Mims Davies appointed new minister for civil society
7 November 2018
Mims Davies MP has been appointed minister for sport and civil society, replacing Tracey Crouch who resigned last week in protest at the government’s delay in introducing new gambling restrictions.
Despite calls from civil society leaders to split up the wide-ranging portfolio, Davies will take over the role unchanged. Her remit includes the Office of Civil Society, gambling, sport, and the National Lottery.
Earlier this year, under the stewardship of Tracey Crouch, the government published its Civil Society Strategy. This will set the direction of government policy towards civil society over the next decade and covers everything from campaigning to commissioning. The strategy recognised that a strong and independent civil society is vital to a healthy democracy. However, as we wrote at the time, Bond has concerns that the strategy – while a good start – is lacking in detail and action. This should be near the top of the new minister’s priorities.
Davies is the MP for Eastleigh and was previously a minister in the Wales office and a government whip. She entered parliament in 2015 and has been a private parliamentary secretary to the current home secretary, Sajid Javid, while he was secretary of state for communities and local government, and to the current health secretary Matt Hancock while he was a minister at the department for culture, media and sport. She has also sat on both the Women and Equalities Committee, and the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills in parliament.
We look forward to working with Mims Davies in strengthening civil society space in the UK and working together to tackle core issues, such as the Lobbying Act which restricts legitimate civil society campaigning.