Another year another new Culture Secretary
13th February 2020
As expected, we have a new Culture Secretary, following Nicky Morgan's stint at chair warming since the General Election, and her elevation to the House of Lords.
Oliver Dowden CBE MP has been appointed Culture Secretary. He is one of the well-regarded and high-flying intake from 2015 (MP for Hertsmere), having been appointed the Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office in 2018 before being promoted to Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General in July 2019 when Boris Johnson became Prime Minister.
He studied law at Cambridge , before going to work for the Conservative party then leaving to work in the private sector as a PR strategist before returning to the party again to work in a range of roles including David Cameron's deputy chief of staff.
He was a Remainer but, is staying loyal to the Government now. In terms of the tourism industry’s need for workers, it is worth noting that he has constantly voted against the right for EU nationals to stay in the UK and for tighter immigration laws.
Dowden succeeds Nicky Morgan who held the role both as an MP and since December’s General Election as a peer, despite earlier standing down as an MP and saying that she wouldn't serve under Boris Johnson if he became PM.
Dowden becomes the 9th Culture Secretary in 10 years. It remains to be seen how long he will hold the post.
Since the 2010 general election, the role of Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has been held by:
Nicky Morgan (again)