“Claire Wright, Independent Parliamentary candidate for Devon East has been endorsed by the chief tactical voting site Tactical2017 as the only candidate who can defeat the Conservatives. Ms Wright is the only Independent candidate in the country to be endorsed so far by the site.
This follows odds of 9/2 from William Hill who confirmed that they see Ms Wright as the official opposition in East Devon and the only credible alternative to the Conservatives.
Commenting on her listing Claire Wright says:
“I’m absolutely over the moon to be endorsed by Tactical2017. The momentum behind my campaign now is incredible. My boards and posters are appearing all over the constituency and my team continue to be deluged with offers of help, as my manifesto is hand delivered across East Devon by my army of helpers.”
“People’s generosity and faith in me is astonishing. Crowdfunding has reached around £7500 in just 10 days with 100 separate donations. This is half the amount we fundraised in a whole year during the 2015 General Election campaign.
“Thank you so much to everyone who is working so hard to elect me as East Devon’s MP. You are doing a sterling job!”
The tactical voting endorsement comes as Claire Wright launches her manifesto in Sidmouth tomorrow (Thursday) evening with clear statements on her policy ideas from health, education, small businesses, young people and the environment as well as Brexit.
Introducing the manifesto Ms Wright says: “On health I will fight to protect community hospitals and other local health services from cuts and work cross-party to achieve more NHS funding to keep pace with demand. I will press for more funding for social care, which is still significantly lower than it was in 2010. I will also strongly oppose plans that disadvantage our NHS, such as the creation of NHS Property Services which seeks to sell off hospitals and health centres.
“In education I will support local schools and parents and work cross-party at a local and national level to gain a realistic and fair level of funding for East Devon’s education system. I will listen to headteachers views on local education provision and represent these views in parliament.
“For small business I will work to reverse the recent increase in business rates, listen to small businesses and their requirements and work to achieve a better deal and be a champion for independent traders, especially those working in tourism.
“For younger people I will work towards giving 16 year olds the right to vote; help young people to have a voice in improving their communities and work for improvements to underfunded mental health services, counselling and pastoral support in schools.
“On the environment, I accept that we need some development, especially for younger people and those of us on low incomes and I will work to amend the permissive National Planning Policy Framework so it is less about growth at any price and more about balanced communities.
“In East Devon nature, as elsewhere in the country
, is in serious trouble due to habitat loss, pesticide use and climate change.
“I will listen and act upon local people’s views on protection of the countryside and nature and urge government ministers to do all they can to comply with vital climate change targets.
“I am asking the people of East Devon to listen carefully to what I am saying and use their vote to elect a hardworking and effective MP to represent them in parliament.”
Thursday 18th May, Claire’s Manifesto launch at Sidmouth Community College, Primley Road, Sidmouth, EX10 9LG, from 7.30-8.30 in the main hall.
Sunday 21st May, Q&A with Claire at the Grapevine Brewhouse, 2 Victoria Road, Exmouth, EX8 1 DL, 7pm.”