A NEWLY-ELECTED deputy chair of the Isle of Wight Conservative Association has quit after a week in the role.

Wendy Murwill was elected at the association's AGM on March 29, together with several new officers.

Former Isle of Wight Council leader David Pugh was elected chair, prompting criticism from Newport West Cllr Chris Whitehouse who said his legacy — as the council leader who oversaw the move to a two-tier school system — was 'poisonous.'

No explanation has been given for Mrs Murwill's sudden departure.

Mr Pugh told association members: "I can advise you that — following the AGM — the officers met for the first time last Friday, April 6, to plan for the year ahead. Ahead of that meeting, Wendy Murwill decided to step down as deputy chairman (membership and fundraising).

"I would like to thank Wendy for her brief input following the AGM. We anticipate co-opting to fill this vacancy at the next meeting of the executive council.

"In the meantime, the three officers — myself, Ray Bloomfield and Joe Robertson — will work together to co-ordinate membership and fundraising efforts within the association, working closely with branches."

The County Press has contacted Mrs Murwill — whose husband, Michael Murwill, is the Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for procurement, waste management and special projects — for a comment, but has yet to receive a response.

Mr Pugh told the County Press after the AGM that it was time for Isle of Wight Tories to put past disagreements behind them and work together.