Lord Kamall to become UK civil society minister

Lord Syed Kamall is to become Westminster's new minister for civil society, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced on Thursday.

Kamall, who was appointed parliamentary under secretary of state at the DCMS on 20 September 2022, is said to be taking the brief following the departure of former civil society minister Nigel Huddleston, who has now become a government whip.

Kamall, a professor of politics and international relations at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, has been a member of the House of Lords since February 2021.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, according to his website, he worked with others on a microfinance project to offer online loans to entrepreneurs from poor communities, “and hopes to resume this project when possible”. He is also involved in setting up a local charities network to “help inspire and incubate more neighbourhood non-state projects”. 

Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK, was the first to break the news today on Twitter. People with knowledge of the matter later confirmed the information with Pioneers Post.

Before taking his current position at DCMS, Kamall was parliamentary under secretary of state for technology, innovation and life sciences at the Department of Health and Social Care.

Between 2005 and 2019, he was a Conservative Member of the European Parliament for London. He was leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists political group of MEPs between 2014 and 2019.

According to his website, Kamall is the son of a bus driver. He worked as an IT business systems analyst for a bank before undertaking a PhD, then moved to academic research and teaching on international trade and international business as an academic and research director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. 

He left academia to work as a strategy, public affairs and diversity consultant, according to his biography.

Top picture credit: European Conservatives and Reformists Group Making Europe Work Again via Wikimedia Commons.

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