Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight council leader Ian Stephens steps down

Councillor Ian Stephens
Image caption Councillor Ian Stephens said he felt the "time is right to step aside"

The leader of Isle of Wight council has stepped down at a full council meeting.

Councillor Ian Stephens said he "feels the time is right to step aside so the council can... move forward".

A new leader, Jonathan Bacon, also of the Island Independents, was voted in minutes later according to the council's official Twitter feed.

Mr Bacon represents the ward of Brading, St Helens and Bembridge. and is executive member for children's services.

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