Voters head to the polls for the Tiverton and Honiton by-election

81-year-old George is first to vote in Hemyock

Thursday 23rd June 2022 1:05 pm
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George Privett is first to vote in Hemyock for the Tiverton and Honiton by-election
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Voters in places like Hemyock, Clayhidon and Culmstock have been heading to the polls to cast their vote in the Tiverton and Honiton by-election.

First to the polling station at Hemyock village hall this morning was 81-year-old George Privett. He said: “I always try to vote.”

Meanwhile, Michael Travers was up early to do his civic duty and cast his vote before heading off for a day’s sailing. “Sailing and voting all in one day. I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

Michael Travers voting day
Michael Travers (WWN ) (WWN)

The constituency stretches to the south Devon coast. Other places in the north eastern end of the area include Burlescombe, Westleigh, Hockworthy, Clayhanger, Petton and Shillingford.

At Culmstock village hall, carpentry teacher Jonathan Nex said: “It’s very important. It’s a crucial vote on Boris Johnson in particular and his track record. In my opinion he’s not standing up for British values of decency and honesty.”

Jonathan Nex voting in Culmstock
Jonathan Nex (WWN ) (WWN)

Among the voters at Uffculme was Tania Edworthy, voting early before heading to her job as a residential care worker.

Voter in Uffculme
Tania Edworthy (WWN ) (WWN)

Another early voter Maureen Blanchard, accompanied by her dog Jack, said: “I think we are enormously fortunate to be in a democracy. You can’t grouse and whine afterwards if you don’t vote.”

Uffculme voter
Maureen Blanchard (WWN ) (WWN)

In all there are eight candidates on the ballot. The by-election follows the forced resignation of former Conservative MP Neil Parish. He held the seat at the 2019 General Election with a majority of 24,239.

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