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MP Bob Seely to quit Isle of Wight Council role

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely.

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely.

David Newble

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Friday, December 8, 2017 - 9:52

MP BOB Seely will quit his Isle of Wight Council seat before Christmas - and the Tories have a new candidate lined up to replace him.
Currently the Conservative member for Central Wight, Cllr Seely told the County Press he had intended to stand down for some time to focus on his parliamentary role.
He said: "It's difficult for me to attend council meetings. I would like to thank the residents of Central Wight for their understanding and patience.
"It has been a privilege to serve as their councillor.
"I was very grateful for the strong vote of support in last May's council elections and I look forward to continuing to serve them, and all Islanders, as the Island's MP."
Steve Hastings, who stood in the Newport Central ward in May, and lost to Independent Cllr Julie Jones Evans, confirmed he had been selected as the Tory candidate for Central Wight.
Mr Hastings lives in Brighstone but remains a serving councillor in Portsmouth, where he has been dubbed the 'phantom councillor'.
He said he would quit his Portsmouth role if he was elected to the Isle of Wight Council.
The Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats have multiple candidates hoping to take over from Mr Seely.
Nick Belfitt, Parliamentary spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Lib Dems, said: "We welcome Mr Seely's resignation and hope he will continue to focus as our representative MP for the Isle of Wight.
"In Central Wight, it's now an opportunity for them to have a focused local representative for their area, someone who can help transform their community. Liberal Democrats are the party of that puts the local needs first.
"We are pleased to say that we have multiple local candidates putting themselves forward in central Wight. We are now moving forward to electing our local representative candidate and ask if local Central Wight residents want to get involved in the process, please get in contact via [email protected] We look forward to giving residence the chance to the Liberal Democrats first." 
The Isle of Wight Labour Party is in the process of selecting a candidate. 
Party spokesperson Julian Critchley said: "We're in the process of selective by a candidate. We'd like it to be a local person and the Newport Branch will recommend someone for the Island party to approve."
The Isle of Wight Green Party will be holding an Open Primary to confirm their candidate on Monday, December 18 at 7.30pm at Riverside Centre, Newport. 
Green Party spokesperson Vix Lowthion said: "This has been on the cards for months, so we welcome confirmation by our MP that it is only fair that the people of Central Wight have a County Councillor who can devote their full attention to the geographically largest ward on the Island."

 


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