Claire Wright

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

Today’s decision is about clinging onto power. That’s all

Monday, 10 December 2018 1 Comment by Claire

So Hugo Swire is crowing about Theresa May following advice set out in his amendment over the Irish backstop… (a temporary customs union to avoid a hard border and a threat to the peace process).

...But I wouldn’t be so confident if I was him, as this afternoon’s humiliating announcement in the Commons to delay tomorrow’s vote on the Brexit withdrawal agreement has infuriated MPs right across the chamber.

Letter of thanks from Ottery Town Council following an apology

Friday, 07 December 2018 0 Comments by Claire

Ottery St Mary Town Council has sent me a letter of thanks for my work for the community, particularly relating to the difficult Silver Street road closure, caused by the devastating fire above the pINE Store, in September….

Parliamentary survey launched to help inform my manifesto

Monday, 03 December 2018 0 Comments by Claire

The last survey I ran was in 2014 so it’s time for an update!

If you live in the East Devon constituency, I would like to know your views on a range of issues to help inform my manifesto should there be a General Election in the coming months.

The Government is in meltdown over Brexit so it could happen.

Please do complete the survey, which should take less than five minutes.  Here’s the link!

Decision on controversial Ottery Hospital working group is deferred until February

Saturday, 01 December 2018 7 Comments by Claire

For the first time in living memory Ottery St Mary Town Council (OSMTC) held a full council meeting at 2.30 on a Thursday afternoon.

The Extraordinary Council Meeting was held because 4 councillors (Dobson, Edwards, Gori and Holmes) had made a request for a special meeting to rescind the decision, made at the 6 November OSMTC meeting, to set up a working group to save Ottery Hospital.

Surprising letter to town council about efforts to set up working group to save Ottery Hospital

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 0 Comments by Claire

See letter below from Leigh Edwards, deputy chair of the Ottery Health and Care Forum….

It baffles me that an initiative that should be a positive and helpful way forward has resulted in such vitriol. 

Incidentally, the suggestion for a working group under the umbrella was made by me in a meeting last month with Elli Pang (Health and Care Team Chair), Leigh, Margaret Hall, Geoff Pratt and me. There was no objection from either Leigh or Elli.

Halt on more community hospital bed closures proposal defeated by Conservatives

Saturday, 24 November 2018 3 Comments by Claire

A recommendation urging no further community hospital bed closures in Devon has been voted down by Conservative councillors on Devon County Council’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee.

Please attend special town council meeting to ‘re-examine’ working group to save hospital!

Thursday, 22 November 2018 2 Comments by Claire

An Extraordinary Town Council meeting to ‘re-examine’ a decision to set up a working group to retain Ottery Hospital, will take place next Thursday (29 November) at the unusual time of 2.30pm.

Four councillors - Dobson, Holmes, Gori and Edwards have signed the paperwork required to trigger the meeting, at which councillors will decide to ‘support or rescind’ the decision made earlier this month to set up the working group.