From the blog of Claire Wright, Independent candidate for Otter Valley Ward and current DCC councillor:
“The Conservative candidate for Otter Valley Ward, Tim Venner, has hit out at residents attending the event at Ottery St Mary Hospital on Saturday, which showed local determination to save the hospital and its services, which may be at risk in the future.
The hospital had its general medical beds removed in 2015 but the building may now be at risk too.
Mr Venner, who is my Conservative opponent in the Devon County Council elections, tweeted: “Guess its (sic) good to spread gloom – stop hindering progress we need an evolving NHS fit for todday (sic) not 1970.”
It isn’t the first time Mr Venner has lashed out at local people trying to save Ottery Hospital.
After an event I organised at the hospital last May which Hugo Swire MP attended, Mr Venner referred to Ottery St Mary Hospital in a tweet as a “geriatric home.”
In a few days the Conservatives will no doubt send a leaflet around pledging their support for local hospitals and the NHS.
It is important that people are aware that in the Otter Valley, their Conservative candidate holds views that may be at odds with those set out in his leaflet.
The elections are on Thursday 4 May.”