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  • TREASURY MINISTER Mel Stride MP has hailed the abolition of Stamp Duty for first-time buyers purchasing properties under £300,000 as a key reason behind a massive increase in first-time buyers managing to get on the housing ladder. 121,500 first-time buyers have saved a total of £284 million thanks to the Stamp Duty cut according to official statistics released today (31/07/18) which cover the .... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed new figures which show plastic bag sales in England’s seven largest supermarkets have dropped by 86% since the introduction of the 5p plastic bag charge, helping to reduce waste and protect our environment. The charge, which was introduced in 2015, has taken over 9 billion plastic bags out of circulation, has led to the biggest supermarkets buying nearly.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has returned to Newton St Cyres, eight months after he visited the site of the new school which was then little more than mud and a bit of scaffolding. This time the vision was somewhat different – a brand new facility just weeks after it officially opened on 22nd June. Mr Stride was shown around by Executive Headteacher of the Exe Valley Federation John Jolliffe and.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the first major speech from the new Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock, in which he outlined £487 million of funding to use innovative technology to improve the NHS. The objective is to use the money to improve patient care, reduce workload on staff, improve efficiency and help more patients access health services at home. Devon’s share will be £.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has been briefed by Great Western Railway’s Regional Development Manager Matt Barnes on progress with the feasibility study for the regular commuter service between Okehampton and Exeter via Crediton. Mr Barnes confirmed that they had now received approval from Devon County Council to move forward with the Jacob’s Report (the initial assessment of the project). Furth.... Read more...


  • LAPFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL pupils had a special visit from their local Member of Parliament last week. Central Devon MP Mel Stride met with Executive Headteacher Mike Johnson, Head of School Clare Wilmott and Estate Manager Terry Pullen. He was given a tour of the school, including the Early Years classroom where he was told about the school’s efforts to obtain new funding to replace an old tempora.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride joined local traders in Ashburton as the town enters the Great British High Street Awards 2018. The awards, sponsored by Visa, celebrate local achievements on our high streets and will encourage communities to share top tips to make their high streets a success, shining a light on great examples of how high streets can meet new challenges.

    The 26 shortlisted en.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride visited the Ring of Bells in North Bovey recently for the first time since the pub’s thatched roof was completely destroyed by a fire in December 2016. It re-opened after a two-year closure. The 13th century pub is open daily from 10am offering lunch and dinners and has five guest bedrooms, with en-suites, providing a bed and breakfast service. Mr Stride was shown ar.... Read more...


  • MULBERRY HOUSE Residential Home in Bovey Tracey opened its doors this week (19/07/18). Prior to its official opening, Manager Jean Simpson welcomed Central Devon Member of Parliament Mel Stride and gave him a tour of the home which is owned by Buckland Care. Located on Brimley Road, Mulberry House is a renovation of an existing care home that has 42 en-suite bedrooms and is interior designed th.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has written to NHS England to express his concern over the cancellation of temporary surgeries at Hatherleigh Community Centre and Shebbear Village Hall. Patients must now travel to Holsworthy Medical Centre for clinic appointments and prescriptions requested from the centre by phone.

    The temporary surgeries were established after the medical centres in Hather.... Read more...


  • THREE MILLION married and civil partnered couples have had their finances boosted courtesy of the new Marriage Allowance since it was introduced in April 2015 according to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The free tax break allows someone who earns less than £11,850 – the amount a person can earn before starting to pay Income Tax – to transfer £1,190 of their allowance to a spouse or civil partne.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is urging his constituents to take part in a survey seeking views on a potential merger between Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police. The two forces have been working closely since 2015 through a strategic alliance which has seen them collaborate on areas such as road policing, firearms, armed response vehicles and dog units. Support functions such as financ.... Read more...






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