About the Councillors

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View information about councillors before September 2020, through the previous councillor web pages.

In 1995 the Isle of Wight Council became a unitary or all-purpose authority. It replaced the former Isle of Wight County Council and the two borough councils of Medina and South Wight.  The Isle of Wight Council is responsible for most of the local government activities on the Island.   

As well as the Isle of Wight Council there are 33 town and parish councils.  These look after a variety of local issues such as recreation grounds, some amenity grass cutting and many operate other facilities in their areas.

The Isle of Wight Council has 40 elected councillors. 

The current political make-up is:

  • 24 The Conservative Group;
  • 8 The Island Independents Group;
  • 2 Liberal Democrat Group;
  • 2 Independent Members Group;
  • 2 Group formed of the lone Island Independent Network and Independent Labour councillors purely to get a voice in IW Council consultations and committees; 
  • 2 Independent.

The full Council usually meets in the months of May, July, September, November, January and February in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Newport.

There are lots of other panels, boards, partnerships and groups which councillors attend. In addition councillors serve on many outside bodies, including the Hampshire Police Authority (based in Winchester) which handles the policing of both Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

At the annual meeting of the Council appointments are made to various offices, this meeting is usually held in May.

Annual Meeting Appointments

At the Council meeting on 16 September 2020 Councillor George Cameron was re-elected as Chair of the Isle of Wight Council, and Councillor Shirley Smart was re-elected Vice Chairman.