Nigel Huddleston’s appointment ends three-week wait for UK Minister for Social Enterprises | The social enterprise magazine



Nigel Huddleston has been appointed the new minister responsible for social enterprise in the UK government.

The news came late on Friday, October 8 – three weeks after Diana Barran, the former civil society minister in charge of social enterprise, tweeted that she had been appointed to the education department.

Huddleston, MP for Mid Worcestershire since 2015, was appointed Minister for Sport, Commonwealth Games and Tourism in early 2020. He adds Barran’s civil society mandate – as well as heritage – to his portfolio.

The brief assignment was not disclosed in a public announcement, but appeared in an update on the government website on Friday afternoon.

The delay in confirming Baroness Barran’s successor had led some to question whether oversight of the social enterprise would be transferred to another department. However, the Department of Digital Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) said Pioneer Post On Friday, this social enterprise remained within the mandate of civil society and under the responsibility of Huddleston, within the DCMS.

Huddleston is Westminster’s seventh civil society minister in 11 years – though not the first to combine responsibility for social enterprise and charity with oversight of sport: former ministers Tracey Crouch and Mims Davies also took care of the sport between 2017 and 2019.

Who is Nigel Huddleston?

Huddleston studied politics and economics at Oxford, where he was involved in the Oxford University Conservative Association and was vice chairman of the students’ union.

He worked at Deloitte for several years (specializing in technology, media, telecommunications, hospitality and travel) before joining Google as head of the travel industry in 2011.

He unsuccessfully ran for the seat of Luton South in the 2010 general election and served as a councilor to the St Albans District Council between 2011 and 2014.

He was elected MP for Mid Worcestershire in 2015 and became Deputy Government Whip in 2019. Whips coordinate party affairs in Parliament and ensure MPs vote in accordance with government. According to Huddelston Website, he then worked closely with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and DCMS.

He was appointed Minister at DCMS following Boris Johnson’s successful candidacy for the head of the Conservative Party in July 2019.

Portrait by Chris McAndrew, CC BY 3.0

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