Boris Johnson has appointed the former Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan MP, as the new Culture Secretary, after taking office as Prime Minister last Wednesday.
Morgan returns to the frontbench, having served as Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee for the past three years, taking up the role of Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and is joined in the Department by two new ministerial appointments - Nigel Adams has been appointed Minister of State for Sport, Media and Creative Industries, while former journalist Matt Warman becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Digital and Broadband.
First elected to Parliament in 2010 as MP for Loughborough, Morgan has held several posts in the Government, including Economic Secretary to the Treasury in 2013 and Financial Secretary in 2014. Morgan is a prominent centrist in the Conservative Party and co-founded the One Nation Caucus of Conservative MPs.
The new Secretary of State will be responsible for the Government’s cultural policies, including key areas of PPA policy work. Some of the many tasks sitting in her in-tray will be responding fully to the Cairncross Review, reviewing responses to the Online Harms White Paper on regulation of the digital environment, and delivering on Boris Johnson’s pledge to deliver full-fibre to ‘every household’ by 2025.
Upon her appointment, Morgan commented: “An enormous privilege to take on this fabulous role – although I’m sad to move on from Treasury Select Committee which I have absolutely loved chairing. Thank you to my fellow Select Committee members and committee staff.”