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Bob Seely promises to 'fight for Isle of Wight'

Conservative Bob Seely used his victory speech after winning the Isle of Wight seat to insist the island is "punching above our weight" in winning government funding.

"We need to put the island on the map and get the government to listen to the island. I promise to fight every battle to do my best for the island," he said.

Mr Seely won the seat with 41,815 votes - increasing his share of the vote by more than 5%.

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Pop-up grief cafes on Isle of Wight give people hope
People grieving their loved ones are being given the support they need with a new charity offering pop-up cafe sessions.
General election 2019: Why does campaigning focus on certain areas?
BBC Reporter Frankie Peck explains why you only see big-name politicians in your area if you live in a marginal.

Isle of Wight Festival headliners revealed...

Some big names have been announced for next year's festival, including Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi and Duran Duran.

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General Election 2019: Why is there no pact in my seat?

The BBC has been asking for your election questions. The question below comes from Higgins in Southampton:

I thought Lib Dems and Greens had an agreement not to contest same seat, so why are there candidates for both standing in Southampton Itchen?

The Liberal Democrats, Greens and Plaid Cymru have indeed made an election pact, but it does not cover all seats. The Greens agreed to stand down their candidates in 40 Lib Dem target seats across the country, which includes like Winchester.

In return, the Lib Dems will not stand in nine seats the Greens hope to secure, such as the Isle of Wight and Brighton Pavillion, which is currently the Greens' only seat.

Obviously, Plaid Cymru only stand in Wales, so the Greens and Lib Dems have stood aside in seven seats in the principality.

Southampton Itchen is not included in the pact, hence why the Lib Dems and Greens are both standing. The Brexit party vowed to not stand in any Tory-held seats, which is why they are not standing either, but UKIP are fielding a candidate. Labour have not entered into any pacts with other parties either.

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Three rescued after Isle of Wight yacht mayday call

Three Swiss sailors have been rescued after their yacht got into difficulties off the Isle of Wight.

A coastguard rescue team from Ventnor and RNLI lifeboats from Cowes and Calshot were launched shortly after midday after a distress radio call from the 40ft yacht - Sunsail 4017. The crew reported it had lost its rudder and was taking on water near Cowes Harbour.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said all three people on board were safely taken off the craft which was later towed to Gurnard Bay where it finally sank.

Sinking yacht
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Discounts aim to lure passengers back to ferry

Cowes floating bridge
Isle of Wight Council

An extra discount is being offered to drivers to encourage them to use the Cowes floating bridge on the Isle of Wight.

The offer, that will run until the end of March, will cut the cost of a ferry crossing from £2 to £1.80 for saver card holders and from £2.60 to £2.40 for everyone else.

Isle of Wight Council is already offering free saver cards for the crossing while roadworks take place at St Mary's roundabout in Newport.

Last month it emerged that the new troubled chain ferry had made a loss of nearly £1m since coming into service two-and-a-half years ago.

The £3.2m ferry, which links Cowes to East Cowes, has been beset with breakdowns and mechanical problems since launching in May 2017.

Hovercraft remain out of service

Hovercraft crossings between Southsea and Ryde are still not running.

Operator Hovertravel said both of its craft were currently cancelled due to "technical reasons".

It said it hoped to have an update at 14:00.

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Hovercraft crossings cancelled

Hovercraft crossings on the Solent have been cancelled this morning after technical issues.

Operator Hovertravel said it would have an update on the services between Southsea and Ryde at midday.

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More than 60 ill with oyster food poisoning

Blue Marine Foundation

More than 60 people have fallen ill after an outbreak of food poisoning, believed to be linked to oysters.

Public Health England (PHE) said it had received reports of diarrhoea and vomiting from people across the south of England who had eaten the molluscs since the start of September.

Some of the reports have come from Cornwall, Isle of Wight and London.

PHE said operations had ceased at the production site and suppliers had quarantined products.

A spokesman said PHE was working with the Food Standards Agency and councils to identify the cause of the outbreak.