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Six things you need to know about Jeremy Wright, the new culture secretary

Culture secretary Jeremy Wright

Jeremy Wright spoke of being “very excited” this morning after his appointment as secretary of state [1] for digital, culture, media and sport. Succeeding Matt Hancock [2] who was appointed foreign secretary yesterday, Wright hailed the DCMS “whose work has a huge impact on our heritage, the things we enjoy now and on our national future”. So, who is he?

1) Wright has been a Conservative MP since 2005, when he won the Rugby and Kenilworth seat from the Labour incumbent. At last year’s General Election he was returned to the constituency subsequently redrawn as Kenilworth and Southam with just over 60% of the vote.

2) His voting record shows him to be socially conservative, hardly ever rebelling against the government. Wright was in favour of the EU referendum and voted to remain but says the result “must be respected”. He does not believe there should be a second referendum.

3) In 2013, he twice voted against allowing same sex couples to marry. He has also consistently voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits, and in favour of the bedroom tax.

4) He studied law at Exeter University and switched to politics in 2003 following work as a barrister, being called to the bar at Inner Temple in 1996.

5) In opposition, he was a member of the Justice Committee and founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia in 2007. The same year, he became an opposition whip, and then a government whip three years later. He was appointed parliamentary under secretary of state for justice in 2012 and two years later became attorney general, succeeding Dominic Grieve.

6) The biography page of his website reveals that Wright used to play the trumpet and his mother was a music teacher.