Monthly Archives: June 2014

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Beavers found living wild in Devon countryside to be sent to the zoo

By |2014-06-30T16:00:00+00:00June 30th, 2014|News|

Why is Defra so anxious to get rid of the beavers on the Otter?  See story just webbed by the Western Morning News and Express & Echo…... http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Beavers-living-wild-Devon-countryside-sent-zoo/story-21309287-detail/story.html#ixzz368GPd0ly

See previous blog here - https://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/hugo_swire_urged_to_act_over_possible_ottery_beaver_cull - beyond an acknowledgement, I have not yet heard from Mr Swire.

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Campaign Facebook page now live…

By |2014-06-29T21:40:00+00:00June 29th, 2014|News|

My parliamentary campaign Facebook page has now been set up, which I hope will be really useful over the next 10 months or so, for discussing and debating issues of interest.

Please take a look and leave me a comment!

Oh and don’t forget my survey either! Remember you need to live in the East Devon constituency to complete it…... https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/eastdevonpriorities

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Ottery councillor “persecutes” developer over felling veteran oaks

By |2014-06-27T17:15:00+00:00June 27th, 2014|News|

It’s Friday and the Ottery/Sidmouth Herald is published. I collected my copy this morning at around 9am as usual.

Imagine my surprise to read a story on page three about an errant Ottery councillor who had persecuted a developer over felling veteran oaks to make way for development.

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The birth of the damaging national planning rules and how the govt asked developers to write them

By |2014-06-27T11:10:00+00:00June 27th, 2014|News|

The East Devon Alliance carries a summary of a report from the Institute for Government which has reviewed the controversial National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and its impact.

Of course, the conservative party has been inundated with big donations from developers, since the publication of the NPPF, in 2012.

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Top Devon psychiatrist warns Government has reduced mental health care to “second class status”

By |2014-06-24T22:18:00+00:00June 24th, 2014|News|

I have asked whether an item can go on the next Devon County Council health and wellbeing scrutiny committee agenda about this issue, in September - http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Devon-psychiatric-warns-Government-reduced-mental/story-21283405-detail/story.html?544719252=40705855

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Devon County Council Lib Dems and Independent councillors say scrutiny is being “choked off”

By |2014-06-24T21:39:00+00:00June 24th, 2014|News|

The planned challenge and debate to the closure of 20 residential care homes and 17 day centres across the county is being ‘choked off’ by the ruling Conservative leadership at Devon County Council, say opposition councillors who have called-in the decisions for detailed scrutiny.

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Campaign growing for reduction of VAT to 5% for tourism industry

By |2014-06-24T21:18:00+00:00June 24th, 2014|News|

I am really glad to see that MPs (especially consevative ones) are now backing a reduction in tourism VAT…..  see link here and pasted story below - http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Campaign-growing-reduction-VAT-5-tourism-industry/story-21281995-detail/story.html

At the bottom of this blog post is a reminder of the debate that took place in April, when I attempted to get support for a VAT tourism reduction at East Devon District Council!  .Now party policy looks like it is shifting I wonder whether we will see a a different view emerge among the East Devon tory leadership over the next few months? ............................

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A great morning talking to Budleigh residents

By |2014-06-22T09:18:00+00:00June 22nd, 2014|News|

We had a really lovely morning yesterday talking with Budleigh Salterton residents about their views on how central government policy is affecting us here in East Devon.

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Sarah Wollaston:  Select committees should ask challenging questions and put aside party loyalties

By |2014-06-19T19:56:00+00:00June 19th, 2014|News|

Sarah Wollaston said something relevant and topical today on the Daily Politics programme.  It is about the role of scrutiny and the importance of impartiality.

She said that an MP had no business being a member of a select committee unless he or she is prepared to ask challenging questions

Members of select committees should put their party loyalties aside, added Dr Wollaston……

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Campaigning at Budleigh Salterton this Saturday!

By |2014-06-17T22:02:00+00:00June 17th, 2014|News|

General Election 2015 Team Wright will be in Budleigh Salterton’s town centre this Saturday morning (21 June), hoping to chat to as many residents as possible about their views on how central government policy is affecting them and their town.

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Cabinet votes through public speaking restrictions without comment

By |2014-06-17T20:32:00+00:00June 17th, 2014|News|

Curious to see whether EDDC’s cabinet actually discussed the highly contentious public speaking restrictions that were largely voted through by the conservatives at the overview and scrutiny committee on Thursday 15 May, I have just listened to the audio recording…..

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