Northampton MP becomes new tourism minister

Michael Ellis, MP for Northampton North, has taken over from John Glen as arts, heritage and tourism minister in the government reshuffle.

He tweeted on Thursday (January 11): “Really useful meeting with Steve Ridgway and Sally Balcombe from @VisitBritain today and I am looking forward to championing the vitally important tourism sector.”

The new minister also visited Walworth to hear about Historic England’s heritage action zone project.

He was deputy leader of the House of Commons from July 2016 and was elected Conservative MP for Northampton North in May 2010.

Matt Hancock, who was promoted to become the new culture secretary in the reshuffle, congratulated Ellis, commenting on Twitter: “Thrilled to have such a great addition to our team, and incredibly excited to get cracking with all the team.”

Glen has become City minister, while the previous culture secretary Karen Bradley has taken the Northern Ireland brief.

Commenting on the moves at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Tourism Alliance director Kurt Janson pointed out that Glen was only in office for 209 days.

“With the arrival of Michael Ellis, the UK tourism industry will have had 10 tourism ministers in the last 10 years,” he said, highlighting the difficulty of getting new ministers acquainted with the issues affecting tourism.