Vital to sustain economic recovery

SIR - As I write it is not yet clear what the national outcome of the General Election is but I would like to express my thanks to those voted for me last Thursday. I m proud of what Labour has achieved in the last 13 years and I believe that North Devon

SIR - As I write it is not yet clear what the national outcome of the General Election is but I would like to express my thanks to those voted for me last Thursday.

I'm proud of what Labour has achieved in the last 13 years and I believe that North Devon has benefitted considerably from a Labour government.

I'm naturally disappointed that the Labour vote has fallen here but not altogether surprised given the national trend.

North Devon may not be seen as natural Labour territory, but I was encouraged by so many whom I met during the campaign. It is clear to me that Nick Harvey, whom I sincerely congratulate, has been returned to Parliament with the help of many Labour supporters who were determined not to let North Devon fall to the Conservatives.


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I hope that the will of the progressive majority in North Devon will prevail as we enter the uncertainties of the months ahead. It is vital that the economic recovery is not undermined, which is my fear if the Conservatives' plans are enacted. I also think it is essential that our political system is reformed, including the voting system, so that the will of the majority can be fully and fairly expressed.

Mark Cann

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Labour Parliamentary Candidate,

North Devon.

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