New culture secretary appointed

Kenilworth MP and former Attorney General Jeremy Wright MP is the latest Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport .

His appointment follows the promotion of Matt Hancock, who had been in the DCMS Cabinet job for six months, to health secretary.

Pictured: DCMS permanent Secretary Dame Sue Owen welcomes Jeremy Wright 

Wright, 45, is the third culture secretary in four years and the seventh since 2010. Prior to Hancock the role has been held by Karen Bradley (now Northern Ireland secretary), Sajid Javed (home secteray) and Jeremy Hunt (foreign secretary). He is a former criminal barrister, first elected as an MP in 2005 who currently represents the constituency of Kenilworth and Southam (previously Rugby and Kenilworth which Wright won from Labour) in Warwickshire. Privately educated, he graduated from Exeter University what a law degree and was called to the bar in 1996.

Despite his new digital remit, he is not known for his use of social media and appears to have only created a Twitter account on his new appointment.

As the local MP he supported Coventry’s bid to be UK City of Culture. Although his mother was a music teacher, he has evinced no interest in the arts. As Attorney General he supported the ban on prisoners receiving books last year, telling the justice select committee: "The problem we have in prisons is not prisoners sitting around wondering where the next Jane Austen novel is going to come from".

He is already being criticised for his lack of familiarity with social media when one of his predecessor's priorities had been to control abuse of internet communication.

Seen as a May loyalist, Wright campaigned to remain in the EU in 2016.

 

 

 

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