Save the date – Isle of Wight hustings confirmed ahead of general election

By Carole Dennett May 24, 2024

Islanders will be given the opportunity to quiz candidates standing in the forthcoming General Election ahead of polling day when hustings events are held in Ryde and Newport next month.

The IW Observer and the Island Echo– the Island’s leading print and digital publications respectively – have teamed up to jointly host the premier events, with all candidates invited to take their place on the stage.

Candidates standing for the new Isle of Wight West seat have been invited to attend the first event, which will take place on Wednesday, June 12 at Newport Minister.

Those vying for election for Isle of Wight East have been invited to the second hustings, which will take place a week later on Wednesday, June 19 at Ryde School.

Further details, including how to get your free tickets to either event, will be released shortly.

Both events will be live streamed to the IW Observer’s Facebook Page for those unable to attend in person.

Carole Dennett, Editor of the Isle of Wight Observer, said:

“The Island does politics differently and history proves that Islanders don’t just follow national trends. These two events, one for each constituency, will give people an opportunity to find out what the candidates stand for and ask questions on issues that are important to us – not the rest of the country. They will be interesting meetings.

“Both our publications are locally owned and 100 per cent focused on the Island, it made sense to work together to help give Islanders the opportunity to hear all the candidates set out their policies and what they will do for the Island.

“We’d particularly like to thank the two venues, Newport Minster and Ryde School for responding so quickly and making their facilities available”.

Darren Toogood, Editor/Publisher of Island Echo, added:

“Since the shock calling of an election on Wednesday, we’ve worked swiftly with our friends at the IW Observer to arrange these events in both constituencies. It is important that Islanders have the chance to meet the candidates face to face and put important and perhaps challenging questions to them.

“We are expecting both hustings to sell out quickly, so keep an eye across both publications for details on how you can secure your seat at the Island’s premier hustings”.