Minister for the Olympics

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The Minister for the Olympics was a position within the United Kingdom Government created on 6 July 2005 as a result of the selection of London to host the 2012 Summer Olympics and was merged into the position of Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport in May 2010.

Tessa Jowell was the Minister for entirety of the office's existence. At the time the position was created, she was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and she held both roles until the resignation of Tony Blair. In Gordon Brown's cabinet, she continued as Minister for the Olympics, but held the portfolios of Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General from June 2009 until Brown resigned as Prime Minister on 11 May 2010.

Following the 2010 general election, the role was merged with the position of Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to create the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (reuniting the roles) at the beginning of the Cameron Ministry; Jeremy Hunt is the first to hold that post.[1]

Until the conclusion of The London 2012 Paralympics, Jowell continued to have responsibility for the Olympics portfolio in Labour's Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet, serving as the Shadow Minister for the Olympics. The office remained independent from the Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport until Jowell resigned from the Shadow Cabinet, resulting in the abolition of the post.

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