ONEWIGHT is campaigning to keep the Isle of Wight united.
In June, Deputy PM Nick Clegg said he wanted to reduce the number of MPs. As part of that, the Island’s election boundaries will be redrawn, and one or more bits of the Island will be attached to mainland Parliamentary constituencies, something that hasn’t happened since 1832.
ONEWIGHT believes that these proposals ignore the unique nature of the Isle of Wight as a close-knit and cohesive community, will mean we will lose out to the mainland, and will make Government more distant and less transparent.
Mr Clegg has exempted two Scottish island constituencies – but not the Isle of Wight. The Bill will start its formal discussion in the House of Commons on September 6 – we have only a short time to gather support.
ONEWIGHT is asking all Islanders, and anybody else who opposes these plans, to sign our Parliamentary petition at onewight.org.uk. To check for a list of things that you can do to help and to read more, go to www.onewight.org.uk.