THERE are six General Election candidates hoping to become the Isle of Wight's next MP.

They are, in alphabetical order, fixed link campaigner Carl Feeney (Independent), East Cowes Cllr Karl Love (Independent), Vix Lowthion (Green Party), former UKIP Cllr Daryll Pitcher (Independent), Richard Quigley (Labour) and Bob Seely (Conservative).

The County Press asked each of them to tell our readers about themselves and answer five key questions — with 50 words allowed for each answer.

Here's what they had to say.

Q1. What is the single most important thing you would aim to achieve as the Island’s MP?

Q2. What would you do to improve the Island’s NHS?

Q3. Do you think there should be a fixed link, yes or no?

Q4. What would you do to encourage more young people to stay on the Island?

Q5. Did you vote Leave or Remain? Should we have a second referendum?

Carl Feeney, Independent Network

Isle of Wight County Press:

I was born on the Island in 1965. My mother was a nurse, my father a prison engineer. I have a wonderful 18-year-old daughter with my partner of 23 years, Linda. I'm a successful entrepreneur, semi-retired, and have travelled extensively. I adore the Island, I’m determined to improve our future.

A1. For five years, I have dedicated myself to campaigning for a fixed link. The Island needs one, the mainland too. They’re desperate to remove Island traffic from the cities. The Island needs fast, affordable, reliable 21st century cross-Solent transport as a foundation for success. Building regeneration on sand is pointless.

A2. Build the link. This isolated Island can’t attract qualified NHS staff. Without staff, you have no hospital. It simply cannot function. Departments close, then other symbiotic departments close. A fixed link will create efficient staff and resource specialist amalgamation with the mainland. With a predicted population rise, it’s essential.

A3. Of course the fixed link is essential. Ferry modes of crossing the Solent are now of a bygone age and we must evolve to survive. Subsidising or nationalising the three operators is not possible, but what would it achieve anyway? We must break free from debilitating ferry company control.

A4. First, get the fixed link under way. Even before it's finished, it will attract pre-emptive business and tourism investment to improve the economy, wages and opportunities. Public facilities will be reinstated and Island lifestyles will lift exponentially. Without isolation, skilled lecturers will be attracted to Island schools and a university.

A5. I voted leave, then realised we’d been manipulated by both sides. The Conservatives have caused nationwide chaos and resentment, unable in three years to find solutions. I’m open minded to hear logical arguments against leaving with no deal but, at this time, this is my position. Ignoring referenda is dangerous.

Karl Love, Independent

Isle of Wight County Press:

I am a vocal, creative person who enjoys learning new things, turning disadvantage into opportunity. I love working with our community. I moved to our Island in 1992 with my partner and I am a local councillor. I live for every day and enjoy politics, sailing and walking our dog.

A1. Our Island desperately needs investment in an ‘Island Deal,’ helping to maintain our Island's uniqueness. We must prevent further cuts to our NHS and mental health services. I am vocally strong, assertive in representing and good at negotiating. I will bring creativity and our Island people's inclusive voice to parliament.

A2. I want government to write off our NHS debt, a millstone which holds it back, and ensure better accountability. I would invest

in education and training of new NHS staff and GPs. I would reintegrate public health within our NHS and prioritise mental health and cross-Solent patient transport for investment.

A3. There should be a fixed link feasibility study, funded by central government, and the outcomes put to Island residents in a referendum. The real question is, what kind of environment do we want to live in? A fixed link is not just about connectivity, it’s about a way of life.

A4. It is healthy for Island young people to explore the world and return equipped with new experiences and skills. For those who remain, we need to well paid jobs and diverse learning opportunities. We need creative, rewarding, aspirational employment, access to affordable housing and fun, social community activities.

A5. It is the duty of our elected member to represent Island people's wishes. Sixty-two per cent chose to leave so we must leave. I am not in favour of a second divisive referendum. However, it may be the only way forward. I will honour the people's result. I voted Leave.

Vix Lowthion, Green

Isle of Wight County Press:

I’m a teacher, parent, parish councillor, national spokesperson and listener. I love our Island. I have spent five years leading campaigns for our schools, hospitals, countryside and local jobs. The Island has the best chance of a Green MP in the UK, and I am ready to serve you all.

A1. While funding for public services, better connectivity and decent housing for everyone are the essential tasks for any Island MP, it is the promotion of the Island’s biosphere, green industries and small businesses which a Green MP would achieve on day one of being elected.

A2. Without the expert care of the staff at St Mary's, myself and my son would not be here today. Our next MP must ensure the Solent is no barrier to accessing healthcare for Islanders, support our health professionals and tackle the funding crisis for our publicly-run NHS.

A3. I would tirelessly pursue all avenues to achieve better connectivity across the Solent — ferry regulation, subsidies and nationalisation are on the table. No feasibility study on a fixed link should be carried out without a study on the potential impact on housing, traffic, health services, environment and jobs.

A4. Employment and cultural opportunities on the Island have been too limited. I would support community arts and music projects to generate greater social opportunities. And investment in a Green New Deal will provide more jobs in the energy, transport, housing and agricultural sectors.

A5. I voted Remain. The two parties have failed the country — we need to trust the people. I support a second referendum on the negotiated Brexit deal. For some Islanders, this government’s deal is not real Brexit. However, I believe EU membership is the best deal we will achieve.

Daryll Pitcher, Independent

Isle of Wight County Press:

I had no intention of running in this election. I stepped in at the last moment due to the Brexit Party deciding to withdraw its candidate. I was swayed by the many people who felt a proper Brexit should be on the ballot paper. I am local and experienced.

A1. I will deliver Brexit for the 62 per cent of Islanders who voted Leave. Only a Leave candidate can win and the Conservatives are going for a soft Brexit. Boris’s deal is just May’s version reheated and Bob Seely is weak on the issue, having voted to extend Article 50.

A2. The Island’s health service is suffering from a crisis in confidence brought about through weak leadership and poor planning. If we want world-class services we need a world-class mindset. Money alone will not solve the issue. Patient and carer travel to the mainland should be free.

A3. No. I am not against a feasibility study, although it must be independent and cover the economic, social and environmental impact on the Island in great detail. With this report publicly available, we should then hold a referendum on how to proceed.

A4. Quality employment and availability of housing are the key areas. We need housing that suits young families — good quality at reasonable prices. We need to get the power from government to set up a special economic zone in order to attract business, something I will champion as MP.

A5. I voted Leave. I do not think there should be a referendum but, if there is, it must be between a Deal and No Deal. Remain is off the table, we voted on that in 2016. Brexit has been badly served by the current MPs and their parties.

Richard Quigley, Labour

Isle of Wight County Press:

I'm 48, married with two girls. I'm a qualified engineer, having worked in logistics, strategy and food manufacturing. I moved to the Island in 2003. I'm self employed and run several businesses. We have a dog, two cats and three rabbits. I like walking and the odd glass of wine.

A1. Ferries. Island residents need regular, affordable ferry travel.

A2. Fund it on the basis of need. We need to fill the nurse and doctor vacancies, keep GP surgeries open and keep services on the Island. We are an island, and we need to be funded accordingly.

A3. I’m 50/50, I would get the Department for Transport to undertake a fully-funded feasibility study and then put it to an all-Island vote. Our residents need to decide this issue.

A4. We need degree level qualifications on the Island, along with proper vocational apprenticeships to give the same level of access to learning as staying in education. We need to build affordable housing and council homes, and a £10 minimum wage.

A5. I voted Remain, largely because for most of my 48 years I have been part of a European Union. We have experienced the longest time of peace within Europe for a very long time. As there is no one version of Brexit on offer, the only way forward is another referendum.

Bob Seely, Conservative

Isle of Wight County Press:

I live in the south of the Island and come from an Island family with six generations of public service behind us. Before being elected, I served in the British Army. My pitch is simple — vote for Bob Seely to get on with Brexit and deliver for the Island.

A1. Do the Island Deal agreed in principle with the Prime Minister and improve public services. Ensure the £48 million for the NHS and £46 million for Island Line and Ryde Railway Pier are delivered. Nationally, get Brexit done and deliver on peoples’ priorities — the NHS, education, police and environment.

A2. Deliver more money for it, as we’ve done with £48 million extra investment. Integrate the NHS, public health and adult social care into a model of seamless care. The Island can be a national leader. Embrace new technology to drive more compassionate care and improve mental health services.

A3. No. It is a red herring. There is no government money for it. It is not viable with private funds. I need to focus on delivering real improvements now, as I’ve been doing, on the NHS, on Island Line, and getting the Island recognised as an island by Whitehall.

A4. Improve higher education, improve our skills base, attract employers to the Island and build homes for Islanders by delivering a better Island Plan. I’m working on all of these things. We need to prioritise housing-building for Islanders and protect our green spaces.

A5. I voted Leave — like 62 per cent of Islanders. I’m asking all those Islanders who voted Leave to support me because we don’t need a second referendum — we just need to respect the referendum we had. A vote for me is a vote to get Brexit done.

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