MIKE JOYCE has Newton Abbot in his blood. He is the Police Advocate and chair of the Patients’ Group, liaising between providers, those in need and Devon NHS. His father was the first blue-collar councillor in Okehampton, and he imbued Mike with a firm sense of civic duty. Mike ditched the Lib Dems two years ago while serving as mayor, which was a major coup.
“I was told to toe the line and shut up, and I wasn’t prepared to do either of those things. So I joined a party of like-minded individuals who are allowed to think for themselves.’