The Conservatives have lost their majority control of the Isle of Wight Council following this year’s local elections, with a number of new faces heading for County Hall – including 2 Greens.
Those living in the Chale, Niton and Shorwell ward decided, after 11 years, to vote in new blood with the now-former Council Leader Dave Stewart losing his seat to Green’s Clare Critchison, as previously reported by Island Echo.
Other new councillors include Richard Quigley (Lab), Ian Dore (Ind), Karen Lucioni (Ind), Joe Lever (Green), David Adams (Ind), Ray Redrup (Con), Warren Drew (Con), Joe Robertson (Con), Peter Spink (Con), Martin Oliver (Con) and Suzi Ellis (Con).
Negotiations will get underway today on how the Council will look for the next 4 years with a coalition expected to be formed. It comes as a result of the Conservatives losing 6 seats and therefore their majority of 24 too.
The new Isle of Wight Council is made up of 18 Conservatives, 13 Independents, 2 Green, 2 Island Independent Network, 1 Labour, 1 Our Island, 1 Lib Dem and 1 Vectis Party. It remains to be seen if other parties will come together to dominate the Conservatives, or whether the Tories will seek 2 others to reach the majority of 20 needed.
Last night’s results brought some surprises with Barry Abraham, Richard Hollis and Brian Tyndall losing their seats and long-term councillor Charles Chapman failed to secure enough votes against Karen Lucioni.
Jonathan Bacon and Phil Jordan will return to County Hall for the first time since 2017, as will Daryll Pitcher who beat Barry Abraham in Wootton.
A number of familiar faces remain in power including Ian Ward, Paul Brading, Matt Price, Tig Outlaw, Vanessa Churchman, Michael Beston, Steve Hastings, Karl Love, Debbie Andre, Rodney Downer, Geoff Brodie, Andrew Garratt, Paul Fuller, Michael Lilley and Lora Peacey-Wilcox.
Missing out by a small margin were Cameron Palin (4 votes), Carol Bryan (10 votes), Les Kirkby (14 votes), Richard Hollis (35 votes), Bev Hastings (39 votes), Michael Ward (71 votes) and Ian Fletcher (50 votes).
The largest margin was achieved by Cowes West & Gurnard’s Paul Fuller (Ind), who secured 1,101 votes – a staggering 893 over Tim Jeffreys (Con).
The full results can be found here.
Results for the Town/Parish election will be published later today at https://isleofwight.vote/candidates-town-parish-elections-2021.
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