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Matt Hancock made culture secretary in cabinet reshuffle

Matt Hancock MP. Photo: UK government
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Matt Hancock has been named culture secretary in the latest cabinet reshuffle.

He replaces Karen Bradley, who has become Northern Ireland secretary in prime minister Theresa May’s reshuffle.

Hancock was previously culture minister, a position he took up in July 2016, before becoming minister for digital last year – a post that encompassed the creative industries.

Writing on Twitter, he said he was “thrilled” to become culture secretary and added: “Such an exciting agenda, so much to do and great people. Can’t wait to get stuck in.”

HIs appointment was greeted warmly by the arts sector, with the Creative Industries Federation writing on Twitter that it was “great news”.

Meanwhile, Stourbridge MP Margot James has joined the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as a minister. Her exact remit has yet to be confirmed.