Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, or informally Culture Secretary, is a United Kingdom cabinet position with responsibility for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The role was created in 1992 by John Major as Secretary of State for National Heritage. The first to fill the role, David Mellor, dubbed it "Minister of Fun".[1] On 9 July 2018 Theresa May appointed Jeremy Wright to the post.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Incumbent
Nicky Morgan

since 24 July 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
StyleCulture Secretary
(informal)
The Right Honourable
(within the UK and the Commonwealth)
AppointerThe Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
Formation11 April 1992
First holderDavid Mellor
Websitewww.culture.gov.uk
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List of Secretaries of State

Secretaries of State for National Heritage (1992–1997)

Secretary of State for National Heritage
Portrait Name Term of office Party Prime Minister
David Mellor
MP for Putney
11 April
1992
22 September
1992
Conservative John Major
Peter Brooke
MP for Cities of London and Westminster
25 September
1992
20 July
1994
Conservative
Stephen Dorrell
MP for Loughborough
20 July
1994
5 July
1995
Conservative
Virginia Bottomley
MP for South West Surrey
5 July
1995
2 May
1997
Conservative

Secretaries of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1997–2010)

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Portrait Name Term of office Party Prime Minister
Chris Smith
MP for Islington South and Finsbury
3 May
1997
8 June
2001
Labour Tony Blair
Tessa Jowell
MP for Dulwich and West Norwood
8 June
2001
27 June
2007
Labour
James Purnell
MP for Stalybridge and Hyde
28 June
2007
24 January
2008
Labour Gordon Brown
Andy Burnham
MP for Leigh
24 January
2008
5 June
2009
Labour
Ben Bradshaw
MP for Exeter
5 June
2009
11 May
2010
Labour

Secretaries of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (2010–2012)

Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport
Portrait Name Term of office Party Prime Minister
Jeremy Hunt
MP for South West Surrey
12 May
2010
4 September
2012
Conservative David Cameron
(I)

Secretaries of State for Culture, Media and Sport (2012–2017)

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Portrait Name Term of office Party Prime Minister
Maria Miller
MP for Basingstoke
4 September
2012
9 April
2014
Conservative David Cameron
(I)
Sajid Javid
MP for Bromsgrove
9 April
2014
11 May
2015
Conservative
John Whittingdale
MP for Maldon
11 May
2015
14 July
2016
Conservative David Cameron
(II)
Karen Bradley
MP for Staffordshire Moorlands
14 July
2016
3 July
2017
Conservative Theresa May
(I)

Secretaries of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (2017–present)

In 2017 the DCMS was renamed to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in acknowledgement of the increasing responsibility the department had gained for Digital affairs.[2] Karen Bradley continued as Secretary of State for the department.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Portrait Name Term of office Party Prime Minister
Karen Bradley
MP for Staffordshire Moorlands
3 July
2017
8 January
2018
Conservative Theresa May
(II)
Matt Hancock
MP for West Suffolk
8 January
2018
8 July
2018
Conservative
Jeremy Wright
MP for Kenilworth and Southam
9 July
2018
24 July
2019
Conservative
Nicky Morgan
MP for Loughborough
24 July
2019
Incumbent Conservative Boris Johnson

See also

References

  1. Townsend, Nick (17 January 1999). "Interview: David Mellor—A more mellow fellow? Mellor's not for turning". The Independent on Sunday. Retrieved 12 July 2009.
  2. "Change of name for DCMS". GOV.UK. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
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