Midweek Herald asks: where IS Cranbrook town centre?

Good question!


Made all the more relevant by Exeter City Council refusing ALL THREE applications for out-of-town developments aroundHoniton Road last night,citing, in part, the need not to stand in the way of the development of a town centre in Cranbrook.

Sick, elderly people ripped off – government pockets £31 million fine for it

“Standard Life Assurance Limited has just been fined £30,792,500 by city watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority.

What did they do to deserve it? Sold people the wrong pensions that would have seen them miss out on money every single year for the rest of their lives.

Worse, it was the people with health problems that were mis-sold.

Announcing the fine, the FCA’s Mark Steward said staffs were offered incentives to sell policies over the phone without checking they were suitable “which led to unfair outcomes for some customers”.

Significant numbers of staff received bonuses that doubled their salary for making these sales, which saw thousands of customers miss out on an average of more than £1,500 each as a result. …”


New Lib Dem leader voting record – not what you might expect

Presumably, this information in a Guardian comment comes from the theyworkforyou website which tracks all parliamentary votes by MPs. She has already bedn dubbed “Yellow Tory” – oh dear!

On The Environment

Consistently voted for selling England’s state owned forests

Generally voted against financial incentives for low carbon emission electricity generation methods

Generally voted against greater regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract shale gas

On Education

Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year

Almost always voted for academy schools

Consistently voted for ending financial support for some 16-19 year olds in training and further education

Consistently voted for university tuition fees

Generally voted for reducing central government funding of local government

Economic Policies

Almost always voted for increasing the rate of VAT

Consistently voted against increasing the tax rate applied to income over £150,000

Generally voted against a banker’s bonus tax

Almost always voted against an annual tax on the value of expensive homes (popularly known as a mansion tax)

Almost always voted for reducing the rate of corporation tax

Almost always voted against restricting the provision of services to private patients by the NHS

On Austerity

Almost always voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the “bedroom tax”)

Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices

Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability

Consistently voted for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support

Almost always voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits

Almost always voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed

Democratic Policies

Generally voted against a more proportional system for electing MPs

Generally voted for fixed periods between parliamentary elections

Generally voted for requiring the mass retention of information about communications


Consistently voted against slowing the rise in rail fares

Generally voted against greater regulation of gambling

Generally voted for the privatisation of Royal Mail

Generally voted for restricting the scope of legal aid

Generally voted for use of UK military forces in combat operations overseas”

How has Devon fared under Theresa May?

Badly – crime, education, homelessness and health and social care have all got much worse, only unemployment has improved with the gig econony and zero hours contracts: