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My animal welfare motion voted through unanimously… almost

Thursday, 15 February 2018 0 Comments by Claire

I’m REALLY happy to report that Devon County Council voted through my motion on animal welfare this afternoon, unanimously bar one….(an Ilfracombe-based Conservative councillor).

It means that a letter will now be sent to Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove, urging him to incorporate into UK legislation, strong protections for animals, once we leave the EU.

Here’s the background ...…/hopes_high_that_devon_county…

Pic:  Molly.

£13m of Devon service cuts voted through as council tax rises by around five per cent

Thursday, 15 February 2018 1 Comment by Claire

AROUND £13m of service cuts were voted through this afternoon, as Devon County Council’s portion of council tax increased by around five per cent.

The Independents, LibDems and Labour Groups all made sensible coherent costed amendments, but were voted down by the Conservative group.

Over £155m worth of cuts have now been made to Devon County Council by central government, since austerity began in 2010. That’s around 80 per cent of the council’s core funding… gone….

Hopes high that Devon County Council will back my motion on providing proper protection for animals

Thursday, 15 February 2018 0 Comments by Claire

I am hoping that Devon County Council will back my motion, urging the Secretary of State for Environment to commit to providing proper and robust protection for animals under UK law, once this country leaves the European Union.

The motion will be debated at this afternoon’s full council meeting, guided by a recommendation from the cabinet, which advises to support it.

Extra £5m earmarked for reserves should be spent on at Devon’s at risk services

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 1 Comment by Claire

The additional £5m that Devon County Council is squirrelling away in reserves this year, should be spent on vital services, say the Independent Group, ahead of Thursday’s budget meeting.

This Thursday (15 February) will see the council set its budget and put back an extra £5m in the Business Rate Risk Management Reserve, in case of unexpected financial difficulty.

Devon’s four-strong Independent group of councillors – Frank Biederman, Claire Wright, Martin Shaw and Jacqi Hodgson (Green Party) are opposing this move and proposing instead that it is spent on funding vital services that are set to be lost.

Hugo Swire please speak and vote against the cuts to council budgets TOMORROW

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 1 Comment by Claire

I have just sent the email below to East Devon’s MP, Hugo Swire….

Exeter University students vote overwhelmingly for no confidence in the government

Monday, 05 February 2018 0 Comments by Claire

Exeter University students attending a debate on Friday (2 Feb) voted overwhelmingly that they had no confidence in the government.

I was arguing the case for, with law student, Kyle Spencer, a member of the Conservative Party, who has become disillusioned with the government over Brexit and Theresa May’s leadership.

Nominated as one of Exeter’s most influential women!

Friday, 02 February 2018 0 Comments by Claire

Congratulations to all the women in and around Exeter who have been named as influential….

I’m dead chuffed to be on the list! Thank you to all those who voted!

Here they are….

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