Wednesday, 06 March 2019
I am chairing a scrutiny review into how unpaid carers in Devon are managing and would really like to hear from you if you are caring for a relative, spouse or friend.
It has taken quite a bit of pushing to get the review to take place. It was agreed at last September’s Devon County Council Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee meeting… and then it has taken a while to get the first meeting set up.
Thursday, 28 February 2019
A new online newspaper has just launched in East Devon.
The plan is that Nub News will be a presence in each East Devon town including Ottery St Mary.
Currently, it is operating in and around Exmouth but is interested in running stories across the district ....
Monday, 25 February 2019
Great piece from Martin Bell on what it’s like to be an Indie in Westminster.
Martin was the former BBC war correspondent elected to represent Tatton in the 90s amid a storm of controversy over former Tatton Tory MP, Neil Hamilton, who was accused of taking cash for asking questions…
He was famously ‘handbagged’ by Christine Hamilton who took exception to Martin’s searching questions to her husband on the corruption rumours that surrounded him.
Martin Bell was one of a very small number of genuinely Independent MPs (ie those who haven’t fallen out with their parties).
As he says, there are many benefits of being an Indie at Westminster!
Here’s the article - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/25/independent-mps-gang-of-11-remainers?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
Thursday, 21 February 2019
Devon County Council conservative group today voted down calling on the government to hold a people’s vote as well as urging the government to avoid a no-deal Brexit.
Very disappointingly, Cllr Martin Shaw’s motion and amendment was only supported by the non-aligned group, the labour group and the libdems this afternoon, with the Tories block voting both proposals down.
Anthea Simmons accompanied by some of her Devon For Europe team, gave a compelling and passionate speech about Brexit and urged the council to back Cllr Shaw’s proposals.
Here’s my speech ....
Thursday, 21 February 2019
Devon County Council voted through a motion this afternoon, which declared a state of climate emergency in Devon, but stopped short of backing a deadline of 2030 for the county to become carbon neutral.
Well over one hundred protesters demonstrated on the steps of county hall before the meeting. It was the biggest demonstration I had seen in my time as a county councillor (since 2013) and I have attended a LOT of demonstrations there!
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Councillors will vote on a historic budget at Thursday’s Devon County council full meeting - the final budget to include the revenue support grant - the government’s core funding.
To put it into perspective, the Conservative government’s austerity programme has meant its core funding to Devon has plummeted to just over half a million pounds this year, a drop of over £100m to the council since 2010 when austerity began.
Friday, 15 February 2019
The rise in homelessness is a direct result of the government’s austerity policies, cuts to benefits, less support available and huge cuts to all the authorities who are supposed to be looking out for homeless people ...