Ministerial role

Government Whip, Comptroller of HM Household


Whips are MPs or Lords appointed by each party to help organise their party’s contribution to parliamentary business. They are responsible for making sure the maximum number of their party members vote, and vote the way their party wants.

Current role holder: Mel Stride

Mel Stride MP was appointed Comptroller of HM Household (Government Whip) on 18 July 2016. He was elected the Conservative MP for Central Devon in 2010.


Mel was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and Oxford University, where he was elected President of the Oxford Union.

Political career

In October 2011 Mel was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, John Hayes. He later served as an Assistant Government Whip from July 2014 until May 2015 and as Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from May 2015 until July 2016.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Gavin Barwell

    • 2015 to 2016