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Jane Haden, Roger Jackson, Jackie Jackson and Marilyn Warrener attended this meeting on October 6th 2018. The Devon Forum is a Campaigning Group which supports the CLPS across Devon, and is a good sharing ground for ideas. There was great information on what helps campaigning work well which we noted!

We listened to a very interesting talk from Sue Aves, a councillor in Exeter, and who works for on the Children’s Scrutiny Committee for DCC. We heard much information about what the funding cuts actually mean to schools in Devon, and figures about how much less funding they receive than schools in most other counties. The result of the cuts is a huge loss of teaching assistants, (one school reported going down from 50 teaching assistants to 8!) which means that many, many children with special needs, or personal, physical or mental health needs are no longer adequately supported and teachers have large classes with no help so that children with no special needs are also affected. The personal, mental health and wellbeing of children, and of staff, that used to be a feature of our schools has  been largely ignored because the funding for this area has stopped and schools don’t have enough to cover it. We know our schools have amazing, dedicated staff, and this government seems to have forgotten that “Every Child Matters”. We need to fight for the fairer funding that they deserve.




Sunday August 5th 2018. The Labour Party Walk and Picnic to Haytor Quarry

A motley crew of Labour members were let loose on Dartmoor today. We missed those who could not make it, and will try to put on another in the autumn. It was hot, hot, hot but a great walk and picnic, and an interesting bit of history. Note the Labour party mascot, George, is present and only mildly misbehaved, during the picnic. More trouble was Rheanne, who was suddenly, for no particular reason, transformed into the Lion King…




We raised approximately £270 for the election fighting fund today on Dawlish Lawn.

Thanks to those who gave us stuff to sell, and even more thanks to the lovely people who helped to sell it all, and persuaded the tourist and locals to buy some interesting and unique items!  There were tombola tickets, teas, cakes, bric-a-brac, books toys, plants and clothes and even tattoos! The “guess the name of the toy puppy” was run by two hardworking grandchildren of one of our members – young Labour supporters! Unite had a stall, and we also had a political stall, where lots of people stopped to chat Labour with us.  It did rain for a few minutes, but nothing like the tornado we dealt with last year, so we managed to keep things dry and carry on! Several people actually gave more than asked for the item, when they knew it was for Labour and almost everyone was positive!



Dylan Large met Jeremy Corbyn at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival, Sunday 22nd July 2018! 

Members from all three branches of the Newton Abbot Constituency attended the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival, and several of them were delighted to meet Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy spoke passionately about making our society more equal, and championed fairer wages, social housing and the NHS and much more!  They came back inspired to work even harder for a Labour Government, starting with the local district and town elections in May 2019.

The NHS  70th Birthday Fete! 7th July 2018

Speeches from Roger Jackson, Lillian Chasteau, James Osben, Gerald Lavers, Paul Raybould, Andy Stokes and Alex Moore and a march defending the NHS from Golden Lion square to Courtney Park Newton Abbot. There we held a fete to raise money for our election fighting fund because the only way to save the NHS is to change our government. Loads of people turned out despite the football. The NHS is vital to us all. Just take a look!