Isle of Wight Green party have candidates in 24 wards for local election

In the last local elections (2013) there was only one Green candidate put forward. This year there will be candidates in 24 wards.

Green Team 2017

Vix Lowthion shares this latest news from the Isle of Wight Green Party. Ed

The Isle of Wight Green Party are launching their Green Vision for the IW Council elections in May this week, with a set of positive policies from strong candidates with proven track records running charities, project management, business intelligence, telecoms and energy engineering, and the military.

Five key focus areas
The Party has set out five key focus areas (economy, transport, services, environment and ethics) with a focus on fighting national government austerity cuts, at the same time as providing solutions to build up resilience for the Island.

Particular priorities will be to oppose fracking and oil drilling in our countryside, put empty properties back into use, and to continue the work the Green Party has already done to support the future of services such as the Ice Rink, Adult services and Children’s Centres at the heart of their communities.

Good, affordable, locally grown food should be accessible for people with the most limited of incomes, through food co-operatives and local assemblies, and equipping residents with the skills to cook and grow their own food.

Caroline Lucas and Vix Lowthion

Affordable alternative forms of transport to the car – such as cycle paths and railways – would be promoted by Green Councillors, and they would continue to challenge the unaccountable monopolies which dominate both our ferries and bus services across the Island.

The IW Green Party believe the future economy of the Island must be based on low carbon engineering and manufacturing industries, such as renewable technology and energy efficiency, in addition to promoting the Island as an international centre of sustainable and accessible tourism.

Candidates in 24 wards
The local party has seen a huge growth in support since coming third in the 2015 General Election with over 9,000 Islanders choosing to vote Green.

There will be Green candidates to vote for in over 24 council wards, which is the most in the history of the Island Green Party. In the last local elections in 2013, there was only one Green candidate put forward.

Range of skills
Green candidates have a wide variety of qualifications and skills which include, but are not limited to, a number of project managers, former RAF intelligence analyst, Chief Executive of a national mental health charity, entrepreneurs and business owners, beekeepers, spoken word artist, a team official for the Wightlink Raiders, telecoms engineer, artistic director of the IW Shakespeare Company, peace workers and a renewable energy consultant.

Competency and compassion
Prospective Parliamentary candidate for the IW Green Party, Vix Lowthion, who is co-ordinating the Green campaign, said,

“The outstanding quality of our team of candidates is reflected in the strength of the solutions which we are offering to a society which is increasingly divided and unequal.

“Green councillors will speak up for our Island with competency and compassion, protecting the most vulnerable people and our countryside, and investing in Green jobs. We need Green Voices for our Green Island, and after 4th May I am confident that we will see a Green breakthrough onto our local Council.”

More information, and a detailed Vision document, will be available on the Green Party website from 25th March 2017. Or email

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Monday, 20th March, 2017 1:59pm



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billy builder
As with any/all elections based on the first passed the post system, having more than two candidates per seat can lead to an undesirable result. That is, if there is one right of centre Tory candidate and say four centre->left (libdem, independent, green & labour) candidates, then the Tory is almost certain to win as their vote will not be split. If the centre-left want to win… Read more »
Steve Goodman

As is becoming increasingly apparent, it’s time for us to help everyone get greener, if it’s not too late already.

Robin Lenox

Where do you get the idea that Lib dems are centre left. They proved in 2010 that they are tory supporters and helped the wanton destruction that they and the tories enjoyed so much. They will be whatever colour suits the occasion and a chance to get power where they don’t get the votes.

billy builder

Robin, if you cannot see the difference between the 2010-2015 Tory dominated coalition government where the LibDems were able to temper some of the worst excesses of the Tories and the current unchecked Tory administration then I suspect you need urgent attention. The LibDems are and have always been centre-left and whilst to a hard/loony left Corbyn’ite they might appear to the right, thats only warped reality.

To define the LibDems as “centre-left” after the experience of the coalition, and the Orange Book, would suggest that one believe the “centre” is somewhere to be found in Ian Duncan-Smith’s living room. They’re a socially liberal, economically Thatcherite rump of those who didn’t abandon ship when Clegg and his Orange Book mates took over from Kennedy. Now Kennedy could have put down a decent claim at… Read more »
Steve Goodman
There was a time when there was an essential need (for my great great grandfather and others) to create the Labour party and there were reasons to create other parties, but their actions and convergence has increasingly transferred our money and power to a global greedy and harmful elite. Now the only significant difference is between them and anyone green enough to want to work to halt… Read more »
Sadly, the people who’ll be celebrating this the most will be the Tories. There’s no room under FPTP on the island to split the non-Tory vote. There will be Tory councillors come May who are there because the Green vote was greater than the difference between them and the Labour candidate who had the only realistic chance of beating them. Voters who are inclined to vote Green… Read more »
Steve Goodman
‘Sadly, and stupidly, there’s increasingly less for people to be celebrating, largely because of Tory type voting and our less than representative flawed system. Although there’s little hope of room for improvement under FPTP on the island and beyond, there may well be fewer Tory councillors come May because the urgent need for greener voting and action is growing and is the only realistic chance of improving… Read more »
It’s certainly true that First-past-the-Post has served this country very badly over the years and continues to do so. So it’s no surprise that the most organised (ie well-funded) party is dead against any other voting system, thus ensuring that there will be no change so long as they are in power. But that’s hardly an excuse for letting them get away with it for evermore. Vote-splitting… Read more »
I’m absolutely with you on PR (I was appalled the LibDems destroyed a once-in-a-generation opportunity for change by putting the risible AV to a referendum). But then, Green Party policy and Labour party policy are very similar in lots of ways. There is probably more agreement than disagreement. However, until there is a voting system which will allow voters to express preferences for less significant differences between… Read more »

It’s a bit tricky to say what Labour policies are, but it’s true that Greens lean towards Social Democracy. Labour, however, have nothing to gain by pursuing PR, so if we want a more representative voting system, at some stage we will have to elect the only group that will bring it about. Ticking the blue box just perpetuates the current faulty system.

Steve Goodman
‘As Green Party policy and Labour party policy are now very similar in lots of ways, and there is probably more agreement than disagreement (and Labour merely splits the left non-Tory vote and allows the Tories to win by default?), in our imperfect system, for the desperately needed change from the harmful Tories, the very last thing you should do is vote Tory, Labour, etc. because it’s… Read more »
Ok Steve You stick to your self-defeating idealism, and I’ll try to work with the unfair realities of the real world. If, though, in any of those 24 seats where the Greens are standing, the Tory wins by fewer votes than the difference between the second-placed Labour candidate and the no-chance Green candidate, then that Tory councillor is a direct result of self-defeating self-indulgence. I’ve certainly voted… Read more »
Steve Goodman
? ‘Ok j You stick to your self-defeating idealism, and I’ll continue to work with the stupid realities of the real world. If, though, in any seats where anyone is standing, the Tory wins by fewer votes than the difference between the second-placed candidate and the no-chance (Labour?) candidate, then that Tory councillor is a direct result of self-defeating self-indulgence. I’ve certainly voted tactically in the past… Read more »
With Labour putting up more candidates, the Green Party putting up more candidates and presumably the Independent Group putting up a large number of candidates it does, sadly sound like we’re going to see more Tories in seats on the IW, come May. How sad so many groups feel the need to bang THEIR drum, rather than sitting down together and figuring out wht drum should be… Read more »
The only way to be green and to ‘save the planet’ is to stop having children. I heard a shocking statistic recently, that there are more people alive now than have ever lived and died in all of our history. So, with the finite resources being used more and more quickly by more and more people, we either revert to living a simple life and wearing woad,… Read more »
Steve Goodman
? ‘There are many ways to be green and to more sensibly use the planet we depend on. Halting and reversing unsustainable population growth and limited resource consumption are of course essential. There are now far too many shocking statistics, and many of them refer to the disproportionately damaging consumption of the wealthy, but our collective intelligence means that we have many more choices than ‘either reverting… Read more »
There is indeed a risk that we’ll get shafted by the Tories because some won’t put aside their narcissism of small differences in order to work with the flawed voting system that we have. There is only one realistic Party on the island that we know won’t work with the Tories (as the Independents did), will actually oppose the Tories (ie, not LibDems), and have the capacity… Read more »
Steve Goodman
‘There is indeed a risk that we’ll continue to get shafted by the nasties and the narcists because some won’t put aside their small differences in order to do the work to halt and reverse the damage to what remains of the the failing ecosystem which is all that we have. There is only one realistic option on the island and beyond that we must hope will… Read more »
billy builder
Dreadful Dave will do for the Isle of Wight once and for all if he and his party are reelected, as they already have plans to reduce the member count from 40 to 20 and combine with Hampshire, making IOW little more than a district of Hampshire. Once the council has gone the isle of wight will be little more than a dormitory/retirement area subject to the… Read more »
Billy, you know that the residual Green Party openly positions itself as to the left of Labour, right? And that the LibDems you believe to be part of the “centre-left” are not only pro-austerity, but Farron has already said he’d happily prop up another Tory government? As for the Independents… ha! What a shambles. Which type of “Independent” did you vote for? The type who did the… Read more »
Steve Goodman

‘We do know that the greens are openly positioned for everybody’s benefit, and that Labour are not yet green enough. Anything less than green is helping to return damaging councils and governments. You may not like that reality, but it nevertheless is not only a reality, but also the most urgent and important reality.’


Steve, that whole parrot thing wasn’t particularly clever the first time. It’s not getting any less tedious.

Perhaps you might consider why you find yourself adopting my arguments almost verbatim, as opposed to being able to come up with any of your own?

Steve Goodman
‘Isn’t the ‘parrot thing’ just one (clever or not) way to respond to (clever or not) points made? It’s not going to get any less valid, is it?. Perhaps people might be left alone to consider the merit of all arguments, comments, and responses as opposed to possibly being bored by somebody interrupting to share their feelings of tedium – especially when what we need most are… Read more »
billy builder
Most governments in europe are coalition governments. That is several parties of different political persuasion working together, with the smaller parties having to compromise most. Any PR or AV solution will require compromise government. As a point of note in the last year the LibDems have won 31 council byelections taking seats off both labour and tory. They have also won one parliamentary election. Tories in Tory… Read more »
juliancritchley Trying to sell Corbyn’s Labour as a party of the Centre Left is being rather disingenuous, and is a rather strange route to be taking. The truth is Labour is no longer a Party of the centre, and to be fair it does not even pretend to be. I am sure many Labour members would not be best pleased with where you are positioning their Party.… Read more »

For me local elections = local issues. Not what is going on in the U.K. Where do the Greens stand on the fixed link?

oh not the fixed link again. do you have any idea of the upheaval such a link would cause? do you pay any attention to other tunnels. the size of the earthworks needed? Either the run in would need to be so steep we’d need either steps or a cog railway to get down into it, or you’d need a speed restriction to stop cars overshooting and… Read more »

And your qualifications are?

Civil engineer, perhaps?


Oh ha ha,

just someone who can observe and has observed the construction of these fixed links…

If they can ever afford the feasibility study I’m sure it will all become apparent


So because it might be difficult and people might drive into the sides of it, shall we just give up then? I’m so glad previous engineers didn’t give up at the first hurdle!

Robert Jones
The anti-Tory vote is split, as it always has been; the Tory vote was in danger of being split by UKIP, but that party has imploded on the Isle of Wight ahead of its national implosion, and this is going to give the Tories a free run against their opponents. And we don’t even know how many Independents, the official type and the rest, will be standing… Read more »
Vix Lowthion

“I do not welcome the Greens’ decision, which I suspect was made rather late in the day judging from what some of them were saying privately…”

Who are you listening to? Not the Green committee, members, monthly meeting, regional party or national party. There is nothing ‘late in the day’ about this. I suggest you’re not listening to the right people.

Robert Jones

PS – At least I don’t see Bob Blezzard in their line-up – was wondering where he’d pop up next….


Let’s see some costings …. and where the money is going to come from….

Neil Oliver

9.5 k votes for Green in the General election, spread across the island could provide lots of Green county councillors. If you want change, really want change support the Greens, help the Greens win and come the next general election well…………….


We’re supposedly broke …. where are the Greens finding the money to fix the island woes? They are going to find themselves in the same position as the Indies / Tories and any other party. Unless they have a magic wand we don’t know about.

Steve Goodman
Our whole country, like nearly all others, is broke and has been for some time, but we will be allowed to continue to spend, to keep borrowing, and to keep paying interest on our debts until the banks and other lenders stop pretending that magic credit and debt are more important than the truly valuable essentials, like self-sufficiency in sustainable food and energy provision in an increasingly… Read more »
Rod Manley

One of the focus areas should be the NHS.


I heard Vix Lothian isn’t standing. Is this true? If she truly believes in the greater Green cause she should stand and put herself under public scrutiny. If it’s true – all rather odd.


So education is not a focus, despite underpinning the economy focus, and others. Is that because they think it’s fixed, that they cannot influence it, cannot afford it, or other?

Vix Lowthion
We would like to focus on everything – economy, environment, transport, housing, education, health, resources, democracy. Reality is, councils have had the power to direct education taken away from them. No new schools can be built by councils, more schools are being encouraged/ forced to become academies and federations. Education is increasingly being taken out of Local Authority control and given to big Multi academy trusts. We… Read more »
billy builder
I suspect the greatest challenge for the Isle of Wight will be to prevent the Tories handing the council lock stock a two smoking barrels to Hampshire and becoming a Hampshire borough rather than an authority in is own right. To prevent this it is essential that all center->left parties reach an accommodation and do not complete within constituencies. As to do so will surely return a… Read more »
Debbie Andre

The list of confirmed candidates standing in each ward will be published on April 5th. I suggest we wait until then to continue this discussion.


If the Greens and Labour are putting all their supporters up as candidates who is going to vote for them ?

Christine Lightbody
From a lay person’s point of view,I find it truly unbelievable that the Greens and Labour (who agree on so many policies) will sacrifice the chance of beating the Tories because they refuse to come together to agree an election strategy to defeat this heartless, self satisfying and dishonest bunch who hold all the power on our Island. For the Tories to remain in control will be… Read more »

Why do you think there is no strategy? With over 1000 Labour members and over 9000 Green votes in 2015, surely these parties could have easily put forward the full slate of 40 candidates. It’s looks to me like they do not have 80 candidates (I think it’s 31+24=55) through choice.


I’ll vote for a candidate that has no more than two children (population control) and will refuse to take up the basic councillor’s allowance. If all did this, it could save IWC nearly £300,000 which could be put to needed services and jobs.

Steve Goodman
I’ll happily vote for a candidate that earns their councillor’s allowance by bothering to serve properly; as seen, and reported here OTW, not everybody taking our money makes the effort, which involves a lot of reading and meetings, and more. One example of good value for money work deserving our gratitude; Phil Jordan and his work on the seriously problematic roads PFI scam bequeathed to Islanders by… Read more »
Phil Jordan? The man convicted of drink-driving only two months ago? Who was twice over the legal limit while holding the “public protection” portfolio for the Independents? That Phil Jordan? You think that was money well spent on a man who placed island families in jeopardy of their lives because he fancied another drink? My word, I thought the Green Party was many things, but supporters of… Read more »

Phil Jordan is one of the most accessible, hard working councillors we have. He made a mistake. He paid for it.
I think everyone is allowed one mistake. Juliancritchley….
Presumably not your real name ?

Yes, it’s my real name. And that’s more than a mistake. It’s a conscious decision to put other people at risk in order to down another pint. Frankly, I’d have thought the honourable response to the disgrace of being convicted for a crime would be to do some contemplation as a private citizen. Unlike Phil Jordan, I actually live in Ryde North West, and I certainly don’t… Read more »
Monitor Maid

Are you standing as a councillor in Ryde Julian Critchley?

Steve Goodman
My word. 1. For the reasons given there is good cause to say that Phil Jordan’s councillor’s allowance was money was well spent. 2. For those like j/Julian who may be seeing things not visible to the rest of us (co-incidentally and sadly most people I’ve met over the decades who do that do so because they are either influenced by alcohol or other recreational chemicals, or… Read more »

Hear hear ! No one supports drink driving . But the fact remains that Phil has always been hard working, accessible, balanced and clever and that makes him a valuable councillor. Anyone who could untangle the nightmare PFI contract bequeathed to us by the tories has my vote.

Sally Perry

This thread has gone way off topic.

A reminder this is an article about Green party candidates standing in the local elections.


So you only want wealthy people and/or retirees to represent us? Sounds like Conservative Party paradise.

Being an effective Councillor, particularly if you are in the Executive can be like having a full-time job. By not having any allowance you would massively restrict those able to do it and would have obvious negative effects on democracy.


If being a councillor on the Island is a full time job where does that leave the late Chancellor and his shenanigans ?



You know, what I want in a Cllr. is someone with something between their ears. some understanding of the laws of motivation, and of unintended consequenses. The majority of what I see written on this site is bile, spite and vitriol. What we need are people of vision, who understand that running a council is not an easy job, or a lucrative job, but who can make… Read more »

***”The majority of what I see written on this site is bile, spite and vitriol.”***

I wonder if you see the irony in that comment?

billy builder
tr, I couldn’t agree more. We need people who are able to appreciate the bigger picture and assess the impact of a potential change. People who can consider the possible consequences of an action, both planned and unintentional. This is true for all politicians both local and national, but appears to be something that is sadly lacking both nationally and locally at present. With regard to boarded… Read more »

I’m afraid that councils simply do not have powers to require people to look after their properties, unless they’re listed buildings…but it’s convenient to blame somebody, rather than the owners of these buildings themselves..

billy builder

The LibDem proposed policy would give Councils the ability to level council tax or business rates on derelict land or property. All you need to do is to vote LibDem and when they ascend to power all will be well :-)

Philip Hawkins


La La Land . . .

Steve Goodman
One useful way forward when owners and authorities neglect properties and other valuable assets would be more direct action by those who do care – a further one would be for such action to be supported by those who first failed to prevent the need to do so. No apologies for now mentioning the relevant loved and listed former Frank James Memorial Hospital, where our years of… Read more »

The Greenies are promoting a three day weekend for people. Shame they don’t offer it to their own staff.

Vix Lowthion

You seem to be worried – posting on several pages about the Greens. Thanks for boosting our stories!