News en The Prime Minister's Update on Covid-19 <p>Mr Speaker, before I begin, I am sure the whole House will join me in sending our deepest condolences to the families and friends of James Furlong, Joe Ritchie-Bennett and David Wails, who were brutally killed in Reading on Saturday. To assault defenceless people in a park is not simply an act of wickedness but abject cowardice, and we will never yield to those who would seek to destroy our way of life. <br />&#13;  <br /></p> Tue, 23 Jun 2020 13:50:29 +0000 5497 at Gary Streeter welcomes the Covid summer food fund <p>I'm delighted that the Government have today agreed to continue the Coronavirus voucher scheme for children in receipt of Free School Meals throughout the Summer Holidays. </p>&#13; &#13; <p>I've received many emails about this and have been pushing Ministers to change their position behind the scenes. Congratulations to England footballer, Marcus Rashford for such a successful campaign and outcome.</p> Tue, 16 Jun 2020 14:52:43 +0000 5496 at Response to Dominic Cummings Story <p>I have had over 300 emails on this subject, so I recognise that strong emotions have been stirred up by it – given the sacrifice we have all had to make over recent weeks. I strongly agree that there must not be one rule for Government insiders and another for everybody else. I have therefore followed the Cummings story very closely.<br /><br /></p> Tue, 26 May 2020 12:31:17 +0000 5495 at Agricultural Bill - Animal welfare and food standards <p>I've had a number of people contacting me about the Agricultural Bill which was debated in Parliament yesterday (Wednesday 13th May). </p>&#13; &#13; <p>After much thought, I supported New Clause 2 (which sought to put on the face of the bill the Government’s commitment to protect animal welfare and food standards in the UK) but unfortunately it was not carried. </p> Thu, 14 May 2020 16:50:24 +0000 5494 at Businesses across South West Devon given boost with furlough scheme extension <p>Workers and businesses across South West Devon have been given a boost by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who has announced the current furlough scheme would be extended by a further four months with workers continuing to receive 80% of their current salary.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>From the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.</p> Tue, 12 May 2020 15:04:11 +0000 5493 at The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy <p>After the Prime Minister's speech last night, the Government's Strategy for the next steps in tackling Covid19 has been published and is available <a href="">here</a> (PDF also available below).</p> Mon, 11 May 2020 16:38:53 +0000 5492 at Gary asks his first Parliamentary Question using Zoom <p>This afternoon, Gary Streeter used the new Parliamentary Questions system to ask the Health Secretary an Oral Question from his front room.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>Parliament has agreed to developing a way for MPs to participate in Parliamentary business from their constituencies to ensure social distancing be maintained in Westminster. </p> Wed, 22 Apr 2020 14:45:13 +0000 5491 at Lobbying Ministers over local Coronavirus challenges <p>Each week, Conservative MPs representing seats within Devon County Council are meeting online to share experiences in their local areas and seek solutions to local challenges.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>One outcome of these meetings has been writing to senior Ministers with Devon-specific questions relating to how the county is experiencing the COVID-19 outbreak.</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2020 15:33:56 +0000 5490 at How to apply to the Coronavirus Business Retention Scheme <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Dear Sir Gary, </p>&#13; &#13; <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Employers in your constituency can now claim online for a grant for 80% of their furloughed employees’ salaries, up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee, per month, through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This scheme will be open until the end of June 2020. </p>&#13; &#13; <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">Before employers in your constituency claim, they need to: </p> Mon, 20 Apr 2020 16:19:03 +0000 5489 at Welcome news of support for our fishing industry <p>The Government has announced a package to support the fishing industry at this time.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>More than 1,000 fishing and aquaculture businesses in England will receive direct cash grants through a fisheries support scheme announced today by Environment Secretary George Eustice and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay.</p> Fri, 17 Apr 2020 16:16:07 +0000 5488 at