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  • MEMBERS of the National Farmers Union met with Central Devon MP Mel Stride on Friday in Cheriton Bishop. On the agenda were the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and the Agriculture Bill that will determine future UK agriculture policy after the UK leaves the European Union. The meeting took place at the Devon YFC Rural Hub which supports the farming and rural communities by providing desk,.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL Devon MP Mel Stride visited Okehampton Business Centre last week for the launch of an Airband mast that will improve access to superfast broadband for nearby businesses and residential properties. Among the attendees was Anna Tansley from Airband. Mr Stride last attended the Business Centre in February to break the ground for the mast and was impressed with how quickly it has come into .... Read more...


  • CENTRAL Devon MP Mel Stride was given a tour of Forthglade’s new factory on the Okehampton Business Park on Friday which he hopes can bring further employment opportunities to his constituency. The pet food manufacturer opened their new £8million 70,000ft² factory in November 2018 after five years of planning. The company is doing well thanks to an increase in dog lovers wanting to buy higher q.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL Devon MP Mel Stride was promoted to Leader of the House of Commons yesterday, joining the cabinet and leaving his position as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General. The role involves organising government business in the House of Commons and providing time for backbench business to be put before the House.

    Councillor Mike Davies, the Chairman of his constituen.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL Devon MP Mel Stride has cited the increases in the National Minimum Wage as the major factor leading to the proportion of low-paid workers falling to a 39-year low. The Resolution Foundation, a think-tank which analyses living standards, reported that the number of workers on low pay, defined as hourly pay below two-thirds of the median average across the country, fell by 200,000 last y.... Read more...


  • TACKLING the scourge of fake news and sickening abuse, particularly on social media was cited as a key mission by Central Devon MP Mel Stride during his first parliamentary questions as Leader of the House of Commons. 

    Speaking at the dispatch box on Thursday Mr Stride pledged to play his part in “defending our democracy” against the dual threat.

    Mr Stride later explaine.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL Devon MP and Leader of the House of Commons Mel Stride has welcomed the Government’s mission for the UK become the first major economy in the world to end its contribution towards global warming after the Prime Minister introduced a new law to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. 

    Last year the Government commissioned an independent panel of experts to advise o.... Read more...


  • NEW JOB FIGURES for the three months to April show the UK economy continuing to perform well according to Central Devon MP Mel Stride. The quarterly figures showed unemployment at the lowest rate since 1974 and wages growing faster than inflation for the 15th consecutive month. Employment now stands at 32.75million – up 357,000 in the last year and unemployment down by 112,000 over the same per.... Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride welcomed Dunsford Community Academy to Westminster yesterday, where pupils took a behind-the-scenes tour of Parliament and visited landmarks around the parliamentary estate. 

    Following the tour, Mr Stride met the group and answered questions about Parliament, the role of MPs and his new position as Leader of the House of Commons.

    Mr Stride said: Read more...


  • CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride joined the sub postmaster of Ashburton Post Office Stuart Rogers in Westminster today to celebrate his branch being chosen as the South West winner in the Village Shop/Post Office category of the Countryside Alliance Awards. Although the branch did not go on to take the national award, Mr Stride was delighted that the efforts of Stuart and his wife Jackie in putting .... Read more...


  • RESIDENTS IN PATHFINDER VILLAGE in the parish of Tedburn St Mary celebrated the installation of a community defibrillator on Friday after months of fundraising made it possible. Central Devon MP Mel Stride was invited to attend the occasion and to officially unveil the equipment which cost around £1,500. Mr Stride has been supporting Residents’ Association Chairman Tony Skeet in lobbying HMRC t.... Read more...


  • TOM’S COUNTRY STORE in Ashburton had a special visit from the town’s Member of Parliament today who wanted to wish owners Catherine and Tom Pollard and store manager Teresa Thorne good luck in their new venture. The business is located between Chuley Road Garage and the old Tuckers site. The visit was organised by Ashburton Town Councillor Sarah Parker-Khan. The business officially opened .... Read more...






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