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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: Dec 18, 2014

    Local MP Nick Harvey has pressed Energy Secretary Ed Davey to make the most of North Devon's marine energy opportunities.

    During Parliamentary questions today, the MP highlighted recent bad news that Siemens had proposed the sale of Bristol-based marine energy company Marine Current Technology (MCT) - who oversaw successful trials of marine turbines off Lynmouth in 2003. Pelamis, a wave energy developer, has also gone into administration.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2014

    This column originally appeared in the North Devon Journal

    Over the last five years, the Liberal Democrats have ensured that the schools budget remains protected, invested billions into the Pupil Premium (although, as I have raised on a many occasions, the delivery method is imperfect, I wholeheartedly support the principle of the policy), and helped families with the costs of nurseries and child-minders. It is a vital part of our commitment to giving all children and young people regardless of background the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

  • Article: Dec 17, 2014

    Nick Harvey, North Devon's MP, has urged the Government to look again at investment partnerships in UK film wrongly assumed to be tax avoidance schemes.

    The MP secured a Parliamentary debate where he highlighted that many people who bought into legitimate tax reliefs under the last Labour government, intended to stimulate investment in the UK's film industry, are now being pursued by HMRC as tax avoiders - regardless of whether or not they broke the rules.

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    This is the speech Nick made n a Westminster Hall debate on 16th December 2014, on Tax Relief on UK film investment.

    I wish to take this opportunity today to draw The House's attention to a serious and widespread misapprehension about the current status of the tax affairs of those who, before 2007, invested in the increasingly successful UK film industry at the encouragement and incentivisation of the last Labour Government.

  • Article: Dec 15, 2014

    Nick Harvey MP has pressed the Government on cuts to support for vulnerable families in North Devon.

    At today's questions in Parliament, Nick pressed Communities Minister Kris Hopkins on the future of a local discretionary scheme to support people in crisis, rolled out throughout the country after the abolition of Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2014

    North Devon MP Nick Harvey has outlined North Devon's key 'asks' for improved transport links and connectivity with the Department for Transport.

    In a meeting with Transport Minister Baroness Susan Kramer, Nick made the case for improvements to the A361 North Devon Link Road. It follows lobbying by Nick and North Devon District Council Leader Brian Greenslade of Chief Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander for funding for the project.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2014

    Nick Harvey, North Devon's MP, has called for social care to be provided free to people at the end of their lives.

    Nick and 13 of his Lib Dem colleagues jointly signed a letter to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, which asks for the Government to look into implementing free social care for people at the end of their lives. The letter highlights the fact that many people would choose to die at home if they could, but are currently unable to due to prohibitively high costs.

  • Article: Dec 4, 2014

    Nick Harvey has added the following tribute to Jeremy Thorpe, former Leader of the Liberal Party (1967-76) and Member of Parliament for the Constituency of North Devon (1959-79):

    "Jeremy Thorpe was a colossal figure in the revival of the Liberal cause in post-war Britain, and today's Lib Dem politicians continue to feast on his legacy. His charisma, energy and innovative campaigning lit up his generation of British politics. He was the first to embrace fully the television age, the first to hit the campaign trail in a helicopter and both the first - and rather memorably the last - to deploy a hovercraft.

  • Article: Dec 4, 2014
    By Nick Harvey

    This column originally appeared in the North Devon Journal.

    From the straight roads built by the Romans to high speed trains dissecting countries today, investment in infrastructure has long been seen as a way to ensure economic growth.

    Yet a double whammy of less private sector demand and less government capital make infrastructure investment slump in times of recession. Fortunately though, a renewed effort from the Government now means that the UK ranks as one of the top 10 countries for infrastructure investment.

  • Tax Cut 2015
    Article: Dec 3, 2014

    Commenting on today's Autumn Statement, delivered by Chancellor George Osborne, Nick said:

    "Today's Autumn Statement - the last before next year's General Election - confirms that there is a long way to go in terms of economic recovery, the need to 'stay the course' is vital. The roadmap to recovery is not easy and a budget surplus is expected in 2018 at the earliest. But it is not all doom and gloom. The Chancellor confirmed a number of positive measures which will be welcomed in North Devon, many of which would simply not happen without Lib Dem influence in Government, particularly from Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander.


Click here for Nick's Autumn 2014 NHS survey