Swire fails to draw a crowd – empty seats at his one-man “hustings”

Report from Exmouth:

“I went into the college soon after the meeting started.

Given that a number of those present were Tory councillors, the numbers of ‘ordinary folk’ looked pretty small for a town of 36,000. Far fewer there than the last Town Council meeting I attended, plenty of spare chairs.

Perhaps a better indicator was the car park, often a struggle to find a place, it was no trouble this time. For some peculiar reason 5 or 6 spaces were taped off for Jill Elson- these remained empty. Maybe there was a last minute rush expected- but it hadn’t arrived by the time the meeting started.”