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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.