Treasury names Minister responsible for charity tax

Written by Matt Ritchie

Mel Stride has been appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury, and Paymaster General, assuming responsibility for charity tax policy.

Stride was elected the Conservative MP for Central Devon in 2010, and appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning in 2011.

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.

Stride's new role sees him responsible for charities, the voluntary sector and Gift Aid. He is also responsible for personal savings tax and pensions tax, corporate and small business taxation, and customs policy among a range of other areas.

Stride succeeds Jane Ellison who had held the role since June 2016, but lost her Battersea seat to Labour's Marsha De Cordova in last week's election.

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