EDDC leader loses out in Totnes parlimentary race

EAST Devon District Council leader Sara Randall-Johnson missed out in her bid to become the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Totnes on Tuesday.

EAST Devon District Council leader Sara Randall-Johnson missed out in her bid to become the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Totnes on Tuesday.

Miss Randall-Johnson, a district councillor for the Ottery St Mary rural ward, was beaten by Chagford GP Dr Sarah Wollaston in the race to represent the party at the next general election.

Dr Wollaston bagged 7,914 votes with Miss Randall-Johnson close behind with 5,495.

All 69,000 Totnes voters were sent a postal ballot for the vote, the first time a British party has done so to select a candidate.

Totnes MP Anthony Steen is stepping down at the next general election after a row about his expenses.