Just a few weeks ago Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely was all over the national media after the Island was chosen to trial the Coronavirus Contact Tracing App, but he has now been outed for breaching lockdown rules by attending a barbeque at another person’s house.
After The Guardian broke the story on Friday, Bob Seely admitted visiting a Seaview property with his girlfriend, after being invited by The Spectator magazine’s deputy editor, Freddy Gray, over the May bank holiday weekend.
The Government guidelines at the time were clear, the public should not visit other people’s homes or spend time with people outside their household, other than one person in public spaces such as beaches or parks.
Seely said he was undertaking constituency work in Seaview and agreed to visit someone who wanted to discuss the App.
That someone has turned out to be Gray, who had published an article at the start of May questioning if the Island was the right place to launch the Contact Tracing App. Included in that, Mr Gray said,
“I should admit that I am one of the dreaded ‘DFL’ (Down From London) visitors, whom most Islanders despise.”
Tice and Oakeshott make light of the breach
Also attending the gathering were Brexit party chairman, Richard Tice, and his partner, political journalist Isabel Oakeshott, who was staying at what The Guardian reported as her second home on the Island.
In their comments to The Guardian, both Tice and Oakeshott made light of the breach, adding that they regularly tested their eyesight.