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OTTERY: ‘Burning anger’ in East Devon, says parliamentary candidate

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Ottery councillor and Independent parliamentary candidate Claire Wright has said there is a “burning anger” that “resembles revolution” among residents in East Devon. Speaking at her campaign launch in Sidmouth last week, Councillor Wright said that “big business” was having a “corrosive effect” on local government policy and she vowed to stand up for the views of her constituency residents. She said: “Anyone who has lived in East Devon for any length of time is likely to have a noticed a rich seam of discontent among residents. “That discontent - very far from the apathy that we keep hearing about – has grown into something that resembles a revolution.. “In East Devon we know only too well the corrosive effect that big business can have on local government policy.” Councillor Wright was elected to Devon County Council last year after winning 74 per cent of votes cast – the largest majority in the South West. And she plans to continue her campaign for greater protection of the East Devon countryside - as well as fighting cuts to public services - over the next year. She added: “We all know that there is a huge deficit, that times are tough and things have to change. But ministers seem to be sacrificing our most precious assets on the alter of economic growth, without any regard for voters’ views. “We are seeing communities devastated with closures of libraries, youth centres, children’s centres, day centres and residential homes. And it has only just started. Next year and the year after will be worse - councillors are virtually helpless in the face of such massive budget cuts. “Apart from the loss of our precious countryside and trees, loose planning rules are playing havoc with our ability to get appointments at our local GP surgeries, and to get our children and grandchildren into the schools in the communities where we live. “I am - and I want to be - the opposite of a political party. I am independent. I have no party, no line to take, no whip to tell me how to vote and no nationally produced manifesto. I am free to speak and free to act.” As part of her campaign, Councillor Wright is launching a survey to understand the key issues for local voters. Responses to the survey can be made until December ahead of the publication of Councillor Wright’s manifesto early next year.


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