Bradley, Hancock, back at DCMS

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Karen Bradley has been reappointed culture secretary, and Matthew Hancock return ]s to the role of culture minister, in the post-election government reshuffle.

Bradley, who had been expected to get a promotion after a taking a high profile in the campaign, was first given the job in July last year on Theresa May’s accession as Prime Minister have been brought from the whips’ office. Mathew Hancock, whose brief includes digital, broadband and the cultural industries, held a series of government posts, latterly as Minister for the Cabinet Office.

They will be expected to introduce the new cultural development fund promised in the Conservative manifesto, but there are concerns about the need for a new initiative on arts in education, said Samuel West, chairman of the National Campaign for the Arts.

“This is a huge concern as creative skills are increasingly needed not just for us to stay ahead in the cultural industries but for the entire of the UK economy to remain competitive” he said. “We hope the new government will find more room in the Primary curriculum for the arts, ensure all schools are properly funded to allow for trips to theatres, museums and galleries and think again about the downgrading of arts subjects through their exclusion from the EBacc.”

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