First, I am sorry for goings-on in Westminster. I know that Islanders, like everyone in the country, want politicians focused on delivering for their constituents, and that is what I continue to do.

I was sad that Portsmouth MP Penny Mordaunt didn’t become our next party leader and Prime Minister, I am confident that Southampton-born Rishi Sunak will lead our country well.

When it comes to delivering, this month I want to write about two new projects about to start. Both these are part of my pledge to get a better deal for the Island.

The first is the investment in St Mary’s Hospital, and the second is the repair of Ryde railway pier. Both are part of over £120 million of extra investment in the Island: in the NHS, in Island Line, in IW College and in shipbuilding in East Cowes.

Turning to St Mary’s, after the multi-million project was submitted, my role was to make sure minsters understood its importance to the Island. I am delighted that they listened. The new facilities — and the new £10 million diagnostics centre announced last week — will help improve healthcare on the Island for years to come.

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Thank you to all who worked on that bid and NHS staff who will work there in future.

Turning to Ryde railway pier, our first step was to save Island Line.

Working with the IW Council, we secured a £26 million commitment to upgrade the track, stations and buy new rolling stock.

After that, I persuaded Network Rail to agree to repair the railway pier.

Again, work starts in the next few weeks and should be complete by the spring. Apologies for minor disruption in the meantime.

The council also successfully bid for millions more to improve Ryde Esplanade interchange and Ryde Pier.

Thank you to councillors from all parties and council officers for making that happen.

These are just a few examples of the £120 million of extra funding for projects for the Island that will give us better life chances, better public services and better opportunities for Islanders.

I am delighted we have been able to deliver them.

We are getting the better deal I promised we would. We are getting that better deal because I continue to work with the council and others — as team Isle of Wight — for the common good.

I wish you all a good weekend.