Nicky Morgan is new culture secretary

The former education secretary, Nicky Morgan, is the new Secretary of State for a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport following Jeremy Wright’s sacking.

She becomes the eighth culture secretary since 2010, but with the added responsibility for charities. She began straight away today with a ministerial visit to the National Portrait Gallery.

Morgan, who has been chair of the Treasury Select Committee since 2017, said it was “an enormous privilege to take on this fabulous role”.

The 46-year-old Oxford graduate was a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions before becoming MP for Loughborough in 2010 . She has had a roller-coaster career in Parliament. She quickly became PPS to the then universities minister, David Willetts, then a junior whip and in 2013 Economic Secretary to the Treasury. A year later, when Michael Gove resigned, she became education secretary. She voted against same-sex marriage.

She is one of the few Remainers in Johnson’s Cabinet, having been fired after the EU referendum in 2016. Later that year her relationship with Theresa May took a further dip when she wondered how the she would justify to her constituents being seen in a £995 pair of leather trousers, which May was photographed wearing by The Sunday Times.

She is married to the Conservative leader of Charnwood Borough Council in Loughborough, and has an 11-year-old son.

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