Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has had a well-deserved pat on the back from both his local constituency Chairman and his opposite number in the Labour Party as he returns to the backbenches after several years serving as part of Her Majesty’s Government. Mr Stride, who was recently unanimously reselected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Central Devon for the next General Election, served as a Government Minister in the Whips’ Office, then as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General and then finally as Leader of the House of Commons.

    Central Devon Conservative Association Chairman Mike Davies, who serves as a West Devon Borough Councillor for Okehampton North, said:

    “Mel should be very proud of his contribution in Government – helping to steer the 2012 Energy Bill through Parliament which has reduced our nation’s carbon footprint, leading the crack down on tax avoidance and evasion, helping to reduce business rates for small businesses by a third and helping to deliver an additional £2billion for affordable housing to name a few. Despite his heavy workload in Westminster Mel has remained an outstanding constituency MP - having sought his help over local rail services, broadband connectivity and health provision within my role as a councillor I know how hard he works across his huge constituency and I wish him well as he returns to the backbenches.”

    The MP received compliments from across the political spectrum with the Labour Shadow Leader of the House of Commons tweeting:

    “It was an absolute pleasure to work with you Mel and thank you for positively taking up the issues I raised with you… you worked in the best interests of the house.”