Honiton councillor meets Gordon Brown

PUBLISHED: 13:35 30 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:22 15 June 2010

A delegate at the recent Labour Party Conference was Honiton town councillor Vernon Whitlock.

A delegate at the recent Labour Party Conference was Honiton town councillor Vernon Whitlock. Mr Whitlock, who is the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Labour in the Tiverton and Honiton constituency, was attending the conference for the first time. He described the experience as a great opportunity to be at the centre of debate and a chance to speak to government ministers about issues that effect voters in Honiton and district.Mr Whitlock, a former mayor of Honiton, also had an opportunity to meet Gordon Brown and listened to what he described as "a speech which confirmed Gordon as the right person to lead the party and the country at a time when experience and stability are most needed".Commenting on the whole experience he stated: "Being a member of the Labour Party and attending conference has given me an ideal opportunity to voice concerns such as affordable housing, energy costs and other issues, which effect the people of Honiton. "It was an opportunity to help shape policy and make sure that the voice of Tiverton and Honiton is heard in Westminster."Part of the Labour Party Conference was set aside to celebrate the 6Oth anniversary of the NHS. Formed in 1948 under the leadership of Labour MP Nye Bevan, the NHS has changed people's lives. One of the conference speakers was the first NHS baby. She described having her bottom smacked one minute after the commencement of the service. Nyra, named after Nye Bevan told the conference that before the start of the NHS her family had to sell their piano, their only form of entertainment, to pay doctors' fees. Mr Whitlock said: "What a contrast to today and the free service, first rate medical staff and facilities that we have serving the people of Honiton."I got involved in politics because I wanted to make a difference. "Joining your local council or a political party provides you with opportunities both to get things done locally and influence things nationally and I would encourage anyone who is interested to get involved.

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