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  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed figures released today that show the breakdown of police recruitment targets for the next 12 months. As part of the Government’s mission to recruit 20,000 police officers over the next three years, 6,000 will be recruited in 2020-21 with 423 recruited for forces in the South West. Of these, 141 will be for Devon and Cornwall. These new officers will be i.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the Government’s pledge to invest £5billion in rolling out 5G and other gigabit-capable broadband to the hardest to reach 20% of the country. The announcement was made as part of a £25billion package of infrastructure investment unveiled by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid.

    Mr Stride said:

    “The hardest 20% to reach areas of the c.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride met with the Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid last week and described the challenges faced by high street traders in his constituency in the face of increasing online competition. During his time as Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mr Stride played a key role in reducing business rates for small and medium-sized businesses by a third and urged the Chancell.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride met with the sub-postmaster of Chudleigh Post Office Jo Hawes on Friday last week to discuss the decision by Royal Mail to remove the sorting office from the branch. They were joined by Jo’s husband Ed, a postman who also helps run the branch’s outreach services, and the South West’s representative on the National Federation of SubPostmasters (NFSP) Stuart .... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has teamed up with the sub-postmaster of Ashburton Post Office Stuart Rogers to urge Amazon customers to use their ‘Local Collect’ service. 

    If a customer chooses to collect their amazon parcel from their local post office rather than have it delivered, Amazon donates 0.5% of the net purchase price to a charitable organisation of the buyer’s choice and pa.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride was in Bradninch on Friday visiting Duchy Pre-School. The visit followed correspondence with two of the trustees over sustainability concerns for maintained nursery schools in the face of rising costs, including employer pension contributions and increases in the National Living Wage. Despite some funding rises, for example the Government increased the amount it give.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride was in North Tawton on Friday catching up with newly elected West Devon Borough Councillor Barry Ratcliffe, who lives in the town, and fellow ward member Cllr Lois Samuel. The pair showed Mr Stride around the Batheway Fields development and knocked on many doors, speaking to local residents. This was the second time Mr Stride had been to the site, but many more homes.... Read more...


  • HAYWARD PRIMARY SCHOOL pupils invited their local Member of Parliament to talk at their assembly on Friday about his role. Since Easter, the school in Crediton has received visitors from a wide range of backgrounds as part of ‘I am Crediton’ – an initiative that is celebrating the local community and the different people invo.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the pledge from Prime Minister Boris Johnson to increase education spending by £4.6billion by 2022/23 and target this towards authorities which have historically been underfunded. The minimum levels of per pupil funding would increase from £3,500 to £4,000 in primaries and from £4,800 to £5,000 in secondaries. Having campaigned on this issue for over a d.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is encouraging 16 and 17-year-olds in his constituency who use the train to take advantage of a new railcard when it becomes available that will give them half price fares from September. At present, only those aged 15 or younger are entitled to 50% off rail fares, but this new railcard will extend this discount until the cardholder reaches their 18th birthday.

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  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has described the increase in foreign investment in the UK technology sector as a huge endorsement for British companies and the wider strength of the UK economy. His comments follow the release of a study for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport which shows £5.5bn of investment in the sector since January with around £3bn from the USA and Asia. The st.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has asked the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority told hold another public ‘drop in’ session regarding the proposed closure of Ashburton Fire Station. In discussions with Chief Fire Officer and the Devon County Council Chair of the Authority on Friday, Mr Stride asked if this could be done before the end of the current consultation on six proposals which the.... Read more...






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