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ianstepenslaunchThe former leader of the Isle of Wight Council has launched his election campaign this week to become the Island’s next MP.

Ian Stephens, who resigned as Council leader last month to focus on the upcoming election, welcomed members of the press and public to his campaign launch in Cross Street, Ryde yesterday afternoon (Monday). The event saw support from several high-profile councillors including Cllr Phil Jordan, Cllr Luisa Hillard and current Council leader Jonathan Bacon.

Among many policies discussed, Mr Stephens said he would work to re-establish access to Undercliff Drive and look at concessionary bus fares, as well as opposing fracking. It was also said that he would fight for more funds to be put into local government to prevent further cuts.

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The Bell Principles – the first code of conduct for elected representatives demanding that politicians behave to the highest of standards – would be an important part of his campaign, Ian added.

Although Ian Stephens said he would not rule out working with UKIP in a collation, the Island’s UKIP candidate Iain McKie has today called for Mr Stephens to ‘come clean’ over an Isle of Wight Council clerical error.

Photograph thanks to Graham Reading / 

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