Mims Davies has been appointed as the new Minister for Sport and Civil Society.
The MP for Eastleigh was last night unveiled as the successor to Tracey Crouch, who stood down last week in protest at what she said was a delay to the introduction of changes to the maximum allowable stake on fixed-odds betting terminals.
The wide-ranging responsibilities of the position remain unchanged despite calls for them to be split up.
In addition to the voluntary sector, the position includes ministerial responsibility for sport, gambling, horse racing, the National Lottery and society lotteries. Responsibility for cross-government work on loneliness was added to the brief in January.
Davies, who entered parliament in 2015, had been a minister in the Wales Office since July and had also been a government whip since January.
Before becoming an MP, Davies worked in a variety of fields including the media, events and communications for organisations including the AA, the BBC and the police, according to her official website.
Her Twitter biography says she is a charity trustee, but it does not state which charity or charities she is involved with.
Davies campaigned for the UK to leave the European Union during the referendum in 2016.
She tweeted about her new appointment just before 1am this morning:
New challenges await-thank you @theresa_may new office to match new trainers-some big shoes to match footprint of @DCMS thanks for kind wishes- A proud day-can’t wait to get started-I’ll much miss @AlunCairns & all great team @UKGovWales a huge honour to work with an ace team?????????????? pic.twitter.com/tQJ94KGXbh— MimsDaviesMP (@mimsdavies) November 6, 2018
Crouch last night congratulated Davies on her appointment.
On her website Davies, who has two daughters, says she enjoys 1980s pop music and shoes, and her favourite film is Working Girl, starring Melanie Griffith and Harrison Ford.