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Helen Grant loses sports portfolio in Cameron's reshuffle

OUT: Helen Grant

FORMER SPORTS minister Helen Grant has lost her portfolio in the PM's recent cabinet reshuffle.

The MP for Maidstone and the Weald - a constituency in Kent - was appointed to the position in 2013, following a year as parliamentary under-secretary of state for justice, women and equality.

Shortly after taking up the role, the first black woman to become a Conservative MP, was left embarrassed after she failed to answer any questions correctly in an impromptu sports quiz.

The Conservative MP's series of gaffes included not knowing who won the FA Cup and the name of the current Wimbledon women’s champion.

The humiliating exchange with ITV Merdian saw Grant asked who won the women’s title at the All England Club showpiece.

She went on to take a role in encouraging more women to take up sport as well as challenging Premier League chiefs over sexist emails.

No announcements have been made about her next appointment if there will be one.

The new sports minister is Spurs fan and qualified football coach Tracey Crouch MP. She was one of only two Conservative MPs to abstain from the vote to increase tuition fees.

There has also been no news about Grant's colleague Sam Gyimah, a former education minister.

In an interview with The Voice ahead of the election, David Cameron addressed why some black voters were reluctant to embrace his party.

He said: "The holdback has been people asking themselves if they can get up and get on with the Conservative Party and you can see now that you can.

"Black and minority ethnic Britons are not only joining the Conservative Party, they have a seat at the cabinet table."

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