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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 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.

  • NHandJT
    Article: Dec 23, 2014


    Jeremy Thorpe's funeral was held last Wednesday at St Margaret's Church, Westminster. It was attended by around 400 people including all five leaders of the Liberal party and the Liberal Democrats who succeeded Jeremy Thorpe: David Steel, Paddy Ashdown, Charles Kennedy, Ming Campbell and Nick Clegg. There was a gathering afterwards at the National Liberal Club. The following tribute was delivered at the funeral by Nick Harvey MP, and is reproduced here and on Lib Dem Voice at his suggestion.

  • 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

    Nick Harvey MP and Cllr Brian Greenslade have responded to cuts in Government funding for North Devon District Council, published in today's 2015-16 Local Government Finance Settlement.

    Figures released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government show that in the 2015-16 financial year NDDC faces a 14% cut in its share of grant from central government, from £5.7 million in 2014-15 to £4.9 million in 2015-16.

  • 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.

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