Candidates gear up to contest Exmouth by-election

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 February 2018

EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7705-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7705-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn


Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, March 1, to decide who will fill the town’s vacant East Devon District Council seat.

Daphne Curier, an independant candidate for the Exmouth Town wardDaphne Curier, an independant candidate for the Exmouth Town ward

A by-election has been called for the Exmouth Town ward seat after Pat Graham stepped down in November 2017 due to concerns for her health.

Five candidates have been put forward for Mrs Graham’s district council seat, and they are as follows:

Daphne Currier, independent:

Tim Dumper, a Liberal Democrat candidate for Exmouth Town wardTim Dumper, a Liberal Democrat candidate for Exmouth Town ward

“In my 32 years as a teacher at the Community College, I have been privileged to serve the public across the town inclusively. “I live in Exmouth Town Ward, so share the concerns of residents and business owners.

“I understand residents’ frustration over parking, litter and inappropriate development.

“I am committed to promoting the interests of local businesses to create a sustainable future for our town.

“As a parent and retired teacher, I have always been mindful of the impact community decisions can have on young families.

“This by-election is your chance to elect an Independent candidate with no party affiliations who is dedicated to listening to your concerns and acting upon them.”

Robert Masding, a Green Party candidate for the Exmouth Town wardRobert Masding, a Green Party candidate for the Exmouth Town ward

Tim Dumper, Liberal Democrats:

Tim grew up and was educated in Exmouth. Since returning to the town almost 15 years ago, he lives again in The Colony, and has been a school governor at his former primary school, Exeter Road, for several years.

Tim has been a Town Councillor for nearly seven years, and has campaigned hard for the town, especially for improvements to the cleanliness of the town and better recycling – and for better transport.

He said: “The Council now provides good doorstep recycling, and I am now trying to achieve more recycling bins around town, to work towards a cleaner, greener town.”

Dilys Hadley, a Labour Party candidate for the Exmouth Town wardDilys Hadley, a Labour Party candidate for the Exmouth Town ward

Robert Masding, The Green Party:

In 2015 Robert was elected to Exmouth town council on a Green party ticket. Rob is enjoying getting involved in a town where he has holidayed for a lifetime and lived for five years.

Rob is very conscious of our responsibility to create a world that is fit for future generations. In 2015 Rob missed election to the District Council by just 61 votes. He says:

“I want to work with everyone else to make sure Exmouth is a place where people will want to live, work, and holiday, for many years to come. As a Green, I offer a fresh perspective.”

Tony Hill, a Conservative candidate for the Exmouth Town wardTony Hill, a Conservative candidate for the Exmouth Town ward

Dilys Hadley, Labour:

“Soon EDDC and its powers move from the Knowle to another place. Give me a voice for Exmouth in the new chamber, a meaningful voice that speaks against the unnecessary and brutal austerity that has sold off our rights, our assets, our democratic control to private greed and profit.

“Remember the fine words of Jeremy: “We don’t have to be unequal, it doesn’t have to be unfair, poverty isn’t inevitable. Things can, and they will, change.”

“If you want a representative who truly speaks for YOU, puts people first, with community in her heart, vote for Labour and me.”

Tony Hill, Conservative:

“I have been a local councillor for Town Ward for the last 3 years.

Like many others I can see that the town is in decline and in urgent need of strong inward investment to lift the economy and reverse the Towns fortunes.

“As such, I fully support the redevelopment of the seafront - but not at any cost.

“This redevelopment must be completed sensitivity with the right level of consultation and engagement.

“I now wish to continue to shape this redevelopment as an EDDC Councillor, as the next few years will be challenging but with the potential to do immense good and where it is essential that the Town Wards voice is heard throughout the process.”

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