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Melvyn John Stride[1] (born 30 September 1961)[2] is a British politician who served as Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council from 23 May to 24 July 2019. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Central Devon since 2010.

Mel Stride

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Leader of the House of Commons
Lord President of the Council
In office
23 May 2019 – 24 July 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byAndrea Leadsom
Succeeded byJacob Rees-Mogg
Paymaster General
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
In office
13 June 2017 – 23 May 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byBen Gummer (Paymaster General)
Jane Ellison (Financial Secretary to the Treasury)
Succeeded byJesse Norman
Comptroller of the Household
In office
17 July 2016 – 12 June 2017
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byGavin Barwell
Succeeded byChristopher Pincher
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
13 May 2015 – 17 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byHarriett Baldwin
Succeeded byAndrew Griffiths
Member of Parliament
for Central Devon
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byConstituency created
Majority15,680 (29.1%)
Personal details
Born (1961-09-30) 30 September 1961 (age 57)
Ealing, London, England
Political partyConservative
Alma materSt Edmund Hall, Oxford
WebsiteOfficial website

Stride served in the May Government as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General from 2017 to 2019.

Early lifeEdit

Mel Stride was born in Ealing, west London in 1961.[3] He was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and then St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he was elected President of the Oxford Union.

In 1987, Stride set up a business specialising in trade exhibitions, conferences and publishing (Venture Marketing Group) which he and his wife jointly controlled[4] before selling it to a United States subsidiary.[5]

Political careerEdit

Stride was selected as prospective Conservative candidate for Central Devon in June 2006 after his name was added to David Cameron's Conservative A-List in 2006.[6] He was the first A-Lister to be selected.[7]

Stride was elected as the (MP) for Central Devon at the 2010 general election. On 28 October 2011, Stride was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, John Hayes.[8]

Stride was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.[9] In April 2019, while serving as Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Stride was accused of breaking the Ministerial Code over comments he had made in relation to the Loan Charge.[10][non-primary source needed].

Stride was appointed Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council on 23 May 2019, following the resignation of Andrea Leadsom.[11] Stride endorsed Michael Gove to become Leader of the Conservative Party in the 2019 leadership election. Following the election of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister he was dismissed from his role as Leader of the House of Commons and replaced by Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Personal lifeEdit

Stride is married to Michelle and has three daughters. He studies history as a hobby and is a qualified tour guide.[12]


  1. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8740.
  2. ^ "Who's Who". Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Persons with significant control".
  5. ^ "About Mel Stride MP".
  6. ^ Rosemary Bennett, The A-list in The Times dated 12 June 2006, at
  7. ^ "ConservativeHome's Seats & Candidates blog: Where are the original A-Listers now? The 18 who have been selected for Conservative seats". Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Mel Stride has become the first Central Devon MP". North Devon Journal. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  9. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Loan Charge All-Party Parliamentary Group Loan Charge Inquiry" (PDF). Retrieved 8 April 2019. The Loan Charge Inquiry has concluded that the way the Financial Secretary to the Treasury has handled the Loan Charge, including demonstrably seeking to mislead over convictions that he knew are not related to loan arrangements, constitutes a breach of the Ministerial Code.
  11. ^ Wills, Ella (23 May 2019). "Mel Stride appointed new Commons Leader after Andrea Leadsom quit". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Leader of the House of Commons has a bizarre suggestion for how MPs can spend the summer recess". indy100. 20 June 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament
for Central Devon

Political offices
Preceded by
Gavin Barwell
Comptroller of the Household
Succeeded by
Christopher Pincher
Preceded by
Ben Gummer
Paymaster General
Succeeded by
Jesse Norman
Preceded by
Jane Ellison
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
Preceded by
Andrea Leadsom
Leader of the House of Commons
Succeeded by
Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council