Jeremy Wright named new culture secretary
Jeremy Wright has been named culture secretary as part of a cabinet reshuffle that sees Matt Hancock become health secretary.
Wright takes up the position of culture secretary following four years as attorney general, legal adviser to the government.
He replaces Hancock, who had been in the position since January this year, and becomes the sixth person to hold the post since 2012, following on from other MPs including Maria Miller and Sajid Javid.
A former criminal barrister, Wright was first elected as an MP in 2005 and currently represents the constituency of Kenilworth and Southam.
Wright’s full title is secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, but his appointment has led opponents to mock his digital presence, with shadow culture secretary Tom Watson highlighting his lack of presence on Twitter.
“Congratulations to Jeremy Wright, my third secretary of state at DCMS who is in charge on culture, media, sport and digital. I can’t find him on the digital medium of Twitter but I’m sure that’s just an oversight,” he wrote.
Congratulations to Jeremy Wright, my third Secretary of State at DCMS who is in charge on Culture, Media, Sport and Digital. I can’t find him on the digital medium of Twitter but I’m sure that’s just an oversight. 😬
— Tom Watson (@tom_watson) July 9, 2018
Hancock took to Twitter to thank the artists he had worked with during his time as culture secretary.
“Loved the last two years @DCMS and thank you to all the brilliant digital dynamos, artists and mission-driven civil servants, who worked so hard to achieve so much,” he said.
Wright’s appointment comes as Theresa May was forced to reshuffle her cabinet following high profile resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson.