General Election candidates for East Devon confirmed

PUBLISHED: 17:05 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:14 11 May 2017

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Candidates for the East Devon seat in next month's General Election have been confirmed.

Among those set to take on Conservative Sir Hugo Swire is Independent Claire Wright, who finished second in the 2015 vote.

Also in the running are Labour Party candidate Jan Ross, Liberal Democrat Alison Eden, UKIP’s Brigitte Graham, and Independents Peter Faithfull and Michael Val Davies.

The acting returning officer for East Devon has today confirmed the list of candidates, with the deadline for nominations passed.

The election will take place on June 8.

Launching her campaign this week at a meeting at Exmouth Rugby Club, Ms Wright, a county councillor for Otter Valley, said she faced 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.”

“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.”

Labour candidate Ms Ross said: “I am proud to have been selected to fight the seat in East Devon in the forthcoming General Election where I intend to highlight some of the serious issues facing our society.

“I was born in Devon to an active Labour Party family and I have followed that example of local involvement all my adult life.

“If elected I would work hard for East Devon and stand up for our community.”

Lib Dem Ms Eden is a healthcare communications specialist and Oxford University graduate who lives in Teignmouth, where she is a town and district councillor, with her husband and family.

She said: “This election is not only about Brexit and the critical choices ahead. It is also about the future of the NHS - and I am proud that the Liberal Democrats are making such a clear funding commitment to that future.”

Sir Hugo, who has served as MP for East Devon since 2001, previously announced his candidacy, saying it was important for Prime Minister Theresa May to be given a ‘strong mandate’ by the electorate ahead of Brexit negotiations.

He added: “I look forward to supporting her in the next Parliament if the people of East Devon re-elect me as their MP.”

The Journal will be publishing further details and coverage of all the candidates as polling day approaches.

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