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A deeply unworthy man becomes our prime minister… but for how long?

By |2019-07-23T15:05:50+00:00July 23rd, 2019|News|

So Boris Johnson becomes our new prime minister. Just three years ago this would have been unthinkable. Laughable in fact. But the conservative party has allowed one man - Farage - to shift this country's politics to the extreme right, [...]

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Watch my debate on BBC Sunday Politics yesterday!

By |2019-07-22T12:10:38+00:00July 22nd, 2019|News|

I took part in a debate with Labour Deputy Leader of Exeter City Council, Rachel Sutton and the Conservative Leader of Cornwall Council, Linda Taylor, which aired yesterday. The subjects were:  Planning, waste collections, wildflower verges and the leadership contests... [...]

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East Devon road accident blackspot to get a speed limit reduction – finally!

By |2019-07-18T15:47:08+00:00July 18th, 2019|News|

A notorious accident blackspot between Newton Poppleford and Sidmouth is set to have its speed limit reduced to 40mph, after years of lobbying from councillors, police officers and local people. This morning, councillors on Devon County Council's Highways and Traffic [...]

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Devon’s NHS failing on cancer treatment waits

By |2019-06-26T20:02:15+00:00June 18th, 2019|News, Recent|

The NHS in Devon is failing to meet national targets on people being treated for cancer within 62 days of an urgent referral. Councillors at today’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee meeting heard that part of the reason for [...]

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Devon County Council gives a disappointing response to my green action plan

By |2019-06-26T19:47:47+00:00June 11th, 2019|News, Recent|

Devon County Council’s all conservative cabinet will debate my 10 point green action plan for Devon tomorrow morning, but the advice before councillors seems lacklustre at best. On almost all the points, the message is mostly ‘no’, ‘not appropriate’, which, [...]

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Tomorrow please vote. But please think very carefully if you’re tempted to vote for the Brexit Party

By |2019-06-26T19:44:32+00:00May 22nd, 2019|News, Recent|

As an Independent councillor and parliamentary candidate it is not my place to advise you how to vote tomorrow. I know how I am going to vote and as usual I will keep that information to myself. My main message [...]

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Roger Giles elected as Ottery Mayor after 28 years service

By |2019-06-26T19:42:58+00:00May 16th, 2019|News, Recent|

Long-standing stalwart councillor, Roger Giles, has finally been elected as Mayor of Ottery St Mary, after 28 years service on the town council. It was the first meeting of the new council on Monday evening and Cllr Geoff Pratt proposed [...]

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Devon County Council launches wildflower verge policy and calls for champions

By |2019-06-26T20:06:09+00:00May 10th, 2019|News, Recent|

Devon County Council’s environment team has launched its long-awaited wildflower verge policy, following my work with three pilot verges in my ward of Otter Valley. I started the pilot in late 2013 working with highways officers and Devon Wildlife Trust, [...]

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10 POINT GREEN ACTION PLAN MOTION FOR DEVON

By |2019-06-26T20:09:36+00:00May 10th, 2019|News, Recent|

I have just submitted the following motion for the next Devon County Council full meeting, which takes place on Thursday 23 May. At this stage it’s not clear whether the motion will be heard on the day itself or be [...]

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Ottery St Mary Town Council gets a new set of councillors

By |2019-06-26T19:32:34+00:00May 5th, 2019|News, Recent|

Ottery St Mary Town Council has a a number of brand new councillors, in a move which saw several long-standing councillors lose their seats in the first Ottery Town Council election that anyone can remember…. The new council is as [...]

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Tories lose control of East Devon District Council in historic and spectacular Independent showing

By |2019-06-26T19:24:54+00:00May 4th, 2019|News, Recent|

The Conservatives lost control of East Devon District Council yesterday, in an unprecedented rout, which saw them lose a whopping 22 seats, reducing their numbers to just 18. The Independents stormed to success with gains of 18 seats. During the [...]

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Conservatives poised to lose control of East Devon District Council tomorrow for the first time

By |2019-06-26T19:22:02+00:00May 1st, 2019|News, Recent|

History could be made in East Devon tomorrow, as the Conservatives could lose control of the district council for the first time ever. East Devon District Council was formed under the Local Government Act of 1974 and has been Conservative [...]

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