Mel was elected as the Member of Parliament for Central Devon in 2010 when a boundary review created our new constituency. A dedicated grass-roots campaigner on issues such as education funding and preserving our rural post offices, Mel secured more votes than all the other parties combined in a seat that was predicted to be a Con-Lib marginal.
During the Coalition Government Mel served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary (ministerial aide) in the Education Department and Energy Department before being promoted to Assistant Government Whip. After his re-election in 2015 Mel was promoted to Government Whip and in June 2017 became Financial Secretary to the Treasury – the third highest-ranking minister in HM Treasury. As part of this role he has led the crack down on tax avoidance, evasion and non-compliance and worked with the Chancellor on the Autumn 2018 Budget which delivered an additional £1billion defence spending and reduced business rates for small businesses by a third.
Mel has his own website www.melstridemp.com which covers his work locally in Central Devon and in Westminster.