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

  • strategic oversight of the UK tax system including direct, indirect, business, property and personal taxation.
  • corporate and small business taxation
  • financial services taxation, including bank levy, bank corporation tax surcharge, VAT on financial services, Insurance Premium Tax
  • European and international tax issues
  • customs policy, including the Customs Bill
  • National Insurance Bill
  • departmental minister for HM Revenue and Customs and the Valuation Office Agency and the Government Actuary’s Department
  • overall responsibility for the Finance Bill
  • 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. Stop facilitating tax evasion or face criminal prosecution, HMRC tells corporations

    • Press release
  2. Growing businesses to benefit from expert tax support

    • Press release
  3. UK businesses receive £2.9 billion boost to invest in Research and Development

    • News story
  4. Finance Bill legislates for remaining tax changes

    • News story
  5. New help for small businesses launched

    • Press release
  6. Next steps on the Finance Bill and Making Tax Digital

    • News story
  7. Privy Council appointments: Gavin Barwell and Mel Stride

    • Press release