Mims Davies has been named UK Minister for Sport and Civil Society following Tracey Crouch‘s dramatic resignation over the government’s delay in introducing the FOBT stakes reduction.
Davies, the Conservative MP for Eastleigh, moves to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports from the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales, which she had held since July.
Her predecessor Crouch resigned last week, citing a delay in the introduction of the reduced FOBT stakes which she had anticipated for April next year, not October as is now planned.
Davies was one of three MPs, along with Will Quince and Anne Milton, who recently resigned from a committee which had the aim of improving working life in Westminster.
The trio left the Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion, which is chaired by House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, in the wake of a damning report on bullying and harassment in Westminster, and citing a lack of confidence in Bercow’s ability to tackle the issue in parliament.
The 43 year old Davies was elected to the Eastleigh seat in 2015, prior to which she worked in media, events and communications, including roles at the BBC and with the police.