Tracey Crouch: Why I turned down Cabinet role

Monday, July 29, 2019

Former sports minister Tracey Crouch has turned down a job in Boris Johnson’s cabinet to spend more time with her family.

Speaking to talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer she said that her three-year-old son Freddie came first.

“After a couple of months of decompressing from ministerial office I began to realise it is fine to be an MP and to be a mum, and you can manage that quite simply. But when you come home at the weekend you want to be at home,” she said.

“The problem with being in cabinet is that actually you are required, or certainly expected to do the weekend media rounds.”

She added: “I had greater priorities in my life than coming home at the weekend and then leaving again to go back to work.”

Ms Crouch resigned as minister for sport in 2018 in protest against fixed-odds betting terminals and was tipped to be given a senior role in Boris Johnson's government.

It is believed the Chatham and Aylesford MP was offered the role of Culture Secretary that eventually went to Nicky Morgan.

Ms Crouch admitted she may never get another chance to join the Cabinet.

“The Department of Digital, Culture, Media, Sport role is something that is quite weekend-heavy,” she said.

“I know that it might not sound like a burden to be going to lots of sporting events at the weekend, and it’s not, it’s a real joy.

"But I wanted to share those moments with the family and he is too young at the moment to go to major stadia and enjoy those things.”

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