EDDC elections

East Devon Alliance tops polls in ALL Axe Valley wards as EDDC slips from Tory hands for the first time in its 45-year history. A truly historic moment! Many thanks to all who voted for change.

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Axe Valley EDA victors.JPGLeft to right: happy East Devon Alliance Independents Dan Ledger (Seaton), Paul Hayward (Yarty), Sarah Jackson (Axminster), Paul Arnott (Coly Valley) and Jack Rowland (Seaton), who ALL topped the polls in their wards and were elected to EDDC for the first time, pictured at the count in Honiton this afternoon.

Together with EDA Independents in other wards, other Independents, Lib Dems and one Green, they have broken Tory rule in East Devon for the first time in its entire 45 year history. A colossal thanks to everyone who voted for us – we will work hard to change our district for the better.

SEATON result (elected) Dan Ledger (EDA) 1561, Jack Rowland (EDA) 1392, Marcus Hartnell (Con.) 1095, (not elected) Peter Burrows (Lib Dem) 515, Jacquie Russell (Con.) 504, Juliette Williams (Lib Dem) 300, Abi Jones (Lab.) 298, Terry Burrows (Lib Dem) 257.

COLY VALLEY: (elected) Paul Arnott (EDA) 938, Helen Parr (Con.) 851, (not elected) Andrew Pearsall (Con) 625, Carol Dawson (Lab) 382.


@CllrIanThomas, leader of East Devon District Council, has left the Conservative Party, which is falling apart locally as well as nationally. There is a historic opportunity next Thursday to end 45 years of one-party rule in East Devon.

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Ian Thomas (photo: DevonLive)

Councillor Ian Thomas, Conservative leader of East Devon District Council, has announced that he has left the Conservative Party, citing ‘national issues’.

It is now clear that the Conservatives are falling apart locally as well as nationally. This shows that there is a historic opportunity to end 45 years of one-party rule in East Devon in next Thursday’s elections. Everyone should vote for Independent candidates who have the best chance of ousting the Tories in most cases.

There is real chance that East Devon Alliance and their fellow-Independents could have the chance to head an alternative administration in a week’s time. Over now to the voters – turn out on Thursday and give us the chance.

Great start to local election campaign by Seaton Independent candidates Dan Ledger and Jack Rowland – follow them on Facebook @EDASeatonWard

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Dan and Jack outside Seaton Hospital. Both have campaigned to keep it as a centre for health services. Tory-run EDDC refused Jack’s request to protect the building.

Dan Ledger and Jack Rowland are campaigning for Seaton and have been getting a very positive response as they’ve hit the streets of the town. You can help by putting up an A4 poster in your window, giving out leaflets – and voting for them! If you’re on Facebook, please follow their campaign and get regular updates by ‘liking’ their page @EDASeatonWard. You can contact us on that page or by emailing cllrmartinshaw@gmail.com. Let me know if you haven’t received our election leaflet as all areas should have been covered by the end of today.

Promoted by Martin Shaw, Lynwood, Old Beer Rd, Seaton, on behalf of Jack Rowland, 18 Albion Close, Seaton, and Dan Ledger, 13 Marsh Road, Seaton.

Jack Rowland and Dan Ledger are standing in Seaton as Independent East Devon Alliance candidates for EDDC

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DAN (left) and JACK outside Seaton Hospital

JACK ROWLAND, current Deputy Mayor of Seaton and former Mayor, who chairs Seaton Area Health Matters which is striving to retain the hospital as a health hub, and DAN LEDGER, a town councillor with special interests in employment, housing and leisure facilities in the town, have announced that they are standing to represent Seaton in the district elections on Thursday 2nd May.