Our Island candidates and supporters are pleased with how the recent Isle of Wight Council and Town and Parish Council elections went.
While only a few Our Island candidates were successful in the elections many of those we have been working alongside have been elected.
The party says that it feels that the ideas and proposals that it has been putting forward have resonated with the electorate and informed the outcome whereby 61% of the electorate voted for something different to what the Island has had for the last 4 years.
Councillor Mike Hailston, the Our Island candidate for Shanklin South and new Shanklin Town Councillor, said:
“It was great to get involved in the elections as a candidate for the first time. My entry into local politics was brought about by the positive stance of Our Island. I think the influence on the elections was greater than we or anyone else expected, both at Isle of Wight Council level and in the Town & Parish Councils, even though some candidates following our ethos and ideas did not use the ‘brand’. There were many who were involved in the build up to the elections and the campaign.
“This included the Flatpack Democracy movement, who are an inspiration up and down the country, who helped us get more people involved than would normally happen with a new party. I am sure with more time and exposure to the voting public Our Island will move forward and get even better results.
“Although I lost I feel happy and was complemented on my performance with the number of votes obtained against two mainstream parties.”
Alasdair Steane, the Our Island candidate for Bembridge, said:
“During my local campaign it became clear that many electors were supportive of removing party politics from the Isle of Wight Council and many were very disillusioned with the partisan and tribal nature of the previous Council.
“Although I was not successful in being elected this time I believe that support for non-ideological approaches to Island decision-making and the application of Flatpack Democracy principles will continue to grow and achieve greater success in the future. This is just the start.”
Councillor Phil Warren, the Our Island candidate for Ventnor and St Lawrence and new Ventnor Town Councillor, said:
“It was heartening for me to see that “Our Island” gained a significant level of traction in Ventnor and St Lawrence, gaining more votes than the nearest Independent candidate. The election was never going to be easy or predictable given that there were six candidates contesting the seat and Our Island was a brand new concept.
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“However, there was strong positive feedback voiced about the principles of localism and the importance of encouraging and representing the grassroots community voice.
“This was reflected at Town Council level where “Our Ventnor” attracted the highest number of votes in Ventnor West. My focus now is to build on the sound foundations that have been laid, develop the principles of Flatpack democracy on the Island, to grow our movement and prepare for the 2025 elections.”
The Our Island team will be recommencing meetings soon and working on building the movement and its support network to become a ‘major’ community based voice in Island politics.