Oliver Dowden takes over as Culture Secretary

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has a new minister in charge, as Oliver Dowden replaces Nicky Morgan in the cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Dowden is the MP for Hertsmere in Hertfordshire – home to the BBC’s Elstree studios – and was previously Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General.

Nicky Morgan had served as Culture Secretary since last July, becoming Baroness Morgan following December’s general election so that she could continue in the role by taking up a seat in the House of Lords after she didn’t stand for re-election as an MP.

Oliver Dowden is the 10th Culture Secretary in the last 10 years.

There is also set to be a change in minister under Mr Dowden to oversee radio and other media issues, as the reshuffle sees previous DCMS Minister of State Nigel Adams moved to the Foreign Office and Department for International Development.

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