A sweeping reshuffle of the governing front bench has seen Nicky Morgan assume the top job in charge of gambling.
Morgan takes over as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from Jeremy Wright, who had held the position for less than a year.
Meanwhile, Rebecca Pow has been reappointed as Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism – by whose portfolio has now been expanded to include gambling, lotteries and horse racing.
The personnel change came amidst a comprehensive reshuffling of cabinet ministers in the hours after Boris Johnson won the race to become party leader, as the new PM sought to give top job to those loyal.
Morgan has previously served in ministerial roles, most recently as Education Secretary under the Cameron government, and before that Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women.
Morgan’s views on gambling are not well publicised. Although she was outspoken against the proposed delay to new FOBT regulations to October 2019, writing that the government had “prioritized the preservation of jobs in the gambling industry over the addiction of those who suffer from these machines.” Pow is thought to be pro-racing.
Bob Young, the managing director of Taunton racing course, in Pow’s constituency, told the Racing Post: “Our local MP is invited with their family to the Christmas meeting every year.
“As long as she has been an MP she has been every year to our Christmas meeting and presented a prize. She is very pro-racing.”