Ed Vaizey, the longest serving culture minister, has been sacked. He announced his departure last night with a short tweet, "Looking forward to supporting the government from the backbenches #vexit".
In January he beat Jennie Lee's record as the longest serving arts minister, and later published the first arts white paper since Lee's 50 years before.
He was a Cameron supporter who was part of the set, including Michael Gove and George Osborne, that devised the Tory "clear blue water" strategy after Cameron's election as leader in 2005. He was appointed the number two in the culture ministry in 2010 and rose to become minister of state, appointed a Privy Councillor only this week. The son of the Labour peer John Vaizey who became a staunch supporter of Mrs Thatcher, and of the art critic Marina Vaizey, he was also minister for business, innovation and skills and since 2014 had responsibility for the digital industries.
He has been replaced by Matthew Hancock, one of the 2010 intake of MPs, who moves from the Cabinet Office.