Joe Robertson, the Conservative candidate for Isle of Wight East in the forthcoming General Election, kickstarted his campaign to become an MP with a visit from a government minister.

Trade Minister Greg Hands MP visited Joe in Ventnor yesterday (Friday) when he launched his campaign at Cheetah Marine, on the seafront.

He was joined by local councillor Ed Blake, and local supporters.

Mr Robertson and Mr Hands observed boats being outfitted for shipment to the mainland and the Netherlands.

Isle of Wight County Press: Joe Robertson and Greg Hands in VentnorJoe Robertson and Greg Hands in Ventnor (Image: Contributed)

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Mr Robertson also outlined his priorities for improving community care and supporting local schools.

"Cheetah Marine is a local success story," he said.

"From designing and testing boats to meet the rigours of the waters off Ventnor for 35 years, to employing over 35 local people today and exporting around the world, they exemplify what we need more of on the Island.

"The new MP for East Wight must attract business investment and create secure, permanent employment to encourage young people to stay and working families to move here."

The visit also included a meeting with local residents on Leeson Road, closed following a landslide in December.

They inspected the monitoring equipment and agreed that the council and Island Roads should expedite efforts to reopen the road.

Standing for election on the Isle of Wight:

In Isle of Wight West, parliamentary candidates standing are Green Party's Cameron Palin; Ian Pickering, Reform UK candidate; Richard Quigley, of Island Labour; Conservative Bob Seely; Liberal Democrat's Nick Stuart.

For Isle of Wight East, Emily Brothers is standing for Labour; Michael Lilley for the Lib Dems; Vix Lowthion for the Green Party; Sarah Morris for Reform UK and Joe Robertson for the Conservatives.