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West Hill or Westminster: Book launches about my general election campaign

By |2015-11-29T10:56:00+00:00November 29th, 2015|News|

It was the launch of Philip Algar’s book about my general election campaign yesterday, at the Curious Otter bookshop in Ottery St Mary. Was a lovely morning with lots of people coming in for a chat - all very sociable.

Philip, who was a core member of my team, was really pleased with the interest and hopes it will also be available at Paragon bookshop in Sidmouth and in other outlets across East Devon.

Photograph by Peter Nasmyth.

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The impact of the government placing green issues at the bottom of the list

By |2015-11-23T11:23:00+00:00November 23rd, 2015|News|

Joni Mitchell wrote the activist environmental hit, Big Yellow Taxi back in 1970. Its lyrics are stark and apocalyptic. Clearly, a commentary on what she saw as relentless damage to nature at the time….

Read more here - http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Comment-Relaxed-planning-policies-putting-nature/story-28226452-detail/story.html

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Health scrutiny committee registers objection to North Devon hospital bed losses

By |2015-11-12T22:57:00+00:00November 12th, 2015|News|

Devon County Council’s health and wellbeing scrutiny committee has backed the views of North Devon medics, by recording its concerns about bed losses across the district.

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust, which provides community health services across most of Devon, made a decision last month to shut Bideford and Ilfracombe community hospitals, with a loss of over 30 beds – around half in the area.

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All Devon school crossing patrols now in front line for cuts

By |2015-11-11T18:36:00+00:00November 11th, 2015|News|

School crossing patrols across the county could be the latest casualties for cuts.

Devon County Council will start a consultation with schools, with a view to saving £250,000, which is equivalent to the salaries of all front line patrols and one third of back office support.

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Wildlife Trusts team up with RSPB to slam yet more environmental budget cuts

By |2015-11-11T16:16:00+00:00November 11th, 2015|News|

Wildlife Trusts Director, Stephen Trotter, has slated plans for yet more cuts to environmental budgets:

“We are now faced with the extremely worrying prospect that Government no longer has the ecological literacy or functionality that society needs if we are to build a genuinely sustainable future.”

Wildlife Trusts across the country, including Devon’s have teamed up with the RSPB to deliver their strongly worded messages to government.

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