Southwest England ranked third top tourist destination in Europe

A correspondent writes: ‘There was a letter in the Western Morning News (03/12/2014) about Cornwall and the South West, mentioning Lonely Planet.
Looking further into this, here’s what I found:

Source Extract from WMN article dated 29th Oct 2014, and information from ‘Lonely Planet’, at the links indicated below:

29th October 2014
http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/WMN-OPINION-Devon-Cornwall-proud-tourist-industry/story-24895756-detail/story.html

Lonely Planet included the region in its latest list of the top ten must-see locations and its travel experts rated the region’s rich moorland, rugged coastline and miles of sandy beaches as being on a par with heavyweight holiday spots Greece and Italy. We all know Devon and Cornwall are fabulous, it seems everyone else might be beginning to get the message too.
http://www.dreamsofcornwall.co.uk/blog/top-holiday-destinations-europe/

Coming third in their list of the best places to visit in Europe, the South West’s dramatic rural landscapes and breathtaking coastal scenery are among the reasons why the area is ranked higher than other European destinations such as Italy, Spain and France, placing Cornwall firmly on the map in the eyes of millions of travellers worldwide.

The Lonely Planet top 10 destinations in Europe for 2014 are

1. Greece

2. Ljubljana, Slovenia

3. Southwest England, UK

4. Italy

5. Viking Denmark

6. Seville, Spain

7. Outer Hebrides, Scotland

8. Plzeň, Czech Republic

9. Stavanger, Norway

10. Toulouse, France

Ladbroke’s betting odds today for General Election outcome

Conservatives 1/8
UKIP 8/1
Claire Wright (IND) 12/1
Liberal Democrats 50/1
Labour 100/1

Claire Wright’s odds started at 66/1, then 50/1, then 33/1, then 16/1 and now 12/1 and recently the bookmaker was accepting only a maximum of £20 per bet on her.

Those who trusted their judgment at 66/1 must be getting quite excited!

East Devon, Exeter and Teignbridge three of the most unaffordable places to rent in SW

Well, that will give the new group something to talk about, but will they act? East Devon is striking out affordable housing when asked (pressurised) to do so by developers:

http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Exeter-revealed-unaffordable-place-rent-South/story-25209270-detail/story.html

Will latest relocation swerve be cost-effective?

Chair of Save Our Sidmouth has asked for clarification on EDDC calculations of comparative running costs. View his question to Richard Cohen, at this link: http://saveoursidmouth.com/2014/12/05/costs-of-running-knowle-compared-with-those-of-running-honiton-and-exmouth/