Isle of Wight Greens selects their parliamentary candidate

Vix Lowthion, the parliamentary candidate in the 2015 and 2017 elections says she’s overwhelmed to get such strong support to stand for the Isle of Wight in the next General Election.

Caroline Lucas on the IW

Vix Lowthion (pictured right) shares this latest news on behalf of the Isle of Wight Green Party. In her own words. Ed


Freshwater mum of three Vix Lowthion, 41, has been selected for the third consecutive time to represent the Green Party in a General Election.

In the latest Island-wide ballot of Green Party members, Miss Lowthion won selection with 96% of the vote.

Former candidate
Vix previously stood for Parliament in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections, increasing the Green vote from around 900 in 2010 to almost 13,000 last year.

This is one of the highest Green votes in the entire United Kingdom, second only to Caroline Lucas MP in Brighton.

Background
Miss Lowthion is a secondary school teacher with twenty years’ experience, currently teaching A level History to students in Newport. Raised on a tenant dairy farm, she is a single parent with three young boys and is a Parish Councillor in the West Wight.

Vix has supported children and young people across the country as the Green Party national spokesperson for Education since 2016.

Campaigning for Islanders
On the Island, she has been a prominent member of campaigns against school cuts, NHS privatisation, and oil drilling.

Vix has also promoted wildlife protection, locally owned green businesses and social equality in her campaigns.

James: “The Island’s first female MP”
Daniel James, Chair of the Isle of Wight Green Party, said:

“We are very lucky to have Vix fighting for the Island’s interests in the national arena. Her consistent performance as an advocate of local people and their needs has been inspirational, not just to us, but to people right across the country.

“I am confident that the support of Islanders for Vix representing them in Westminster will continue to grow, and we’ll have the Island’s first female MP before long.”

Lowthion: “Overwhelmed to get such strong support”
Vix Lowthion welcomed the news of the selection:

“I am overwhelmed to get such strong support to stand for the Island in the next General Election. In these times when our public services, our nation’s stability and our position in the world are threatened, Green values are more vital than ever.

“A Green MP for the Isle of Wight is our best opportunity to fight for both our green Island and for the people who live here.”

Vix can be followed on Facebook @votevix and Twitter @vixl

Wednesday, 15th August, 2018 12:22pm

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Vix Lowthion
Geoff – 2 General Elections in two years, increasing the vote considerably each time, is far from a failure. Greens are currently polling on 5%. That should result, proportionally, in 31 Green MPs at Westminster. The current FPTP system, supported by Labour, results in only one. Seeing as the Isle of Wight has the second highest Green vote in the UK, and Labour continue to refuse to… Read more »
Geoff Brodie

Losing twice is failure to anyone sensible. A third defeat will be humiliation. Have your party not got anyone else ? Or are they not allowed ? I bet the 4% were abstentions……..

Vix Lowthion
Geoff, with respect I don’t think you know very much about the struggle Greens and other small parties go through in a system which stacks everything against us electorally. There is no ‘humiliation’ in continually increasing the Green vote here, in leap frogging target seats and very experienced politicians in Sheffield and Bristol to score the 2nd highest Green vote on the Isle of Wight. I am… Read more »
holdmyheadinmyhands

Give someone else a chance, you didn’t get elected twice already

Geoff Brodie

She wants to keep the match ball with a hat trick !

ohnhai

I look forward to you throwing your hat into the ring next time. Assuming that is you are a member and can find enough people who want to sign your nomination?

Geoff Brodie

Keep up, please. I am not a Labour member; just a strong supporter. I would guess even you, whoever you are, would be able to muster 10 signatures for a candidacy.

ohnhai

Not everything is about you, good sir! I happened to be talking to the holder of heads. If he (Sorry for assuming gender) wants to have a crack at the Green Party leadership his is quite welcome to try, rather than skulk in the shadows of anonymity.

garageelfiniow

Yes please let someone else have a go and the time you have free perhaps you could spend on tidying up your property in Brighstone I am sure that would be a votewinner with the local residents. Your dreams of paying for it to be refurbished on MPs expenses are not coming to materialise !

holdmyheadinmyhands

I can see all the greens are out in force tonight thumbs up’ing vix and thumbs down’ing everyone else !

Geoff Brodie

They have little choice or they will face Soviet-style discipline :-)

Stuart George

What happened to the idea that we should have two MP’s for the Island?

Vix Lowthion

Brexit has got in the way! Yet to be voted on and agreed by Parliament.As current govt majority is so narrow, we may be waiting a while.

Jacky
I really hope head in hands has evidence of a quarry because so far that has drawn a blank and an apology from the media before they were done for libel..best be careful or your head may really be in your hands .As for single parent, although its actually none of your damn business Ms Lowthion is no longer with her partner and hasnt been for some… Read more »
ohnhai
Geoff Brodie suggests that two losses is failure and three would be humiliation.. well… As Labour have NEVER won this seat since their formation and first contested election in1922, you have to wonder as to the abject level of soul crushing humiliation that must surely be heaped on the shoulders of him and the entire Island Labour Party, all the way back into their nascent history? That… Read more »
Geoff Brodie

Dear Ohnhai. I do not speak as a Labour party member. You of course speak in the typical manner of many IW Green supporters. No wonder Michael Lilley headed for the exit. Regards. Geoff

ohnhai
Dear Mr Brodie. My sincere apologies. I am fully aware that you walked away from the local Labour Party not that long ago. However, as you seemed so keen to remind Miss Lowthion of the Green Party’s recent electoral history on the Island I didn’t realise that it was ‘bad form’ to take a few moments to remind you of Labour’s long history of contesting this seat.… Read more »
Geoff Brodie
Indeed I did, but I remain a staunch national Labour supporter. 35 years loyal membership isn’t easy to erase. I am happy to remind you of Labour’s recent electoral history here as well since you will have wiped it from your memory: Labour’s vote went up 8,000 in 2017 – far more than the Green – and they finished a very comfortable second, 4,000 ahead of the… Read more »
Jacky
Unfortunately Labour are even more split Nationally as well as locally.The Greens have solid leadership and are united behind an excellent candidate.Many people are in politics for more than the few years that Vix Lowthion has been in and have not achieved as much as she has. Many people who are MPs today have stood more than a few times so not sure what your point is… Read more »
Geoff Brodie

Please tell – what has she achieved ?

ohnhai
Ok recent history it is then. And specifically we will look at the the Labour result as you seem exceptionally proud of it. And yes, it was a good solid second. But one built on shaky foundations.. BTW I do not and am NOT speaking for the Green Party this is just my personal analysis of the data and current events. In 2017 the majority gains for… Read more »
Geoff Brodie

Straight out of the Green school of twisted political analysis 😀

ohnhai

You forgot to add ‘fake news’ at the end of that comment.

If you are going to try for the Trump playbook at least get it right.

Geoff Brodie

I do love these anonymous Greens with their fantasies.

ohnhai
Hello Geoff. My name is Stephen Rushbrook and Ohnhai is the same avatar name I’ve been using since 1998. As far as I am concerned it is as much my name as my given name. Everyone at work knows me by this name, as do the vast percentage of my acquaintances so using it on forums such as these is hardly ‘anonymous’. To hide behind a made… Read more »
Jacky

National Party issue not local unlike your own resignation.

Geoff Brodie

What is?

tr2015

I can’t abide this woman. She is a hypocrite. Single mother with 3 children? Oh, and a partner running a megabucks quarry. Yes, a quarry! Do the green Party know!!!!

Vix Lowthion

I’m not sure who you are or why you post anonymously, but yes that’s who I am and have been for a long time. Thank you for your concern.

Vix Lowthion

Heh just reread this – am a single parent, not a hypocrite :D Not sure why I am continually asked about my family life – others aren’t.

Sally Perry

I totally agree, people’s personal lives are not something that’s up for debate here.

We’ve made this point before and remind commenters of the House Rules (here)

Jacky

What a vile accusation with no evidence

Matt Edmunds

Surprised On The Wight still allow nicknames on their comments. County Press wouldn’t allow it on their letters page. It would cut down on a lot of the pathetic sniping.

Sally Perry

Don’t be surprised, as we’ve stated over many years, we believe it is important that our readers should be allowed to comment, whether that is using their real name or a pseudonym and it’s a subject which readers have previously debated at length.

Pseudonyms have been used on the Island since the mid-1880s (http://wig.ht/2ai7)

Geoff Brodie
Old news this, isn’t it ? This was revealed on social media a fortnight ago, together with her Soviet-style share of the vote – 96%. My advice to Labour candidates when I was their agent was always to quit after losing twice, if not before……..particulately as her 13k votes last time was so distant to Labour and the Tory despite the Greens spending a fortune. Clutching at… Read more »
Sally Perry

Was only just emailed to us today

Geoff Brodie

Did you not see it on Unite the IOW, 1st August ?

Sally Perry

I don’t read everything that gets posted to the various Facebook pages