East Devon Alliance win Seaton and Colyton seat in county vote

PUBLISHED: 12:28 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:48 05 May 2017

Seaton West campaigner Martin Shaw. Photo CHRIS CARSON

Seaton West campaigner Martin Shaw. Photo CHRIS CARSON

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Independent East Devon Alliance candidate Martin Shaw has won the Seaton and Colyton seat in the Devon County Council elections.

The results are as follows:

Peter Burrows (Liberal Democrats) 524

Jim Knight (Independent) 441

Ian Martin (Labour) 222

Helen Parr (Conservatives) 1,784

Martin Shaw (Independent East Devon Alliance) 1,826

There were 13 ballot papers rejected with a turnout of 40 per cent.

In his victory speach, Mr Shaw said: “Mr deputy returning officer, I should like to thank you and your staff ​for the efficient conduct of the election and the count.

“I should also like to thank the other candidates for an interesting election.

“I wish to pay tribute to Jim Knight for his eight years service as County Councillor. I have always found Jim conscientious, unpretentious and easy to deal with. He’s the kind of honest Conservative with whom I can do business.

“I’d like to thank my agent, Paul Arnott, co-founder of the East Devon Alliance, who has been a source of inspiration as well as constant support.

“I would like to thank my wife, Annabel, for her unending support.

“I should especially like to thank the forty or so people who actively supported my campaign. They’ve been a great team and I’m honoured to have worked with them all. Together we have shown that where the national parties are failing, Independent politics can bring change in East Devon.

“Above all, however, I am humbled by the trust placed in me by the people of Seaton, Colyton, Colyford, Beer, Branscombe, Farway, Northleigh, Southleigh, Offwell and Wilmington.

“This is a far-flung division to represent but many things unite us.

“Above all, people want to keep the beds in their local community hospitals,in Honiton as well as Seaton.

“I would not be standing here today if the NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group had not decided to remove the beds from Seaton Hospital.

“The people of Seaton and Colyton have rejected the Conservative Party because they claim to offer stability, but in practice are allowing the CCG to wreck the health system, which is at the heart of our local community and the foundation of a caring society.

“They have rejected East Devon Conservatives because in the face of an unjust decision, they showed weakness instead of strength, and instantly accepted ‘bed-less’ hospitals.

“So the voters have not only rejected the Conservatives, they have rejected the CCG’s policy ​of eliminating community hospital beds

entirely ​from the eastern part of East Devon.

“I now have a mandate from the voters of Seaton & Colyton to CHANGE this policy.

“I will be supporting local people ​who are resisting ​ this policy.

“I will be asking ​our next MP ​and the new Government to put a stop to this vandalism.

“No one, not the Government, not the CCG, should ignore what our communities

want in their local NHS.”

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