Mims Davies leaves civil society minister post for new role

29 Jul 2019 News

Mims Davies, minister for civil society

Mims Davies has moved to the Department for Work and Pensions, leaving behind the charities brief, and it is currently unclear who the next minister for civil society will be. 

On Twitter, she said that she had “truly loved” the civil society brief. 



Meanwhile, Matt Warman has joined the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as a parliamentary under secretary, although it is unclear what his portfolio will include. 

Boris Johnson has grown the ministerial team at DCMS, which is now headed up by Nicky Morgan. Last week, Nigel Adams was made a minister of state at the department and Rebecca Pow kept her role as minister for heritage and tourism.

Adams has described his role as being minister for digital and sport, while Warman has said he will be “looking after digital”.

A DCMS spokesperson was unable to say when portfolios were likely to be finalised or confirm that the Office for Civil Society would remain part of DCMS. 

This means that by the time the Civil Society Strategy is one year old next month, it will have been overseen by three different ministers, as well as two different secretaries of state. 

Lord Ashton of Hyde, who was the DCMS representative in the House of Lords, has become Lords chief whip for the Lords, and Baroness Barran has joined DCMS as a parliamentary under secretary of state. Responsibilities for the role include ceremonials and First World War commemorations. 

She was previously a government whip and before entering the Lords, founded and ran domestic abuse awareness charity SafeLives, worked at New Philanthropy Capital and worked as an investment manager. She is currently a trustee of Comic Relief and chair of the Henry Smith Society. 

More about Matt Warman 

Warman became the MP for Boston and Skegness in May 2015.

Prior to entering politics, Matt worked for the Daily Telegraph as a journalist from 1999 until 2015, focusing for most of the period on technology. 

Between 2015 and 2017 he was a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee.

In January 2018 he was appointed parliamentary private secretary to Karen Bradley, then secretary of state for Northern Ireland, having previously served as her PPS at DCMS from June 2017. In April 2019 he was appointed to the Government Whips’ Office, as an assistant whip.

New charity tax minister

Meanwhile Simon Clarke has joined the Treasury as exchequer secretary with responsibilities for charity tax policy. 

He replaces Robert Jenrick, who became communities secretary last week.

Clarke was elected as the MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland in 2017. He qualified as a solicitor and has worked as a policy specialist on health and education. 

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