We're getting a better deal on policing. We have already recruited an additional 500 police officers for the Hants and the Isle of Wight Constabulary. We’re also ensuring that our police spend more time on the beat.
Education is a success story in England. Reading achievement in Year 5 is now amongst the best in the world and the percentage of good or outstanding schools in England has gone up from under 70 percent to near 90 percent.
On planning and the environment, we need to protect more of the Island’s unique landscape and environment, including our rivers, seas and green spaces. We need a more appropriate housing target for the Island and I want to see more action from Southern Water to reduce storm overflows.
Many healthcare services like those provided at St Mary’s Hospital are too critical to be provided on the mainland. I’m focused on supporting St Mary’s as well as improving access to GP and dental services on the Island.