There are now fewer than 400 days until the next General Election. North Devon needs a new Conservative MP who will step up and represent our area with energy and enthusiasm. So from now on, I want to devote all my time and effort to working with, and for, fellow North Devon residents on the issues that matter in our community.
For that reason, I have this week resigned my position as a Borough Councillor in Swindon. I now live permanently in Bishops Nympton and will dedicate the next year, and beyond, to working fulltime for North Devon.
A few months ago, some political opponents here tried to score points by complaining that I was still a councillor elsewhere. In fact, they just helped highlight the fact that I take my commitments seriously and don't shirk my responsibilities. Standing down sooner would also have caused an unnecessary by-election costing taxpayers thousands of pounds, which I refused to do.
For the last 14 months I have spent most of my time in North Devon; from now on, I will be here all the time. I will fight a positive campaign, 100% focused on the issues that matter. Working with fellow local residents in North Devon and fighting for our area will be my first and only priority.
Conservative Parliamentary Candidate