The Conservative MP for Eastleigh Mims Davies has been appointed as the UK’s new sports minister.
It follows the resignation last week of Tracey Crouch, who stood down on principle over delays to the implementation of fixed-odds betting reforms.
Swansea-educated Davies was elected as an MP in May 2015. She has served as an assistant government whip, and as parliamentary under secretary of state for Wales since July this year.
Like Crouch, 43-year-old Davies is known to have a personal interest in sport. She is a former chair of the parliamentary group for running and completed the London Marathon in 2017, raising over £1000 for charities Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and Wessex Heartbeat.
Prior to entering politics, Davies worked in media and communications, including roles in local radio, with the AA and the Police Force.
Outgoing minister Crouch was among the first to welcome the appointment, tweeting: “Congratulations @mimsdavies! You’ll be brilliant and I know the fantastic team @DCMS will look after you well. Enjoy!”
In response, Davies expressed her appreciation to her predecessor: “Thank you dear @tracey_crouch one of the finest ladies I had have the pleasure to get to know @HouseofCommons & to learn from and work with @DCMS. Very kind wishes – most grateful!
Thank you dear @tracey_crouch one of the finest ladies I had have the pleasure to get to know @HouseofCommons & to learn from and work with @dcms Very kind wishes - most grateful https://t.co/kKphXqR79G— MimsDaviesMP (@mimsdavies) November 6, 2018
Davies went on to thank prime minister Theresa May, describing her appointment as “a proud day.”
She will take up the ministerial role with immediate effect, sitting within the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).