ARTICLES

Mel writes regularly for the Mid Devon Advertiser, Dawlish Gazette, Crediton Gazette, Crediton Courier, Okehampton Times, Herald Express and Express and Echo. Some of his articles appear below:-

Latest Articles

  • Mid Devon Advertiser
    10 Mar 2017

    In the South West one of the most pressing issues is affordable housing and one of the greatest pleasures I have had as a local MP has been to support and visit affordable housing schemes in the constituency. At the heart of rural communities in towns and villages such as Upton Pyne, Sandford, Buckfastleigh and Lapford I have seen first-hand the quality of local new affordable housing and have .... Read more...


  • Mid Devon Advertiser
    03 Mar 2017

    Last week I was busy focusing hard on two hugely important local issues – Education and Health. The new national funding formula for schools is currently out for consultation. The proposals see the majority of schools in our constituency receive increased funding but an important minority including our 3 secondary schools would see a reduction. So last week I had separate discussions with the H.... Read more...


  • Mid Devon Advertiser
    24 Feb 2017

    The NHS has never been out of the news. Not just under this government but of those of all colours and going right back to its inception. It has always been under pressure to keep up with the demands that all of us rightly make to treat those in need. Against a backdrop of the pressing necessity for controlling our public finances we have continued to increase funding for the NHS. More cash alo.... Read more...


  • Mid Devon Advertiser
    17 Feb 2017

    Last week I was out and about right across our vast constituency. In Christow I visited the local Primary School and met with Head of Teaching and Learning, Andrew Swainson and members of his excellent team. Christow Primary has made great progress since becoming part of a multi academy trust. Rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted, pupils at Christow are achieving above average in reading and maths at Key .... Read more...


  • Mid Devon Advertiser
    10 Feb 2017

    The most common question people have asked me since the UK voted to leave the EU is, “what will Brexit look like?” With the publication of the recent White Paper, the Prime Minister has given us a clear picture of the deal she will seek to strike. We will take control over immigration and this will mean leaving the Single Market – a step that means significant economic challenges. The big quest.... Read more...


  • Mid Devon Advertiser
    03 Feb 2017

    Education is one of the main reasons I entered politics. My parents left school at 15 and 14 – for me a free place at a grammar changed my life forever. We are very fortunate to have many fine schools in Devon. Given the sparse nature our county there are many of them and our constituency alone is home to 3 state secondary schools and 43 primaries. I spend a lot of time visiting local schools a.... Read more...


  • Mid Devon Advertiser
    27 Jan 2017

    Last week I was busy right across our vast constituency - one of the largest in the country and covering 125 parishes. In North Tawton, I officially opened the town’s new modernised Post Office. Following the retirement of former postmasters Nigel and Rosemary Davies, after 16 years of  outstanding and dedicated service, the branch is now operated by Andrew Bayley, who also runs the succes.... Read more...


  • Mid Devon Advertiser
    13 Jan 2017

    2017 will see key legislation going through Parliament that will directly affect Central Devon. The rollout of superfast broadband remains one of my top priorities in our constituency and the Government has already invested £1.7 billion in broadband nationally with 92% of homes and businesses now able to access superfast speeds - but in Central Devon where sparsity is a key challenge we are dow.... Read more...


  • Mid Devon Advertiser
    06 Jan 2017

    2016 has been a turbulent and unprecedented year for our country. While the Government has been working hard to fulfil its manifesto commitments: raising the tax-free personal allowance to £11,500 from this April (amounting to a tax cut for 31 million people); extending free childcare and sticking to sound economic policies that now see unemployment standing at an 11-year low, it is Brexit that.... Read more...


  • Mid Devon Advertiser
    30 Dec 2016

    I guess we’ve all done it – embraced a heap of New Year’s Resolutions only to let them clatter from our grasp sometime before January was out. This cycle of unrequited ambition follows, of course, in an old and venerable tradition. The Babylonians made promises to the Gods at the start of each year – that they would return that which they had borrowed and satisfy their debts – make peace with t.... Read more...


  • Mid Devon Advertiser
    23 Dec 2016

    Last week I busy right across the constituency. I spent time at Ashburton Library and post office to discuss the vital work that they do to facilitate the paying-in of cash from local businesses – especially important given the town’s loss of her last bank. Ashburton Post Office has become a vigorous and lively hub right at the heart of the community and is an exemplar for what can be achieved .... Read more...


  • Mid Devon Advertiser
    16 Dec 2016

    Central Devon is one of the largest constituencies in the country comprising 125 towns and parishes and I work hard to keep in touch with constituents. Over 200 volunteers deliver my updates door to door at no charge to the taxpayer. I also provide email newsletters - register for these at www.melstridemp.com. My favorite way of keeping connected is canv.... Read more...






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