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Election: Candidates to learn their fate

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 12:10

UPDATED 12:10*
THE results of the Isle of Wight Council election will be revealed today (Friday).
The count started at 9am, but the first results may not be known until lunchtime, once a verification process has been completed.
The County Press website will be updated throughout the day with election news, results and information.
*As candidates waited for the first results to be announced, the County Press asked them about their thoughts on the likely outcome.
Independent Steve Stubbings, standing in Ventnor West, said: "I think we may have underestimated UKIP. There were some areas where we felt quite comfortable, but we might have underestimated some of their candidates."
He added: "I will be leaving the Island if we get another Conservative administration, I don't see any hope.
"I think this administration has been ruthless in its application of Tory dogma."
UKIP's Daryll Pitcher, standing in Wootton, said: "It has been a fantastic day for UKIP nationally and I hope we will see the first UKIP member of the Isle of Wight Council. It looks good for us in some wards, including some where we weren't expecting to do so well.
"What these elections are going to show is the breakthrough of UKIP in domestic politics."
Conservative council leader David Pugh, standing in Shanklin South, said: "I think it's going to be a mixed bag, with unexpected gains in some areas and unexpected losses in others. There is clearly the potential for some UKIP candidates to get elected but they do not have much experience, particularly on the Island, in making decisions.
"We are working towards retaining our majority, that's clearly the aim, but we will work with whoever is elected because the council needs a clear direction. I think a lot of people who may have voted independent have gone for UKIP."
Lib Dem group leader Reg Barry, standing in Nettlestone and Seaview, said it was disappointing the party had fielded only seven candidates.
He said: "I'm quietly confident in my ward but it's disappointing to have so few candidates. It's a shame so many former Lib Dems, who were loyal to the party, have turned their back. People who were leaders and portfolio holders like Shirley Smart, Gordon Kendall, Ian Stephens, John Howe, Colin Richards, Bob Blezzard and Charles Chapman.
"I think it's going to be a hung council. The Lib Dems will win all seven wards we are in, of course."
Labour candidate Stewart Blackmore, standing in Ventnor West, said: "I don't think the national picture is as important on the Island as it is in some areas, it is about local issues.
"If Labour can get five seats, it will really show something.
"Yesterday I thought Susan Scoccia might be out of it, but she seems quite confident today, which might be to do with the number of postal votes."

 


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