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Although, like you, we are disappointed at election result, we are determined to continue to communicate the policies and principles of the Labour Party in our local constituency, provide a credible option for local people, and do what we can to return a Labour Government at the next election.

Thank you to everyone who helped our campaigning over the last few months, with special thanks to Lynne Richards for being such a superb Parliamentary Candidate, to Justin who worked tirelessly as the agent. Lynne came third overall in the Parliamentary Candidate vote (only 186 votes behind UKIP and 342 ahead of the Lib Dems).​   Thanks also to our District Council Candidates who added Labour's name to the local election's ballot paper and gave the voters a wider choice of candidates.  We worked hard to cover as many areas as possible, but we always welcome any new members willing to stand for the Labour Party in their area.

Forty seven new members and supporters have joined the Labour Party in Central Devon during May – a warm welcome to you all. We have managed to speak to some of you already and hope to contact all of you over the next few weeks to personally welcome you to our constituency group.


Constituency Events

The next Constituency Labour Party Meeting will be on Tuesday 7th July at 7.30 pm at 26b

Clifton Hill, Exeter.

We will be discussing the Leadership Contest and direction of the party, and hope to

welcome ‘old’ and ‘new’ members alike.   Please join us if you can.

The provisional date for the Constituency Labour Party meeting after that is Thursday 20th

August at 7.30pm when we will discuss the leadership contest. Please pencil the date in

your diary.

Leadership & deputy leadership election

The timetable for the leadership election has been published by the National Executive

Committee (NEC), and as a member you will receive information about the process. All

‘members, registered supporters and affiliated supporters’ will have a vote, with the ballot

closing at 12pm on Thursday 10th September. Please check your membership or

registration is up to date on the ‘cut off’ date of 12th August, to ensure you have a vote.

There will be regional hustings for the candidates from 17th June – the nearest to us will be in

Swindon on 4th July – you will soon be able to register to attend the events by going to:


The results of the leadership elections will be announced at a special conference on 12th



You may be interested in the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy petition for Jon Trickett

to stand in the leadership contest

‘Campaign for Labour Party Democracy’ - http://home.freeuk.net/clpd/#.VWiJr8915fN



National Executive Committee

The National Executive Committee is the governing body of the Labour Party that oversees

the overall direction of the party and the policy-making process. It sets annual strategic

objectives and reviews the work of the party. Rather than circulate NEC reports to all

members, if you are interested in the discussions of the NEC, Ann Black, Peter Willsman

and Jo Baxter all provide reports of the meetings. Reports are available from:

‘Grassroots Labour’ - http://www.grassrootslabour.net/


‘Labour List’



Social Events and Fundraising

Celebrated guitarist/singer/songwriter Michael Chapman at the Edgemoor

Party member and event organiser Phil Royal has promised a donation to the Party from an

intimate concert to be given by the celebrated guitarist/singer/songwriter Michael Chapman

in the comfort of the Edgemoor Hotel on Sunday 12th July at 7.15pm.

The Hotel is less than a mile from Bovey Tracey, on the Haytor Road.

Email Phil at phil.royal@btinternet.com or post cheques payable to P. Royal to Glendale,

Newton Road, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9BB.

Tickets are £10.

Listen to Michael perform: Fabulous instrumental -


Songs from the television 



South West Co-operative Party

Saturday 27th June, 10.30 – 3.00pm – Summer Conference on ‘The role of Social Enterprise’

organised by the South West Co-operative Party, at Exeter Labour Hall, 26b Clifton Hill,

Exeter (lunch provided). For more information or to book your free place contact Saxon at



Red Ramblers

If any member wants to go on Red Ramblers circulation list, or would like more details of

walks, please email Saxon at smspence@phonecoop.coop or phone 01392 271789

Sunday 14th June 10.30 - Walk led by Richard Westlake on the Grand Western canal.

Meet at Halberton directions: either leave the M5 at Junction 27 and follow the A361 North

Devon Link Road, taking the first exit to Sampford Peverell; or take the road from

Tiverton to Halberton, passing Blundell’s School. Meet in the Halberton car park on the

south side of the canal – there is another car park on the other side if this is full and there is

a bridge across to the meeting place. The walk is 5 miles and flat. Bring a packed lunch

and tea at the canal basin where there is a new visitors’ centre.

Sunday 5th July at 10.30 - Meet at Trevor and Judy’s on street parking outside their

house for the walk.  Address - 75, Nut Bush Lane, Chelston, TORQUAY, TQ2 6SG

Packed lunch followed by cream tea.

Sunday 9th August at 10.30 am - Meet at the camping field at Lustleigh for a short walk

to Kelly’s Mine where John Mellor has arranged for us to visit at ll.00 the old haematitie

mine now conserved by a charity so no charge but donations appreciated. After the visit,

about an hour, lunch at the Cleave (please book with Saxon or John a week before) then,

weather permitting, games and barbecue..

Please let Saxon know if you can offer a lift or need one and it is also helpful to the

organiser if you could let Saxon know whether you expect to come or not. If the weather is

poor please check the walk is on before you leave home.


BBC Any Questions in Exeter

Exeter Labour Party have passed on information about BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions?

taking place in Exeter.

On Friday 24th July Exeter College will be hosting the live broadcast of BBC Radio 4’s Any

Questions? programme with Jonathan Dimbleby. Tickets to be in the audience are being

made available on a first come, first serve basis.

The event will be held in the new Sports Hall, just off Queen Street Exeter. Doors open

from 6.15pm on the night and all must be seated by 7.15pm with the programme live on air

from 8.00pm – 9pm.

All audience members are politely requested to wear appropriate footwear to avoid damage

to the new Sports Hall flooring. Strictly no stillettoes/kitten heels etc will be permitted.

Please also note that there is no public car parking at the new Sports Hall but the venue is

close to public transport and other public car parks. To book your free ticket please visit the

College website link: http://www.exe-coll.ac.uk/AnyQuestions


Labour and Cooperative Party Dorset

Are hosting an event to promote Cooperative and Labour thinking in the South West.

Saturday 20th June, 11.00 to 15.45 with tea/coffee from 10.30

At Weymouth College, Cranford Avenue, Weymouth, Dorset DT47LQ


Mike Byatt - Labour and Cooperative Councillor, Weymouth and Portland Borough

Council. A new economy for Weymouth and Portland

Clare Moody - Euro MP for the South West. Future of Cooperatives in Europe, and a debate

on the Euro Referendum

Carl Taylor - Redditch Cooperative Homes. Setting up Housing Cooperatives

Mike Crawshaw. How cooperatives operate in Bologna Italy

Buffet provided - no entrance charge but donations gratefully accepted.

For more information please contact Paul Kimber (tel.01305  822121, email



Boundary consultations

There will be a special meeting of Devon Council Procedures Committee on Wednesday,

10th June at 2.15 to consider any representations to the Local Government Boundary

Commission about the draft proposals for the new county council divisions for 2017 that

have just been published.  These are now out for consultation and you can see them on the

Commission’s website. 

You can also submit comments direct to the commission by the 6th July.  You can see the

proposals at your local council offices or on the web a www.lgbce.org.uk     




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