Monthly Archives: July 2018

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Leaving the EU with no deal now looks like the most likely scenario … here’s what you can do…

By |2018-07-30T18:37:00+00:00July 30th, 2018|News|

Prospect magazine has a very comprehensive piece this month on what will happen if we crash out of the EU with do deal - here’s the link…
https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/thirty-six-things-that-will-happen-if-britain-crashes-out-of-europe-with-no-deal

Meanwhile our unbelievably irresponsible politicians mostly seem not to care one jot that they are about to plunge the country into disaster.  Several - including those who have their eye on the leadership, like Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Jacob Rees Mogg seem to positively welcome the idea.

I am doing my bit by campaigning with Devon For Europe, which is getting support all over the county for a People’s Vote on a final deal (or not as the case may be). Either way, we must have another vote, especially now it has emerged that the Leave campaigns broke electoral law, plus their links with American Trump associate fascist, Steve Bannon and Arron Banks, who bankrolled the campaigns with money obtained from highly dubious sources, mean that the whole shady business needs a laser light sweeping the entire operation. 

If it brings Gove and Johnson down, I will be delighted. Their naked ambition, selfishness and ruthlessness has plunged this country into chaos, from which it will take many many years to recover.

Sign up to a People’s Vote and Devon for Europe here - https://www.devonforeurope.org/

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Have you had real problems with the Department of Work and Pensions over claiming benefits?

By |2018-07-23T19:47:00+00:00July 23rd, 2018|News|

I am currently representing someone claiming working tax credit who is really suffering at the hands of the Dept of Work and Pensions.

I would like to get in touch with other people who are currently (or who have previously) having problems with the DWP relating to either working tax credits, personal independence payments or other benefits.

My impression is that there is widespread suffering with people even being forced to use foodbanks and/or unable to pay their rent or mortgage.

If you are in this position, or know anyone who is, please contact me via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

thanks v much
Claire

NB. You will need to live in my ward of Otter Valley for me to be able to represent you.

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Motion: Calling on the government to retain environmental protections post Brexit

By |2018-07-14T14:13:00+00:00July 14th, 2018|News|

The RSPB and other environmentalist organisations are urging the government to beef up its post Brexit environmental policies and laws, during a consultation on proposed protections after the UK leaves the European Union, which has stringent protection measures for much wildlife and landscapes.

In Devon areas protected by EU legislation include Woodbury and Aylesbeare Commons, the Exe Estuary and some of Dartmoor, to name just a few. It is vital, given how fast nature is depleting due to climate change and habitat loss, that these rules are at the very least replicated. 

The following motion goes before Devon County Council full council this Thursday, will be referred to cabinet and return to full council in early October for a debate and decision.

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Sowing the seeds of peace at yesterday evening’s anti Trump protest demonstration

By |2018-07-14T14:02:00+00:00July 14th, 2018|News|

At yesterday’s fantastic Exeter anti-Trump protest, organised by Exeter Stand Up to Racism, (Richard Bradbury and Ghee Bowman).

There were speeches, drumming, musicians strumming songs which we all sang along to (Dancing Queen was my personal favourite!)........

 

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Unpaid carers: Are they getting the support they need?

By |2018-07-11T13:17:00+00:00July 11th, 2018|News|

Some of Devon County Council’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee will visit Westbank League of Friends to hear from staff who support unpaid carers, later this month, following my proposal for a spotlight review into how unpaid carers who look after friends and family members are faring.

I have seen a confidential report of a focus group meeting that took place last year, which indicates that the 24 people in Devon who took part, are suffering from a lack of support, a lack of money and a lack of respite care….. many reported that their mental and physical health was suffering as a result.

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Brexit and the prime minister. Where’s it, and she, going?

By |2018-07-10T23:25:00+00:00July 10th, 2018|News|

I was going to write a post last night on my well-timed visit to Westminster, but when I arrived home everything seemed to have changed already!

The atmosphere near the Houses of Parliament was heavy with expectation and the oppressive heat simply added to the feel of intense anticipation.

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Cllr Brian Greenslade:  My statement

By |2018-07-05T14:09:00+00:00July 5th, 2018|News|

I’ve just been interviewed by BBC Spotlight about Brian Greenslade, who was a former leader of Devon County Council.

Firstly, I fully support the recommendations of the standards committee. No one should behave in this way and no one should be subjected to this kind of unacceptable behaviour.

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