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  • 02 Mar 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has urged the North, East and West Devon Clinical Commissioning Group to “think again” over their decision to close the beds at Okehampton Hospital. Mr Stride was told of the move by Angela Pedder, Lead Chief Executive of the CCG’s ‘Your Future Care’ team just prior to the decision being made public. Angela Pedder is leading the CCG’s move towards a new model of less.... Read more...


  • 01 Mar 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is using the launch of the tenth National Apprenticeship Week 2017 on Monday 6th March to urge local businesses to take on an apprentice. The week aims to raise awareness about apprenticeships and celebrate the huge growth in apprenticeships seen over the last decade. Mr Stride, who served as a ministerial aide in the business department in the early part of the last.... Read more...


  • 27 Feb 2017

    OKEHAMPTON COLLEGE Headteacher Daryll Chapman and Chair of Governors Ian Courtenay travelled to Westminster today (27/02/17) to join Central Devon MP Mel Stride in lobbying Schools Minister Nick Gibb over education funding. The Government is consulting on a proposed new formula for calculating how much funding schools across the UK receive, with small rural schools, accounting for the majority .... Read more...


  • 15 Feb 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed figures released by the Office of national Statistics today (15/02/17) which show the highest employment rate since records began in 1971 and female employment reaching 70% for the first time. The number of people claiming out of work benefits – either Job Seekers Allowance or Universal Credit – saw a quarterly fall of 42,000 to 2.1%, the lowest rate sin.... Read more...


  • 10 Feb 2017

    THE GOVERNMENT’S consultation on changes to the National Funding Formula was top of the agenda when local MP Mel Stride visited Queen Elizabeth Community College in Crediton today (09/02/17). QE is one of three secondary schools in the Central Devon constituency and Mr Stride’s visit follows similar meetings at Okehampton College and South Dartmoor Community College in Ashburton. Mr Stride met .... Read more...


  • 10 Feb 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has praised supermarket Waitrose for their Community Matters programme of donating £1,000 a month from each its branches to worthy local causes. The Okehampton store has now donated £100,000 since 2008 with its January beneficiaries being the Fatherford Road Allotment Association, Halwill Forget-Me-Not Friends Club - a memory cafe supporting people living with dement.... Read more...


  • 10 Feb 2017

    CHRISTOW PRIMARY School in the Teign Valley had a visit from the village’s local MP today (10/02/17) who was shown around the school by Headteacher Andrew Swainson, Vice Chair of Governors Mike Wharton and Executive Principal of Education South West Matthew Shanks. Central Devon MP Mel Stride was particularly interested to hear about plans to replace the 40-year-old wooden building which houses.... Read more...


  • 02 Feb 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride met with Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP in Westminster today (02/02/17) to discuss Government investment in a regular passenger rail service between Okehampton and Exeter via Crediton. Mr Stride has supported local campaigners by keeping the issue firmly on the Government’s radar, arguing the service would be a huge boost to the local economies of.... Read more...


  • 25 Jan 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mr Stride met with Devon County Council Leader John Hart in Westminster today (25/01/17) to discuss changes to the per pupil funding formula which calculates how much authorities receive to spend on education. Devon has historically been one of the lowest funded authorities in the country, but received a boost of £16million in 2015, meaning schools now receive £290 per pupil le.... Read more...


  • 23 Jan 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has backed plans outlined by Theresa May today (23/01/17) to invest £170million in creating new institutes of technology. The proposals were outlined in a green paper with an emphasis on creating more highly-skilled jobs, attracting trade and investment and doing more to deliver affordable, clean energy.

    Mr Stride, who has previously served as a ministerial aid.... Read more...


  • 18 Jan 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed figures released today (18/01/16) by the Office for National Statistics that show unemployment across the UK has remained at the lowest level for over a decade, down by 52,000 in the three months to November 2016 and down 900,000 since 2010. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.8%, down from 5.1% this time last year and down from 8% in 2010.

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  • 17 Jan 2017

    Central Devon MP Mel Stride welcomed Year 5 and 6 pupils from Stoke Canon Primary School to Westminster today (17/01/16) where pupils took a behind-the-scenes tour of Parliament. The group visited various landmarks around the parliamentary estate, such as the the Royal Gallery, Central Lobby and both the House of Lords and House of Commons Chambers. Following the tour, Mr Stride met the pupils .... Read more...






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