Welcome to my latest newsletter. Please forward it to anyone else who you think would like to receive it, and they can sign up at my website (www.peterheatonjones.org.uk).
The Future of the UK
I try and focus this newsletter as much as possible on issues specific to North Devon. I couldn’t let this week go by, however, without referring to the Scottish referendum. Next Thursday’s vote is one of the most significant historical and political events of my lifetime. It could see the break up of the United Kingdom after 300 years. In that sense, it’s as significant for us in Devon as it is in Dundee.
I am a unionist. I believe the United Kingdom is, as the saying goes, better together. All the mainstream parties in England hold that view. This is not a partisan issue: remember, if Scotland becomes independent and their MPs leave the Westminster parliament, it’ll be very difficult for Labour ever to form a majority government. Even with that incentive, I’m still lobbying for a ‘no’ vote!
This is of course a matter for the Scottish people to decide. But if you have friends or relatives in Scotland, take some time in the next few days to metaphorically hug them and assure them we want them to stay.
We will respect their decision, whatever it may be, but I hope that this time next week we can still count Scotland as part of the United Kingdom.
North Devon Link Road
There’s been a good response to my survey about the A361. Thank you if you’ve taken part. I’m campaigning for the road to be a dual carriageway between Tiverton and Barnstaple, and for improvements beyond that to help the Braunton bottlenecks. It’s a longterm campaign and an ambitious one, but I think we should be ambitious for North Devon.
I was disappointed but not surprised to see comments in the media this week from other parties resorting to their usual negative tactics. Their cry of ‘We thought of this first!’ is frankly the politics of the playground. And the suggestion that I am in some way responsible for events that happened in 1979 is simply bizarre!
I say this: let’s work together to move forward and get things done. While the other parties engage in negative comments, I’m determined to run a positive campaign. The voters can decide which approach they prefer next May.
Calvert Trust Exmoor
I’ve written before about the Calvert Trust. They’re an inspirational organisation providing a unique opportunity for young people with challenging health conditions to experience a huge number of outdoor and social activities. I went to visit them at their base near Blackmoor Gate – the photo shows me meeting CEO Tony Potter at their magnificent site overlooking Wistlandpound Resevoir.
Fundraising is a real challenge and I have pledged to do whatever I can. This week, I’m writing to the new Minister for the Disabled to urge him to visit the Calvert Trust. It will help to raise their profile and bring in much-needed support.
Also, this week the Trust were successful in reaching the public vote stage in this year’s Lloyds Bank Community Fund. The organisation with the most votes will get £3,000, the second placed group £2,000, third £1,000 and fourth £500.
Please help the Trust to secure as many votes as possible by voting in ALL of the ways below and spreading the news to friends and family:
Texting ‘VOTE TXV’ to 61119 (charged at standard message rate)
Online & Twitter, by following this link: https://lly-cf.com/TXV and clicking VOTE FOR US.
In one of the following Lloyds branches in North Devon: Braunton, Chulmleigh, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Lynton, South Molton.
Voting is open now but closes on 10 October.
There may be other organisations in North Devon who have reached this stage; if you know about one, please let me know and I’ll be happy to promote it.
Keep in touch
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Until next week......
Conservative Parliamentary Candidate