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Conservative candidate Peter Heaton-Jones moves to Devon after claims to live both there and in Wiltshire

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: April 12, 2014

Conservative parliamentary candidate Peter Heaton-Jones told voters in Wiltshire and north Devon that he lived in both places. He has now moved to Devon to stand as an MP there

Conservative parliamentary candidate Peter Heaton-Jones told voters in Wiltshire and north Devon that he lived in both places. He has now moved to Devon to stand as an MP there

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A politician who told the people he represented as a councillor in Swindon that he lived there – and then told prospective voters 150 miles away in North Devon he lived there too, has finally moved from Wiltshire.

Former BBC broadcaster Peter Heaton-Jones resigned as a borough councillor in Swindon this week, a couple of months after he told constituents in North Devon he lived there and was "fully committed" to the area.

Opposition councillors in Swindon and Liberal Democrat opponents backing sitting MP Nick Harvey highlighted Mr Heaton-Jones' double life. His council website in Swindon stated he lived in the Wiltshire town, while his election literature in North Devon said he lived there.

But now he has moved to Bishops Nympton, on the edge of the North Devon constituency, where he will stand for the Conservatives next year. "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," he said. "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."

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