Yesterday Heart radio’s website carried this story along with a video of Claire Wright. Jump across to all of this - http://www.heart.co.uk/exeter/news/local/ottery-general-election-upset-on-cards/.
In addition Claire Wright issued a press release about the odds that are being quoted on the local fight. This is Claire’s press release –
Claire Wright Press Release – 3 March:
CLAIRE WRIGHT CONFIRMED, AGAIN, AS MAIN CHALLENGER TO HUGO SWIRE
Claire Wright, the Independent candidate for Devon East, has been confirmed, again, as the candidate most likely to oust the current MP, Hugo Swire in the General Election.
William Hill say that her odds are 7/1. She is followed by UKIP at 16/1, the Liberal Democrats at 33/1 and Labour at 100/1. The current MP’s odds are 1/9.
An experienced spokesman for William Hill said that she was the only independent candidate in the country with odds in single figures and the next best, the comedian Al Murray, had odds of 50/1. “This means that she has the best chance of any independent of being successful.
“I believe that it is unprecedented for a genuinely independent candidate, not already in national politics and not identified with a single issue, to have such odds.”
Earlier Ladbrokes quoted Claire Wright at 6/1 and said that she had the best chance of any independent in the country of success.
Responding to the latest odds, Claire commented “What a boost it is for the campaign to have such great odds on winning the East Devon seat. It is really motivating! I am talking to people every day during my campaigning and they tell me time and time again that they are looking for someone who is going to properly represent their views, with none of the excuses the current MP makes for not doing so.
“The positive feedback I am continually receiving feels as though there is an ever-increasing energy to get me elected. We will be working hard to ensure that, when the General Election comes, the people of East Devon will have an MP who will put their interests ahead of a party.”
Claire Wright is running a very active campaign across the constituency and her next public meeting will be on Tuesday 10th March, at the Unitarian Church, at the junction of All Saints Road and Sidmouth High Street.
Other events are already scheduled for Budleigh Salterton, (18th March at the Masonic Hall), Ottery St. Mary (27th March at the Institute), Sidmouth (Woolbrook) (1st April at St. Francis Church Hall) and Exmouth (16th April at the Rugby Club, Imperial Road). All the meetings begin at 7.00pm except the one at Woolbrook which commences at 8.00pm.