Oliver Dowden is the 13th culture secretary in as many years
Oliver Dowden is the new UK culture secretary, appointed by prime minister Boris Johnson in todays cabinet reshuffle. His promotion follows the long anticipated decision by Nicky Morgan to step down as secretary of state at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Dowden, the Conservative MP for Hertsmere in Hertfordshire from 2015, has been the Paymaster General in the Cabinet Office since last July. Before becoming an MP he was a political advisor at Number Ten. Now a secretary of state, he has been a high flyer in national politics.
Johnsons appointment of Dowden means that he is the 13th culture secretary in as many years. Dowdens political record does not suggest that he has any special interest in culture, although this is only part of the DCMS portfolio.