Eastleigh’s MP Mims Davies has been appointed Sports Minister following the much-publicised resignation of Tracey Crouch who quit in protest of an ‘unjustifiable’ delay in the introduction of curbs designed to make bookies’ highly addictive gambling machines less attractive to vulnerable gamblers.
Davies’s move from her current unpaid Junior Ministerial post in the Wales Office to a paid post also means she has given up her duties as an Assistant Government Whip.
As Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society Davies assumes responsibility for sport, gambling and horse racing, while her work for the Office of Civil Society will involve working with stakeholders in the voluntary and Charity sectors – including the Charity Commission. The Office also works on problems like social isolation which led to Davies predecessor being dubbed as the “Minister for Loneliness.”
Theresa May’s appointment of Davies is seen as strengthening the number of loyal leave-voting ministers.
The former broadcast journalist first became an MP in 2015, increased her majority in the 2017 General Election and is one of number of younger hard- working newcomers to Parliament- who have benefitted from a rapid turnover of ministers due to Brexit divisions to advance rapidly from the back benches.
The role of Sports Minister should suit the MP who enjoys sport – she has run in the Eastleigh 10k three times – this year completing the course in 1 hr 14 minutes – she supports The Spitfires and has even tried her hand at Baseball.