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Culture minister Ed Vaizey leaves the government

Former culture minister Ed Vaizey
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Ed Vaizey, the longest serving arts minister in British political history, has left the government following Theresa May’s appointment as prime minister.

Vaizey confirmed the news on Twitter and his departure comes as May announced Karen Bradley had been appointed new culture secretary earlier this month.

Vaizey has been replaced by Matt Hancock. Vaizey said Hancock was a “brilliant appointment” and would “strongly support arts”.

Writing on Twitter, Vaizey said:

Vaizey was named longest serving arts minister in January this year, beating a previous record set by Labour’s Jennie Lee.

At the time, Vaizey said: “This Conservative government really understands the importance of the arts – evident by the recent generous budget settlement in the spending review. I am massively optimistic that our arts and culture – the envy of the world – will continue to thrive and do fantastic things,”

Tributes have been paid to Vaizey and his support of the arts on Twitter.

The National Theatre said:


Barbican managing director Nicholas Kenyon wrote:

Alex Beard, Royal Opera House chief executive, commented:


Stella Duffy wrote:

Actor Tanya Moodie wrote:

The Cultural Learning Alliance wrote:

Hancock also tweeted about becoming culture minister and said he wanted to make the UK the “cultural centre” of the world.

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