News: Changing places

Monday 2 July 2007

When he came into office last week, Prime Minister Gordon Brown promised changes. With the announcement of his new cabinet came new faces at the Department for Culture Media and Sport – and many members of the All Parliamentary Dance Group have been promoted to higher profile roles in the government.

The new Secretary Of State For Culture, Media And Sport is the Rt Hon James Purnell MP and the Minister Of State in the DCMS is the Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP. Gerry Sutcliffe MP is the new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.

Tessa Jowell will keep her responsibility for the Olympics, but has moved to the Cabinet Office as Minister of State for the Olympics, with the Government Olympic Executive remaining within the DCMS. David Lammy the former Minister of State at the DCMS becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

Members of the All Parliamentary Dance Group on the move include:

Meg Hillier MP, who becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary Of State at the Home Office. She presented the 10 Minute Rule Bill on Dance Teachers’ Qualifications earlier this year

Joan Ruddock MP becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary Of State at the Department For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs

The Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP – becomes Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in the Department For Communities And Local Government. Hazel Blears is Chair of the Labour party and a founder member of the All Party Parliamentary Dance Group. She is also a member of the House of Commons Tap Dancing Group.

Other founder members of the Dance group include Liz Blackman MP, who becomes a Government Whip in the House of Commons; Bob Blizzard MP becomes Assistant Government Whip and Sarah McCarthy-Fry MP becomes Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chief Whip.

The All Parliamentary Dance Group was formed last year and has around 30 members. Dance UK organises a programme of events for the group highlighting the diverse range of dance activity in
Britain today. Its next event will be a visit to the Ballet For The People gala at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 15 July.


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