Claire leaves political spotlight
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A campaigning councillor who has opposed the Conservatives at the last three general elections has announced that she is stepping down from frontline politics.
Claire Wright will not seek re-election to the Otter Valley Ward on Devon County Council, where she has served since 2013, in the local elections next month.
She said she intends to pursue new career opportunities instead.
Cllr Wright was first elected in 2013 with 74 per cent of the vote, before increasing her share to 75 per cent in 2017, and had the largest vote share of any of the elected councillors.
She came second to Conservative Hugo Swire in the 2015 and 2017 general elections in the East Devon constituency, as well as coming second to his replacement Simon Jupp in 2019.
Cllr Wright said: “I have quietly been considering my position for some time and although it has been an honour and privilege to serve my community in this way, it is now time to step aside.”