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Helen Grant MP

Minister for Sport and Tourism

Helen Grant MP
Helen Grant is the Minister for Sport and Tourism

International Women’s Day and the spy who saved a thousand lives

March 7, 2015 — Culture

Helen Grant is the Minister for Sport and Tourism

Keen eyed readers of this part of  the DCMS blog may recall that, this time last year, I marked International Women’s Day with a blog about how women’s lives were changed by their role in the First World War. The emphasis I chose 12 months ago was to look at women’s overall position in society…

Countryside is GREAT

January 29, 2015 — Tourism

Helen Grant is the Minister for Sport and Tourism

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought that we were pretty well blessed here in the UK when it comes to countryside and natural landscapes.  The Jurassic Coastline in the west country, the wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands, Snowdonia’s splendour, the mysteries of the Giants’ Causeway in Northern Ireland and the richness…

Inspiring Women into Sport

January 28, 2015 — Sport

Helen Grant is the Minister for Sport and Tourism

Let’s be clear: you don’t have to be sporty to work in sport.  If football is your passion, you don’t need to have played a season or two in the Premiership to land a really good job in the sport.  And you don’t need to be able to cover 100 metres in under ten seconds…

A week in the world of sport

December 17, 2014 — Sport

Helen Grant is the Minister for Sport and Tourism

Last week was a great one for sport, and an uplifting one for me.  In two entirely different ways, it showed the power that sport has to capture the imagination of huge numbers from all walks of life, and make a positive impact on our national consciousness.But before I get to that, I’d like to…

Coming Soon: The Chinese for Haggis and Cornish Pasties

December 15, 2014 — Tourism

Helen Grant is the Minister for Sport and Tourism

Sometimes you come across a story that doesn’t quite have the ring of truth about it. You know the sort of thing. A new way of losing weight that doesn’t involve either eating less or doing more exercise. A face cream that promises to make you look 15 years younger. Very often the date at…

A Game of Two Halves – One Hundred Years Apart

December 2, 2014 — First World War

Helen Grant is the Minister for Sport and Tourism

Did you see any of the game on BBC2 ? I was lucky enough to be there – one of the 45,000 or so packed into Wembley to watch England go down 0-3 to Germany. A fair result? Probably. Disappointing? Definitely. But Germany is a world-class team and they showed us what we’ll be up…

An inspirational trip to St George’s Park

December 1, 2014 — Sport

Helen Grant is the Minister for Sport and Tourism

I’m all too aware that being Minister for Sport must appear to the outsider as a dream job for anyone who, like me, is passionate about sport and wants to spread the word about why it’s so important.  And so it is.Yes, there are lots of meetings and no shortage of wrangling about the bureaucratic…

32 Billion Birthday Wishes

November 21, 2014 — Tourism

Helen Grant is the Minister for Sport and Tourism

Any idea where you were twenty years ago this weekend? Still at school? In college? Some of you, of course, may not even have been born. Me, I was married with a two-year old, working as a lawyer in Wimbledon and thinking about setting up my own family law practice.To be honest, the fine detail…

The tide is starting to turn for women in sport

November 7, 2014 — Sport

Helen Grant is the Minister for Sport and Tourism

I came back from my Women in Sport conference last Thursday with a spring in my step. There had been a real buzz in the room and a brilliant set of contributions in the discussions. The media had been out in force and, as I switched on my lap-top, I discovered it was trending on…

Great North Run – millionth runner

September 5, 2014 — Sport

Helen Grant is the Minister for Sport and Tourism

In the 33 years since it first took place, The Great North Run has become one of the major fixtures in Britain’s incredible annual sporting calendar. A mass participation event that brings thousands of runners back every year and, thanks to the inspirational coverage provided by the BBC, encourages thousands more new entrants to join…