Conservatives hold Newport West

Richard Hollis, the Conservative candidate, has won the by-election to elect a new Isle of Wight Councillor for the Newport West electoral division.

He secured 605 votes - giving him a 197 vote majority over his nearest rival (the Labour candidate with 408 votes). The other votes were distributed between four other candidates. The full result is shown below:

  • Richard Hollis (Conservative) - 605 votes (elected);
  • Maria Villa Vine (Labour) - 408 votes;
  • Joe Lever (Green) - 361 votes;
  • Nick Stuart (Liberal Democrat) - 238 votes;
  • Stephen Reynolds (Independent ) - 47 votes;
  • Julian Harris (Independent) - 36 votes.

Richard increased the Conservative support by 255 votes, with an increased majority over our opponents.

This result means that the number of Conservative seats on the Isle of Wight Council remains at 25 out of 40.

Richard is already working hard for local residents, and is starting his work as the new councillor for Newport West straight away. Speaking after the result was declared, he said: "I am obviously delighted to be back on the council again — I feel like I have a lot to give so long may it continue."

Council leader, Cllr Dave Stewart added: "The win in Newport West is excellent for me because it reaffirms our view that the Island is benefitting from what we are doing as the Conservative administration. I am very pleased to have Richard Hollis on board — he will be very good for the ward and another one to the team so it is really good news. It is good Newport West can feel represented by Richard. He is a well-seasoned campaigner and I am sure he will do as much good for his ward as he will the council as a whole."