Mims Davies appointed Minister for Sport and Civil Society
MP for Eastleigh Mims Davies, has been announced as the new Minister for Sport and Civil Society following the resignation of Tracy Crouch.
Davies had been Parliamentary Under Secretary for Wales and is a trustee for a veterans’ support charity.
The appointment appears to confirm that the government will not be heeding calls from charities to give the sector its own minister. Instead, the brief will continue to include sport, social enterprise, youth, loneliness, horse racing, gambling and lotteries.
In a Twitter post Davies said that she couldn’t wait to get started.
The appointment follows Tracy Crouch’s resignation over delays to a reduction on maximum stakes for fixed odds machines last week.
In his budget Chancellor Philip Hammond had said that a cut in stakes from £100 to £2 would come into force in October 2019.
In her resignation letter, Ms Crouch said: "Unfortunately, implementation of these changes are now being delayed until October 2019 due to commitments made by others to those with registered interests.
"From the time of the announcement to reduce stakes and its implementation, over £1.6bn will be lost on these machines.
"In addition, two people will tragically take their lives every day due to gambling-related problems and, for that reason as much as any other, I believe this delay is unjustifiable."
Ms Crouch’s tenure was notable for the introduction of the Civil Society Strategy, which was seen by many as being a first step in improving government’s relationship with the VCSE sector. Many civil society organisations have praised Ms Crouch for her principles and commitment to the sector; however, it was also felt that her portfolio was too broad and that she did not have enough time to dedicate to all of it.