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

Latest debate at Exeter Uni - This House has little faith in the police to produce justice

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 0 Comments by Claire

My third and fun debate at Exeter University’s Guild of Students took place on Friday evening. The debate’s proposition was the above title. I was arguing the proposition, with Jonathan Nicholas, a retired police officer and author of several controversial books about his time as a police officer.

Arguing against the motion was Exeter Conservative parliamentary candidate and barrister, James Tagdhissian, who I argued against last time in a debate about the European Union. James’s debating partner was Vanessa Newcombe, former LibDem Devon County Councillor.

Devon County Council highways officers recommend Otterton for a 20mph limit

Thursday, 11 October 2018 0 Comments by Claire

The letter below will be delivered to Otterton residents in the next few days…..

Protesters heckle and boo as plan to change foster carers fees approved

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 0 Comments by Claire

This was the most highly charged, emotive and explosive decision I have been involved with in my six years as a councillor on Devon County Council….and I have been involved with plenty of controversial ones!

The all Conservative cabinet voted through the revised cuts plan ...

But I am not finished yet!

Here’s the story in Devon Live -

My post-Brexit environment watchdog beef up motion rejected by Devon County Council

Tuesday, 09 October 2018 0 Comments by Claire

My post-Brexit environment watchdog motion, which called on the government to strengthen its plans for a body which oversees environmental policy after the UK leaves the European Union, was voted down in a few minutes by the Conservatives on Devon County Council last week.

I told the council last Thursday at its full council meeting, that the current plans by Michael Gove, Secretary of State, meant a significant reduction of powers in the ability to bring to court polluters, and in fact government, if it fails to produce policy in line with keeping our seas, air and nature safe and free from pollution.

Top lawyers have dismissed the plans as “toothless.”

We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe

Monday, 08 October 2018 0 Comments by Claire

Urgent changes needed to cut risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCC

Seriously depressing stuff….

Devon County Council’s cabinet set to stick to foster carers cuts plan, despite major protests

Monday, 08 October 2018 1 Comment by Claire

Devon County Council’s all Conservative cabinet is being advised to stick to officers plans for major income cuts to its foster carers, albeit slightly softened by a delay of two years.

The cabinet meeting, which takes place on Wednesday (10 October, 10.30am), will see dozens of foster carers and union representatives demonstrate on the steps of County Hall, starting at around 9am.

Indies win protection for community hospitals ..... but Tories insert get out clause

Friday, 05 October 2018 0 Comments by Claire

After an hour long debate, Devon County Council Conservatives managed to add in a get-out clause to mine and Cllr Martin Shaw’s motion to save local community hospital buildings, by voting it down and then moving their own amendment.

Cllr Shaw had amended my initial motion, to take into account the Secretary of State for Health’s speech at the Conservative Party conference, in which he appeared to commit to retaining community hospital buildings.

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