Stuart Hutchinson Wins West Wight Seat

Conservative candidate Stuart Hutchinson win West Wight by-election with a majority of 524.

Thanks to David Pugh for sending through news from yesterday’s by-election in the West Wight ward. Ed

Conservative candidate Stuart Hutchinson has won the West Wight by-election, to serve as the area’s new representative at County Hall.

The West Wight electoral division is made up of the parish areas of Calbourne, Shalfleet & Yarmouth.

Majority of 524
Following a positive campaign over the past few weeks, Wellow resident Stuart won the seat with a majority of 524 votes which also saw the Conservative share of the vote increase by 30%.

This outcome represents a gain from the Independent Group on the Isle of Wight Council, who had previously won the seat, in 2009.

Third by-election win
This is the third by-election win for the Conservatives since the last local elections, having won both Ryde South and Chale, Niton & Whitwell in 2010, but narrowly missing out on Binstead & Fishbourne earlier this year. It increases the size of the majority Conservative Group to 24 councillors.

Speaking after the result, Cllr Stuart Hutchinson said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been elected as the new IW Councillor for the West Wight. I would like to thank everyone who made the effort to vote in this election, particularly with the dark evenings and winter approaching.

“It will be a privilege to represent the community in which I live. I will fulfill my commitment to serve all three parish areas with equal vigour. There are a number of issues which I am already working on, including the future of our ferry service, and I will continue this work now as the local councillor.

“I look forward to working as part of the Conservative Group at the IW Council, ensuring that the needs of the West Wight area are heard amongst the decision makers. I also intend to play an influential role in the Council’s consideration of a range of matters which affect the Island as a whole.”

A relentless campaigner
Cllr David Pugh, Leader of the Isle of Wight Council and the Conservative Group added: “Stuart will be an excellent addition to the Conservative Team at County Hall. I have no doubt that he will be a relentless campaigner on behalf of the residents he now represents, and I look forward to his contributions to our wider deliberations over the coming weeks and months.”

Results
Mike Carr, Liberal Democrat – 116
Stuart John Hutchinson, The Conservative Party Candidate – 640
Rose Lynden-Bell, UK Independence Party – 78

Friday, 18th November, 2011 7:16am

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steve s

David Pugh sent this through?! :-S

Steephill Jack

In the spirit of “up yours” perhaps ?

steve s
Could be that, Jack. If it is, I find it disturbing. It makes the whole thing look like a game which is won or lost. But it’s not a game, is it? Government (even local government) is about peoples’ lives. Jobs and health and education. Food on the table in really difficult times. I was naive enough to assume that the leader of the council might have… Read more »
Sally Perry

We didn’t attend the count so are grateful for the results to be sent through at 11.13pm last night. We’re sure if it had been the UKIP or LibDem winning, they would have done the same.

daniel clarke

Congratulations Stuart. Shame though there wasn’t enough competition in the election, including no independents and labour candidates.

Simon Perry

The Conservative candidate, Stuart, won by five and a half times the number of votes. That’s a huge winning gap.

Spirit of Tony Benn

This was a bad day for democracy, nothing to crow about David. Your day will come, when the whole Island has their say on your administration.

Another West Wight resident

What a ridiculous comment. The Conservative candidate received nearly 77% of the votes cast (and I was pleased to be one of those putting a X against his name)so it was a stunning victory and a very good day for democracy.

Poll-pundit
How do you celebrate an election, where the only candidates were a Tory and UKIP, the far right Tory group? How do rejoice, when only dyed in the wool Tory supporters bothered voting at all? Let’s agree that around one in four people in this ward are probably Conservative’s? In that case, no-one else voted, only your own people? You Tories were the only people canvassing and… Read more »
Another West Wight resident

Poll pundit – another bad loser!

Asite2c
“Pleased to be one of those putting a X against his name”. So you must be pleased to see further cuts to public services, the selling of public assets, dodgy consultations, poor leadership, a lack of democratic decision making, more poverty and job losses, wasting council tax payers on consultants and double dippers, huge salaries for Benyon and other directors etc. Perhaps you live a very comfortable… Read more »
Another West Wight resident

Asite2C is a typical Socialist who regularly posts abuse on here about those with whom he does not agree yet persists in promoting the policies of the Labour party that left this country in a dire financial state following 13 years of failing to keep government spending under control.

And also Asite2C is another bad loser!

hammerjammer

There we go, it’s all Labours fault. It was the bankers that brought about the 2008 credit crunch. Would you say that it is the Tory’s fault for the desperate state we are in now, or is it a eurozone crisis? Just like your Government, I am sure you will say it’s will be someone else’s fault

No.5
wow…do some people still beleive this tory propaganda that even their own leader has stopped flogging. Its so sad when local politics and the charlatans that run the Islands council are judged by national standards…and the Tories that do it hide behind this old line (its not our fault nationally, when it is entirely their fault locally…. I don’t just blame Pugh and co for the abysmal… Read more »
Asite2c
Well you have got 2 things wromg. I’m not a socialist, Labour voter or a bad loser. I believe in fairness and a caring society which helps those who are vulnerable and struggling to survive. Not making the rich richer such as bankers, big businessmen, double diggers and politicians who fiddle their expenses. Please tell me what good this Tory council have ever done for the Island… Read more »
DH

“…very good day for democracy”

I laughed and nearly fell off my chair when I read that. Seriously though, don’t feed the troll.

Another West Wight resident

So DH thinks that anyone who does not subscribe to the standard Ventnor Blog anti-council pro-high public spending line is a troll and so presumably not welcome on here.

DH

No, I’m not anti council. I just find your comment of Tory vs. UKIP as an example of democracy in action very funny.

You’re very welcome on VB, glad to have you on here.

hammerjammer
This goes to show that the Tories can get away with absolutely anything on the Island and still win an election. Any hopes that the people of the Island will kick this useless shambles out went up in flames with this huge victory. It doesn’t matter that they lose a high court judgement costing us bucket loads of money, then say that they are disappointed that they… Read more »
Wight Essence

After the high court judgement, it looks as if Pugh is trying to take a few crumbs of comfort from a by-election which was meaningless and without a proper challenge.

Asite2c
If Pugh thinks this result is a great victory then he is deluding himself and it just shows how stupid and out of touch with reality he really is. The Tories were always going to win this seat without a proper challenge and the 524 majority would have most likely been natural Tory voters. With very little opposition, I very much doubt whether those who are opposed… Read more »
Another West Wight resident

“A credible independent candidate” – an oxymoron if ever there was one!

Asite2c

A oxymoron if there ever was one? And you accuse me of using abuse? Typical Tory hypocrisy.

Another West Wight resident

Calm down dear!

Asite2c

Acting like Cameron by saying “Calm down dear” is not only patronising but pathetic. It’s old and a saying which is not even funny.

Stuart Hutchinson
I’m pleased to see these lively comments on Ventnor Blog. I can tell you that I really would have preferred to fight an election against more effective opposition, it adds spark to any campaign and makes a win more worthwhile. Not that I’m not grateful for the support of so many residents in West Wight ward, I am, and thank you to any reading this that had… Read more »
hammerjammer
Stuart, although I am not of your political persuasion congratulations on your win. With the dreadful mistake made by your colleagues over the disabled cut to funding which got a block vote from the Tory’s on the council can you say whether or not you will also join the block vote brigade, or will you oppose cuts like these to the most vulnerable in our society? I… Read more »
No.5

well done on being the only viable candidate ( and shame on the others )…Now we have your own words on the fact that you will represent your constituents over the rulings of the council…lets see how you vote

Martin william Wareham

Congratulations Stuart you can now go and join the Flock

Ryde Queen

Congratulations. But be fair, you did only persuade less than one in four residents to vote for you. This means 75% of locals did not want you, nor your County Hall pals.

Sadly I feel you will indeed become another Pugh yes-man once sworn in.

Another West Wight resident

What you mean is that less than 7% of the electors were prepared to vote against the current council administration.

hammerjammer

Please explain how this 7% figure works, cos I have no idea. Thank you

No.5

I think its obvious..like all tories, hasn’t got a clue.

Over 100 people chose to vote for a man who had stood down on charges of fraud (?) I think that says a lot about the options available.

Another West Wight resident

194 people voted for candidates other than the Conservative. That is about 7% of the electors.
Kevin (aka No 5)- I appreciate that as a socialist you are not very good with figures!

hammerjammer
What about the 75% that didn’t vote in the by election? Are you suggesting that each of those are in favour of the Council? IF the 7% that you fanfare was a real reflection of the vote then Stuart WOULD have received 93% of the elegible voters which he did not. Not really sure why you have to engage in purile name calling, it seems you need… Read more »
No.5

I appreciate that as a Tory your not much good judging people

john

using your logic an even higher percentage of residents didn’t want the Lib Dems or UKIP?

Another West Wight resident

Asite2C @2.20 – left your sense of humour at home today have you?

Asite2c

Not at all. I’ve been having a good laugh at some of your comments. I just think Michael Winner’s saying on an advert “Calm down dear” is now old and has never been very funny. Perhaps this is the type of childish and pathetic humour sad Tories think is humorous, including Camerom.

Another West Wight resident

Very pleased that I have managed to cheer you up on what otherwise would have been a depressing day for you old chap.

Another West Wight resident
Hammerjammer @2.27. I did not say that the 75% non-voters were all in favour of the Council although undoubtedly some are but were unable to get out to vote yesterday. The point I am making is that only about 7% of the voters were prepared to get off their backsides and go and vote for non-Conservative candidates. Accordingly there is no evidence of a huge public feeling… Read more »
hammerjammer

Your statement was totally misleading, the staement was that only 7% were against the council. You fail to point out that less than 20% of those eligible voted for the Conservative candidate, which if I were to use your logic would not be considered a ringing endorsement for your party. But hey why let the truth get in the way eh.

No.5

Tories – Logic – truth – and – petard…lets see if we can get a statement out of that :)

No.5

Isle of Wight Council – West Wight: C 640, Lib Dem 116, Ukip 78. (June 2009 – Ind 719, C 624). C gain from Ind

so 16 more people voted Tory this time…great

daniel clarke

Why can’t you just accept the people’s wish of this ward, you socialist idiot.

No.5

well theres an assumption….I hope he does really well for his ward and rejects this council and its illegal policies..

and its not the peoples wish…its those that bothered to votes wish…I whole heartedly condemn the lack of opposition…the turnout was 28%…make voting compulsory and lets see some real results.

Poll-pundit

In the past this ward has had an over 70% turn out. I wonder what or who, kept them all away this time?

daniel clarke
“There we go, it’s all Labours fault. It was the bankers that brought about the 2008 credit crunch. Would you say that it is the Tory’s fault for the desperate state we are in now, or is it a eurozone crisis? Just like your Government, I am sure you will say it’s will be someone else’s fault” This is total nonsense. Of course the bankers caused part… Read more »
hammerjammer
Daniel, you state that what I said was total nonesense, then you agree that the bankers created part of the problem. So perhaps it wasn’t total nonesense. Yes Labour did try to stimulate the economy post 2008, and that brought about growth for the 4 periods leading up to the election. Since the election we have seen no growth, big rises in unemployment, massive cuts to services… Read more »
daniel clarke

Britain had the longest recession since world war two and had a Greek style deficit. It’s total rubbish to say that there was a golden inheritance to the coalition in terms of the economy. But there was a golden inheritance in the economy in 1997 from the Conservatives to Labour.

No.5

all just a hash job again Daniel…our deficit is know where near Greeces, thats just media scare tactics that have sucked you in,

daniel clarke

Socialists on this site need to just for once respect the verdict of West Wight residents.

Poll-pundit

I think it more appropriate to respect the Tory party and its supporters who banged on doors and got their people out. No-one else much bothered.

daniel clarke

Totally agree

Asite2c
Why do you assume people who write comments against Tory policies on VB are all socialists when thay could be green, liberal, communist, independent, nationalist or have no political leaning whatsoever. I would like a Tory to tell me when things were good in this country under a Tory government. Heath, Thatcher, Major and now Cameron have all messed up the economy, made people poorer while making… Read more »
Wight Essence

With all these (so called) socialists commenting on VB, the Isle of Wight must be turning red. I hope you’re not suffering from the paranoiac syndrome, reds under the beds?

playingthenumbers
Not the first to congratulate you Mr Hutchinson, but maybe the first to thank you. Thank you for putting your name & reputation on the line and accepting the terrible responsibility of administration, especially when so many of your colleagues are failing miserably, leaving only a legacy of destruction and heartache. I’m sure Mr Hutchinson you don’t need me to remind you your responsibility lies not only… Read more »
hammerjammer

Ah, and here comes the Greek debt red herring. We were not in the same situation as Greece due to the size of our economy. Yet again a daily mail style headline which has no reality when scrutinized.

daniel clarke

Not just Greece. Now it is Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy (next biggest economy after ours)and America being downgraded.

rea

Congrats to Stuart Hutchinson, he seems to be a decent bloke.

As for those of you who have been hurling petty insults at each other, Father Christmas will definitely NOT be coming down your chimneys this year!

Wight Essence

Vote Tory or Ultra Tory? Not much of a choice really and no wonder many people decided to stay at home. Congratulations to Stuart Hutchinson although I hope he will vote with his heart at County Hall and not simply take the party line.

Instead of celebrating a victory, perhaps the Tories would be wise to put the champagne on ice until the next local election.

playingthenumbers
Those commenting on national economic policy might like to think that it is delusional & ignorant to think that any UK government has had anything other than diminishing control over our macro-economic policy since before the Great War. All economies are cyclical; booms are caused by investment in new technology and mass consumption and busts come when there is overproduction, forcing companies to massively discount, or when… Read more »
Frank Analyst
An interesting article, (not exactly a comment is it PTN?) I agree about venture capitalists. The apparent value of a business bought by these people, seems not to reflect its real world profitability. Boots is a good example, but it’s happened in many other industries. The man who bought EMI, recently lost it. He, his bankers and big fee earning city advisor’s had spectacularly over-valued the firm,… Read more »
PAUL MULLERY
Spot on PTN and Frank Analyst. It is the case that certain speculators targetted businesses by borrowing money to obtain sufficient shares for a controlling interest. They then used the company’s own profits to pay back the loan money. In effect the company bought itself out. The problem was that some businesses were bought out in this way just as their profits were dipping and the speculators… Read more »
playingthenumbers
Frank, I’m acutely aware how deep we are all in it. The problem is the leadership shown in such crisis. It is all very well for an individual to demonstrate a little self-interest, encouraged even, like saving for a pension. But the rule needs to be adjusted for governance. Little things like equality of opportunity for all need to be considered. That is why a politician’s 1st… Read more »
hammerjammer
Reds under the bed, now I like that cheers. I notice that Daniel refuses to talk about illegality of this Tory council, and the huge financial burden it places on us as council tax payers. Also the fact that the cut was aimed at the most needy in our community which in my opinion is a disgrace. You mention these economies but neglect to mention that they… Read more »
no name
the majority of people who bothered to vote voted for Stuart. End of. no-one can say how the people who did not vote would have voted. Apathy is how the tories win. as for the questionable activities of the council, that has nothing to do with this bloke yet, and hopefully never will. Perhaps all the gloating tories and bitter others can now agree to disagree and… Read more »
No.5

agreed.. lets wait and see how ‘representative’ Stuart will be. I’m an optimist

vanessa churchman
I have spent an absorbing 20 mins. reading the comments above. What brains we have on this Island, why don’t some of you run for Council, preferably as Independents but then I would say that wouldn’t I? Al-Fayad bought Harrods with Harrods’ money and that seems to be where the rot set in. I remember Tiny Rowland fought for years to try and get that deal overturned.… Read more »
geordieofwight
There are three possible reasons these people will not stand for election. One they are too young to vote: two they are in prison or have been certified as insane: or three thay are too cowardly to put their names forward. I leave you to judge which applies. Incidentally the same can be applied to Mr Starke who complains about everything but did not take the chance… Read more »
Stuart Hutchinson
Love the comments, both for and against. What keeps democracy alive is people being unafraid to put their point of view, and as long as we all accept that not everyone has the same political view, and that some are a bit extreme both to the right and the left, but we accept that too, then we have a healthy debate. It is of course always easier… Read more »
Wight Essence
I’m pleased to know Stuart you are not a yes man and will make your own mind up when voting on local issues although I would like to know how you feel about some of the decisions many people are angry about such as cuts to public toilets, libraries, social care etc and the selling off of assets such as the Botanical Gardens. It would also be… Read more »
bembridge resident
A well written piece Stuart, were you wearing your rose tinted glasses? You probably will not be writing on here again as you will not be allowed to, you obviously have not had an induction yet. We used to get Edward and Roger replying but no longer. This administration believes it should not answer to anyone. Just to put you right on one fact in your piece,… Read more »
Frank Analyst
Stuart – I think you will find that the first rule your chums at County Hall will impose, is that you can’t make any public pronouncements, without the press office boys clearing it first. So yes, even if you didn’t know it – this was the last we’ll here from you. Unless as a non yes-man, you would like to ask David why we spend so much… Read more »
No.5

Sorry Stuart …”so I wonder how one ever knows what policies they stand for – with no financial disciplines to follow do they just pick and choose the popular ones?” (re independents)

You have just joined a Council that has no financial discipline at all

playingthenumbers
Golly Stuart, less than 48hrs into the job & apologising for future mistakes already. Is this a sign of the longed-for new politics, or did your colleagues advise you just to get it in early so as to save the trouble of bothering later? You’ve got to love the efficiency drives that characterize the council. Odd you should chose between education & roads as your first existential… Read more »
hammerjammer

Stuart, that is a well presented piece and I hope you do retain your sense of right and wrong.
On the reduction of waste would you agree that the high court costs that were incurred over the illegal disablities cuts were a dreadful waste of our money.

Asite2c
I can never understand how anybody can vote for the Tories unless they are more concerned about themselves than poverty, the future of the health service, the economy, cuts to public services, unfairness, the fear of losing their homes, high energy costs, redundancy, welfare benefit cuts, failing the elderly and vulnerable, increasing crime, privatisation, inequality, making the rich richer and corruption in high places. Every time the… Read more »
daniel clarke

It is because there is no money left! I can never understand why labour get in, as they always seem to bankrupt the country. They did it in the 1970s and they have done it now!

Wight Essence

There is no money left because much of it was used to bail out the banks. If this money was still available, then the deficit would be much lower.

You can blame Labour, Europe or whoever you like, but it was the greedy bankers who got the UK, US and the rest of Europe into this economic mess.

daniel clarke

Not just the bankers. There was a 40 billion blackhole before the recession and huge unfunded fiscal stimulus. This is a fact. Get over it and move on.

Wight Essence

So according to your figures, 100 billion was squandered by the bankers and the Labour government created a 40 billion deficit. This is not a huge amount in government terms, was no more than the deficit of previous Tory governments and was not the cause of the recession, so I rest my case.

No.5
Oh dear…those blue blinkers again…Tories have alway borrowed as much as Labour…we have been in deficit for 60 years…it took a banking disaster for it to be highlighted….and you blinkered bluebloods forget that for the three month before the election the country was out of recession on Labour policy when the rest of the world was crumbling and now under a Tory adminsitration we have joined the… Read more »
Frank Analyst

Just as every Labour government since time began, borrowed far more than we can afford to repay and left all unreformed public services under greater threat?

Tony kept us out of the euro. We can thank him for that, but he was a terrible war-monger, and his public spending was hopelessly out of kilter, except for the first two years.

Asite2c

Sadly there is hardly a fag paper between the major parties these days which leaves only one side of the political spectrum (right) to vote for.

This is probably why the public are losing interest in politics and this shows at the ballot boxes with low turnouts in local and general elections.

Martin william Wareham

Stuart Hutchinson. Stuart I’m in favour of the Wellow Thorley application for wind Turbines have you an opinion you would like to share with Ventnorblog on this planning application in your ward.

Another West Wight resident
Nobby – here is your answer http://www.iwradio.co.uk/news/iw-radio-news/new-councillor-against-wind-turbines-3091/ Stuart is far more in line with the thinking of the majority of his electorate than you and your missus ever were. Wind turbines are an expensive con and the sooner our rulers wake up to this fact the better. The Duke of Edinburgh was spot on with his comments at the weekend http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2011/11/21/wind-farms-says-the-duke-of-edinburgh-are-absolutely-useless-and-a-disgrace-thank-heavens-for-the-duke-i-say/ and also here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-philip/8901985/Wind-farms-are-useless-says-Prince-Philip.html See also… Read more »
Martin william Wareham

WELL Another West Wight Resident there’s no need to get offensive and grumpy I ONLY ASKED.Stuart thank you for your reply.

No.5

hmmm…and Prince Phillip is such a renowned speaker….more a standing joke.

You NIMBYS do think highly of yourselves

Stuart Hutchinson
Hi Bloggers, I wish I had the time to reply to all who have posed specific questions, but I’m already finding plenty of issues raised directly by my own constituents. I won’t apologise for or comment upon specific decisions taken before I even thought of standing. I can only suggest that those who have issues with the way the council has done things in the past raise… Read more »
Asite2c

I don’t think people commenting on VB are asking you to apologise for council decisions you had nothing to do with. Just your opinions about the their failures, waste of council tax payers money, arrogance and Pugh’s inept leadership qualities over the last 6 years.

Arnold Tate
Reading your first comments I thought you put yourself across well, in a balanced way, and I was impressed with your claims to want to represent the views of your constituents. Now here we are a few days later and already your mask is slipping. One of the first things we actually learn about you, beyond platitudes, is that you are against wind turbines. I know of… Read more »
Asite2c
“I can only suggest that those who have issues with the way the council has done things in the past raise them directly with your own Councillor”. I’m sure many VB readers have already raised their concerns with their own councillors although there is very little the opposition can do. In my view, Conservative councillors just ignore islanders concerns, turn a blind eye and follow the leadership… Read more »
Mr J

You do realise you have now ruled yourself out of ever sitting on planning?

Your chance to represent your view and the feelings of the majority – in my humble opinion, is now lost, just because you ‘spoke too soon.’

Stuart Hutchinson
I will always do my best to articulate and to represent the views of my constituents on renewable energy as well as other issues. The overwhelming majority view on the Turbines in West Wight is very clear. Most of those attending the public presentation by Infinergy at Yarmouth were against (and this exhibition deliberately ignored some key facts, later corrected); almost all attending Infinergy’s exhibition at Wellow… Read more »
No.5

I completely agree Stuart…this is the view of the several hundred misinformed and THWART (directors of proposed BioMAss powersation)misled constituants

Asite2c
I’m pleased to read you will be representing the views of your constituents Stuart. It’s just a great shame the majority of councillors and MP’s in England have become undemocratic and don’t represent the majority views of their constituents, but simply follow the party line. It would still be very interesting to know your views about the question I wrote above regarding the failures, waste of council… Read more »