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Mel Stride Central Devon Parliamentary Candidate

Mel Stride Central Devon Parliamentary Candidate

Central Devon Conservatives are busy supporting our Parliamentary Candidate Mel Stride in the General Election on Thursday 12th December.

Please find more about Mel and his record of action as an MP until Parliament was dissolved on 5th November on this website, as well as more information about the constituency of Central Devon.

 

Jacob Rees Mogg Dinner

Jacob Rees Mogg Dinner

Members and supporters of Central Devon Conservatives flocked to the Fingle Glen Hotel in Tedburn St Mary for the Association’s Annual Constituency Dinner. The sold-out event saw our local MP Mel Stride address the 140 guests and introduce guest speaker Jacob Rees-Mogg MP.

Jacob Reece Mogg Speaking at Central Devon Dinner
Jacob Reece Mogg Speaking at Central Devon Dinner

 

Mel welcomed JRM warmly & lightheartedly said despite him taking his job and car!
JRM said Boris was reinvigorating the Party and a charismatic leader. He was bringing the Party back together, and starting to change the political debate onto new & traditional Tory Party policies & strengths. He went on to say that Brexit needs to be done which removes the impetus for the Brexit Party, however Parliament is saying they will not support the Government and will not let there be a general election.
Jeremy Lee, Mel Stride and Mike Davies with Jacob Reece Mogg

Association Chairman Councillor Mike Davies said: “It was a really enjoyable and interesting evening. Both Mel and Jacob spoke very well and the Q&A allowed members to quiz Jacob on a variety of topics. It was good to see a real mix of people come to the event, from young university students to long standing members who have supported our Association for many years.”

Budget

Budget

Central Devon MP Mel Stride with Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond as he delivers the Autumn Budget

TREASURY MINISTER HAILS BUDGET AS GOOD NEWS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, OUR ARMED SERVICES AND NHS.

29th October 2018

CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride who also serves as a minister in HM Treasury has welcomed the budget delivered by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond on Monday 29th October, citing it as a “major boost” for small businesses, our armed services and our NHS. He also praised the new UK digital services tax on revenues of tech giants from 2020 as vital to ensuring that large corporations pay their fair share of tax.

Mr Stride, who as Financial Secretary to the Treasury worked closely with the Chancellor on the budget, said:

“Today’s budget delivered the Government’s promise to provide £20.5billion more funding for our NHS – an average real growth rate in the NHS budget of 3.4% a year. It will also support local councils with an additional £650million for social care, £84million for children’s social care programmes over five years and £420million for fixing potholes – funding which will be especially welcome for rural counties like Devon. A one-off boost of £400million for our schools will provide around an injection of £10,000 for our primary schools and £50,000 for our secondary schools.”

Mr Stride also welcomed measures to help families with the cost of living, adding:

“The National Living Wage will increase by nearly 5% to £8.21 an hour, delivering a £690 annual pay rise to a full-time worker, and the amount a worker can earn before paying income tax will rise to £12,500, saving the average tax payer £1,205 in Income Tax compared to 2010. Fuel duty will be frozen for the ninth consecutive year – another move which will benefit rural counties where the majority of families rely on their cars.”

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Notes to Editors

Photo: Mr Stride sat beside the Chancellor of the Exchequer as he gave his Autumn Budget on Monday, increasing public spending on our NHS and armed services and reducing business rates for small businesses.

For more information please contact Chris Yeo via cjyeo@hotmail.co.uk.
For more from Mel visit www.melstridemp.com or follow him on twitter @MelJStride

MP HAILS MAJOR FALL IN YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

26th October 2018

CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the latest employment figures which show wage growth at a ten-year high, overall unemployment remaining at a 43-year low and youth unemployment now 50% lower than it was in 2010. This equates to 475,000 fewer people aged 18-24 out of work. Compared to a year ago employment in the UK is up by 289,000 and unemployment is down by 79,000.

Mr Stride said:

“These are a very encouraging set of job figures with wages continuing to rise faster than inflation and the proportion of young people who are unemployed and not in full-time education at the lowest level since records began in 1992. This means that more young people are working hard earning a living or studying for valuable qualifications. We are also starting to see one of the consequences of low unemployment – rising wages – with seven consecutive months of wage growth. But there is much, much more still to do and there must not be any complacency within Government as it continues to drive down unemployment and help businesses grow.”

Mr Stride, who serves as Financial Secretary to the Treasury, also highlighted the greater wage growth for those on lower incomes compared to those on higher incomes as especially good news, adding:

“In the past three years the lowest paid 5% of workers in the UK have seen their wages rise by 6.8% compared to the highest paid 5% of workers who have seen a 2.2% rise.”

MP ENCOURAGES CONSTITUENTS TO RESPOND TO NATIONAL PARK REVIEW

26th October 2018

CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is encouraging his constituents to take part in a major national review into the future of our country’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Launched by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, the review is the first opportunity in 70 years for the public to have such a significant role in shaping their future, with comments sought on issues such as environmental protections, public transport access, housing and jobs.

The nation’s 34 AONBs and 10 National Parks cover a quarter of England’s land and are home to over 2.3 million people. They also generate over £20 billion for the rural economy, and support 75,000 jobs.

Mr Stride, whose Central Devon constituency includes much of Dartmoor including its largest towns, said:

“The future of our National Parks and AONB are hugely important, including ensuring the businesses operating within them can succeed, the residents who live within them have access to essential services and that local wildlife populations are protected. Within the past six weeks I have held meetings within Dartmoor on affordable housing, healthcare, social care and the challenges facing the rural economy and productivity. Residents will no doubt have views on these issues and others such as broadband and mobile phone coverage and this is a great opportunity for those with ideas or concerns to have their say.”

Responses can be given individually by members of the public or by groups or organisations, by visiting www.gov.uk and searching for ‘national park review’.

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Photo: Mel recently holding a meeting at Dartmoor National Park HQ in Bovey Tracey on the how to boost the rural economy and improve productivity.

For more information please contact Chris Yeo via cjyeo@hotmail.co.uk.
For more from Mel visit www.melstridemp.com or follow him on twitter @MelJStride

FUEL DUTY FREEZE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES SAYS TREASURY MINISTER

3rd October 2018

CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has cited the current high price of oil and the need to support small businesses and low-income families as three of the main reasons behind the Government’s decision to freeze fuel duty for the ninth year in a row. HM Treasury, in which Mr Stride serves as a minister, had previously considered whether the time was right to end the freeze to raise an additional £800million through a 2p a litre increase. But the announcement from Prime Minister Theresa May today (03/10/18) confirmed the Chancellor will not make the move in this year’s budget.

Explaining the decision Mr Stride said:

“The Treasury thought long and hard about this decision as the Government is looking at how additional revenue can be raised to invest in public services, particularly health and social care. But several factors led to us concluding that ending the fuel duty freeze would not have been the right way to go. Petrol and diesel prices have gone up in the past year due to the high price of oil and a duty increase would have exacerbated that. For many families and small businesses, particularly in rural counties like Devon, a car is a necessity and freezing duty for a ninth year in a row will help families on the lowest incomes and support small businesses, particularly self-employed tradesmen who use their vans daily for work.”

The fuel duty escalator was introduced in the 1990s to increase duty ahead of inflation to curb pollution from road transport. Taking into account this freeze, an average family will be saving nearly £1,000 a year at the pump compared to what they would have spent had the Government not frozen the duty for the past nine years.

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For more information please contact Chris Yeo via cjyeo@hotmail.co.uk.
For more from Mel visit www.melstridemp.com or follow him on twitter @MelJStride

MP HAILS IMPACT OF GOVERNMENT-FUNDED CHILDCARE AS PARENTS SAY CHILDREN ARE BETTER PREPARED TO START SCHOOL

24th September 2018

PARENTS taking advantage of the government’s 30 hours of free childcare provision for three and four-year-olds have found their finances have improved and their children are better prepared to start school. This is according to new research published by the Department for Education one year on from the launch of the 30 hours childcare scheme which surveyed more than 3,000 parents enrolled in the scheme. 86% of parents said their children were better prepared to start school ready to learn and 78% said that taking up the free 30 hours offer for their three and four-year-olds helped them save money that they were able to invest back into their families and improve their overall quality of life.

Welcoming the report Mr Stride said:

“The results of this survey mirror what I hear from families with young children across my constituency – that the introduction of 30 hours of free childcare for three and four-year- olds is having a massive difference on their family life. Parents from lower or middle-income households are seeing the biggest benefits and more parents, particularly mothers, are able to get back to work if they wish to do so.”

Mr Stride also claimed the scheme had assisted with the fall in the number of children growing up in workless households, adding:

“It is not a coincidence that in the same year as the Government introduced this scheme the number of children living in workless households has dropped to the lowest level since records began in 1996. This is important because there is strong evidence of a link between children growing up and seeing their parents putting in a hard day’s work with their attitudes towards education and work in the future.”

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Over 3,000 parents were surveyed about their experiences of using the government-funded hours, including whether the offer saved them money and improved their children’s development, with families from lower-income backgrounds most likely to say that the hours had made their children more ‘school ready’.

Other findings from the research published today showed that the 30 hours offer:

  • Improves finances: 69% of parents using the 30 hours offer said their weeklychildcare bills have fallen, while 84% said the 30 hours is making a difference to their

    family finances.

  • Helps increase working hours: 71% of parents said 30 hours helps them balancework with their childcare needs (46% of whom said it was made a ‘great deal’ of difference), and more than two in five parents (42%) said it gave them more flexibility over their working hours.
  • Supports lower-income families: Parents from lower or middle income households were more likely to say that 30 hours makes a ‘great deal’ of difference to their ability to balance family life with work.
  • Can be tailored to a family’s needs: 71% of parents using the offer found it flexible to use, fitting it around their lifestyles
  • Improves access to childcare: It also showed that 83% of three and four year olds are now able to take advantage of some form of free childcare offer from the government. In June, the Department for Education published census data, which showed 94% of children were benefiting from funded early education from the Government.For more information please contact Chris Yeo via cjyeo@hotmail.co.uk.
    For more from Mel visit www.melstridemp.com or follow him on twitter @MelJStride

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.