LORA PEACEY-WILCOX ELECTED AS THE NEW LEADER OF THE ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL

Councillor Lora Peacey-Wilcox has been elected as the new leader of the Isle of Wight Council.

The independent councillor was voted in at the first meeting of the newly elected council this evening (Wednesday), following the local government elections earlier this month.

It brings an end to the Conservatives leading the council. For the past 4 years, former councillor Dave Stewart has led the local authority and Councillor Steve Hastings was hoping to continue that Tory leadership. However, a vote held at Medina Leisure Centre this evening has seen Cllr Peacey-Wilcox take the reins.

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Councillor Ian Stephens has been named Deputy Leader.

Meanwhile, Councillor Geoff Brodie has been elected as the Chair of the Council, with Councillor Claire Critchison elected Vice-Chair.

Cabinet members have also been appointed this evening including:

  • Councillor Jonathan Bacon – Environment
  • Councillor Phil Jordan – Infrastructure and Transport
  • Councillor Chris Jarman – Resources
  • Councillor Julie Jones-Evans – Regeneration
  • Councillor Debbie Andre – Education and Children’s Services
  • Councillor Karl Love – Adult Social Care, Public Health and Housing
  • Councillor Paul Fuller – Planning

In her first address as leader, Cllr Peacey-Wilcox has said COVID-19 recovery, car parking charges and issues with planning and housing are priorities. She said:

“From tonight the Isle of Wight has a new political culture. One of political inclusion rather than competition.”

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Working with council staff and other public bodies as a team, Cllr Peacey-Wilcox said it will put the Island on a road to an ecologically sustainable future and a better quality of life.

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ron
ron
24 days ago

Probably the right time to give a woman a chance.

S omeone
S omeone
Reply to  ron
24 days ago

nothing to do with her being a woman.
she is an experienced councillor who is the right choice to lead the council

Steve
Steve
24 days ago

Hope she does a wonderful job starting with getting rid of the new parking charges and sorting out the Floating Bridge fiasco

oldmoaner
oldmoaner
Reply to  Steve
23 days ago

And who will make up the money lost from that, all of us with more council tax even if we don’t drive

Very Old Bill
Very Old Bill
24 days ago

Congratulations Laura, brilliant news and congratulations Geoff, even better news

Dusty Fanny
Dusty Fanny
24 days ago

It’ll be interesting to see what and if anything changes. Wouldn’t hold my breath and wouldn’t want her job even for the 100k she’ll get paid.

Steve Clark
Steve Clark
Reply to  Dusty Fanny
24 days ago

You’re confusing elected councillors with the employed officers of the council. Councillors are essentially in a vocational role and get an allowance and expenses that would be lucky to get close to minimum wage with the hours they dedicate. It’s the director level employees that get the 6 figure salaries.

ron
ron
Reply to  Dusty Fanny
24 days ago

£100k and the rest!!

Reg Dennis
Reg Dennis
24 days ago

Best news of the year, now perhaps some cage bars can be well rattled, the cherry on the cake is that the resident village idiot of sandown is out.

Know it all
Know it all
24 days ago

Congratulations Lora. PLEASE make things better for the island.

Dave
Dave
24 days ago

Congratulations to you
Just to say hope you do well but I guess no one on the island has ever heard of you ….please update us on who you are and your policies for the island…..

Alan
Alan
Reply to  Dave
24 days ago

Well a lot of people who follow local council business will have of heard of Lora.

Terry
Terry
24 days ago

Interesting times ahead,

NotPastItYet
NotPastItYet
24 days ago

Congratulations and welcome, Lora. Can only be an improvement on what we have endured until now. Goodbye Ian Ward, now jog on and clear your desk!

rodney rodney burt
rodney rodney burt
24 days ago

A new broom sweeps clean so sweep out all those dark and dirty corners

Reg Dennis
Reg Dennis
24 days ago

for sale: 1 pair of trousers with heavy duty back pocket, one low mileage owner.

Noodles
Noodles
24 days ago

Lets have some faith in the lady, lets bring tourism back and no more housing estates, no more supermarkets we have enough

Monkeyface
Monkeyface
24 days ago

Fiver,.. says nothing changes..

Margaret Hadley
Margaret Hadley
24 days ago

Hope she can sort out the housing on the island also home less people ect

Old school.
Old school.
24 days ago

Next year : another huge council tax rise because of the mess this lot ‘inherited’
To all the deluded hopeful, welcome to more of the same as usual.

Reg Dennis
Reg Dennis
24 days ago

Phil Jordan doesn’t have to do a lot for the next 4 years, the previous incumbent cretin set the bar so low that it would be impossible to be worse, hope he sets to and sorts out the floating bridge fiasco and the Island roads disaster

Jack in the Box
Jack in the Box
24 days ago

Well why don’t you show us your all for keeping ISLANDERS safe by stopping the festival this year. 50,000 people here, no distancing will be possible at all.

caring
caring
24 days ago

Congratulations Lora, this is very positive for our Island

Common Sense
Common Sense
24 days ago

Well it could be a case of what The Who sang about in Won’t Get Fooled Again…”Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”. But, to put an optimistic slant on it, I hope she gets on with the job, and takes the right advice. Good luck, Lora

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