Jeremy Wright named new culture secretary

The MP for Kenilworth and Southam takes over from Matt Hancock, who has moved to the health department as Theresa May reshuffles in wake of resignations

Jeremy Wright (Photograph: Getty Images)
Jeremy Wright (Photograph: Getty Images)

Jeremy Wright, the Attorney General, has been appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The MP for Kenilworth and Southam replaces Matt Hancock, who has been promoted to health secretary after just six months at the DCMS, as Prime Minister Theresa May fills the gaps in her Cabinet after the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson.

Wright, a barrister before entering parliament, has been the Attorney General for the past four years and was the prisons minister for the previous two.

He will assume responsibility for the forthcoming civil society strategy that his new department has been drawing up with Tracey Crouch, the charities minister.

A remainer, Wright joined the House of Commons in 2005 as MP for Rugby and Kenilworth, which was abolished in boundary changes at the 2010 election, when he was elected MP for Kenilworth and Southam.

He founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia in 2007 and has visited several charities in his West Midlands constituency in recent weeks. These included the employment charity the Shaw Trust, the Dogs Trust’s rehoming centre in Kenilworth and Citizens Advice South Warwickshire, whose chief executive resigned earlier this year after staff and volunteers contacted Third Sector with concerns about the management of the charity and the dismissal of a volunteer.

In a short statement published on his website today, Wright said: "Very excited to be starting a new job this morning as Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, a department whose work has a huge impact on our heritage, the things we enjoy now and on our national future."

His website says he enjoys listening to music, travelling, watching cricket and playing it too, "but I am so useless no one will play with me".

He is married to Yvonne and has a daughter and a son.

Tom Watson, the shadow culture secretary and deputy leader of the Labour Party, welcomed Wright to his new role and pointed out that despite being given responsibility for the government’s digital strategy he did not appear to have an active Twitter account.

An account was set up in Wright's name last night, but it is a parody.

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