DURING the debate on the Queen’s speech in parliament this week, Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely repeated calls for an Island Deal — asking for more government funding for the Island.

Speaking about the challenges faced by the Island, due to it being separated from the mainland by sea, he said: “Throughout the UK, in order to support islands and isolated communities, the government has generally provided either a bridge, as in the case of the Isle of Skye, or increased levels of funding, as in the case of the Scottish Islands Needs Allowance.

“The Isle of Wight has to all intents and purposes been treated as part of the mainland United Kingdom, because we have never had additional support despite the additional costs.

“The Prime Minister has been generous enough to agree the need for an Island settlement. He has done so on visits to the Island in June, on record in the House on September 25 and in private conversations with me.

"I therefore hope this is a discussion on content and not principle.”

Mr Seely highlighted key areas where the Island needed extra support — public services, healthcare, agriculture, infrastructure, housing, a combined model for integrating the Island’s health, social care and public services, and transport.

Speaking after the debate, he said: “I want to make sure the Island is recognised as an island in Westminster. That is starting to happen, and ministers are listening.

“I want to make sure the government is not only hearing our concerns but acting on them.

“I will continue to push the Island’s case at every opportunity and represent Islanders in the best way I can.”

Mr Seely has previously voted to reduce central government funding for local government. Most recently, in February, he voted to set the main central government grant at a level 56 per cent lower than it was previously.