Campaign support reaches 5,000 mark

By Martin Neville

Friday, August 13, 2010

 

Campaign support reaches 5,000 mark

Ellen Hewman signs the OneWight bus in Newport. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

MORE than 5,000 supporters have now signed the OneWight petition, after a week of campaigning.

At the Chale Show, more than 500 people pledged their support while the OneWight battle bus drove around the Island, visiting attractions and events.

As well as signing the petition, Islanders could write their support for the campaign on the side of the bus itself.

The OneWight campaign is a cross-party campaign to keep the Island united as a single parliamentary constituency, opposing Whitehall plans to divide the Island.

Campaign helper, Becky Hunns, 22, said: "We were at the classic car show in Yarmouth and then down in Sandown Regatta on the front.

"The bus is a real selling point. People love the bus. We’ve had loads of people sign it and the back of the bus is nearly full already."

Elsewhere, the Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, and campaign co-ordinator, Bob Seely, were gathering support at Chale Show.

"This is an important first milestone. It is clear there is a lot of support for the campaign," said Mr Seely.

"Islanders have three more weeks to voice their objections to the Government’s plans. It’s really important we speak with one voice.

"We haven’t shared an MP with the mainland since 1832 and we don’t want to start now."

OneWight is asking Islanders, and anybody else who opposes these plans, to sign the campaign’s Parliamentary petition which will be presented to Parliament on September 6.

• Visit the OneWight website www.onewight.org.uk for more information.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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