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Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson named shadow culture secretary

Labour deputy leader and shadow culture secretary Tom Watson. Photo: Twocoms/Shutterstock
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Tom Watson has been appointed Labour’s new shadow culture secretary – the sixth person to hold the position since May 2015.

He replaces Kelvin Hopkins, who has been removed after just three months in the role as part of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s latest shake-up of the shadow cabinet.

Watson is deputy leader of the Labour party, and has previously been a member of the cross-party parliamentary committee for culture, media and sport. His love of video games has been well-reported, as well as his enjoyment of alternative rock music.

Watson said: “There should be no class ceiling placed on anyone who wants to contribute to or enjoy our artistic, musical and sporting heritage. I also want our globally successful games industry to be given the recognition it deserves.”

Hopkins was appointed in June after Maria Eagle resigned her post in protest at Corbyn’s leadership – having only been in the role for three months herself.

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