MP hopeful ‘will be a buddy for local business’

The official launch for Claire Wright's campaign to become elected as an East Devon Independent MP t

The official launch for Claire Wright's campaign to become elected as an East Devon Independent MP took place in the Unitarian Chapel in Sidmouth this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 4039-23-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders - Credit: Archant

East Devon’s independent parliamentary candidate has pledged to support the region’s ‘lifeblood’ traders and businesses if she is elected in May.

Claire Wright says that the Government ‘buddy’ system – which pairs MPs with business leaders - focuses on building relationships with big corporations, and neglects smaller companies.

She said: “All this confirms my long-held view that this government is only concerned with big business but it is the small and independently owned businesses and the self-employed who are the lifeblood of the economy here in East Devon.

“I have visited and talked to dozens of small companies across the constituency and the comment that I have heard most often is that they are ignored by government and all the big parties.”

Mrs Wright, who currently serves as a district and county representative for Ottery St Mary, said traders in the area faced challenges including business rates and expensive parking.


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“I give all these small traders a promise,” she added. “If I am elected on May 7, I pledge I shall be your buddy and will campaign energetically on your behalf.”

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