Kingswood MP is appointed Universities & Science Minister

Chris Skidmore

Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore has today been appointed as the Universities & Science Minister.

He replaces Sam Gyimah, who stepped down last week, saying he could not back the Prime Minister’s “naïve” Brexit plan.

Mr Skidmore, who has been MP for Kingswood since 2010, said he was “delighted and honoured to have been appointed Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation”.

It is not his first ministerial role. He has previously been Minister for the Constitution in the Cabinet Office and was a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the former Chancellor George Osborne. His most recent role has been vice chairman for policy for the Conservative Party.

Mr Skidmore backed the Remain campaign in the EU Referendum in 2016 but in September said during a TV debate that if it was re-run, he would probably vote Leave.

He was critical of the way the EU had treated the Prime Minister and although he still wanted to get a deal for the economic security of the UK that “we’re probably now better to do it alone”.