Post Offices

Central Devon has the third most post offices of any constituency in England and one of Mel's top priorities as an MP has been to keep them open and, where possible, increase their opening hours to help them stay viable.

He was instrumental in getting Ashburton Library moved into the Post Office (pictured) which has been a huge success, significantly increasing the library’s opening hours and increasing footfall at the post office as well. He also worked with a former apprentice at the branch in organising a local forum (believed to be a UK first) where sub-postmasters from across his constituency got together to discuss ideas and best practice.​

When Barclays Bank was refusing to let their customers withdraw money at local post office branches, Mel made an impassioned plea in the House of Commons. The next day Barclays reversed their decision - a victory for all Barclays customers in Central Devon who can now withdraw cash at their local post office rather than travel much further afield to their nearest Barclays branch.

Prior to his election as an MP Mel raised 14,000 signatures door-to-door for his petition against the last Labour Government's post office closure programme which saw over a third of branches in the UK close. He also ran several 'Use it or Lose it' campaigns for specific branches to help encourage local communities to support their post offices.


MP supports 'community vision' for Ashburton Post Office

Ashburton Post Office is not new to doing things differently. For example it is the only Post Office in the UK which gives 2p for each cash withdrawal from its hole in the wall back to good causes in the community – donating more than £10,000 since 2015.

Local Post Offices – Use Them or Lose Them

Before I was elected to Parliament in 2010 I ran a major two-year campaign against the last Labour Government’s post office closure programme which saw over a third of branches in the UK close.

Out and About

It was great to be back at New Park in Bovey Tracey last week supporting their Summer Fete. More than a thousand older residents live in park homes across our constituency with New Park one of the two largest, along with Pathfinder Village in Tedburn St Mary.


As the countdown for Christmas continues, Central Devon MP and Treasury Minister Mel Stride popped into Okehampton, Chagford and Ashburton Post Offices today to recognise the valuable role the branches will play in providing vital services to customers within his constituency during the festive s