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L-R: David Groocock (Ind), Sarah Morris (Reform), Joe Robertson (Con), Michael Lilley (Lib Dem), Vix Lowthion (Green) and Emily Brothers (Lab)

GENERAL ELECTION: VOTERS QUIZ ISLE OF WIGHT EAST CANDIDATES AT PACKED HUSTINGS IN RYDE

Generalelectionhustings2024 Ryde012All 6 candidates vying to become MP for Isle of Wight East in just 2 weeks’ time faced the scrutiny of voters at the joint Island Echo/IW Observer General Election hustings at Ryde School yesterday evening (Wednesday).

Who is destined to become the new Isle of Wight East MP – the first election since the Isle of Wight was split into 2 parliamentary seats?

The key hustings for the Isle of Wight’s seaside towns was introduced by Darren Toogood, editor/publisher of Island Echo and chaired by Richard Priest, who was even-handed with all candidates and allowed those present to form their own opinions.

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Candidates first made an introductory speech before letting the audience know how they would tackle the ‘big’ issues: cross-Solent connectivity, Island schools, health provision and green issues. They then had to bat away spontaneous questions from local voters.

Sitting on the far left of the panel was Conservative Councillor Joe Robertson, who – as a former Ryde School pupil – was familiar with the hustings venue. Joe, who described the Island Echo/Isle of Wight Observer hustings as ‘the big one’, urged those present to vote local and let the national picture play out.

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To the left of Joe was Michael Lilley of the Liberal Democrats. Michael joked that the last time he had been to the theatre at Ryde School was to see Hamlet but that he hoped the evening would not be a tragedy, or that anyone would go mad.

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Sarah Morris – fighting her first election for Reform UK – expressed her love for her Isle of Wight birthplace and voiced her concern that her children would not be able to live here unless certain issues, such as the cost of the ferries, improved.

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Vix Lowthion of the Green Party was fighting her 4th campaign to become an Isle of Wight MP. She emphasised that she had increased the Green Party vote share from 900 to 9,000 in her first attempt and hoped a group of Green MPs could keep the Labour Party on track.

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Independent David Groocock sat between Vix and the Labour candidate. David admitted to potential voters that he was the ‘wildcard’ and the ‘underdog’ but reminded them that the dark horse sometimes won the Grand National.

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Finally, at the opposite end of the panel to Joe, sat the current bookmakers’ favourite – Labour candidate Emily Brothers – together with her guide dog Truffles. Emily promised Labour Party supporters that she would “speak truth to power”.

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The audience question that got the most animated response was about Brexit. Sarah Morris and Joe Robertson were unrepentant leavers; Michael Lilley, Vix Lowthion and Emily Brothers saw Brexit as a disaster and David Groocock was a regretful Leave voter.

Following the hustings, those present voted in an exit poll, the results of which will be published on Island Echo tomorrow morning (Friday). A more detailed article giving candidate responses to the questions posed at the East hustings will be published over the weekend…

You can re-cap on the events of the Isle of Wight West hustings, held last Wednesday, at https://www.islandecho.co.uk/voters-hear-from-isle-of-wight-west-candidates-at-lively-hustings-event/.

You can watch back the entire Isle of Wight East hustings, which was live streamed, below:

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Miss Sensible
Miss Sensible
20 days ago

No mention of the green party wanting to increase foreign aid ????
To £26 Billion up by approx £20 Billion …..
Charity should begin at home , not India and China etc …..

Peter Purves
Peter Purves
Reply to  Miss Sensible
20 days ago

Only an idiot would think the Greens want to give foreign aid to China. You must live in the 1970s.

Brig Bother
Brig Bother
Reply to  Peter Purves
20 days ago

Welcome to IE comments, where idiocy is almost a requirement.

Qwerty King
Qwerty King
Reply to  Brig Bother
20 days ago

It works for me.

BOB BAILEY
BOB BAILEY
Reply to  Peter Purves
20 days ago

She did not say the green party was going to send aid to China but they were increasing the foreign aid
payments. But it is a fact we send foreign aid to China.
You are not the brightest button in the basket!

Peter Purve
Peter Purve
Reply to  BOB BAILEY
20 days ago

UK spent £8 million last year on the British Council in China but you could hardly call that foreign aid. The money supports scholarship programmes and research collaboration.

Salamandastron
Salamandastron
20 days ago

I just can’t vote for Emily Brothers though.
It’s all a bit too odd for me I’m afraid. World has gone mad.

Peter Purves
Peter Purves
Reply to  Salamandastron
20 days ago

What do you mean by that?

Valerie Singleton
Valerie Singleton
Reply to  Peter Purves
20 days ago

The reason Peter, may be that Emily is a biological male. From the islandecho article of 15th April when the Labour candidates were announced,

“Ms Brothers is an advocate for equal rights and represents the LGBT community as a transgender lesbian.”

https://www.islandecho.co.uk/labour-announces-parliamentary-candidates-for-new-isle-of-wight-east-and-west-seats/

Peter Purves
Peter Purves
Reply to  Valerie Singleton
20 days ago

So you are saying that wouldn’t vote for someone because you don’t like them identifying as a woman. What has that got to do with politics? How someone lives their life is not your concern. You are a judgemental, small-minded bigot and the stereotypical Reform voter full of hate and anger. Thank God that Labour will soon be in charge and giving us a decent future with people who care running the country.

Valerie Singleton
Valerie Singleton
Reply to  Peter Purves
20 days ago

I’m sorry Peter but I was just giving you a possible reason why Salamandastron may not want to vote for Emily. I was just stating the facts as reported here without personal comment.
You are right that people should be able to live their lives as they want but you don’t have the right to name call me for repeating an islandecho report that Emily is a trans identifying man.
For the record, a man cannot become a woman – it is a biological impossibility.
My political preferences are irrelevant, but I will not vote for any party that won’t make sure that single sex services and sports are on the basis of biological sex and not self identified gender. Therefore I would find it difficult to vote for Labour or the Green Party.

Sarah
Sarah
Reply to  Valerie Singleton
19 days ago

Ignore him. He’s just trying to get a rise out of you. He knew very well what you meant.

Catherine Johnson
Catherine Johnson
Reply to  Peter Purves
20 days ago

So, to be clear, if you had a teenage daughter, let’s say a 15 or 16 year old, you’d be perfectly happy with her sharing a changing room with a fully naked biological male with all his male genitalia intact? Hand on heart, you’d have no problems with that? Because, if you say you wouldn’t mind, I think the problem actually lies with you and not others.

So, yes, it does matter, and it matters very much, how others live their lives when it affects you and/or your family.

Peter Purve
Peter Purve
Reply to  Catherine Johnson
20 days ago

Sorry but where did that come from? No one said anything of the sort. There is no logical connection between your comment and my comment. You are simply writing how you feel. You feel that way because you are intolerant and ignorant.

WTF
WTF
Reply to  Peter Purve
19 days ago

I would agree with you but then we would both be wrong.

Chris
Chris
Reply to  Peter Purve
19 days ago

And you are extremely rude and offensive.

pcw
pcw
Reply to  Salamandastron
20 days ago

Too extreme for the Isle of Wight, Remember we are still in the 1950’s

nige
nige
Reply to  pcw
20 days ago

No, we just don’t want someone that thinks they are a woman and believes that taking drugs and having bits cut off, will somehow make the thought a reality

fact is, the human body is made up of about 36 trillion cells which are all coded with either male or female chromosomes – no amount of drugs and surgery will change that.

pcw
pcw
Reply to  nige
20 days ago

That’s what I was trying to say,without breaking woke rules/laws

Lyn Blackledge
Lyn Blackledge
20 days ago

Great and well-run hustings – sad to see empty seats in a booked out event preventing others from taking up places!

Paul Donnent
Paul Donnent
20 days ago

Vote Reform and save the UK from terror

John
John
Reply to  Paul Donnent
20 days ago

Allegedly reform will exit the World Economic Forum
as per Nigel Farage

Qwerty King
Qwerty King
Reply to  Paul Donnent
20 days ago

Ha ha ha. Best laugh I’ve had all night. Thanks Paul.

Brig Bother
Brig Bother
Reply to  Paul Donnent
20 days ago

Explain why a party that does not allow its members any power to select their own leaders with a leader who took over in a coup is going to “save the UK from terror”.

I guarantee if Farage is elected he will be more intent of mucking around and causing trouble in Parliament than representing those who elected them to represent their interests.

This is exactly what he did as an MEP and he will do it again. Farage cares about one thing, and one thing only.

Farage.

Gottalarf
Gottalarf
20 days ago

“All 6 candidates vying to become MP for Isle of Wight East in just 2 weeks’ time faced the scrutiny of voters”

I keep looking at the first sentence of the report and my brain just keeps replacing “vying” with “lying”….

IsabelR
IsabelR
20 days ago

Vix L ‘a group of Greens could keep the Labour party on track’!!!
It is almost worth it to see her up against Angela Rayner……Almost

Peter Purves
Peter Purves
Reply to  IsabelR
20 days ago

A couple of Green MPs won’t even be background noise among over 500 Labour MPs.

ISlander
ISlander
Reply to  IsabelR
20 days ago

Rayner’s a ruddy rottweiler. She’d chew Lowthion up and spit her out.

Qwerty King
Qwerty King
Reply to  IsabelR
20 days ago

I’d pay good money to see a fight like that!

Miss Sensible
Miss Sensible
20 days ago

Foreign aid is sent to China….
2021/2022 £48 million was sent in foreign aid , dropping in 2023 to £8 million plus admin costs .
Alas you are obviously not as well educated as myself!!!!!!!
Perhaps you need to check your facts you to–er ……
And now the greens want to up it again ……

Peter Purve
Peter Purve
Reply to  Miss Sensible
20 days ago

UK spent £8 million last year on the British Council in China but you could hardly call that foreign aid. The money supports scholarship programmes and research collaboration. The Greens do not want to increase funding to China but instead they want to provide aid to fund development in the Global South. You know, the people who are struggling to survive because of climate change, war, corrupt governments funded by Western industrialist who take all of their resources, and other real problems. However, you shouldn’t fret about it because the Greens haven’t a hope of winning so there is no need to worry about your taxes going to help rescue people from abject poverty. Don’t worry, all of your hard earned taxes can fund idlers on benefits.

Peter Purve
Peter Purve
19 days ago

What a sorry bunch. Look like another branch of the Addams Family.

 

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