Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
My bid for parliament
Why I have decided to run for parliament
In the last four very rewarding years that I have been a councillor serving on East Devon District Council (and from 2013 Devon County Council) I have been contacted by many residents.
People who are frustrated that their voices are not being heard at Westminster.
People who are unhappy about what is happening at central government, including:
- relaxation of the planning rules
- the pursuit of economic growth at all costs
- public service cuts, when billions of pounds is being wasted elsewhere, such as on high speed rail and police and crime commissioner elections.
- the focus on big business, including big business lobbying of ministers and the “gagging bill”
- the quiet but steady privatisation of the NHS
- the number of MPs who appear to be acting in their party’s or their own interests, rather than the interests of those who they are supposed to represent
I thought long and hard about whether standing for parliament was the right thing to do and how it could affect my family life, including my husband and 10 year old daughter.
But I am very fortunate. My family and those close to me are very supportive. And after much soul-searching I realised that I felt compelled to stand for election and that now is the right time.
I promise that should I be fortunate enough to be elected and have the honour to represent the East Devon constituency, I will do my utmost to represent the residents in a tireless and spirited way. Without fear or favour.
My work as a councillor
I care passionately about our countryside and have been an outspoken critic and campaigner against the recently relaxed national planning rules that threaten East Devon today.
I am a strong advocate of openness in local government. I worked to expose the influence of the landowners and developers on East Devon Business Forum, which had a significant influence on EDDC’s planning strategy.
I have since encouraged greater transparency at EDDC.
I care very much about public services and continue to oppose the widespread cuts by Devon County Council, which are caused by massive cuts by central government. This seems especially wrong when so much of our money is being wasted elsewhere.
Past electoral success I have a strong track record of representing and defending residents’ best interests. In 2013 I was resoundingly elected to Devon County Council with 2,970 votes and a 74 per cent share.
As a result, I have the largest majority of any county councillor in the south west.
Read more about what I have been doing in my councillor role here .
Turning your views into my manifesto
I have based my manifesto on thousands of conversations with you - either through my survey that I carried out, via email, phone or face-to-face.
My manifesto is driven by what you have told me is important to you.
Read my manifesto here - http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/election-site/manifesto
I have no party machinery or big business behind me. This leaves me free to speak and free to act. Instead I rely on public donations to finance my campaign.
Donations are used to cover expenses such as publicity materials, including literature, and the hire of halls for events.
If you support my aims and would like to help me, please donate using the button below.
Donations, both large and small, will all be welcome.
Because I believe that big businesses have crept too close to politicians, I have decided not to accept donations from corporations.
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NB: Under the rules set out by the Electoral Commission, those donating more than £500 must be publicly listed on the Electoral Commission's website.
However, we must also keep the names and addresses of everyone who donates £50 or over, also in line with Electoral Commission rules. Please get in touch with me if you wish to discuss this.
Can you help in other ways?
Many people have already kindly offered help me in a practical way, such as by leafleting.
But without the machinery of a national political party behind me I will need many volunteers!
If you would like to help leaflet, or if you can help in any another way, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Here's a collection of my public meetings on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=claire+wright+parliamentary+candidate
And please do like my Facebook page and leave a comment! - https://www.facebook.com/clairewrightindependent
Or follow me on Twitter at @ClaireWrightInd
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