Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

The Rt Hon Mel Stride MP

Biography

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.

Education

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

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  1. £850 million record boost for creative sectors

    • News story
  2. Finance Bill 2018-19: government releases draft legislation

    • News story
  3. Record number of fake HMRC websites deactivated

    • Press release
  4. One million married couples still eligible for £900 tax boost

    • Press release
  5. Low tax gap results in £71 billion for UK public services

    • Press release
  6. HMRC saves public £2.4M by stopping fraudsters

    • Press release
  7. HMRC warns on tax refund scams

    • Press release
  8. 69,000 households benefit from cut to stamp duty

    • News story
  9. New clampdown on tax avoidance and evasion will help to bring in £1.2 billion

    • News story
  10. HM Treasury welcomes new ministerial team

    • News story