MP gets sport and tourism role

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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 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.

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

“It benefits the local economy to the tune of over £1billion and supports tens of thousands of jobs.

“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. “I am very pleased that I will now be able to advance the interests of the area from a position of real influence.

“I will be supporting the Right Honourable Hugh Robertson MP, who has a great track record in Government, having played a key role in delivering an incredible Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“I look forward to working with him to build on a remarkable summer of British sport, and drive forward the Government’s tourism strategy.”