Jeremy Wright previously served as attorney general for England and Wales

Jeremy Wright named culture secretary in cabinet reshuffle

Robert Picheta, 10.07.2018
DCMS gets its seventh culture secretary since 2010
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is welcoming its seventh culture secretary in eight years following a cabinet reshuffle.

Jeremy Wright replaces Matt Hancock in the post, after Hancock was named health secretary.

Wright was elected to parliament in 2005 and has been the Conservative MP for Kenilworth and Southam since 2010. He served as attorney general for England and Wales from 2014 to 2018. His only prior government role was as parliamentary undersecretary for prisons.

Wright’s move is part of the reshuffle sparked by the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson from cabinet in protest at prime minister Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal.

A trained lawyer who specialises in criminal law, Wright has little clear experience in the culture, media or digital sectors.

He campaigned for a remain vote in the 2016 EU referendum, and has taken a conservative stance on social issues during his time in parliament.

The appointment is the latest in a number of changes at the top of the department, with Wright becoming May’s third culture secretary.

Culture secretaries since 2010

Jeremy Wright 2018

Matt Hancock 2018-2018

Karen Bradley 2016-2018

John Whittingdale 2015-2016

Sajid Javid 2014-2015

Maria Miller 2012-2014

Jeremy Hunt 2010-2012