Isle of Wight Politics

Just as anywhere else in the world, the Isle of Wight is made up of many political colours.

In recent years the Conservatives have dominated the polls in the general and local elections.

Below are articles relating to politics on the Isle of Wight.

Musical composition by Cowes student praised by Economist Educational Foundation as ‘very articulate’

clarinet sitting on top of sheet music by Iain Cridland

The piece of classical music was composed by a Year 8 student and based on the concepts of power and opposition in politics. Listen within

Monday, 23rd November, 2020 12:25pm

By Rachel Dillon

Ethical Standards Committee should be reintroduced at Isle of Wight council, say ‘Our Island’

Portrait of Jonathan Bacon - Nov 2020

Former Isle of Wight council leader, Jonathan Bacon, says as councillors don’t seem to be able to behave properly they need to be made to do so. Details within

Monday, 23rd November, 2020 10:34am

By Jonathan Bacon with 5 readers' comments

See Isle of Wight Green Party’s target candidates for May 2021 council elections

Trees outside County Hall

The Isle of Wight Green Party has announced their target candidates for five Isle of Wight wards in the May 2021 Isle of Wight council elections. Details within

Tuesday, 17th November, 2020 1:54pm

By Cameron Palin

New Isle of Wight political movement ‘Our Island’ sets out aims and introduces candidates

County hall with daffodils by Simon Haytack

Tired by the party political infighting "that has dogged the Island and its Council for so long", Our Island is a new movement that aims to "work together to support the entire Isle of Wight community"

Tuesday, 6th October, 2020 7:28am

By Jonathan Bacon with 16 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Green spokesperson elected to national executive of Green Party

Vix in Upper St James Street

Vix Lowthion's new role as Policy Development Coordinator for the party brings with it responsibility to review and grow the full range of party policies

Monday, 5th October, 2020 4:10pm

By Cameron Palin with 7 readers' comments

Conservative-controlled council elects Conservative to lead committee to scrutinise their work (updated)

richard hollis shaking hands with nick stuart at the election count

The Scrutiny Committee is designed to examine decisions made by Isle of Wight council. It has, for as long as we can remember, been chaired by an opposition councillor … until last night

Thursday, 17th September, 2020 4:42pm

By Sally Perry with 24 readers' comments

Letter: It’s high time the Isle of Wight NHS was properly financed

Abacus and paper

Despite the Government announcing they would write off all debt for NHS Trusts, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust remains in a "wholly unacceptable position" says this reader

Thursday, 17th September, 2020 1:29pm

By Hans Bromwich with 10 readers' comments

New South East group set up to help American Expats vote in the US elections

A roll of

Democrats Abroad say this is "a great opportunity to meet fellow Americans living locally, ensure you get good and up-to-date information about voting, and help other Americans do the same"

Monday, 7th September, 2020 4:40pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Conservative switches to Independent ahead of the May 2021 elections (updated)

white arrow on a blue wall

Isle of Wight Conservative’s lose a councillor as one switches to become an Independent. Intriguingly, as the party gets their councillors ready for upcoming local elections, there could be current serving Cllrs that won’t be on the ballot papers too.

Wednesday, 2nd September, 2020 5:33pm

By Sally Perry with 16 readers' comments

Vectis Party tell News OnTheWight it will stand candidates in all Isle of Wight council election wards

Daryll Pitcher talking to Carole Dennett, with Carl Feeney on the right

Another newly-formed Isle of Wight political party, the Vectis Party, says it will stand candidates in all council election wards, after they detected an “appetite for something different in politics on the Island”

Monday, 24th August, 2020 4:56pm

By Sally Perry with 15 readers' comments

Letter: Isle of Wight Greens, LibDems and progressive independents need to make an electoral agreement

two people shaking hands

The Independent Labour councillor, Geoff Brodie, believes it's time for the Isle of Wight Greens, LibDems and progressive independents to make an electoral agreement not to stand against each other next May in the council elections

Sunday, 16th August, 2020 11:40am

By Geoff Brodie with 9 readers' comments

Bob Seely’s most spoken words in Parliament revealed

Bob Seely in Parliament

Want to know what Bob Seely MP has been speaking about most frequently in Parliament? List of his most spoken words gathered by News OnTheWight from a new tool launched by House of Commons Library

Saturday, 15th August, 2020 11:36am

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments