Island MP Andrew Turner insists he’s doing all he can to represent the Isle of Wight at Westminster.
Mr Turner has been criticised for not doing enough to help the Isle of Wight Council fight Government cuts to its budget. The leader of the Isle of Wight Council has deemed forecast cuts for the next four years ‘extremely worrying’, and has criticised the Government’s austerity agenda. Changes, based on predicted government figures, could see a series of desperate measures put in place to allow the local authority to provide statutory services at the least. Mr Turner raised the point at Prime Minister’s Questions last week and was told by David Cameron that he thought the provisional settlement – how much the Government gives the Isle of Wight – due to be announced soon – was appropriate. Mr Turner believes one problem is that not everyone agrees with each other. He said:
“I certainly feel I am representing the Isle of Wight. I don’t always get agreement with the different groups on the Island, however. “I am very happy to push forward the needs of the Island all the time.”