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  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the Government’s announcement that his constituency will be among the second wave of areas to benefit from mental health support teams specifically for children and young people. The teams will work with schools and colleges to provide a link with young people’s mental health services,.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the Government’s announcement of a new bill to enable tougher prison sentences to be given to worst animal abusers. The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill means that animal abusers could face up to five years in prison, a significant increase from the current maximum sentence of six months. The Bill follows a public consultation last year, in which more th.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has cast his vote for Simmons Park in the Fields in Trust UK Best Park 2019 competition. The independent charity looks after nearly 3,000 parks and green spaces totalling 12,000 hectares of land across the UK. Voting will run until noon on Monday 19th August with the top park in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland shortlisted before an overall winner is ann.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed new figures showing that 84 small businesses in his constituency have benefited from over £800,000 of start-up loans from the Government since 2012. The Start Up Loans programme, part of the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy, has issued nearly 65,000 loans to entrepreneurs and small businesses across the country worth £500million.

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  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the Prime Minister’s decision to create an Office for Veterans’ Affairs to improve the care and support available to those who have served in our armed forces. It will be jointly run by fellow Devon MP Johnny Mercer, a former army captain and veteran of three tours of Afghanistan, and Cabinet Office minister Oliver Dowden. Their objective will to improve.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has hailed the ‘tremendous’ benefits of National Citizen Service (NCS), both for the young people who take part in it and the communities that benefit from their social action projects. NCS, which is open to teenagers aged 15-17, is the fastest-growing youth movement in a century and aims to build a more cohesive, socially mobile, and socially-engaged society. Over t.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has pledged his full support for new Prime Minister Boris Johnson after having initially backed Michael Gove during the Conservative Party leadership contest. Speaking shortly after Mr Johnson was announced as the winner, Mr Stride, who is also the current Leader of the House of Commons, spoke about the importance of uniting behind him to get Brexit done and to move .... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed new figures showing that wage growth has outstripped inflation for the 16th consecutive month and that the number of people in work has reached another record high. Compared to this time last year, unemployment has fallen by 116,000, with the rate falling from 4.2% to 3.8% - the lowest since 1974.

    Mr Stride, who served as Financial Secretary to th.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has had a well-deserved pat on the back from both his local constituency Chairman and his opposite number in the Labour Party as he returns to the backbenches after several years serving as part of Her Majesty’s Government. Mr Stride, who was recently unanimously reselected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Central Devon for the next General Election, s.... Read more...


  • DARTMOOR’s Black Tor Brewery based in Christow had one of its ales for sale in the Strangers’ Bar in the House of Commons last week after being sponsored by local MP Mel Stride as a guest beer for the week. The initiative is run by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group and the Society of Independent Brewers, of which Black Tor Brewery is a member. The ‘Blonde’ ale proved so popular that its we.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is urging residents to support an initiative to boost trade for independent shops on Thursday 4th July. Independents Day UK is the culmination of a year-round campaign to promote small, independent retail businesses across the country and they are asking anyone who can afford to, to spend £5 in a local independent shop on Thursday, Independents Day. If we were all to.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL Devon MP Mel Stride was in Crediton on Friday visiting Sandford Orchards Cider Works on Commonmarsh Lane. He met with Chief Cidermaker Barny Butterfield and Mark Hopper from the National Association of Cider Makers (NACM). After being given a tour of the business and learning more about the industry Mel listened to concerns about the level of taxation currently imposed on ciders with th.... Read more...






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