The government has confirmed the reappointment of Rebecca Pow, MP for Taunton Deane, as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for arts, heritage and tourism, representing the third minister in less than nine months for the UK’s gambling industry.
Working under new culture secretary Nicky Morgan at the DCMS, Pow’s portfolio will now contain the gambling and lotteries remit. She succeeds former incumbent Mims Davies who was appointed as UK Sports & Civic Society Minister last November, replacing Tracey Crouch who resigned from the position following the government’s delay on implementing FOBTs £2 reductions.
In Boris Johnson’s cabinet shuffle, Davies moves up to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
Pow talked to her local press as soon as the appointment was confirmed on Tuesday late afternoon. She said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Prime Minister has reappointed me. The heritage and cultural sector is hugely important for the UK both domestically and also on the world stage. All these areas are important in the Brexit landscape.”
A scientist by training, and a former reporter on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, Pow entered the House of Commons in 2015 and holds a hefty 15,000 majority in her Taunton seat.
Voted the “Greenest New MP”, she is well versed in rural affairs, and was a remain voter in the referendum.
Her predecessor Mims Davies leaves the gambling post with affection. She tweeted: “Was fantastic time meeting so many dedicated community groups-people passionate about social action/community empowerment. Plus there was the sport. Thanks to my brill DCMS. Private Office for marvellous help & PermSecDCMS & wishing mattwarm and great success-V richly deserved.”