• I will keep this blog post short and instead post three articles that explain things just as well as I could have explained them. Suffice to say that I am deeply disappointed. Not just with the behaviour of chair, Sara Randall Johnson, who appeared to do her utmost to prevent any referral, both at the previous meeting last month and at Tuesday’s meeting. But also with the attitude of the majority of the Conservative group, who used a variety of ill-informed views and remarks, to justify their determination not to refer, refusing to hear or see any member of the public’s distress, [...]

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    It follows protracted discussions at the previous meeting last month about whether this was the preferred course of action, after I made a proposal to do so. Dozens of people were in the public gallery waiting to hear what the committee had to say. A full account of this meeting can be found here -  http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/hospital_bed_closures_secretary_of_state_scrutiny_referral_pushed_back_unti In the end it was decided that a special meeting should take place in July to debate the issue. The agenda papers for Tuesday’s meeting include a legal paper which [...]

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    LibDem Alistair Dewhirst, had submitted a motion criticising the plans and proposing a vote of no confidence in Alison Hernandez, Devon and Cornwall’s Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner. Back in March, it was announced by Alison Hernandez that the force were going to make a ‘significant reduction’ in the number of PCSOs after (ironically) finding £24m extra funding from reserves and increasing council tax. http://www.devonlive.com/police-and-crime-commissioner-alison-hernandez-replies-to-devon-councillor-s-alarm-about-pcso-cuts/story-30226057-detail/story.html I [...]

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    Dear Otterton resident Following my letters to you during the election period, I have now met (6 July) with the director of Ladram Bay, Zoe House and two of her staff, with several members of Otterton Parish Council.  Also attending the meeting was Geoff Jung, your EDDC councillor, Devon County Council planning highways officer, Jerry Upfield and EDDC planning officer, Nigel Barratt.  Chairman, John Fudge, vice-chair, John Hiles and Tony Farrington from the parish council also attended the meeting. We were given a tour of the site where we asked various questions. Afterwards we sat[...]

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    The subject has concerned environmental charities enough for them to establish a coalition of 30 and a pledge for MPs to sign up to to prove their commitment to retaining such protections through the so called Great Repeal Bill, which is when EU law becomes domestic law. Over 200 MPs have signed this pledge.  When I asked Hugo Swire to sign the pledge he refused and wrote this disappointing blog post in response: https://www.hugoswire.org.uk/news/blog-birds-and-bees-and-brexit The Great Repeal Bill (coming very soon) gives an option for the government to strip out or amend any laws they [...]

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    There was no wifi, he said, just the sound of birdsong and sheep.  It sounded tempting. It came with (very reasonable) conditions attached. I would get a free weekend in the log cabin in North Devon, in return for a review on his new website (and this blog).  All talk of politics, he announced, was Banned! This was a mixed blessing. Politics is sort of my raison d’etre and I couldn’t imagine a whole weekend without it being mentioned. On the other hand, Alistair (who is almost as passionate about politics as I am) and I pretty much never agree and although we are too fond of [...]

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