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.
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.”
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.