Peacehaven MP is given new job in Government

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THE MP for Telscombe and Peacehaven has been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Sport and Tourism.

Simon Kirby will be helping the minister with House of Commons duties and supporting the role in Government of Rt Hon Hugh Robertson, Minister of State in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Mr Robertson is Minister with responsibility for sport, Olympic and Paralympic legacy, tourism, gambling licensing and the national lottery.

Mr Kirby, MP for Peacehaven and Brighton Kemptown, said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this influential role, which will allow me to be a strong voice for my constituency on two issues that are very important to the area; sport and tourism.

“Over the course of the summer we have seen the tremendous impact that sport has in communities across the UK, and is certainly valued extremely highly in Brighton Kemptown.

“We have an active population that I know are keen participate in and watch more sport than ever in the wake of the 2012 Olympics.”

Mr Kirby continued: “Tourism has been central to the area’s development over the last 250 years, and will play a crucial role in its future.

“Both sport and tourism are incredibly important to Brighton Kemptown, and in my new position I will have direct access to the Minister responsible for both areas of policy.

“I will also be working within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) which has been doing fantastic work developing superfast broadband, with significant implications for Brighton and Hove’s digital media sector.