Vote Labour 6th May 2021 – Devon County Council ELECTIONS (and Teignmouth Town Council Elections)

Here are the Candidates who are standing in our Divisions across the Constituency for Labour:

Jeff Pocock: standing for Dawlish :

Jeff has been a teacher for over 2 decades, and has a good grounding on the issues that affect ordinary people. He grew up in London, where he saw the benefits good Labour councils can have for local people. He has a young family, and wants the best for families in Dawlish and Teignmouth West Ward, and to support them in housing, environment, health and wellbeing issues. He rejects further cuts to local services, such as the police, schools, the local hospital closure and youth and community services.

Jackie Jackson: Standing for Teignmouth:

Jackie has lived in Devon for 30 years, and has supported many issues locally. including the Save the Hospital Campaign. She runs the local food larder, and is passionate about supporting local people in the community. She has voted Labour all her adult life, and been active in the Labour Party for 5 years after retiring as a headteacher. Local issues, such as post covid jobs, affordable housing, care for the elderly, and funding for schools, and police are important to her.  

Town Council Vacancies, West Teignmouth and Teignmouth Central: Jackie is also standing for Teignmouth West town Council Vacancy, and Jeff for Central Teignmouth Town Council Vacancy.

John Fitzsimmons: Standing for Newton Abbot South:

John has voted Labour for many years since the 60’s. He studied Economics at university and worked as a Civil Servant, later as a work/study engineer, did PGCE primary maths, but was offered a business studies teaching role at Exeter College. He then went on to work for many years in TV and Production, including the music business, and finally became head of faculty for Performing Arts, at Plymouth Uni. He has lived in Devon since 1985, in Chudleigh, Totnes, and Exeter. He joined the Labour Party in 2015. He belongs to UCL (Union)

Lesley Robson: Standing for Newton Abbot North: 

Lesley had lived in Bucks, and Greece, with her engineer husband, during the Thatcher years, and came back to find a Britain she didn’t like much because of the Tory actions. She taught maths and supported her husband to become a Labour Councillor, but when he died, she followed his lead and became a City Councillor in Exeter, Deputy Leader of the Labour Group, and eventually 13 years as the Deputy Lord Mayor in Exeter. Since she stood down from that role she has been working with the Priory Community Food Larder, and is involved heavily with the growing numbers needing it.

Bahv Studley: Standing for Exminster and Haldon: Lives in Exminster

Bhav explained that she was a working mum, with a young child. She worked as a clinical psychologist, and was concerned about the rising mental health caused by the pandemic. She had joined the Labour Party in 2015, and belonged to UNISON. She wanted to become more active because of the poor leadership of the Tory Government.

Chris Robbillard: Standing for Kingsteignton and Teign Estuary:

Chris has been 53 years in the Labour Party, worked in social security, as a civil servant, and in many other interesting jobs, ranging from NHS auditor, to computer expert and journalist. He has worked with Fair Trade and the NHS, and was a councillor for 15 years. His main concerns were about the privatisation of the NHS by stealth, and Climate Change. He knows Kingsteignton well and is known, through his work with the Kingsteignton magazine.

John Hodgson: Standing for Ipplepen and the Kerswells:

Having lived in Shaldon in the eighties and now in Teignmouth, John has a long-standing knowledge of the local area. He believes that the aftermath of Covid makes the provision of healthcare especially important, and is concerned at the proposed closure of Teignmouth hospital. He is concerned about local employment post-Covid, and the continuing need for affordable housing for local people. 

WHO CARES ABOUT FOOTPATHS AND WHO CHECKS THE COUNCIL?

While maybe only a footpath to some, the sudden and hugely unpopular removal of a feature of one of Teignmouth’s biggest car parks late last year is yet further sign of the high handed action of local government in Devon.

There is too much complacency and a lack of proper checks and balances in the system. Proper scrutiny and oversight would have stopped the removal of this well used community asset from happening. Without change it will happen again.

Where’s our footpath?

We can all recall situations in our villages, towns, and cities, like the removal of the footpath and guardrail at East Cliff Car Park in Teignmouth. Here, without any apparent warning or need, a community facility is removed or altered. With a huge impact, especially on the most disadvantaged community members. 

No-one at the council is apparently responsible, with blame passed around. Councils rely on short memories and another problem arising.

Councils may plead poverty for their actions or lack of them and to a degree they have a point. However, the same old faces and the same political parties making the decisions leads to a lack of real scrutiny.

Ultimately, the removal of the pedestrian footpath at East Cliff Car Park is due to a lack of proper oversight and scrutiny at council level. This is in good part because, as is often the case in localities, the different levels of councils are run by the same party.

Councils such asTeignbridge and Teignmouth are run by the same political parties at present but without proper oversight and consultation. The East Cliff Car Park footpath has been allowed to be removed as there is no opposition on the councils involved.

This is where Labour’s candidates in Devon can and will make the difference if elected. We won’t be complacent and we will fully scrutinise what is going on.

Devon’s democracy in sum, therefore, needs Labour more than ever.

So come May 6th vote for us and we will supply what the parties running many of Devon’s councils will not or cannot.

Proper scrutiny and accountability. 

And let’s make sure no further footpaths and other beloved features of our beautiful county are lost forever.

Vote Labour 6th May 2021. Vote for Change.