Lynne Richards

Lynne Richards is the Parliamentary Candidate for Central Devon.    

She has lived in a Central Devon village for more than 15 years and her two sons attended local state schools. She has more than twenty five years' experience in local government, housing, higher education, commercial and charitable sectors working in health and social care and community development.  She has significant senior level skills in the leadership and management of people, resources, information and activities. Until 2011, she was England Director of a leading family charity where 330 local groups provide home-visiting volunteers to support 77,000 vulnerable children and their 35,000 families.  

Lynne currently helps manage her family owned complementary health business in Exeter and Crediton, supports her elderly relatives and is active in the local Transition Town environmental group.  She is a loanstock investor in a housing co-op, a shareholder in a community enterprise bookshop and has been a school governor.  

Lynne says;

“I am committed to achieving social change.  My work and life experience has been defined by my determination to support people in communities to have the services they need to be happy and safe, be in control of their lives and where they can feel a sense of pride and ownership.”

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Lynne’s Pledges

I will not stand by and watch this destruction. I am ready to fight to:

  • Save the NHS and our rural public services from privatisation.
  • Regenerate and protect our environments.
  • Boost small and medium businesses.
  • Tackle the cost of living crisis in the countryside.
  • Support people who need help – most of us need help at some time.
"I want to live in a society where we care for each other and where power, prosperity
and prospects are for the many, not the few".

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As MP for Central Devon I would aim to;

"Strengthen rural communities by tackling low pay, poor working conditions and job insecurity - I want to see a 10p tax rate for low earners, introduce a youth jobs guarantee for 18-25s, address zero hours contracts, and abolish the bedroom tax;

Develop rural business and industry and ensure a sustainable future for our farming, food and tourism industries - I will work to cut the cost of doing business in rural areas - freeze business rates and energy bills and provide a digital inclusion fund for better internet connections;

Reduce household bills - I believe we should all have affordable energy prices, housing that reduces fuel poverty, greener transport, free child care".

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