The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, last night (Friday) said he will win the the upcoming election after securing the support of the Isle of Wight Conservative Association (IWCA) after a motion calling for him to stand down as a Conservative candidate was quashed.
Following a 3-hour meeting in the centre of Newport, the IWCA voted in support of Mr Turner and decided to reject calls by Cllr Edward Giles and others – including former Council leader David Pugh – for Turner to step aside in the upcoming election battle.
A closed ballot was held, the results of which will not be disclosed.
Speaking last night Cllr Chris Whitehouse, Acting Campaign Manager for Mr Turner, said:
“Andrew is a popular and hardworking MP. He unites the Island behind his efforts to represent its interests in Westminster. It’s hardly surprising that he has secured the backing of the Executive Committee this evening.
“Now we need to see the party uniting behind him as our candidate for the coming general election, and an end to the nasty, vindictive campaign mounted against him by the bitter, failed former council leader, David Pugh, and his tiny cabal of fellow malcontents.”
Andrew Turner launched his election campaign earlier this month. Listen to what Mr Turner had to say below…