May appoints new culture secretary

Whittingdale casualty of Tory reshuffle

 

Former Home Office minister Karen Bradley has been promoted to the post as Culture secretary in the new Theresa May government.

She takes over from John Whittingdale , who was a surprise sacking from the David Cameron led Cabinet.  Whittingdale had been an enthusiastic supporter of Brexit, while Bradley had supported the Remain campaign.

Bradley is MP for Staffordshire Moorlands and was formerly a chartered accountant and tax expert. Little is known of her interest in the culture brief. She has mentioned a love of crime novels.

 “I have read every Morse, Dalziel and Pascoe, Frost and Rebus that’s been printed, and have mourned the passing of far too many characters over the years – many of whom came to very sticky ends.” She told her local paper the Stoke Sentinel

She is also an avid reader of Dickens’ a Christmas carol, which she reads every year in the run-up to Christmas Day. In Who’s Who, the new Culture secretary lists her interests as “travel, wine tasting, cooking and puzzles”. And on her website she cites “walking in the beautiful Staffordshire Peak District” and “experimenting with new recipes”.

Reaction to the appointment has been muted, through cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht said,  “Karen Bradley, who succeeds John Whittingdale as secretary for culture, media and sport, is a former tax manager who held a security brief in the home office. Representing a rural constituency, she has no track record on the arts and makes no mention of them in her website CV. Looks like she has visited Madam Tussauds.”

Bradley is the 14th culture secretary since the post was created in 1992, Labour had five in 13 years; while the Tories have had nine in 11 years.  

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