Jeremy Wright. Photo: Jack Hill for The Times.

Jeremy Wright Appointed Culture Secretary Amid UK Cabinet Reshuffle

Following the abrupt exit of UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson, a cabinet reshuffle has led to the promotion of Jeremy Wright, the attorney general for England and Wales, to secretary of state for digital, culture, media, and sport. Wright succeeds Matt Hancock, who is taking up the post of health secretary.

Johnson was one of several ministers who quit in protest of prime minister Theresa May’s approach to Brexit. May faced opposition from conservative lawmakers when she pushed forward with a proposal on Friday that would keep the UK’s economy closely tied to the European Union. Wright, who currently represents the constituency of Kenilworth and Southam, had campaigned for the UK to remain in the EU before the Brexit referendum on June 23, 2016.

Commenting on the appointment, Phil Smith, director-general of the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers, said: “This reshuffle brings the seventh culture secretary in eight years—with four in the last two years alone. . . . With serious issues facing our industry, from food advertising restrictions, media transparency, and platform accountability to Brexit, where access to talent and data equivalency remain open questions, we look forward to continuing these conversations with Jeremy Wright. We welcome him to the post and hope he provides consistency in the long-term.”