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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: Jan 29, 2015

    North Devon MP Nick Harvey has welcomed measures to grant the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) powers to fine UK supermarkets who don't give farmers a fair deal.

    Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable today announced that provisions had been laid before Parliament which would allow the Adjudicator to impose penalties on large retailers who breach the code. Tory MPs have opposed the moves to grant the watchdog these powers.

  • Ilfracombe Rescue Dat
    Article: Jan 29, 2015


    Nick Harvey has today launched a petition in support of the campaign to reduce tourism VAT.

    It is hoped the measure will stimulate tourist numbers across the country. Additionally, research by Deloitte has shown it would create 120,000 jobs in three years and boost Treasury takings by £2.6 billion over the next decade.

  • Petition: Jan 29, 2015

    The tourism industry is worth £4 billion in the South West alone, and 14% of jobs in Devon are in tourism.

    The UK's tourism VAT rate is double the EU average - it is time to put the UK on a level playing field with the rest of the EU.

    We call on the Government to cut the VAT on tourist accommodation and attractions from 20% to 5% to help promote real growth in the UK's Tourism industry and create thousands of new jobs.

  • Article: Jan 26, 2015

    North Devon MP Nick Harvey has asked Ministers to look again at charges for child support services.

    Under arrangements brought in in 2012, a £20 application fee now applies when parents begin using the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). A 4 per cent administrative charge is also levied where one parent fails to pay up and the CMS has to intervene to take payments directly from their salary.

  • Article: Jan 23, 2015

    North Devon MP Nick Harvey has called for a new part of the immigration rules to be urgently reassessed.

    A 'financial income requirement' states that anybody wanting their non-EU spouse to move to the UK with them has to be earning at least £18,600 - or more if their spouse has children. This applies universally throughout the country, regardless of regional differences in average earnings.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2015

    Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has this week given an update on proposed measures as part of its financial recovery programme. The measures announced in October included compelling patients with a BMI of 35 or over to lose 5% of their body weight before routine surgery, and requiring smokers to give up 8 weeks before surgery.

  • Article: Jan 20, 2015

    The following speech was given in the House of Commons on 20th January 2015 during an Opposition Day debate on the future of the Trident nuclear deterrent.

    www.parliament.uk/business/publications/hansard/commons/todays-commons-debates/read/unknown/221/

    2.37 pm

    Sir Nick Harvey (North Devon) (LD):

    The decision to procure the existing Trident nuclear system was taken in 1980. My starting point is that the world has changed a very great deal since then. Back then, we were at the height of the cold war. We had a known nuclear adversary that had the capability to strike us and had stated its willingness, if provoked, to do so. We, in turn, felt that it was absolutely essential that we had the ability to respond at a moment's notice. Thus it was that we concluded that we needed an inter-continental ballistic missile capable of being launched at a moment's notice, and that because we did not know when our adversary would attack, we would sustain a patrol 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. There was logic in that position.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2015

    Nick Harvey, MP for North Devon, has called on Ministers to support Chulmleigh Community College's funding bid for school buildings.

    Following a visit on Friday to see recently completed school buildings, Nick spoke in the Commons to urge Schools Minister David Laws to look favourably on a bid for the next stage of the school's refurbishment.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2015

    England could see up to 20 'mini-parliaments' spring up to answer 'the English Question' under proposals published by two senior Liberal Democrat parliamentarians today.

    In a major new publication from the liberal thinktank CentreForum, Lib Dem constitutional affairs spokesperson Lord Tyler, and former Defence Minister Nick Harvey MP, develop proposals for English devolution.

  • MPs meet Priti Patel
    Article: Jan 15, 2015

    Local MP Nick Harvey has put further pressure on the Government to end the unfairness in the current funding arrangements for local councils.

    The provisional 2015-16 Local Government Finance Settlement, published in December, outlined a 14% cut in central Government funding to North Devon District Council. Rural councils across the country currently receive up to £153 less per person in funding than their urban counterparts.

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