Bob Neill, the minister in charge of community pubs, has been dropped in the latest Government reshuffle, writes Michelle Perrett. The Government appointed Bob Neill as minister responsible for community pubs in October 2010 after pressure from the Campaign from Real Ale for a designated minister. He was Parliamentary under secretary of state in the Department of Communities and Local Government. The Prime Minister has also revealed three new appointments within that Government department although it is unclear which one of these may take on the mantle of championing the pub sector. Liberal Democrat MP Don Foster, Conservative MP Brandon Lewis and Conservative MP Nick Bowles have all been confirmed as Parliamentary under secretaries of State for the Government department. Also in the reshuffle John Penrose has stood down from his ministerial role as Tourism and Heritage Minister, as the Prime Minister decided to reduce the size of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) now that the Olympics are over. Penrose said: “I’m very proud of the work I did as part the DCMS team, boosting the tourism industry, cutting red tape and helping with a highly successful Olympic Games as well.”