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  • 09 Feb 2018

    ASHBURTON POSTMASTER Stuart Rogers took a swipe at leading UK banks today when he met with the town’s local Member of Parliament. The branch offers a wide range of day-to-day banking services for both personal and business customers, including paying in and withdrawing cash and cheques or obtaining an account balance. These services are proving increasingly valuable with the closure of local ba.... Read more...


  • 09 Feb 2018

    PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS in Bradninch and Bow received a visit from their local Member of Parliament today. This morning Central Devon MP Mel Stride met with Bradninch Primary School Headteacher Alison Bourne and was given a tour by the School Council, comprising of two pupils from each Key Stage 2 class. In the afternoon Mr Stride visited Bow Primary School and was shown around by Headteacher Les.... Read more...


  • 09 Feb 2018

    OKEHAMPTON TOWN COUNCILLOR and Chairman of OkeRail Community Interest Company Michael Ireland met with Okehampton’s Member of Parliament today. Their meeting followed the recent announcement by Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling that the Government has instructed Great Western Railway to prepare plans to introduce regular train services between Exeter and Okehampton delivering “an .... Read more...


  • 06 Feb 2018

    UCAS FIGURES released today show the highest ever proportion of state-school pupils going to university and the highest ever proportion of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds applying to university courses. 90% of university entrants in 2017 came from state schools and 22.6% of university applicants, applying by January’s UCAS deadline, were from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Welcoming the.... Read more...


  • 06 Feb 2018

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed new figures that show the Government has delivered on its promise to extend superfast broadband to 95% of UK premises by the end of 2017. More than 19 out of every 20 UK homes and businesses can now upgrade their internet connections to superfast speeds of 24 Mbps or faster. The 95% figure is a UK average; 92% of homes and businesses in the South West no.... Read more...


  • 03 Feb 2018

    6TH FEBRUARY 2018 will mark the 100-year anniversary of the first women being granted the right to vote through the Representation of the People Act. The Conservative Member of Parliament for Central Devon Mel Stride is celebrating the milestone by urging women in his constituency to put themselves forward for public office.

    Mr Stride said:

    “I am very proud that the first woman to s.... Read more...


  • 31 Jan 2018

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride introduced secondary legislation on Monday to significantly reduce future business rate rises. In his capacity as Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mr Stride was delivering on the Government’s promise to change from the Retail Price Index (RPI) to Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the uprating of the multiplier for business rates. This will leave business rates much .... Read more...


  • 30 Jan 2018

    A MAJOR STEP towards the return of a regular passenger rail service between Okehampton and Exeter via Crediton has been taken according to the town’s Member of Parliament. Central Devon MP Mel Stride today (30/01/18) received a letter from the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling which confirmed the Government has instructed Great Western Railway to prepare plans to introduce regular.... Read more...


  • 26 Jan 2018

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed figures released this week that show employment has increased by 102,000 during the past three months reaching a new record high of 32.21million. The unemployment rate remains at 4.3% - the lowest since 1975 with unemployment in the Central Devon constituency falling by 50% since 2010.

    Mr Stride, who serves as Financial Secretary to the Treasury, .... Read more...


  • 26 Jan 2018

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed an announcement from Farming Minister George Eustice today (26/01/18) offering support to farmers who signed up to the EU’s 2017 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) but are yet to receive their payment. While the majority of farmers in England involved with the scheme have received their payment, the minority who haven’t received their money by the end of March w.... Read more...


  • 12 Jan 2018

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride officially launched the development of six new affordable homes in South Tawton today (12/01/18). He was given a tour of the early stages of the development by Sue Chalkey and Jo Petford from Hastoe Housing who are developing the site, which includes six houses for affordable rent; 1 one-bedroom home, 2 two-bedroom homes and 3 three-bedroom homes. The scheme is costi.... Read more...


  • 10 Jan 2018

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride today met with Chris Loughlin, CEO of the Pennon Group which has responsibility for South West Water (SWW). After touching on a handful of local issues, such as the flooding of several homes in Ashburton on 4th January and emergency work done in the autumn to a collapsed sewer in Bovey Tracey, their attention turned to the organisation’s long-term vision for 2020-205.... Read more...






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