Helen Whately MP for Faversham and Mid Kent has been confirmed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS) as its minister overseeing UK gambling.
Having opposed the party’s position on PM Boris Johnson’s Brexit policy and Parliament’s proroguing the Conservative government removed twenty-one of its MPs and then suffered losses as further senior cabinet resigned, the party has reshuffled it’s departments and staff.
Whately replaces Rebecca Pow, who was appointed as minister of gambling last July when Boris Johnson took office. Pow has been reported as joining the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
The UK gambling sector sees its third ministerial appointment in less than a year, following the resignation of former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch in protest at the UK Treasury’s attempt to delay enforcement of FOBT’s £ 2 stake limit device.
Crouch’s resignation would see the appointment of Mims Davies MP for Eastleigh as UK Sports Minister under the leadership of Theresa May.
Despite the upheaval of the government, DCMS maintains its leadership structure for Loughborough with Nicky Morgan MP, serving as the secretary of the department.
As Sports Minister, Nigel Adams MP for Selby and Ainsty supports Whately in supervising regulatory growth and supervision for both the UK gambling and horse-racing industries.