A NORTH Yorkshire MP has been appointed the new minister of state at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Nigel Adams, Conservative MP for Selby and Ainsty, has taken on the role as part of prime minister Boris Johnson’s reshuffle.

Mr Adams tweeted: “A privilege and honour to be appointed by @BorisJohnson as Minister of State for Digital & Sport @DCMS. Looking forward to working with a fabulous team.”

In April this year, Mr Adams announced he was quitting as parliamentary under-secretary of state for Wales and assistant government whip. He made the announcement after Theresa May said she wanted to hold Brexit talks with the Labour leader.

In his letter of resignation to Mrs May at the time, he said: “By legitimising and turning to Jeremy Corbyn to assist you at this crucial stage, rather than being bold, is a grave error. It is clear that we will now end up in the customs union. That is not the Brexit my constituents were promised, and it is contrary to the pledge we made in our manifesto.”

Mr Adams added: "It now seems that you and your cabinet have decided that a deal - cooked up with a Marxist who has never once in his political life put British interests first - is better than no deal."

Mr Adams was elected as MP for Selby and Ainsty in 2010.

He was re-elected in 2015 and again in 2017.