NEW LOOK COUNCIL TO MEET FOR THE FIRST TIME TO ELECT LEADER

The future of the Isle of Wight Council will be decided tomorrow (Wednesday) when the leadership will be voted on at an important annual meeting.

Since the results of the election, announced on 7th May, who is in charge of the Isle of Wight Council has been hanging in the balance. No party received enough seats to gain the majority, with the Conservatives losing their hold on the council as well as their party leader.

A group need to have 20 seats to control the 39-seat council but the Conservatives fell 2 seats short and have been trying to work out a way forward since then, including an open letter to all opposition councillors from the new leader, Councillor Steve Hastings, with an invitation to come forward if they had any ideas.

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The Conservatives are the party closest to the 20-seat target but if all other councillors elected onto the Isle of Wight Council — 13 independent, 2 Green, 2 Island Independent Network, 1 Labour, 1 Liberal Democrat, 1 Our Island and 1 Vectis Party, a total of 21 — banded together in a coalition they could take the majority and vote in a leader of their choosing.

The elected leader will potentially be in office for the next 4 years and will then determine who makes up their cabinet, with the power to make some of biggest decision for the Island.

At the same meeting, a new chair and vice-chair will be elected by the councillors, after both Councillor George Cameron and Councillor Shirey Smart lost their seats. Councillors will also be appointed to committees of the council and outside bodies.

It will also be considered whether other arrangements such as reverse political proportionality should be applied to some committees. Reverse political proportionality means there are more councillors of opposing parties scrutinising the decisions made by the main group. It formerly applied to the scrutiny committee.

The meeting will also be the council’s first meeting to be physically held in person since the start of the COVID pandemic. Safety measures will be in place but the meeting will not be held in the usual chambers at County Hall, instead taking place in the 1Leisure sports hall at Medina.

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Reg Dennis
Reg Dennis
11 months ago

I hope the others get together or it will be the conservatives back in charge and nothing will change from the last 4 years of chaos and incompetence, and please do the Island a favour and get rid of the village idiot ward from any position of authority.

Jerry Riley
Jerry Riley
Reply to  Reg Dennis
11 months ago

W w hittle needs to be the one to go. Most unsavoury character in many peoples opinion.

susan elizabeth jones
susan elizabeth jones
Reply to  Jerry Riley
11 months ago

Cor blimey – its like you actually took notice of who stood for election.

stephen bushell
stephen bushell
Reply to  Reg Dennis
11 months ago

Could not have put it better, i agree with you 100% anyone who still think the Conservatives deserve to run the island just drive through the asda traffic scheme the top of staplers the £9.5 million spent on St marys roundabout the floating bridge the incompetent way the CA sites are run the list is endless i hope the other non tory councillors do not waste this chance for a change.

ron
ron
11 months ago

With the amount of brain cells all meeting together a decision on the next leader should be reached by
the next election

 

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