Isle of Wight Politics

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

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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)

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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

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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

Letter: A massive cultural change is needed at the ballot box

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This reader believes the people can help create a massive cultural change, assigning "present day miscreants to the dust of time"

Monday, 10th August, 2020 2:42pm

By Hans Bromwich with 21 readers' comments

Our Island: ‘A new start for politics on the Isle of Wight’ claim those behind a new movement

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The Our Island movement say the "old fashioned mindset" of following any particular political ideology “leads us nowhere” and that "it’s time for change on the Isle of Wight council"

Friday, 7th August, 2020 4:20pm

By Sally Perry with 23 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Green Party bewildered by Labour taking back the ‘olive branch’ offered in February

Person standing behind a small olive tree

Isle of Wight Greens say their request for a virtual meeting to "discuss reciprocal agreements for local seats" was in direct response to Island Labour offering an “olive branch” to the Isle of Wight Green Party in a bid to “get rid of our Tory administration"

Thursday, 6th August, 2020 11:23am

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Labour Party reject Green Party pre-election vote-trading agreement

Ricchard Quigley giving post-results speech

Island Labour reject a move they say will restrict Islanders in how they choose to cast their votes and say it's not enough to simply be "non-Tory"

Wednesday, 5th August, 2020 2:14pm

By Julian Critchley with 18 readers' comments

Don’t miss your chance to vote in the next elections: Return Isle of Wight council’s electoral registration form

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The annual canvass ensures that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. Make sure you return your letter from the council once it arrives

Monday, 20th July, 2020 1:43pm

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments