Mel is a vigorous local campaigner; raising over 14,000 signatures door-to-door to support our post offices, protecting our hospitals (as Co-Chairman, Crediton Hospital Campaign Group), working to improve our schools (he is a Governor of Okehampton College), to secure affordable housing and to ensure that infrastructure is available to support new development (which has included him presenting petitions to both Parliament and Number 10 Downing Street).
He is fighting for a fairer deal for our hard-pressed farmers (especially our hill farmers and those in less advantaged areas) and he also campaigns on green issues (having launched the 'One Tonne Green Challenge').
Mel is 'hands on' and works hard at the grassroots level. He is constantly on the doorstep listening to local concerns.
Mel believes in compassionate Conservatism and has served on the Commission for Social Justice where he made key contributions in respect of voluntary organisations. Mel believes that families and communities are often best placed to solve social problems rather than the State and his work has focused on showing how volunteers can be freed up to provide this vital support. He believes in practicing what he preaches and he runs his own Community Action Team providing hands-on support to local communities within Central Devon.
Mel feels very strongly about the importance of education (his parents, due to economic hardship, had to leave school at 15 and 14). Mel was awarded a free place at grammar school and attended Oxford University where he was a keen debater (having been elected, along with William Hague, as President of the Oxford Union). Mel Stride supports Devon school campaign.
Mel has a strong interest in our history and culture. As a hobby he is a qualified tourist guide (authorised to guide some of the country¹s most important sites including the British Museum). In 2005 he won the Tourist Board 'Guide of the Year Award'. Mel puts his knowledge to good effect by giving many talks on subjects of both local and national interest and he is always happy to talk to local groups for a small donation to a local charity.
Mel is the proud father to three daughters Natascha, Ophelia and Evelyn.
If you have any local issue which you would like Mel to help with (no matter how apparently small) please write to him at:
Central Devon Conservatives, 2a Manaton Court, Manaton Close, Exeter EX2 8PF