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Devon County Council public speaking changes proposal to be put before Chairs of Scrutiny

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 0 Comments by Claire

A recommendation will be put before Devon County Council Chairs of Scrutiny Committees on relaxing the rules around asking questions of members of the public, following today’s Procedures Committee meeting.

I proposed that there should be flexibility in the rules relating to public speaking in allowing questions from councillors on the committee.

Procedures Committee to consider relaxing public speaking rules, tomorrow

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 0 Comments by Claire

Devon County Council’s Procedures Committee will consider my proposal to relax public speaking rules at committee meetings, at tomorrow morning’s meeting.

I asked for the agenda item, following the January Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee meeting, where I was prevented from asking a question of Dr Mike Slot, Sidmouth GP, who had addressed the meeting about his concern that care at home may not be working as effectively as it should.

Why have three members of the UN Security Council opted to act recklessly over Syria?

Saturday, 14 April 2018 0 Comments by Claire

There are 15 members of the UN Security Council, but a splinter group of three decided to break away from convention, common sense and possibly international law, to launch a military attack on Syria’s chemical weapons factories.

Even more recklessly, the US and UK took this action (and possibly France too) without the backing of congress and parliament and in just a few days after the chemical attacks were reported to have taken place.

Cabinet member apologises to me for false allegation over controversial new health system

Friday, 13 April 2018 0 Comments by Claire

See Devon Live story -

Parliament MUST be recalled for an urgent vote over military action in Syria

Friday, 13 April 2018 0 Comments by Claire

The use of chemical weapons is appalling ... but how can our Prime Minister POSSIBLY justify taking military action alongside the reckless US (and France), with only the backing of her Conservative cabinet?

So we’re not going to get a UN Security Council resolution because Russia holds a veto… BUT….

... In a parliamentary democracy the decision to go to war with another country is a deadly serious issue. Even more so when it concerns getting involved in one of the most dangerous, complex and febrile conflicts in modern times.

Her decision not to recall parliament for a democratic vote is a sickening indictment of the autocracy that appears to be running our country right now.

A minority Conservative government propped up by the DUP does NOT have the moral right to take this massively significant decision.

Mrs May might also like to reflect on the UK’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia which has resulted in widespread deaths of innocent adults and children in Yemen…

Parliament MUST be recalled for an urgent debate.

Devon County Council Cabinet rejects own health watchdog’s recommendations on new care system

Thursday, 12 April 2018 2 Comments by Claire

The all Conservative Devon County Council Cabinet has thrown out its own health watchdog’s resolution on deferring the implementation of Devon’s Integrated Care System, while a range of assurances were received.

Dozens of objections from members of the public came flooding in at the 22 March Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee meeting and my resolution on the thorny issue, which can be found here -…/devons_nhs_asked_to_provide_… ... had been backed unanimously by councillors.

The Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee’s resolution had, I believe, been agreed by all except one Conservative councillor, Richard Scott, who voted against it.

DCC cabinet decides tomorrow if to back Health Scrutiny resolution over controversial health plans

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 0 Comments by Claire

Devon County Council’s cabinet will decide tomorrow whether to back the Health and Adult Scrutiny Committee’s resolution on deferring the implementation of the controversial Integrated Care System, which many local people have huge concerns over.

At the last Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee on 22 March, I proposed the following which was supported by the majority of the committee.

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