Mel Stride

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Mel Stride
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Member of Parliament
for Central Devon
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Constituency Created
Majority 21,265 (39.0%)
Personal details
Born (1961-09-30) 30 September 1961 (age 60)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater St Edmund Hall, Oxford
Religion Church of England

Melvyn John Stride[1] (30 September 1961)[2] is a British Conservative Party politician. He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Central Devon at the 2010 general election. On 28 October 2011, Stride was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, John Hayes.[3]`

Stride was selected as prospective Conservative candidate for Central Devon in June 2006 after his name was added to David Cameron's Conservative A-List in 2006.[4] He was the first A-Lister to be selected.[5]

He was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and then Oxford University where he was elected President of the Oxford Union.

In the financial year 2012-2013 he claimed £3,223.64 in expenses for gas, electricity and water bills, the eighth highest such claim.[6]

Data covering 7th May 2010 to 31st October 2014 ranked him as having the lowest cost of any MP in Devon and 39th in Parliament based on cost per Parliamentary vote exercised. [7]


External links

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Central Devon