I have been deluged with lovely messages of commiseration on my defeat. They mean a lot to me and I shall obviously reply to every one personally.
On this blog, I don’t want to dwell on my personal disappointment, since the larger picture of the thwarting of opposition voices is far more depressing. However I do want to share a lovely message I have received from one of the campaigners for Teignmouth Hospital:
‘I am very sorry to see that you have sadly not been re-elected. It is heart-breaking when excellent councillors are not re-elected. As you pointed out East Devon is true blue, so with the rollout of the vaccine you were up against the tide.
‘I know you probably do not want to hear this but your result is a great loss to the county. Hopefully you will not give up and continue to play a role in contributing to the good of all as you have done for the past 4 years.Thank you for all you have done and achieved for the residents of Devon.
‘If we are fortunate to receive a successful outcome for Teignmouth Hospital we would be honoured if you would be able to make the celebrations. Take good care of yourself.’