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Anti gay marriage MP appointed new arts minister

John Glen
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An MP who voted against gay marriage has been selected to represent the arts in a new government role.

Former minister for digital and culture Matt Hancock has been reassigned minister for digital alone, despite confirming that he would keep the culture and digital brief following Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle.

John Glen, who is MP for Salisbury and South Wiltshire, has been appointed in the new junior minister role of parliamentary undersecretary for arts, heritage and tourism.

Glen, who is listed as a trustee of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, a group which links Christians and the Conservatives, voted against the government’s same-sex marriage legislation in 2013.

In 2012, Glen came under fire for his links to Christian charity Christian Action Research and Education, which sponsored an event that allegedly discussed a “cure” for homosexuality.

The BBC reported that Glen said he would “not be bullied” into cutting ties with the charity, which he reportedly hired interns from, adding that the views expressed at the event were those of one specific lecturer and were not advocated by the charity.

Glen’s portfolio in his new role includes arts, culture, heritage, public libraries, museums, national archives and tourism.

On the UK parliament website, the MP lists his political interests as policy development, youth issues, armed forces, foreign affairs, education and health.

Today, Glen announced on Twitter that he had an “excellent first day” as minster for arts. He also tweeted London’s Young Vic Theatre to say he had enjoyed its production of Life of Galileo.

Glen has previously tweeted that he pledges to encourage more young people to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

According to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Hancock will still oversee creative industries as part of his portfolio.

Karen Bradley remains secretary of state for culture, media and sport.

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