Had a very nice surprise yesterday when someone sent me a copy of the New Statesman, where top author and East Devon resident, Hilary Mantel had said she was voting for me. ... she said:
“I’ve missed most of the campaign because I’ve been abroad, but returned to an atmosphere of dead-eyed horse-trading. The electoral air is fetid, the major parties demeaning themselves; it would be funny if it weren’t so disgusting. I mean to vote for our independent candidate in East Devon, Claire Wright. She is an experienced local councillor who has covered the ground, knows what matters to people here, and talks in concrete terms rather than mouthing slogans.
Here’s the Echo story - http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Election-2015-Wolf-Hall-s-Hilary-Mantel-says-vote/story-26448285-detail/story.html
“East Devon is a safe Tory seat so in a sense it doesn’t matter what I do. But I hope that if enough people turn out for her, a decent, young, energetic candidate will be encouraged to keep striving. It’s a vote for the political process rather than a political party. Which is an act of faith, and seems the best one can do.”
I think she has underestimated the impact of my campaign as she has been away, but her support is very welcome indeed!