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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.

  • Nick meets RBL SW representatives in Parliament
    Article: Nov 24, 2014

    Nick Harvey MP has met local representatives from the Royal British Legion (RBL) to discuss the welfare of the North Devon service community.

    At an event in the Houses of Parliament, Nick spoke to RBL's Team Leader for the South West Sue Archard. The Legion's recent household survey of the ex-Service community revealed that veterans are more likely than other citizens to be unemployed, have higher rates of alcohol dependency, or to experience back pain and limb problems. The Legion is helping to meet this need through a range of services, including independent money and benefits advice services and online training.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2014

    North Devon MP Nick Harvey has urged the Treasury to maintain emergency funding for vulnerable families.

    His comments came as he responded to a consultation on the Local Welfare Assistance Fund - money paid to county councils, specifically earmarked for those families who need emergency help. Often victims of domestic abuse receive help from the fund, and the long-term unemployed.

  • Roads
    Article: Nov 11, 2014

    Nick Harvey MP, Councillor Brian Greenslade and the North Devon Lib Dem Team have started a petition against Devon County Council's proposed highways cuts to road maintenance, gritting, verge-cutting, weeding and snow clearance in North Devon.

    Nick said: 'With inclement weather just around the corner our roads are going to need proper maintenance. The proposed cut to gritting and snow clearance is very serious and will compromise safety especially on the roads which do not form part of the major highway network.'

  • Pint of beer
    Article: Nov 10, 2014

    North Devon MP and Vice Chair of the All-Party Beer Group Nick Harvey is supporting a proposal which would ensure that pub tenants are not forced to pay over the odds for beer.

    Currently pub tenants who are 'tied' to Pubcos have to buy their beer directly from them. Pubcos can set the price, which means that tenants can pay as much as 70% more than the market rate for beer. The amendment to the Small Business Bill (which contains a series of measures designed to help small businesses such as pubs) would allow tenants to opt out of the tie so that they just pay rent for the premises, and purchase beer on the open market.

  • NDLR lobby
    Article: Nov 5, 2014

    Local MP Nick Harvey and Council Leader Brian Greenslade have made the case to Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander for improvements to the North Devon Link Road.

    The A361 is a vital gateway for North Devon, providing its link to the M5. The volume of traffic along it has risen steadily over the past few years and changes are needed to ease congestion and improve safety.

  • nick harbour
    Article: Oct 29, 2014

    North Devon MP Nick Harvey is calling for a ban on ray fishing off the North Devon coast to be urgently revisited.

    In representations to DEFRA Minister George Eustice MP and the MMO, Nick highlighted the plight of local fishermen as a consequence, and called for better quota oversight in the future.The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) have imposed a UK-wide ban on ray fishing as the country has exceeded its yearly quota, set by the European Commission. Although the South West's fisheries were within the region's allowance when the ban came in on October 12th, fisheries in the South East overshot their quota, so the amounts were 'traded off'.

  • Nick and campaigners outside No 10
    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    North Devon MP Nick Harvey joined campaigners from Ilfracombe yesterday to take the fight to save community hospital beds to Downing Street.

    Nick met members of Ilfracombe Tyrrell Hospital's League of Friends, led by campaigner Gloria Satchwell, to present a 3,000-signature petition to the Prime Minister and the Department of Health urging them to keep Tyrell hospital's beds open.spital beds to Downing Street.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2014

    North Devon MP Nick Harvey has today urged defence Ministers to maintain the Royal Wessex Yeomanry's presence in Barnstaple, amid a planned move to Exeter.

    As part of the Army's restructure, the Ministry of Defence announced last year that a Rifles unit would move from Truro to Barnstaple, and the Barnstaple unit would relocate to Exeter. The Rifles' move has since been cancelled, but the Yeomanry's shift is still set to go ahead.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2014

    Local MP Nick Harvey has urged the Government to guarantee affordable insurance to small business owners and leaseholders in flood-hit areas.

    Serious flooding in North Devon - for example, in Braunton in 2004 and 2012 - has meant many small business owners have faced either outright refusal from insurers to cover them, or the offer of cover with grossly high premiums and excesses.

  • Article: Oct 9, 2014
    By Nick Harvey

    This column originally appeared in the North Devon Journal.

    To spend or tax that is the question. This autumn's conference season was dominated by the deficit and how best to reduce it - whether through welfare cuts, raising taxes or cutting public spending. Ultimately none are very palatable options. The key is to making the taxation system much fairer and not constantly hitting the poorer members of society.


Click here for Nick's Autumn 2014 NHS survey