Putting Central Devon on the Labour map was the aim of Lisa Robillard Webb and Jan Wills at the Labour Party Conference this week. Many issues of relevance to our area have been debated so far - transport, housing, and welfare reform. At fringe meetings Lisa and Jan met people who will help us support our efforts in the future to tackle child poverty, support disabled people and to represent those who are struggling to get the benefits to which they are entitled. They made sure the Chief Executive of Barnardo's, Javed Khan, heard about the children who live in our area, and Jan spoke to the new Shadow Housing Minister, Joh&m Healey, to explain the housing needs in Central Devon.
As well listening to Jeremy Corbyn's inspirational speech, Conference welcomed the thousands of new members that continue to join the party every day.
Residents of Central Devon will be pleased know that the new Minister for Rural Affairs, Kerry MacCarthy promised to "rural-proof" all of Labour's new policies.
The ideas and information that Lisa and Jan gained at conference will be shared at the Central Devon AGM in November and it is hoped that as many members new and old will come along and share the exciting times. There will be more reports and photos to follow!