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Most Seaton voting for the General Election will be at the Marshlands Centre, Harbour Road, not the Town Hall

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Because The Gateway was booked, Marshlands will be used. However I suspect that people living in the Beer Road Ward (part of the Beer district ward) may still be voting in the Mariners’ Hall, Beer. Look at your polling card which should be arriving shortly.

If you don’t get a card in the next couple of days, you may not be registered to vote at your current address.

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE (IT’S VERY SIMPLE ONLINE) – you must apply by the 26th

YOU CAN ALSO APPLY FOR A POSTAL VOTE FROM THE SAME PAGE, UP TO THAT DATE.

Johnson threatens a democratic emergency: why haven’t the opposition parties risen to the occasion?

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I’ve frankly been depressed by the failure of the opposition parties to rise to the occasion.  We face the threat of a majority Boris Johnson government which will force through a hard Brexit, do a trade deal with Donald Trump which will compromise our NHS, environmental and food standards, continue its chronic underfunding of health and schools, and make mainly token gestures towards the climate emergency.

All this is being massaged by the most deceitful election campaign ever, as the Tories pump out lying propaganda on an industrial scale. Johnson himself can’t open his mouth without lying, and is clearly wholly unfit to be Prime Minister. Victory for this PM would represent a democratic emergency.

Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens all recognise the dangers of Johnson’s new hard-right Conservatives. They are all offering policies which are vastly superior to those of the Tories. They cooperated (together with the independent-minded Tories who were thrown out of their party) to curb Johnson’s worst excesses in the last Parliament.

Yet they are now fighting election campaigns as though we had a perfect Proportional Representation system, when in fact we have First-Past-the-Post which gives the Tories an overwhelming advantage if the opposition is divided between Lab/Lib/Greens.

  • Labour refuses to stand down anywhere, despite there being many seats where the LibDems, Independents or Greens can win. They got 6,000 in the East Devon constituency last time, compared to Independent Claire Wright’s 21,000 and the Tories’ 29,000. But will they back a candidate who can win and agrees with them on many issues, or do they want to push a hopeless case?
  • The Lib Dems are standing down in Exeter – to support the Greens who cannot win, but not in East Devon (where they got an even more miserable 1500 votes in 2017) for Claire Wright who shares many of their policies.
  • The Greens appear to be standing down in East Devon (well done!) but by pushing their challenge in Exeter with the help of the Lib Dems, threaten to help the Tories steal the seat from excellent Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw.

I’ve voted Labour, Liberal Democrats and Green at different elections over the last few years, when there hasn’t been a good Independent candidate. I’m supporting Claire’s campaign although I don’t live in her constituency.

In Tiverton & Honiton (which includes Seaton and Colyton), there are now candidates for Labour (Liz Pole), the Liberal Democrats (John Timperley) and the Green Party (Gillian Westcott). I will vote for one of them, but my enthusiasm is dimmed by their parties’ failure to treat this election as the democratic emergency which it is.

Seaton Environmental Action, SEA, set up at public meeting and is moving quickly to plant trees

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A meeting of residents decided on Wednesday to set up Seaton Environmental Action (SEA) to address the climate and environmental crisis. SEA is an independent group working closely with the Town Council’s climate emergency working group, who called the initial meeting in October which led to this week’s step.

The meeting drew up agendas for the council (including issues to take to EDDC and DCC), for local businesses, and for the community, and three groups will discuss separately during the next meeting of SEA on Wednesday 27th November at 7pm in Pebbles Coffee House (all welcome).

A trees sub-group was set up and has already been offered 400 native saplings! If any landowners would like to offer land for planting, please contact me and I will put you in touch with the sub-group.