Claire Wright (politician)

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Claire Wright is a British politician. She is a Devon county councillor and stood as an independent candidate for East Devon in the 2019 United Kingdom general election.[1]

Wright started working in the National Health Service in a public relations role in 2001, served on the Ottery St Mary Town Council and was elected to the Devon County Council in 2013 with 74 percent of the votes.[2][3] She stood as a parliamentary candidate in the 2015 and 2017 elections, receiving increasing margins of the vote.[4] Wright's main policy interests are the NHS, social care and preserving the environment,[2][5] with her manifesto based on a community survey.[6] On Brexit, Wright wants a confirmatory referendum on Boris Johnson's Brexit proposal in which she plans to campaign to stay within the European Union.[2]

The East Devon constituency has only ever been held by the Conservative Party and used to be considered a safe seat. With growing support in the 2017 general election for Wright, polling indicated the seat had become marginal.[2][7] Brian May endorsed Wright in 2017[6] and Hugh Grant and Martin Bell endorsed Wright in the 2019 election.[4][8] However, in the December 2019 election, Wright lost to the Conservative Simon Jupp by nearly 7,000 votes.[9] When asked if she would run again she said "she's not sure."[10]

Personal life[edit]

Wright lives in Ottery St Mary.[2]


  1. ^ Clark, Daniel (2 November 2019). "Independent who hopes to end 150 years of Conservatives in East Devon". Express & Echo. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e Chakelian, Anoosh (29 November 2019). "Rural revolt: The independent rebellion threatening Tory Devon". New Statesman. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  3. ^ Bennett, Asa (4 May 2015). "Meet the Ottery independent candidate who could take one of the Tories' safest seats". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  4. ^ a b Parsley, David (29 November 2019). "Disgruntled Tories may not vote in Devon, giving independent candidate a chance". Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  5. ^ Capurro, Daniel (23 November 2019). "Hot seat: East Devon - Can Independent take Tory seat after 150 years?". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  6. ^ a b Smith, Colleen (13 September 2019). "All eyes on Devon's Claire Wright ahead of General Election". Devon Live. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  7. ^ Association, Press (28 November 2019). "Poll suggests Liberal Democrat defectors set to lose in General Election". Evening Express. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Martin Bell OBE backs Independent Claire Wright to be East Devon MP". East Devon News. 3 November 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  9. ^ "East Devon parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Independent Wright 'incredibly sad' after defeat". Radio Exe. Retrieved 11 January 2020.

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