not enough for overall control.

Well done The Independent Group for giving us back a say in Island politics


That’s exactly why we voted for them, because they won’t be lumped together! They have minds of their own. Time to start understanding coalition politics and the Island Indie way of working with people across the board….


well stop artificially lumping them to gether.. Torys came first with 15, Labour and UKIP came joint second woth 2 and everybody else has 1

or alternatively

Torys 15
Independent Group 15
other independents 5
Labour 2
Libdems 1

Now lets stop bickering and united we can stop the Tory failure machine :)


Well, a Labour ex-candidate, not surprising he is sounding surly.


rather an ex candidate than a nobody who doesn’t bother…but never mind you can just bask in other peoples glory


Ah, sweet…. And yes, I will!


My fairy godmother was out today, granted me three wishes, Pugh gone, Cameron gone, who ignored all my pleas for help re Westminster House and lastly pleas for no more Tory rule at county hall…happy day.


Thats Phew and the Tories out of power – now lets sort out the Directors of Service – Love, Anderson & Burbage

Victor Meldrew

Also, perhaps, the Returning Officer should return from whence they came.


Yes and, on a sadder note, thanks to UKIP for making this headline possible.


Were there Indies who might have got in, instead?


I was just pointing out the fact that if UKIP had not been there to split the Tory vote the Tories would probably still have control. I am pleased the Independent won in my ward, but he did not get more votes than UKIP and Tory combined. Perhaps UKIP took their votes from the independent candidate, but I rather doubt it.


This is what happens when you start treating your electorate with contempt and think you are gods….

Island Monkey
Thank you to the people of Shanklin did what we needed them to do, despite great effort from the candidate and his party machine. When he has recovered from the shock, I do hope he realises that people vote for those they believe will act in the best interest of the majority. Mr Pugh was a game player, he always had ambition and a strategy. His worst… Read more »


That has made my weekend , fantastic news
And then to find out the Tories have lost majority ! I just can not stop smiling , this is the best thing that’s happend to this island in YEARS
Hope everyone feels the relief that the nasty party has been slain hahahahahah
Wooohoooooo time for a celebration


Just say where, we’ll be straight round!


The chances are that Mr Cameron has a vacancy for our Mr Pugh and the possibility of defeat had been already discussed with an exit strategy prepared.

Don’t be surprised if our erstwhile leader pops up again in Whitehall.


@Brian “Don’t be surprised if our erstwhile leader pops up again in Whitehall.” Advisor on Education? :-))

Well done the Indies! Now let’s have some independent investigations of the factors surrounding past IWC decisions.

Thanks Simon & Sal for their great work!


You might not think this if you read Phil Jordan’s fantastically filmic account of Pugh at the Count…..

Mason Watch

There’s going to be much wailing, gnashing of false teeth and doubles taken at the County Club tonight. Unfortunately Arthur, Susan David and David (Williams) you only have yourselves to blame………..
It’s a loss in some wards but I am looking forward to the Pennyfeathers issue as Roger Two-Names was elected in Ryde on a single issue……. Overall happy days!


Hope OTW wont be asking Pugh for a statement on his views, as who cares really?


‘Pugh’? Who’s he?


I hear Staples, Beardsalls etc shut up shop early today and exhibited “No Vacancies” signs.

I would not under-estimate the determination of the Tory rump, possibly led by Chris Whitehouse, to bribe, bully and cajole their way towards the 20 or 21 votes they need to retain control of the Council. Whitehouse took one minute to issue a Press release after winning his ward. The rest of his day, I suspect, will have been spent hitting the phones. I hope the Indies… Read more »
Pugh, brown, Williams, scoccia, Abraham, taylor, Giles, mazillius cousins all gone. All we have left are the dregs that weren’t allowed to speak by the Tory hierarchy. All that is left from the cabinet is cllr Stewart, will he be the new leader of the Tories or will chris Whitehouse be the next in line? I am left now wondering who are the kingmakers who will throw… Read more »

Ah Councillor Stewart. Surely not the same Dave Stewart who retired from the police on a nice fat pension and then bagged himself a cushy “job” on the Hampshire Police Authority.Doubt hes done a days work in his life


Ain’t democracy a bitch..? :-)


So….who do we want as Leader of the Council?


Good effort BTW.


Now is the time simply to celebrate. And then it won’t be a Labour ex-candidate leading the discussion! I have confidence in the Indie group making its own decision.


619 voters in Shanklin South deserve Pugh

Well, after the revolution the hard work begins. It’s time to celebrate, yes, but we have to consolidate too. Let us hope that the new leadership can sensibly work together, unite the island and solve some of the big problems we face. We may have uniquely organised a successful coup de grace against the “right” but the “left leaning” alternative has to make sure the necessary funding… Read more »

I love the smell of napalm – sorry I mean Tory councillors clearing their desks – in the morning.. :-)

martin william wareham

Good bye and good Riddance to this Conservative Council but it will not be easy for the incoming.The Conservatives have in eight years done their best to destroy our Island.My only regret is the Tories didn’t loose more seats.Congrats to all those non Conservatives elected and I hope you can all work together for a far better Island.

Fred Karno
Amid all the euphoria and excitement today that I saw at the count; it’s easy to get carried away and whilst change is often needed from time to time, who ever ends up running this show after the horse trading is done, is not in for an easy time. There is a great truism – “Be careful what you wish for”. Looking into the crystal ball, 4… Read more »

I would rather see a council tax raise than have to pay twice for services through stealthy precept rises.
I would rather see a balanced council like this new one than block voting from tories who have no interest in anything except their own party faithful.


Hey, I’ve voted for you woodworker!


That’s an illogical statement. What difference does it make if you pay higher council tax to the IW Council or part to the IW Council and Town Council. Works out the same doesn’t it????

@bayboy: Nah. Thing is this…. the responsibility for (some) services has been judicially transferred to Town/Parish Councils. With that transfer came no money…so responsibility for the services hitherto with IOW Council placed upon town/parish but no money to run it. Your Council tax, in part, goes towards running that service that has been transferred. Thus it was and thus it will always be. To correct that situation… Read more »
@WW ” the responsibility for (some) services has been judicially transferred to Town/Parish Councils. With that transfer came no money” Of course, this is the “Teflon policy” being exercised by the Cameron Conservative government and faithfully followed by its IWC clones. It moves RESPONSIBILITY for providing various elements of governance and services downstream from CENTRAL to LOCAL government. But not accompanied by any FUNDS to support them.… Read more »

Taken from the framework put forward by the independents….

…’We recognise, understand and accept the challenges of Peak Oil and will bring forward a policy with which to counter its effects in the long term’

Enjoy the day and drink in the celebrations, then we’ve some sobbering work to do to tidy up after the party.


You won’t get much sense out of us tonight!


The results have boosted the morale of my terminally ill wife, she had three wishes going into the election- 1)defeat for Pugh, 2) For Margaret Webster to lose her seat, and 3) For Eddy Giles to go.

Boy oh boy, three out of three, she thinks its her birthday.

Well done the Island Indies

Happy Daze

Here’s hoping your wife has many more birthdays !

Did she wish the three people stayed on Parish Councils as a punishment?


I bet the shredders are working overtime today. When I saw the smoke and fire in East Cowes I thought maybe Margaret Webster had already started burning her paperwork. Well done to all the Independents….


The council site has 5 ‘other/unknown’ candidates and 15 independents. Is this a conspiracy or a cockup..?