Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

The Rt Hon Mel Stride MP


Mel Stride MP was appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury on 12 June 2017 and Paymaster General on 13 June 2017. 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.

Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The Financial Secretary (FST) is the Treasury Minister of State with responsibility for:

  • strategic oversight of the UK tax system including direct, indirect, business, property and personal taxation
  • corporate and small business taxation
  • European and international tax issues
  • customs policy, including the Customs Bill
  • Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Departmental Minister for HM Revenue and Customs and the Valuation Office Agency
  • overall responsibility for the Finance Bill
  • the Government Actuary’s Department
  • parliamentary deputy on public spending issues

Paymaster General

Previous roles in government

  1. Government Whip, Comptroller of HM Household

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. Assistant Whip

    • 2014 to 2015


  1. Five ways HMRC can help boost your finances
  2. 100 days left to file your 2017 to 2018 tax return
  3. HM Treasury and HMRC invest in customs training and automation
  4. Making Tax Digital for VAT pilot open for business
  5. FST speech to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council Dinner: 27 September 2018
  6. HMRC warns it's time to declare offshore assets
  7. £850 million record boost for creative sectors
  8. Finance Bill 2018-19: government releases draft legislation
  9. Record number of fake HMRC websites deactivated
  10. One million married couples still eligible for £900 tax boost