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I promise to do all I can to protect local NHS services and hospitals

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 0 Comments by Claire

I have signed a pledge which aims to ensure any councillors elected to Devon County Council on 4 May will do all they can to retain local health services, hospital beds and hospital buildings has been launched by the campaign group, Save Our Hospital Services - East Devon.

It is an entirely reasonable pledge and shouldn’t cause candidates to hesitate a single second over backing it.

Our local health services and hospitals have never been more at risk.

Hugo Swire appears to refuse to sign vital nature pledge

Monday, 24 April 2017 0 Comments by Claire

Hugo Swire MP has not signed a high profile and vital pledge on protecting nature after Brexit, despite many of his conservative colleagues doing so.

The pledge has great relevance to East Devon as it relates to the retention of at least the same level of protection of the Exe Estuary, as well as Aylesbeare and Woodbury Commons.

In fact EU legislation protects 115,000 hectares of land and species across 122 sites in Devon.

More than one in 10 of the UK’s wildlife species are threatened with extinction and the numbers of the nation’s most endangered creatures have plummeted by two-thirds since 1970, according to the most recent State of Nature report published last year.

The abundance of all wildlife has also fallen, with one in six animals, birds, fish and plants having been lost, the report found.

Together with historical deforestation and industrialisation, these trends have left the UK “among the most nature-depleted countries in the world”, with most of the country having gone past the threshold at which “ecosystems may no longer reliably meet society’s needs”........

Devon Brexit environment motion debate decision set for this Thursday (27 April)

Monday, 24 April 2017 0 Comments by Claire

My motion on protecting Devon’s nature after Britain leaves the European Union will be debated this Thursday (27 April) at Devon County Council’s full council meeting.

It is thought to be the first council motion of its kind in the country.

There are currently 122 sites across the county, covering 115,000 hectares that are protected under EU legislation - the Habitats and Birds Directives - including The Exe Estuary, Dawlish Warren, the Pebblebed Heaths, such as at Aylesbeare and Woodbury Commons, Braunton Burrows and large parts of Dartmoor, Exmoor and sections of Devon’s coast and coastal waters.

All are also designated Sites of Special Scientific interest and receive some protection under UK legislation.

We all fervently hope that the government will simply and straightforwardly transfer these laws into British law, but environmental groups are worried enough to have launched a campaign and are urging MPs to sign a pledge insisting that at least the same levels of protections are provided.

An army of helpers are required if I am to run as a parliamentary candidate again!

Thursday, 20 April 2017 2 Comments by Claire

I am seriously considering putting my hat in the ring as an Independent candidate in the 8 June General Election.

I have been for many years, deeply concerned at this government’s attitude towards public services, especially the NHS, social care and education, all of which are underfunded and hugely struggling, especially in Devon.

Secret plans by senior Tories to scrap EU environmental laws

Monday, 17 April 2017 1 Comment by Claire

No surprise here, but it must be fought tooth and nail. This could mean dirty seas, air and a massive loss of species, including endangered species.

Also, development on areas that are currently highly protected under EU law.

I am guessing that most Brexiteers didn’t sign up for this but some us saw it coming.

George Osborne has been trying to scrap the EU Habitat Regs for years but EU commissioners told him to forget it.

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