Tomorrow, Vote LOCAL, Vote INDEPENDENT
In five weeks time people will be able to vote for the national party of their choice in the General Election.
However TOMORROW, Thursday 4th May, you can vote VOTE LOCAL for the best candidate to represent our communities on the County Council.
VOTE INDEPENDENT East Devon Alliance in the Seaton & Colyton division. Polls are open 7 am to 10 pm.
Promoted by Martin Shaw, Independent East Devon Alliance candidate, Lynwood, Old Beer Road, Seaton
NHS in crisis: ambulance service failing in SW
They moved the goalposts, but still couldn’t score: ‘The number of most urgent calls taken by the South Western ambulance service between May 2016 and March 2017 compared to the year before was reduced from 308,000 to 44,600. But the proportion of calls hitting the eight-minute target remained stagnant at 70 per cent.’ (The minimum acceptable is supposed to be 75 per cent.)
Bluebell Day escapes the rain
People of all ages enjoying the beautiful Holyford Woods for the annual Bluebell Day celebration yesterday. Plenty of INDEPENDENT supporters among them!
Claire Wright gets Devon to back keeping environmental protections
East Devon’s sole Independent county councillor, Claire Wright (Ottery St Mary) has persuaded Devon County Council to become the first council to press the Government to keep EU environmental protections.
Police investigation into Colyton Village Plan: question raised at EDDC
East Devon Watch reports from the EDDC council chamber.
Seaton Hospital League of Friends annual meeting
I went to the Seaton Hospital League of Friends’ Annual General Meeting last night. About 50 people crowded into the Harding room. It was in many ways an inspirational occasion, as you could almost feel the excellent work, by hospital staff and League volunteers alike, which was reported to the meeting. It was all the more poignant therefore to realise that the in-patient beds, regularly full and working well as part of the local health system, were slated for removal by the CCG.
The League is fully behind judicial review, if Seaton Town Council decides on Tuesday (2nd), following the legal advice which we are about to receive, to pursue this. The League has established a holding account for those wishing to donate towards the legal costs, details of which will be made available in the next couple of days.
Note. The Town Council discussion of judicial review will be in closed session, for legal reasons.
Video interview: why I want to become your county councillor on 4th May
A successful hustings – but a bizarre moment towards the end
Yesterday’s County hustings in Seaton – attended by about 50 people – demonstrated that the election is mainly a contest between the official Conservative, Helen Parr, who supports the East Devon Tory policy of ‘bed-less hospitals’, and my campaign, fighting to save Seaton’s and Honiton’s beds. The Labour candidate, who comes from Exeter, also took part.
Two other candidates, Peter Burrows (Lib Dem) and Jim Knight (‘Independent’ Conservative), showed that they are not serious by absenting themselves from the debate, organised by the Town Council. However Peter obviously needed to see what was going on – he turned up just before 9 and watched the last few minutes of the debate!
How the General Election affects the County choice – vote LOCAL, vote INDEPENDENT
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.