Nadine Dorries made culture secretary

Oliver Dowden has been moved from the culture portfolio in the Cabinet reshuffle to be the cabinet office minster in place of Michael Gove, the new housing minister.

In Dowden’s place as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is Nadine Dorries, promoted from being the mental health minister, a surprise appointment.

The 64-year-old divorced mother of three is a fervent Brexiteer and Johnson loyalist. She might be expected to have a brief gif taking a strong line on the issues of culture wars that her predecessor was also identified with.

Dorries’s most high profile public non-parliamentary appearance was as a contestant in Channel 4’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! after which she lost the Conservative whip for a year.

Within the Houase of Commons controversy has courted her, however, being investigated over expenses claims and being a vocal. critic of David Cameron, George Osborne and the former Speaker John Bercow. She was a campaigner for a reduction in the pregnancy period at which abortions are legal, though her private member’s bill on the subject failed, and was opposed to same-sex marriage.

She is a best-selling author with her first novel published in 2014. She supports Liverpool Football Club.

Hearing news of the appointment former Conservative MP Anna Soubry tweeted: “The appointment of Nadine Dorries as culture secretary is final confirmation (if you needed it) that we do indeed have the worst Prime Minister and Govt ever. Ever.”

Ministers John Whittingdale and Caroline Dinenage have both left department while Julia Lopez has joined from the Cabinet Office.

 

 

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