Donald Campbell made MBE in New Year’s Honours

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Well-known local naturalist, Donald Campbell, who lives in Colyton, has deservedly been honoured in the New Year’s Honours List, ‘For services to Nature Conservation.’ The citation notes that he was formerly chairman of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  I am sure everyone in the area will join me in congratulating him on this well-deserved recognition.

I am afraid I cannot summon up the same enthusiasm for the DBE (Damehood) awarded to Angela Pedder, who retired very recently as chief executive of the Devon NHS Success Regime and Sustainability and Transformation Plan. The citation says ‘For services to Healthcare’, but Pedder is one of those primarily responsible for the policy of hospital bed closures in Seaton, Honiton and other hospitals.

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