CENTRAL Devon MP Mel Stride has been appointed leader of the House of Commons, it has been announced.

He takes over the job from Andrea Leadsom who quit on Wednesday night after telling Prime Minister Theresa May that she couldn’t support key Brexit legislation.

Mr Stride, a former Tory whip, has been promoted from his job as financial secretary to the Treasury, which he started in 2017.

His elevation to the cabinet has led to a mini-reshuffle of ministerial positions with Jesse Norman set to replace him.

Mr Stride’s office has been contacted for a comment.