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  • 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...


  • 13 Jan 2017

    IDE PRIMARY SCHOOL had a special visit from the village’s MP recently (13/01/16) who congratulated Headteacher Sharon Tarr and her staff on the school’s conversion to an Academy on January 1st. The visit could be described as a ‘return leg’ after Central Devon MP Mel Stride welcomed Year 5/6 pupils from Ide to Westminster last May.
    Mr Stride said:
    “I’m delighted that Ide has become the .... Read more...


  • 13 Jan 2017

    THE GOVERNMENT’S proposed new formula for calculating how much funding schools across the UK receive was top of the agenda when local MP Mel Stride visited Okehampton College recently (13/01/17). A former Governor of the college, Mr Stride gave a cautious welcome to the announcement by Education Secretary Justine Greening in December as most schools in his constituency would likely see an incre.... Read more...


  • 10 Jan 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitment to improving mental health care support, outlined in her first major speech on healthcare yesterday (09/01/16). Key to the Government’s plans is providing better support for young people, with 75% of mental .... Read more...


  • 15 Dec 2016

    TEDBURN ST MARY Primary School pupil Joseph Stanbury, aged 9, received a special visit from the village’s MP today (15/12/16) who wanted to personally congratulate him on winning the competition to design his 2016 christmas card. For the fourth year running, Central Devon MP Mel Stride invited pupils in the 43 primary schools in his constituency to showcase their artistic talent and Joseph beat.... Read more...


  • 28 Nov 2016

    THORVERTON RESIDENTS are now receiving reliable 3G coverage through Vodafone’s Rural Open Sure Signal (ROSS) programme, it was announced today (28/11/16).  They join other Devon communities including Newton St Cyres on the nationwide initiative to provide mobile access in areas of little or no coverage.

    Launched in July 2014, the ROSS programme is now live across the country from the.... Read more...


  • 25 Nov 2016

    PRIMARY SCHOOL pupils from Chudleigh Knighton met the village’s local MP today (24/11/16) as part of their study into ‘Great British Values’. Key to the topic has been mutual respect for other faiths and beliefs and the importance of democracy. Central Devon MP Mel Stride answered questions on how Parliament passes laws and how Members of Parliament represent their constituency.

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  • 25 Nov 2016

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has praised the Autumn Budget delivered by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond on Wednesday (23/11/16). Among the key announcements were a rise in the National Living Wage, £1.4billion to deliver 40,000 extra affordable homes, a Fuel Duty freeze for the seventh year in a row and a delay in the length of time it will take for the Government to eliminate the nat.... Read more...






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