Nicky Morgan has been reappointed as culture secretary despite standing down as an MP before the general election.
The decision was announced on December 16 as part of Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle.
This follows an announcement from Morgan in October that she would not be standing in the general election as she wanted to spend more time with her family.
In order for the former Loughborough MP to continue as secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, she has been made a life peer.
However, it is understood that the appointment could be temporary, ahead of an anticipated cabinet reshuffle when the UK leaves the European Union at the end of January.
Writing on Twitter, Morgan said: “Well it turns out that leaving the cabinet is harder than leaving the EU! Am delighted to continue as @DCMS Secretary of State as the PM focuses on delivering our mandate in the vital first weeks of this new government.”
Morgan became culture secretary in July, replacing Jeremy Wright.
She has formerly come under fire from the arts sector when, as education secretary in 2015, she he claimed that studying creative subjects at school could “hold them [young people] back for the rest of their lives”