Oliver Dowden is new culture secretary

Former Minister for the Cabinet Office Oliver Dowden has replaced Baroness Nicky Morgan as culture secretary in Boris Johnson’s reshuffle.

Dowden, the MP for Hertsmere, was a special adviser and deputy chief of staff to David Cameron before being elected in 2015, and was made a CBE in the dissolution honours list that year. 

He is a surprise choice, and although it was known that Baroness Morgan was stepping from the Cabinet in this reshuffle her successor was expected to be a known critic of the BBC, such as former culture secretary John Whittingdale. An anti-Brexiteer before the 2016 referendum, it not known where the new Secretary of State stands in the debate on the BBC licence partly initiated by his predecessor and the renewal of its charter.

However, the post is not known for the longevity of its incumbents. Dowden becomes the ninth culture secretary since 2010.

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