Independent candidate selected despite drive ban

By Ross Findon

Thursday, April 17, 2014

 

Independent candidate selected despite drive ban

Wendy Cook, who has been selected as the prospective parliamentary candidate by the Association of Island Independents.

A BARRISTER, convicted of drink driving, has been chosen as the prospective parliamentary candidate for the Association of Island Independents.

Chairman Peter Whiteman said the association had taken into account the recent drink-drive conviction of Wendy Cook when it made its decision to select her.

A spokesman said Ms Cook, who has lived on the Island since the early 1980s, had been involved in local politics for many years.

She is a practising barrister, director of the Isle of Wight Law Centre and a Calbourne Parish councillor.

Earlier this month she was banned for driving for 58 months after pleading guilty to two charges of drink driving.

Mr Whiteman said: "Wendy was the clear choice of the executive committee following our selection process and we look forward to supporting her in next year’s general election.

"We are quite sure that Wendy has the right experience and personal qualities to make a first class MP for the Isle of Wight.

"She believes passionately in her ability to improve the prospects of the Island and all its residents.

"We are also convinced that Wendy has the character to be a truly independent MP who will fight ceaselessly for what is best for all of us without party constraint.

"In reaching our decision we have taken into account her recent driving ban, about which she has been very open, and we do not feel this impairs her candidacy or her ability in any way to be an effective MP."

Ms Cook said she was delighted to have been backed by the association.

"My aim is no less than to transcend party politics and put the Island before all else in everything I do.

"We need a fresh approach to solving the Island’s problems and realising the many potential opportunities, which has to be based on effective involvement of everyone — agencies, businesses, interest groups, political parties and individuals; if it is to succeed.

"This presents a massive challenge of leadership and I feel I have the passion and the energy necessary to take it on successfully."

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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