Rise in Isle of Wight Labour votes against backdrop of fall in support

The Isle of Wight Labour candidate, who came in second place at the General Election, shares some post-election words

Ricchard Quigley giving post-results speech

On 12th December, Island Labour achieved an increased vote and an increased vote share in the General Election, despite a national picture which saw Labour’s vote fall across the country.

Commenting on the election, Island Labour’s candidate, Richard Quigley, said,

“Congratulations to Bob Seely on his re-election as the Island’s MP.

“Whilst we will always disagree on politics, he was always courteous when our paths crossed on the campaign and at hustings.

“I look forward to Bob delivering his Island deal, as there are no excuses not to in a government with an 80 seat majority. I hope the leader of our Council holds him to his promise.

“Thank you also to the County Press and Isle of Wight radio  for organising the final hustings of the campaign. It was well attended and well received by those that attended and listened in.

“My final thanks is reserved for everyone that got involved in the Labour campaign her on the Isle of Wight, against a national backdrop of a fall in Labour support, we increased our vote and our vote share. Something everyone involved can be very proud of.”

News shared by Julian Critchley on behalf of Island Labour. Ed

Image: © With kind permission of Allan Marsh

Sunday, 15th December, 2019 4:04pm


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6 Comments on "Rise in Isle of Wight Labour votes against backdrop of fall in support"

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Benny C
The trouble is the Leader of our Council Dinosaur Dave Stewart seems to be good at delivering mediocre results, often not so well thought through. St Mary’s roundabout works, dog restrictions Backdown, chain ferry delivery phase, Island roads contract shortcomings, weak cabinet member management etc. how on earth will he find the intellect and skill to hold Bob Seeley to account? Dave can’t even understand climate change,… Read more »

Benny – with one or two exceptions, notable by their rarity, what you say applies to the vast majority of politicians, locals in particular – and at national level.
We, the electorate, do get we deserve though, including the large percentage who cannot be asked to get off their backsides and exercise their hard earned right to vote.

It is always very British, it seems, to be either talking about the weather, or why something we feel passionately about, has gone wrong. It is now the time for grumbling about the general election results and, of course, local politics. However, it would be hard to say, justifiably, that the general election has not been democratic, as we were all able to make our choice. Nationwide,… Read more »
Mark L Francis
Notice that if 13,941,086 voted Conservative and 10,292,354 voted Labour, and with Lib Dems on 3,675,342 then that makes 13,967,696 voted for Remain parties plus the SNP with 1,242,380, as well as the 2% for Brexit ba;anced against the Greens & Plaid Cymru /. Ulster elected a mojority of Nationalist MPs who are also pro Remain. So a big win for Remain then! The People have spoken.… Read more »
Geoff Brodie

Like many I still support Leave, but voted Labour. A minority of Labour Leave voters lent their votes to the Tories, but enough to result in this debacle. A majority of voters still want to Leave. Not to see that is just myopic.

For Richard Q this was an excellent result. Island Labour bucked the national trend – this was down -10.4% in strong leave areas (ie where over 60% voted leave eg IW) Tories nationally up +6.1% So for Richard Q to be UP 1.3% & R Seely ‘only’ +4.9% …. Take away the Brexit & Corbyn factors next time, add in a bit of discontent when Boris J… Read more »