Steve Hastings, who represents the Brighstone, Calbourne and Shalfleet ward on the Isle of Wight Council, has been named the new leader of the Island Conservatives after Dave Stewart lost his seat in Thursday’s election.
As previously reported by Island Echo, the former leader of the Isle of Wight Council and the Conservatives locally, Dave Stewart, lost his seat in the Chale, Niton and Shorwell ward to the Green’s Clare Critchison.
Now, less than 24 hours after the shock result was announced, it has been revealed that Councillor Steve Hastings will take over Dave’s role. However, the Conservatives do not have a majority at County Hall this time around and face creating a coalition.
Steve, who lives with his wife Bev, has been a member of the Isle of Wight Council since the 2017 elections. He retained his seat this week with 589 votes.
He has a fairly positive reputation and has been known to represent his ward well – but it remains to be seen what ideas he will bring to the table over the next 4 years, or however long he remains the Conservative’s leader.