Oooohhh – a Devon MP gets a ministerial post and it isn’t Swire!

Tory Mel Stride, who held onto his central Devon MP at the general election by a comfortable margin, has been appointed financial secretary to the Treasury.

Stride, 55, who enjoyed 54 per cent of the vote and has a 16,000 majority over Labour in the rural seat he has won three times, was confirmed in the role on Monday after Mrs May’s meeting with the Conservative 1922 committee.

It is a junior ministerial post and the fourth most significant in the Treasury after the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the chief Secretary to the Treasury, and the Paymaster General. …”