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Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats

Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats Council Candidates for 2017

Here are a few words from our fantastic candidates. This page will be updated throughout the campaign period.

Arreton & Newchurch - Sandy Belfitt

"I believe in Island policies for Island people and I don't think this Government recognizes the uniqueness of living on an island. We need a strong Council with fresh faces and new ideas who will encourage new investment and employment opportunities, whilst preserving the Island's natural beauty."

Binstead & Fishbourne - Chris Cory

Chris Cory Profile

"Whether we are lifelong Islanders or recent arrivals, no one needs to be told what a unique place the Island is. We have been let down by our leaders for too long now. The experiment with an Independent led Council has created nothing but chaos.

The Island's Conservative MP lacks the backbone to stand up to his own party and secure a better deal for Islanders. The Island falls further and further behind the mainland in terms of wealth and economic development. We need a Council with fresh faces, new ideas and the energy to get the Island back on the right track."

Chris' priorities:

Brading, St Helen's andJohn Graney Bembridge - John Graney

"I see the job of the council as a whole to maintain and improve the quality of life of Island Residents. That includes ensuring that there is an appropriate environment for business to provide work and services that residents need. Clearly the tourism business is important to us but it is not the only one. We do need to encourage more year-round employment. Agricultural and horticultural enterprises (which are also crucial the the viability of this Island) may be heading for a difficult time during the term of this council. It is imperative that the council uses whatever meagre influence it may have with with central government to support them. This may of course be difficult if government ministers will only talk to members of their own party."

John's website: www.johngraney.online

John's priorities:

Cowes North - Anni Adams Anni Adams

"As a Cowes resident, I would be honoured to represent you, advocating for improved roads and greater accountability of council spending.

Moreover, I believe in the Island's potential. Born and educated here, I have the experience and determination to fight for funding for our schools and the future of the local health service."





East Cowes - Bob Packham

Bob Packham

"I am honoured to be standing for the Liberal Democrats in East Cowes. The Island is a wonderful place to live and, to me, East Cowes should be the jewel in the crown. East Cowes needs to be regenerated. We need more shops, more businesses and more leisure facilities.

The end of the Esplanade Road is closed due to fallen trees for the last 18 months which needs to be reopened again or be planted with new trees. As your councillor, I would make sure that East Cowes receives the investment it both needs and deserves. "

Bob's priorities:

Freshwater South - Nick Stuart

Nick Stuart

Nick's priorities:

"If elected I will defend the interests of not just Freshwater, but the West of the Isle of Wight. All too often we are ignored by County Hall and this needs to change.

I am a new Liberal Democrat and I will bring enthusiasm, expertise and professionalism to the Council. As a Whitehall warrior for trade in science and innovation, recently teaching, now a sports coach.

As a long term islander I want to help shape our future!"



Havenstreet, Ashey and Haylands - Malcolm Ross Malcolm Ross

"I was born in Ryde and have been a Haylands resident for 25 years. I have been a member of the Liberal Democrats and its predecessor Liberal Party since 1967. I have served on Medina and Isle of Wight councils, and I currently represent Haylands on Ryde Town Council

Culture is incredibly important to me, and I am a long standing member of Ryde Carnival and Ryde Arts Festival. I am also a founding member of CycleWight, which is a cycling pressure group based on the Island.

Now retired from teaching, bus driving and printing, I continue to have an active interest in education and public transport. I want to see new cycling initiatives and new ways to promote the Island as a holiday destination."

Malcolm's priorities:

Lake North - Bob Blezzard

"A resident in The Bay since 2003 I bring over forty years experience in local government to support my role as a county councillor. My priorities include working to ensure that Lake's interests are fully supported and pressing to find a solution to the current crisis at Sandown Bay Academy."

Lake South - Chani-May Courtney

"Small positive changes make a fairer world. I want people to be able to vote for a party that stands for open, tolerance, diversity and fights for equality. We are a community only when we participate in our environment and what a beautiful environment we have to care for on the island"

Nettlestone & Seaview - Reg Barry

Newport West - Wendy Moth

Wendy is married to Ian, a grandmother, former carer, and semi-retired mental health nurse who is concerned about protecting the most vulnerable in our community and our environment. A member of the Apollo Players, Nightingales choir, and Friends of the Earth other interests include art, reading, dress-making, cycling and gardening.

Parkhurst - Andrew GarrattAndrew Garratt

"Residents tell me they want action. Roads, pavements, parking, creating jobs, protecting our environment … the list is long! School standards and NHS underfunding are a particular worry. As a local resident - I actually live in the ward - I will be a councillor who keeps in touch and really speaks up."







Ryde East - Lawrence Fontana

"As a young Islander, I believe it's time for the next generation to lead. We are the backbone of the Island's economy and keep the tourist industry running. If elected I would focus on improving young peoples' access to housing, transport and making the Island an attractive place for younger people to settle."

Ryde North West - Stephen Courtney

"A long-term Island resident, now living in Ryde. My work in IT has given me opportunities to become involved with healthcare, the education system and many local businesses. After experiencing both the opportunities and the challenges Island life presents I am standing to be a voice for residents' concerns."

Ryde West - Janet Beckett


"Old age is not a temporary situation, nor is disability or having learning difficulties. Living in our 1st world country with the 5th largest economy, how can we allow further cuts to the vital services that help make life easier for our more vulnerable friends and neighbours? I will make sure these voiceless people are heard."







Shanklin South - Nick Belfitt


"For the last 16 years I have had the privilege to grow up on the Island. I believe, now more than ever, it is time the Council changed. We need to get the Island moving forward again. For too long progress has been stalled by petty infighting and childish grudges between people who have become complacent.

If elected, I will focus on providing affordable housing for Islanders and protecting areas of outstanding natural beauty. For Shanklin, I will tackle rogue tree cutting and dangerous potholes."

Nick's priorities:



Whippingham and Osborne - Patricia Packham

"As a resident of East Cowes I have, for a long time, been involved with the Brownies and assisting in local schools. The children are our future and it's important that we work together to give them a future on our island. I will work as your Councillor to encourage regrowth."

Wootton Bridge - Sue Cory