Government appoints new youth minister

Derren Hayes
Monday, October 11, 2021

The government has appointed Nigel Huddleston as the new youth and civil society minister in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Nigel Huddleston has been the Conservative Party's youth lead since 2019. Image: UK Parliament
Nigel Huddleston has been the Conservative Party's youth lead since 2019. Image: UK Parliament

Huddleston, the Conservative MP for Mid Worcestershire, is the vice-chairman of the Conservative Party with responsibility for youth issues.

He takes over from Baroness Barran who was moved to the schools minister brief at the Department for Education in last month’s reshuffle.

Barran was handed responsibility for youth issues and civil society at the DCMS in July 2019, and had been overseeing reviews of the department’s spending on programmes for young people, including the National Citizen Service, and council youth work duties.

Huddleston was appointed under secretary of state at the DCMS in February 2020. Youth and civil society issues have been added to his previous responsibilities for sport, the Commonwealth Games, tourism and heritage. He is also an assistant government whip. 

He took on the Conservative Party youth role in 2019. This involves coordinating national youth engagement for the party and working closely with the Young Tories movement to ensure that the views and concerns of younger members are heard.

Huddleston was first elected to parliament in 2015 and at the 2019 general election was re-elected with a majority of 28,000.

He studied politics and economics at Oxford University. He was vice-president of the university’s student union in 1992-93 and held various roles within its Conservative Association.

He previously worked at Deloitte and Google and from 2011-14 was a councillor with St Albans District Council representing the Wheathampstead ward.

Before being appointed a parliamentary under-secretary, he sat on the DCMS select committee and was a private secretary to ministers in the department.

The National Youth Agency welcomed Huddleston’s appointment on social media recently.

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