Mel Stride appointed leader of House of Commons

Mel Stride has been appointed leader of the House of Commons, replacing Andrea Leadsom who resigned from Theresa May’s government on Wednesday in protest at her Brexit proposals.

She said she “no longer believed” that the government’s Brexit approach “could deliver on the referendum result”.  

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mrs Leadsom said she did not believe that the UK will be “truly sovereign” through the deal proposed, and said a second referendum would be “dangerously divisive”.

Mr Stride is the MP for Central Devon and former Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

Jesse Norman, who was a transport minister, has been made Financial Secretary to the Treasury, replacing Mr Stride.

Michael Ellis, previously the arts minister, has been appointed as a Transport minister.

Backbencher Rebecca Pow has been made a junior minister at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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