What we know about the new culture secretary Jeremy Wright

From justice minister to Attorney General, and now Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Jeremy Wright, the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, is not well known for his support of the charity sector.

But the new man in charge of the department that oversees charities has had some previous dealings in this area.  

In his previous role of Attorney General, he withdrew consent for the Charity Commission to refer the dispute about the governance of the Royal Albert Hall to the charity tribunal in May. 

Also in May, he applied to unlock the £475m held in the National Fund, a charity founded in 1928 to pay off the national debt. However, his application to use the money to pay off part the national debt rather than give it to charities was criticised by the shadow minister for civil society, Steve Reed, who said the money would be better spent on the voluntary sector.

Wright has also shown interest in social and health matters. In opposition he was a member of the parliamentary Justice Committee and also formed the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, an issue he says "deserves greater prominence as it will be one of the greatest challenges of the next few decades".

In 2012, Wright was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for the prison service, probation, rehabilitation and sentencing. This was followed by promotion to Attorney General in a reshuffle in July 2014.

On first glance, his qualifications for the digital aspects of his job don’t leap off his CV and some critics have been quick to point out that he doesn’t even appear to have a Twitter account. He does, but he’s not tweeted since 16 April 2015 and he’s still listed as prospective parliamentary candidate for Kenilworth & Southam.

Others are quick to fill a gap and a Twitter account in his name soon sprang into life, but has since been suspended. For those unsure of its veracity they just needed to look at his cover photo for suspicions to be aroused:

What Wright does do, though, is Facebook, and he has used it particularly from a constituency perspective to champion local charities.

According to his website, Wright's interests include music and sport.

"In my very limited free time I try to play golf and enjoy watching cricket," he says on his website. But he admits that he's so "useless" at cricket that no one will play with him.

He also enjoys listening to music and used to play the trumpet.

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