MEET DAWN WESTCOTT
Dawn Westcott, an author and co-founder of the Exmoor Pony Project, lives and farms on Exmoor with her husband Nick, and will contest the constituency in the next general election, standing against incumbent, Peter Heaton-Jones MP.
“I’m standing with the Brexit Party because democracy has been betrayed and it needs defending. We need to get on with Brexit and progress this great opportunity for our country. In 2016, the people of North Devon clearly voted to leave the EU. But for three years, we’ve seen politicians trying to obstruct the referendum result, or vote for the dreadful Withdrawal Agreement. We need politicians who will listen and build trust with the constituents, grasp opportunities and take us positively forwards. The people of North Devon can see the great potential of shaping tailor-made policies for our communities, business, farming and beautiful environment. I’m standing with the Brexit Party to make sure the voices of North Devon are heard in Westminster. I hope Boris Johnson ensures we leave cleanly on 31 October. But if he doesn’t, the Brexit Party is here to challenge and change politics for good.”
Richard Tice, Brexit Party Chairman said: “The Brexit Party stands ready to fight a general election with a full slate of candidates in all the UK’s 650 constituencies. We will take on the major parties, which have failed the British people time and time again. The vast majority of our candidates are entering politics for the first time and they come from all walks of life, backgrounds, races and religions. Their greatest strength is that they are not professional politicians, but are competent individuals, connected to their local areas and issues they seek to represent. They have achieved great things in their professional or personal life, from entrepreneurs, small business owners and economists – to teachers, academics, forklift driver and bankers. But we all share a commitment to deliver Brexit, defend democracy and change politics for good.”
Dawn's selection is welcomed by James Glancy MEP who said, “Dawn Westcott will make an excellent representative for North Devon. Accomplished in business, conservation and well established in the community, she is passionate about local issues and standing up for democracy in the United Kingdom.”
Christina Jordan MEP said: “I want to congratulate Dawn Westcott on her selection as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for North Devon. I met Dawn during my campaign for European Parliament and I was impressed by her hard work and dedication. I am delighted to endorse Dawn as The Brexit Party PPC. She will be a splendid spokesperson for North Devon and the people living there.”
Pictured: Dawn Westcott on BBC Sunday Politics South West 3 Nov 2019 interviewed by presenter Martyn Oates.
BACKGROUND: Dawn Westcott, 53 years, is co-founder of the Exmoor Pony Project and author of Wild Pony Whispering, Wild Stallion Whispering and Wild Herd Whispering, real-life stories about endangered breed Exmoor ponies and their quest for survival. She’s married to Exmoor farmer, Nick Westcott, whose family has lived and farmed in the Exmoor parishes for over 500 years.
While farming on Exmoor, much of Nick and Dawn’s Exmoor pony conservation work has focused on the free-living herds running on the North Devon side of Exmoor National Park. They formed the Exmoor Pony Project in 2013 to help safeguard, promote and encourage better understanding and compassionate treatment of Exmoor ponies - and campaign for welfare and management improvements for the breed. In 2014, they co-founded the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group (MEPBG) with other Exmoor farmers and landowners to improve moorland management, breeding practices and opportunities for ponies. Dawn is also part of the Exmoor Pony Genome Project team which aims to recognise and safeguard genetics.
Previously, Dawn worked in business and glossy magazine publishing in London and has trained a moorbred Exmoor pony stallion to win two world championships in horse agility.