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Welcome to the website of Nick Harvey

Welcome to Nick Harvey's website, outlining his varied work as MP since 1992, including in North Devon and more. Please don't hesitate to use the contact details to get in touch with questions, comments, opinions and offers of help.

  • Article: Jul 7, 2014

    Nick Harvey MP has welcomed the start of the Government's flagship Local Growth Fund, through which Devon's Local Enterprise Partnership has secured £130m for investment and economic development.

    The new 'Growth Deal' funding for Devon, drawn up between central government, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP for Devon and Somerset) and local authorities, is expected to be spent on local projects to encourage economic development such as road and rail improvements, construction schemes, careers help for the unemployed and specialist skills training.

  • Nick Harvey speaking in the House (UK Parliament)
    Article: Jun 27, 2014

    On 25 June Nick Harvey MP of North Devon tackled Prime Minister David Cameron in the House of Commons over the ongoing dispute about the future of fire-fighters pensions,

    Nick Harvey said, "The firefighters' dispute continues, with some worrying consequences and no sign at present of a resolution.

    "Before Easter, Ministers at the Department for Communities and Local Government got the Government Actuary's Department to cost a set of proposals that the Fire Brigades Union was ready to put to its members. "

  • Article: Jun 27, 2014

    Nick Harvey MP for North Devon says: "Six weeks ago I was briefed by the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Trust about their rather vague plans for the renal unit at South Molton, these are ongoing from last summer. Since then I have heard no more."

    At the time James Brent Trust Chairman said: "We are at a very early stage in which we are beginning to look at options and have not yet come to any firm conclusion about an ideal model of delivery. However, we would envisage the opening of a new unit in approximately 18 months"

  • Article: Jun 17, 2014

    North Devon MP Nick Harvey has criticised yesterday's announcement by Devon County Council that nearly all county-run residential care homes, and half of day centres, will be closed.

    Following a recent consultation, Devon County Council has announced that it will cease to run residential care at Lydiate Lodge, Lynton, Burrow House, Ilfracombe, Beech house, South Molton, and Oakwell, Barnstaple. Day care facilities across North Devon will also be reduced, with just a few Barnstaple day care services to remain as a new 'integrated service' at a site 'to be determined.'

  • Article: Apr 30, 2014

    Local MP Nick Harvey has enthusiastically welcomed news that North Devon's businesses will receive an extra boost through Assisted Area Status.

    Today's announcement puts a total of 11 North Devon wards on the Assisted Areas map, including key areas for manufacturing and business in Barnstaple and Ilfracombe. The status offers an enhanced level of government assistance up to 2020 to support small businesses and large enterprises in disadvantaged areas.

  • Why are you IN?
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign. The launch took place in Colchester at a rally with activists and supporters, followed by a public town hall-style Q&A session hosted by Heart FM.

    Speaking at the launch event, Nick Clegg said:

  • Nick youth centre cuts
    Article: Apr 14, 2014

    MP Nick Harvey has warned that cuts to Devon's Youth Service will have a damaging impact on the lives of young people in North Devon.

    Nick's comments come in a response to Devon County Council (DCC)'s 'Tough Choices' consultation on plans to restructure the Youth Service. In a proposed £1.7m cut, the universal service would be ended, with support instead focussed on the most vulnerable young people, and 60 youth service jobs lost.

  • Article: Apr 10, 2014

    North Devon MP Nick Harvey has welcomed the decision to retain Chivenor's engineer regiment.

    Today's announcement revisits the withdrawal of Chivenor's 24 (Commando) Engineer Regiment as part of wider armed forces restructuring set out in July 2012's Army 2020 Review.

    Following a review into the Army capabilities available to support Royal Navy tasks, it has been decided that the regiment will now be kept at Chivenor, but in slightly smaller numbers. The latest changes will come into operation no later than July 2015.

  • Mark Cowell, Nick Harvey & Pat Cowell
    Article: Apr 8, 2014

    Attending an event to thank the local companies involved in the project Nick Harvey MP for North Devon said, "I was delighted that the Heddon's Gate Hotel has reopened after an extensive eight month renovation.

    "This quiet getaway is tucked away in rural north Devon and new owners Mark and Pat have put their heart and souls into this business.

  • Article: Mar 18, 2014

    Nick Harvey MP has welcomed the news that 2,470 parents in North Devon will receive up to £2,000 to help with the cost of childcare.

    Announced today by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the package provides 20 per cent support on childcare costs up to £10,000 per year for each child. This would mean that, for example, a family with two children under 12 years-old could benefit by up to £4,000 as a result.