Independent candidate Claire Wright to stand in General Election

PUBLISHED: 09:13 09 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:01 11 May 2017

Councillor Claire Wright

Councillor Claire Wright


Independent candidate Claire Wright has announced she will stand in June's General Election.

Independent candidate Claire Wright has announced she will stand in June’s General Election.

The Devon county councillor made the announcement at a meeting at Exmouth Football Club on Monday night.

Cllr Wright secured more than 13,000 votes in the 2015 General Election, coming second to Conservative Sir Hugo Swire, who is also standing.

At the meeting, Cllr Wright described facing a ‘Herculean’ task, but added more than 500 people have come forward to help her election bid.

She said: “I do feel things have changed - we are in a very different time now. However, with that track record I can only be the only candidate who can beat the Conservative candidate.”

“It is going to be a classic David and Goliath battle, but, who won? Actually, this time, I am going to win.”

She took questions from the audience on her manifesto, wildlife and Brexit.

Cllr Wright said: “In terms of why people should vote for me, hopefully I will be able to communicate with the people who do not know already that I have been a hard-working councillor for the past eight years.

“A vote for me is a vote well spent and, if I was elected, I would not be tied to a party. I wouldn’t be tied to any party line and I would be able to represent people’s views and fight for what they wanted me to fight for and work on the issues that they want me to vote for and work for.

A full list of candidates standing in the election will be announced on Thursday, May 11.

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