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Friday, 10 May 2013 0 Comments by Claire

Guidelines for commenting on my blog
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NHS Property Services now set to sign contracts worth £3.1m a year for 12 Devon community hospitals

Friday, 01 July 2016 0 Comments by Claire

The government’s NHS limited property company is now set to take over 12 community hospitals in Eastern Devon this December, after signing contracts in October, it was revealed at a briefing for health and wellbeing scrutiny committee members last Monday (20 June).

The income to NHS PS from the 12 hospitals will be £3.1m a year.

Brexit: It is now more important than ever that this country has MPs who will represent the people

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 4 Comments by Claire

Since Friday events have moved so fast I haven’t even written a blog as each time I think of an angle it gets superseded by another major news story!

Petition launched to save Tipton St John Primary School

Thursday, 23 June 2016 0 Comments by Claire

Parents have launched a petition, which already has attracted hundreds of signatures, in a bid to save Tipton St John Primary School ...

Why I am voting IN tomorrow

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 1 Comment by Claire

The environment isn’t the only reason I will be voting IN tomorrow. There are many others, including to retain legislation that protects workers, human rights and a belief that we are better off together than apart.

Europe isn’t perfect by any means but I don’t trust the conservative government to protect either workers or threatened species or landscapes. Parts of East Devon and Dartmoor (pictured) are protected by the Habitats Directive, which our government has tried unsuccessfully to scrap.

Being in Europe means that there is a powerful check on a government that knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.

Here’s an article I wrote for the Express and Echo earlier this year on the subject

Tipton St John School proposed to close and move to Ottery amid flood worries

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 0 Comments by Claire

I have been working with the headteacher, Colin Butler and others to try and resolve this issue for the past couple of years but unfortunately government ministers refused a funding application under the priority school bid process, despite its serious flooding problems.

I have every sympathy with Colin Butler, the diocese and the governors, they are in an impossible position.

Parents are also understandably very upset about the situation and I will be supporting them in whatever way I can.  Echo story here -

Pic. Children helping with the school’s flood clear up earlier this year….

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