John Glen appointed junior minister at DCMS

It was initially confirmed that the Conservative MP for Salisbury had been given the position of Minister for Civil Society but the department now says his brief is to be announced

John Glen
John Glen

- This story was amended on 14 June; see final paragraph

John Glen, the Conservative MP for Salisbury, has been appointed as a junior minister at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The DCMS initially confirmed that he would be taking up the charities brief but subsequently backtracked and said this was yet to be confirmed. 

The section of the DCMS website about Glen says his ministerial responsibilities "will be confirmed in due course". 

The appointment is Glen's first ministerial position after stints as parliamentary private secretary for Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid when he was business secretary and Eric Pickles when he was communities secretary. 

Glen, who has been an MP since 2010, had three spells working for the consultancy Accenture before entering parliament, interspersed with periods of study and various roles within the Conservative Party. This included time as director of its research team and eight months working for William Hague when he was leader of the opposition. 

During his first term in parliament, Glen chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Uncertainties and was vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty. 

He spent two and half years on the Defence Select Committee, during which time he paid particular attention to the armed forces covenant and mental health, "two issues he remains deeply interested in", according to his website. 

His website says he was a trustee of a national youth charity, which it does not name, is a governor of Wyvern College in his constituency and was a magistrate in Westminster for six years. 

In 2012, more than 10,000 people signed a petition calling on Glen and 12 other MPs to cut ties with the Christian charity Christian Action Research & Education after it emerged the charity had co-sponsored an event at which a "gay cure" was discussed. 

Glen told the BBC at the time that the views expressed at the conference were those of one lecturer and were not advocated by the charity. He said he would not be bullied into giving up his links to the organisation, which he said did a great deal of good. 

Glen, who has a degree from Oxford University and masters degrees from Cambridge and King’s College London, is married with two stepchildren. 

He succeeds Rob Wilson, who lost his Reading East seat at the general election last week after almost three years as charities minister. 

- The story originally said Glen had been appointed the Minister for Civil Society

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