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

Motion: Calling on the government to retain environmental protections post Brexit

Saturday, 14 July 2018 0 Comments by Claire

The RSPB and other environmentalist organisations are urging the government to beef up its post Brexit environmental policies and laws, during a consultation on proposed protections after the UK leaves the European Union, which has stringent protection measures for much wildlife and landscapes.

In Devon areas protected by EU legislation include Woodbury and Aylesbeare Commons, the Exe Estuary and some of Dartmoor, to name just a few. It is vital, given how fast nature is depleting due to climate change and habitat loss, that these rules are at the very least replicated. 

The following motion goes before Devon County Council full council this Thursday, will be referred to cabinet and return to full council in early October for a debate and decision.

Sowing the seeds of peace at yesterday evening’s anti Trump protest demonstration

Saturday, 14 July 2018 0 Comments by Claire

At yesterday’s fantastic Exeter anti-Trump protest, organised by Exeter Stand Up to Racism, (Richard Bradbury and Ghee Bowman).

There were speeches, drumming, musicians strumming songs which we all sang along to (Dancing Queen was my personal favourite!)........


Unpaid carers: Are they getting the support they need?

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 0 Comments by Claire

Some of Devon County Council’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee will visit Westbank League of Friends to hear from staff who support unpaid carers, later this month, following my proposal for a spotlight review into how unpaid carers who look after friends and family members are faring.

I have seen a confidential report of a focus group meeting that took place last year, which indicates that the 24 people in Devon who took part, are suffering from a lack of support, a lack of money and a lack of respite care….. many reported that their mental and physical health was suffering as a result.

Brexit and the prime minister. Where’s it, and she, going?

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 3 Comments by Claire

I was going to write a post last night on my well-timed visit to Westminster, but when I arrived home everything seemed to have changed already!

The atmosphere near the Houses of Parliament was heavy with expectation and the oppressive heat simply added to the feel of intense anticipation.

Cllr Brian Greenslade:  My statement

Thursday, 05 July 2018 1 Comment by Claire

I’ve just been interviewed by BBC Spotlight about Brian Greenslade, who was a former leader of Devon County Council.

Firstly, I fully support the recommendations of the standards committee. No one should behave in this way and no one should be subjected to this kind of unacceptable behaviour.

Seven weeks on and several chasings later ... Lloyds Bank pull the shutters down

Thursday, 21 June 2018 1 Comment by Claire

It has been seven weeks since my first email to the chief executive of Lloyds Bank, asking for an urgent meeting with the area manager about the planned closure of Ottery’s branch in October.

Several chasings later and one or two holding messages from bank staff, I have got absolutely nowhere.

It is very disappointing that Lloyds, which is planning to close the only remaining bank left in the town, has decided to display arrogance and high handedness in this way. 

Along with many other local councillors I didn’t even receive a letter about the closure, I had to read it on Ottery Matters Facebook page instead. 

Back in April, I asked for an urgent meeting. We are now in June and soon the summer holidays will be upon us, leaving only a short run down to the proposed closure.

I really do think that an hour’s meeting with me is the least I can expect as Ottery’s Devon County Councillor. Ignoring an elected representative in this way is just disrespectful and unacceptable.

Here’s the original blog post -

The so-called Brexit dividend… and other outrageous half-truths, mistruths, myths ....

Sunday, 17 June 2018 0 Comments by Claire

I woke up this morning so peaceful, calm and happy…. but then I looked at Twitter and heard the BBC Radio 4, 8am news bulletin.

The peace was replaced by outrage! .....

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