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BORIS JOHNSON AND JEREMY HUNT TO VISIT THE ISLE OF WIGHT


Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, the 2 politicians battling it out to become the new leader of the Conservative party and ultimately Prime Minister, will be visiting the Isle of Wight on Thursday.

The duo will be joining the Isle of Wight Conservative Association at an event taking place in the East Wight between 12:30 and 16:30. The venue will be revealed to confirmed attendees only and the event is only open to paid-up members of the Conservative Party.

Jeremy and Boris will appear separately, with a break in-between. Each will give a speech and then take questions.

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The news was confirmed this evening by Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely, who said he and Association Officers have managed to persuade both candidates to make a ‘special detour’.

Hustings are taking place across the country as Johnson and Hunt both work to secure vital votes from Party members.

The new leader will be announced the week commencing 22nd July.

UPDATE TUESDAY – Bob Seely MP has today said:

“I’m delighted that both Boris and Jeremy are visiting the Island this Thursday.

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“One of the things that I promised when Islanders elected me as their Member of Parliament was that I would make sure that the Island had a higher profile in Whitehall and that Islanders would be listened to by our national leaders.

“The Island is the first constituency in the UK to host a dedicated event for both the candidates in their quest to be the next Prime Minister.”

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Laura Norris
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Laura Norris

I want to know where they stand on the WASPI women plight and the mis management of DWP over the pension handling. Personally I wouldn’t have taken voluntary redundancy if the DWP had informed me of the changes to the pension age for 50s women. Many of us were not allowed to join company pension schemes until we reached a certain age and then when we left to have children contributions were frozen.

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How about you do the same as men who reach 60 and were born in the 1950’s – get a job or stay in the one you have. Men cannot claim any state pension before 65 and are expected to work until at least 65 if they were born in the 1950’s. There should be No discrimination against men – this is the 21st century – equality for all.

There are plenty of 60 plus men who are unemployed and on Job seekers – I do not hear you pointing this out. Perhaps they
should get their state pension backdated as well. Just to be equal.

Not all men were in company pension schemes who were born in the 1950’s and they aren’t getting state pension at 60 – what about them.

You want equal rights, yet expect to be treated differently on this point.

Anna Beach
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Anna Beach

We have never had equality – when I started work in 1970 I had to wait 5 years for equal pay. Even then some jobs only the ‘men’ could do at a higher pay rate..

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A new 3 bedroom house in the late 1960’s in Ryde was £4000 and wages were not more than a few quid a week for a lot of people.

Do not try and apply the argument about equal pay in the 1970’s to the amounts received today – it doesn’t stack up.

The fact is that the government communicated this policy over a decade ago and you can still go out to work like men have to.

All that is being expected of you, is that you get a job or keep the one that you have until 65 – just like the men have to.
Stop whining and expecting different treatment, whilst demanding equality. you cannot have your cake and eat it.

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there is equal rights to job seekers allowance for all those under 65 and unemployed at the job centre.

The change to womens retirement age from 60 to 65 was contained in the Pensions act of 1995 and was communicated by the
government at the time – all those likely to be affected have had over twenty years to plan. This change is to be completed by 2020, when the age of retirement increases to 66 for men and women in the October of next year, unless. It then changes to 67/68 in 2026/28 –

It has been phased increases for the last 8 or so years.

Women demanded equal rights, equal pay, equal treatment and not to be treated any differently to men – now you are being treated the same. Do not complain because you are getting what you wanted.

People are living much longer and thinking that you can live off the state from the age of 60 is a distant memory now.

Ratbag
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Ratbag

You might feel differently if you’d planned your life around a different date and then discovered your plans were up the swanny because no one bothered to let you know that they’d changed the rules

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the government communicated this policy change over a decade ago – I knew about it and I am no where near retirement age.
you have had time to plan.

People get made redundant from jobs at short notice all the time – they claim job seekers and get another job. I do not see them
griping about their plans being ruined. They get on with it and get jobs and have far less notice than you have had

Don't tell him pike.
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Don't tell him pike.

Women only want equality when it suits them .

Babs
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Babs

The event is only open to paid up con members, how is that in the public’s interest ??

Alister Lee
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Alister Lee

Because they are scared of real public opinion biting them in the arse !

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because it is the conservative party members that will decide which of them becomes party leader and PM. You want a say – join their party and pay your subs.

Babs
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Babs

No-one should have to pay to have a say….

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Yes you should pay- This is about electing the leader of the conservative party. For everyone else to have a say, it is called a general election.

The torys were voted in at the last election – we, the country, voted the tory party into power, not one single individual.
You do not scrap the ship, if the captain changes.

You want a say in who leads the torys- then sign up and pay up.

Don't tell him pike.
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Don't tell him pike.

Vote Boris .

Betty boo
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Betty boo

Idiot x 2

Numptynutts
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Numptynutts

At least Boris will finally get us out of Brexit!!! Perhaps we should rename May Day to something else then – perhaps he came here for holidays when he was little and now he can see where all the old people come to live. What fun!!

Mary Vine
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Mary Vine

I think you mean, he’ll make a HASH of Brexit. Seen him on the talkRadio video? Appallingly incoherent.

YJC
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YJC

Yes, of course men and women’s retirement ages should be the same and this is a major point by WASPI.
The main difference is that men know their state pension retirement age is at 65 but the women born in the 50’s were told that their retirement age was at 60. There was no or little notice that women would not be receiving their state pension at 60 and would have to wait another six years. So women could not make other arrangements in time. Many had left their jobs before they knew.
Working women were also not encouraged to take out private pensions – this has happened only in recent years.
In time, when all the 1950’s women receive their state pension the problem will disappear but until that happens some transition help is needed.
MP Bob Seely is on record as supporting the Isle of Wight women born in the 1950s who are having to wait an extra six years for their state pension and I have no doubt that he will take every opportunity to continue this support with the new Prime Minister and his Ministers.

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government communicated the policy change over a decade ago. Men over 60 get made redundant at short notice and have to find another job until retirement age – women can do the same. You have had years to plan.

many men born in the 1950’s do not have private pensions – what about them.

Mary Vine
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Mary Vine

Well said.

Lisa Flude
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Lisa Flude

I would love to see these two speaking. where is it held? to be able to go along outside even.

Carl Feeney
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Carl Feeney

Ask not what your politicians can do for you… but what YOU can do for your politicians?

Basically… both of these characters are desperately seeking Conservative membership votes. While here, they will ignore the island’s plight, undoubtedly arriving by private transport. (The vehicle ferries take too long)

IOW Conservative members will pay money into the IOW Conservative Party Association coffers in order to be best placed to shake hands with the future prime minister… whichever one it is.

Disingenuous big business by all involved…

When you consider the Islandwide problems created by years and years of Conservative representation at Westminster, how will these characters be welcomed I wonder?

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Very nicely by the conservative party members I should expect. Polite chat, questions, couple of speeches, few drinks and snacks – all very pleasant.

Martin
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Martin

Staunch Conservative supporters will think the sun shines out of their backside.

Martin Ryde
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Martin Ryde

A lot of the islands problems are created by residents and those that were born here in the 50s 60s and 70s .. The lack of investment is due to people always standing in the way of progress. Trying to get a project off the ground that benefits people and makes money is almost impossible due to the do gooders who think keeping the island in the stone age is the way to go because it suits them and their negative behaviour.. This island has so much potential. It’s such a shame some of the older more influential members of the community dont see it.

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some projects are pointless, destructive and do not deserve funding. Progress at all costs is not the way forward.

This is an island, with a finite amount of space – it cannot accept a continual concreting over of roads and houses. The appeal of the island is the green open spaces and people travel here to enjoy that tranquility.

Those born in the 1950 -70’s are the ones running the administration now. Those born in the 80’s 90’s will get their chance in about twenty years time.

West Wighter
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West Wighter

All a load of rubbish!!

Richard Collins
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Richard Collins

I wonder if extinction rebellion will be ready?? Not easy to hide on the island. 😀

Marilyn Sheath
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Marilyn Sheath

Can i join the conservatives i would love to go to this meeting

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