Month: April 2017
I don’t think Theresa May needed to call a General Election, nor should the opposition parties agree to it. It is simply untrue that the Government was facing obstruction on Brexit or anything else – Parliament has given her everything she asked for. More likely she was worried about the possibility of up to 20 Conservative MPs (and possibly also the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez) being charged with breaches of election law in 2015 and disbarred from office.
However the General Election will give people the chance to vote for NATIONAL parties, and in Tiverton and Honiton it is inevitable that Neil Parish will be re-elected for the Tories. It makes it all the more important that in the County election, people vote LOCAL and INDEPENDENT for the best candidate to represent Seaton and Colyton to challenge policies which damage our communities, at the behest of a Government bent on cutting local services and local democracy.
In her election leaflet, the official Conservative candidate for Seaton and Colyton, Helen Parr, confirms her support for the East Devon Tory policy of accepting ‘bed-less hospitals’. Mrs Parr acknowledges that the decision to close in-patient services at Seaton Hospital is ‘a huge blow for the town and wider area’. But her leaflet adds, ‘Helen will do everything possible to get the best role for Seaton hospital for the future’, and will insist that the CCG are ‘delivering the services they are promising before any beds are closed’. So NOT supporting the Town Council’s fight to STOP the bed closures. You have been warned.
All candidates have been invited by the Town Council. This is the second part of Seaton’s Annual Town Meeting, but all are welcome.
My campaign launch meeting last Wednesday was attended by 30 supporters from Seaton, Colyton, Colyford and Branscombe. From left, me, Paul Arnott (chair), and Jack Rowland.
Following the meeting, teams of leafleters are completing the first leaflet distribution and placards are going up.
For Devon County Council – you have ONE vote:
- Peter BURROWS, Liberal Democrats
- Jim KNIGHT, Independent (Conservative)
- Ian MARTIN, Labour (from Exeter)
- Helen PARR, Conservative
- MARTIN SHAW, Independent East Devon Alliance
The poll is on Thursday 4 May 2017, 7:00 am – 10:00 pm, and you should now have received a polling card. If not, you have until 13 April to register to vote – go online HERE, and ring 01395 517402 (EDDC) to apply for a postal vote.
As expected, Seaton Town Council unanimously decided last night to seek legal advice over the CCG’s decision to remove Seaton Hospital’s beds. Over 30 residents turned out to support the move and ask questions of the councillors.