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  • 13 Sep 2017

    THE FALL IN UNEMPLOYMENT in the UK of 75,000 in the three months to July has been welcomed by Central Devon MP Mel Stride, who has seen local unemployment in his constituency halve since 2010. The unemployment rate of 4.3% is the lowest since 1975 and the employment rate of of 74.9% is the highest since records began in 1971.

    Mr Stride said:

    “There must be no room for complacency – .... Read more...


  • 13 Sep 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride supported Back British Farming Day today (13/09/17) by wearing a wheat pin during Prime Minister’s Questions. The initiative was organised by the National Farmers Union to highlight the importance of the British food and farming industry, which is worth £109billion to the UK economy and employs 3.8million people.

    Mr Stride said:

    “There has never been a mo.... Read more...


  • 12 Sep 2017

    CHARITIES and community groups in Central Devon are being encouraged to apply for funding through this year’s Aviva’s Community Fund which was launched today (12/09/17). The fund awards between £1000 and £25,000 to local community projects across a range of categories such as skills for life, health & wellbeing and community support. Last year there were over 450 winners and this year even .... Read more...


  • 12 Sep 2017

    HATHERLEIGH NURSING HOME, a specialist dementia nursing and residential care provider close to the Central Devon town of Okehampton, has been commended by local MP Mel Stride for creating their own solution to the care funding crisis.

    The group that supports the home, Evolve Care Group, have set up a subsidy fund of £100,000 in order to help local people afford the care they need and des.... Read more...


  • 05 Sep 2017

    ASHBURTON’S MP AND MAYOR have visited the town’s cricket club to lend their support to their crowdfunding appeal after successive break-ins caused more than £2,000 worth of damage. Central Devon MP Mel Stride and Ashburton Town Mayor Sarah Parker-Khan met with first team batsman Lloyd White, who recently became the only cricketer to have scored two double hundreds in the Devon Cricket League. H.... Read more...


  • 24 Aug 2017

    A NEW FORUM to promote local post offices and help branches share innovative ideas and best practice has been hailed a great success by its organisers Central Devon MP Mel Stride and Ashburton’s Post Office apprentice Joanna Giles. The event, held at Dartmoor National Park HQ in Bovey Tracey and believed to be a UK first, drew representatives from various branches within the constituency includ.... Read more...


  • 24 Aug 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride organised a meeting at Okehampton Town Hall today (24/08/17) on the future of local healthcare provision. The meeting was triggered by the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW CCG) closing the inpatient beds at Okehampton Hospital a month ahead of schedule. Addressing the group Mr Stride urged the community to look ahead and fight to .... Read more...


  • 24 Aug 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride visited Dartmoor National Park HQ in Bovey Tracey today (24/08/17) to discuss a range of local issues with Chief Executive Kevin Bishop and Chairman Bill Hitchins. At the top of the agenda was the future of farming support within the Park post-Brexit. The pair also discussed ways to improve rural productivity and the Moor Otters public arts initiative which aims to s.... Read more...


  • 24 Aug 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride was at Crediton Dairy today (24/08/17) to discuss the impact of Brexit on the farming industry, particularly access to EU labour that the dairy and other food processing businesses rely on. As the Government is still negotiating the UK’s withdrawal from the EU it is yet to announce what its post-Brexit immigration policy will be but has insisted that it will work clo.... Read more...


  • 24 Aug 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride visited Morchard Bishop this afternoon (24/08/17) to meet with local resident Denise McSheehy regarding traffic speeds in Fore Street. They were joined by Neighbourhood Highways Officer Stephen Tucker and Highway Engineer Steve Short. Outlining the problem Denise explained that there is no pedestrian footway along Fore Street or Polson Hill, leaving schoolchildren wh.... Read more...


  • 21 Aug 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride brought the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove to Chagford (17/08/18) to visit the new Stannary Gardens development, which includes much-needed affordable housing. The pair were joined by Parish Council Chair Gay Hill and Dartmoor National Park Chief Executive Kevin Bishop.

    Mr Stride said:

    “This is the largest eve.... Read more...


  • 21 Aug 2017

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride secured a visit by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove to the 117th Chagford Show (17/08/18) to discuss a range of farming issues, including the future of the industry post-Brexit. Mr Stride, who was at the event with his family, said:

    “These are uncertain times and we need to press hard to ensure that, amongst the ma.... Read more...






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