Residents vote to replace disgraced councillor

By Emily Pearce

Thursday, April 10, 2014


RESIDENTS in Newport will go to the polls today (Thursday) to elect a new parish councillor to replace disgraced ex-councillor David Whittaker, who was jailed last month for child sex offences.

Two candidates are in the running to fill the Newport West seat — Roger Dixcey, formerly a Conservative Isle of Wight Councillor before he lost his seat in the last election, and John Ward, current chairman of the Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats.

Mr Dixcey, 55, of Chapel Street, is a school governor who runs his own building firm.

He told the County Press he was concerned about traffic problems in the town.

Stay-at-home dad Mr Ward, 45, of Woodbine Close, has previously served as a Newport Parish Councillor.

He said he wanted to ensure public services were well managed.

The by-election is being held at Victoria Recreation Ground pavilion.

Voting closes at 10pm and the results are expected to be published tomorrow (Friday).



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by John James

10th April 2014, at 20:09:01

Baby sitters go home at the end of the day parents don’t. Clearly some people don’t know the difference.

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by John Ward

10th April 2014, at 14:29:39

There even!! Don't we just love predictive text :)

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by John Ward

10th April 2014, at 14:27:42

A baby sitter that chose to give up his work to look after a child while his wife continues to work full time. A baby sitter that still works in the community as a parish councillor and a member of the Isle of Wight Association of local councils. And yes it was a shame their were no women standing in this election.

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by John James

10th April 2014, at 12:21:38

A businessman and a full time parent they both sound like they are use to responsibility, I wish them the best of luck & hope they do a good job.

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by GARRY Green

10th April 2014, at 11:22:31

Yes indeed what a choice a Tory builder and a baby sitter! Just about sums up the isle of wight now!

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by Stephen Elliott

10th April 2014, at 10:23:43

Choice between two men! Where's the women?


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