Tag: Mike Davies

Central Devon Conservatives gather for packed fundraiser in Tedburn St Mary

14th September 2018

CONSERVATIVE PARTY members and supporters across Central Devon descended on the Fingle Glen Hotel in Tedburn St Mary this evening for a fundraising dinner. Local MP Mel Stride joined the dinner after a packed day of meetings in his constituency including spending the afternoon with members of the National Farmers Union in Copplestone and hosting a meeting at Dartmoor National Park HQ in Bovey Tracey on boosting the rural economy.

Mel arrived in time to introduce guest speaker Sir Graham Brady MP, who served as Shadow Minister for Europe under four Conservative Party leaders and has been Chairman of the influential backbench 1922 Committee since 2010. The event attracted more than a hundred supporters and raised over £2,000.

Association Chairman Cllr. Mike Davies added:

“With Brexit dominating the headlines it was very good to have such a knowledgeable and interesting speaker. It was great to see the event so well attended and we are really grateful to Sir Graham for giving up his time to support our association.”

Mr Stride added:

“It is a very interesting time to be involved with politics – the two main events we have held this summer have been very well attended and it was certainly good to see a room full of people whose views on Brexit might vary but all came together so amicably to support the party and enjoy a good evening.”

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For more information please contact Mike Davies on 07771 933718.

Photo Caption: Mel Stride MP and guest speaker Sir Graham Brady MP at a Central Devon Conservatives fundraising dinner in Tedburn St Mary.

Central Devon Conservatives gather for packed Annual Constituency Dinner at Canonteign Falls

4th June 2018

CONSERVATIVE PARTY members and supporters across Central Devon enjoyed their Annual Constituency Dinner this evening (1st June) at Canonteign Falls in the Teign Valley. After a busy day of meetings around his constituency local MP Mel Stride joined the dinner in time to introduce guest speaker Justine Greening MP, who served as Secretary of State for Education from 2016-2018 and previously held other cabinet posts before that including Secretary of State for International Development and Secretary of State for Transport. The event is the Association’s biggest fundraiser of the year and attracted more than a hundred supporters.

The mood was positive following an excellent set of election results within the constituency last year for the Conservatives with Mr Stride being elected with an increased share of the vote and Conservative councillors winning 9 of the 11 Devon County Council seats within the constituency. After attending the event Mr Stride said:

“This evening was a chance to celebrate our successes last year and to thank the members and supporters who do so much for our Association, whether out pounding the streets knocking on doors or helping deliver local updates.”

Association Chairman Cllr. Mike Davies added:

“Both Mel and Justine spoke very well about a number of important issues facing our country today including the challenges of negotiating a good Brexit deal, meeting the rising costs of healthcare provision and ensuring all our children have access to a world-class education. It was a very interesting and enjoyable evening and great to see the event sold out.”

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For more information please contact Mike Davies on 07771 933718.

Photo Caption: Mel Stride MP and guest speaker Justine Greening MP at the Central Devon Conservatives Annual Constituency Dinner in the Teign Valley.

CENTRAL DEVON CONSERVATIVES GATHER FOR AGM WITH YOUTH MEMBERSHIP AT SIX-YEAR HIGH

16th March 2018

CONSERVATIVE PARTY members across Central Devon attended a packed Annual General Meeting at the Boniface Centre in Crediton this evening (16th March). The mood was positive following an excellent set of Devon County Council election results in 2017, which saw the party win 9 of the 11 seats that are wholly or partly in Central Devon, and a very strong local General Election result where local MP Mel Stride was re-elected with an increased share of the vote. Chairman Mike Davies reported on a strong year of fundraising, on youth membership (members under 23) being at a six-year high and congratulated Mr Stride on his promotion to Financial Secretary to the Treasury – a key position in government and senior position in HM Treasury.

After attending the AGM Mr Stride said:

“In terms of our membership it has been another positive year for our party and it is especially encouraging to see more young people getting involved with politics and joining the Conservative Party. As always, I am hugely grateful to our members for their continued support, particularly in pounding the streets with local updates and surveys so we can continue to listen to and address the concerns of local residents.”

Okehampton West Devon Borough Councillor Mike Davies was re-elected as Chairman of the Association for the coming year.

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For more information please contact Mike Davies on 07771 933718.

MP GIVES LOCAL PARTY MEMBERS INSIGHT INTO NEW MINISTERIAL ROLE AT FUNDRAISING LUNCH

27th October 2017

AN ENJOYABLE lunch was had by 40 members and supporters of the Central Devon Conservative Association (CDCA) at the Devon Hotel in Exeter on Friday (27/10/17). The latest CDCA Lunch Club event was organised by Crediton residents Chris Findell, Wendy Quick and Christina Squier with Central Devon’s local MP Mel Stride as its guest speaker. In July Mr Stride was promoted to Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General – the third highest ranking minister in HM Treasury and one rung below the cabinet. His brief includes responsibility for strategic oversight of the UK tax system including direct, indirect, business, property and personal taxation, corporate and small business taxation, European and international tax issues and the voluntary sector and gift aid.

CDCA Chairman Mike Davies said:

“Today was both a good social occasion and a fascinating insight into Westminster politics with Mel explaining about his new role. He works incredibly hard standing up on issues specific to our large and very rural constituency and it is also good to see him working on issues that matter to the whole country. For example, taking the Finance Bill – which will introduce further measures to tackle tax evasion and avoidance – through the Commons.”

Mr Stride, who dashed off from the lunch to hold an important meeting in Okehampton on the future of local hospital, said:

“I was very pleased to speak at the Lunch Club which has done a great deal to support the Central Devon Conservative Association over the past ten years and thank Chris, Wendy and Christina for organising another successful event. It is a very interesting time to be involved with politics at the moment and we’re having one of our busiest ever years of fundraising – reflecting the growing appetite for members and supporters to become more active within the party.”

For information about the Lunch Club please phone Chris Findell on 01363 772695 or email findellfamily@aol.com.

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Photo: Central Devon Conservatives enjoying their latest Lunch Club fundraiser. L-R: Cllr. Judi Binks, Wendy Quick, Christina Findell, Cllr. Margaret Squires, Mel Stride MP, Cllr. Mike Davies and Anne Hughes.