Prime Minister Theresa May has moved to replace Tracey Crouch after she dramatically quit as sports minister last week in protest over delays in bringing in reductions to maximum stakes on FOBTs.
Mims Davies, 43, is the new parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. She represents the constituency of Eastleigh, elected in 2015 with a 9,000 majority and two years later increased her hold accumulating more than 50 percent of the Eastleigh votes. Her sporting prowess includes marathon competitions and long distance running, and she likes 80s pop music, shoes, and, not surprisingly, her two daughters.
She tweeted: “It’s a proud day and I can’t wait to get started. New challenges await.”
Among those congratulating her promotion was the outgoing Crouch who said: “Congratulations. You’ll be brilliant. Enjoy.’
Davies, who is considered a May loyalist, is replaced in her previous post by Nigel Adams who becomes parliamentary under secretary of state at the Wales Office, and also an assistant Government whip.
The ministerial changes came after Chancellor Philip Hammond said the October 2019 date was brought-in to ensure an “orderly” process for the gaming industry, speaking before the House of Commons’ Treasury committee on 5 November.
While an impact assessment published in May last year suggested that the new curb should be implemented within 9-12 months, the chancellor said that following consultation with the industry, it was decided that October 2019 would be a “sensible” date to introduce the change.