Island MP welcomes IW Rifles support

Island MP Bob Seely has welcomed the news that the IW Rifles are helping to fight the battle again coronavirus on the Isle of Wight.

Mr Seely said: “It’s welcome news that the IW Rifles are going to be used to support the coronavirus effort. It’s a sensible move to use our local reserve unit to support both the regular troops from the Scots Guards and the Island community more widely.

“The IW Rifles are part of the Royal Logistics Corps and 11 Brigade, and I would like to thank the Commanding Officers of both for their support as well as Lt. Col Mike Dyos who has played an important role in helping with preparations on the Island.

“There is much that needs to be done, both in the hospital and in our wider community to prepare for the weeks ahead. We have a significant volunteer effort already, but the additional support is extremely welcome.

“It is reassuring to know that we have a unit here who can be utilised to support the NHS, volunteers and, above all, Islanders when we really need them.”