An army of helpers are required if I am to run as a parliamentary candidate again!
Thursday, 20 April 2017 2 Comments by Claire
I am seriously considering putting my hat in the ring as an Independent candidate in the 8 June General Election.
I have been for many years, deeply concerned at this government’s attitude towards public services, especially the NHS, social care and education, all of which are underfunded and hugely struggling, especially in Devon.
Devon County Council has seen over half its budgets disappear due to austerity measures. Many services have been cut back, or lost as a result.
I am also concerned about the effect of Brexit on the vast amount of land and species currently highly protected under EU legislation. This is at risk of not being properly protected as we leave the EU.
In Devon alone, there are 122 sites across 115,000 hectares, including at Woodbury and Aylesbeare Commons.
The transfer of this EU legislation to UK law needs carefully monitoring.
Since Tuesday morning I have received hundreds of messages of support and offers of help if I decide to run again, which has been touching and inspiring. This has forced me to consider my options carefully.
To run a successful campaign at such short notice, however, I need an army of leafleters and helpers.
If enough people come forward to offer practical help, I will be able to run.
Pic: At one of my public meetings in Exmouth, during the 2015 general election campaign.