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Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats

We have an excellent roster of Liberal Democrat candidates
for the 6 May 21 Isle of Wight Council Elections.

Please look out for their leaflets and canvassing (all to Covid-19 guidelines) in the run up to this important election for our island.

We are all committed to contribute to the Isle of Wight. Already a great place to live (for most), we want to make it better, fairer and more prosperous for ALL our fellow islanders. As we start to benefit from the better health (thanks, NHS), lower infection rates (thanks, vaccinators and volunteers) and natural economic rebound (no thanks to Tory austerity), these benefits should apply to all. Our 10 step plan for a fairer island is here. You can give us your views through individual candidate surveys below or through this survey.

We're fighting for a fairer island - for everyone.

You can email all candidates at candidates@iowlibdems.org.uk and if you have specific local questions, just follow the below links to their individual details.This year, all LibDems on our island have at least one excellent candidate to support. We have candidates for PCC, Isle of Wight Council and Parish, Town & Community Councillors. Look for their name on your ballot papers! And remember, you can apply for a postal vote here by post or phone until 5pm on Tues 20 April.

Brading and St Helens - John Graney John Graney

John Graney is a retired Legal Adviser and previously an officer in the Royal Navy. He believes that the Isle of Wight is a great place to live but could be better. What we have also needs to be protected. Central Government must be made to understand that we do actually live on an island! Issues of employment, transport, the environment, funding council services and housing (including the way that second homes distort the market), need to be seen in light of that.

Brighstone, Calbourne and Shalfleet - Nick Stuart Nick Stuart

Nick Stuart is a sports coach, former teacher and previously a Civil Service Science & Innovation specialist with experience in forensic accounting. His main concerns are the Environment from planning to climate change, supporting jobs for Islanders, and real engagement by the Council with the public, with Parish, Community and Town Councils and with voluntary bodies. Give Nick your views via his survey.

Cowes South & Northwood - Steph Burgess Steph Burgess crop 1

Steph grew up on the Island, and now lives in Northwood. She has been a teacher for over 20 years, 14 of those on the Island. As a mum of two girls, and stepmum to one boy, she is passionate about what wider society can do to ensure young people get the best opportunities. In recent years she has fundraised for various cancer charities; she completed the London Marathon in 2018, and has organised charity balls at Northwood House. She is a life-long sailor and lover of beach-meandering, as well as being a - somewhat reluctant - runner she can be seen pounding local streets or out walking with her cockapoo, Hydea. Give Steph your views via her survey.

East Cowes - Bob Packham Bob Packham 2

A former engineer and long term resident of East Cowes he serves on the East Cowes Town Council. He has championed road safety from potholes to the pedestrian crossing at Osborne House. The key issues of regeneration of rotting buildings are seen in East Cowes and around the Island while the floating bridge farce is a continuing stain on Isle of Wight Council competence and reputation. Let Bob know what you think via his survey.

Fairlee & Whippingham - Patricia Packham Patricia Packham

Patricia is a retired fruit packer and has lived in East Cowes for nearly 10 years. She is a keen gardener, and artist and creates cards. Working with Beavers youth group she is keen to support the educational of children and job creation on the Island while preserving the environment of the Island from excessive development.

Haylands and Swanmore - Malcolm Ross Malcolm Ross

Ryde born and Haylands resident for almost 30 years, he has served previously as an IW Councillor and is currently on Ryde Town Council and is a former Mayor. As a long-standing supporter of Ryde Carnival and the Ryde Arts Festival and founder member of CycleWight, he has a keen interest in community culture so badly missed in the last year. While for the Island, sustainable transport and green tourism are major issues.

Newport West - Bob Blezzard Bob Blezzard 2

Bob worked in local government throughout his career, before taking early retirement to become becoming a full-time carer for his elderly and disabled father. He subsequently worked as clerk to a number of local councils, including in 2019 being acting clerk to Newport and Carisbrooke Community Council. He is passionate about the need to provide youth services for our young people now the IW Council no longer makes any meaningful provision.

Osborne - Julie Burridge Julie Burridge crop

Julie has a successful background in social care and education and is currently a Shared Lives Carer supporting adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs. She is keen to support her community to get much needed infrastructure, jobs training and community development. Including fighting for an environmentally friendly future for Osborne, East Cowes and the Island.

Parkhurst and Hunnyhill - Andrew Garratt Andrew Garratt 2

Andrew is a maths and science tutor, with a previous career in public relations. He is the sitting councillor for Parkhurst. He has consistently lobbied the Ministry of Justice for improvements on the unadopted prison estate roads. He also carried out extensive residents' consultation on the council's £6 million St Mary's junction scheme. He believes the council should radically change how it engages with the public, so that residents get a real influence on decision making.

In addition to being a hard-working and commited Councillor, he also brings the same qualities to support his community as a Newport & Carisbrooke Community Councillor.

Ryde South East - Tracy Mikich Tracy Mikich

Tracy has worked in publishing, charity PR, animal welfare including Battersea Dogs Home, and for the last 15 years in award winning tourism and hospitality. She has a keen interest in children with special education needs (SEN) and raising the aspirations of young islanders.You can let her know your views via her survey.

Sandown South - Mark Voller Mark Voller profile

During a 30-year police career Mark was involved in the planning and regulation of key local events, including music festivals, and he currently serves the community as a magistrate. His priorities include protecting the Island's landscapes and heritage sites and working to make town centres safer and more people-friendly. You can let Mark know your priorities via his survey.

Apart from enjoying live music and theatre he is addicted to local pub quizzes.

Totland & Colwell - Mike Locke Mike Locke Colwell crop

Mike works in the internet industry and has been a Totland and Colwell resident since 2017. He is part of West Wight Social Club, West Wight Sports & Community Centre, the West Wight Help Hub, Friends of Freshwater Library, Feline Welfare and other local initiatives such as Beer & Buses. He believes that as the island rebuilds after Covid-19, the benefits of recovery should be available to all residents and to fight to keep the unique character of the Isle of Wight. Let him know what you think on these or any other subjects via his survey. His webpage is here and other contact details here.

Isle of Wight and Hampshire Police & Crime Commissioner - Richard Murphy NIck and Richard

We also have a first-rate candidate for PCC for our island: Richard Murphy. He has been talking with people across Hampshire & the Isle of Wight over the last 6 months, using a mix of online video and socially-distanced real-life contact. He has heard about the hard work done by so many people supporting their communities and also the challenges we face following years of Conservative cuts to essential public services, including policing. Now he wants to hear about your experiences. Let him know through his survey or get in touch directly via his contact page.

Richard has visited our island many times and is meeting our candidates in this campaign to make sure he is fully across island issues and how he can help improve the quality of police work for all islanders. Wherever you are on our island, you can vote for him so take this opportunity to make sure all LIbDems have their voices heard.