Lucy Frazer appointed UK’s new culture secretary

Lucy Frazer has been appointed the new culture secretary during prime minister Rishi Sunak’s mini cabinet reshuffle.

Lucy Frazer

The move makes Frazer the eleventh head of DCMS (the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) in the space of ten years, although the department’s role is also changing.

The “digital” is breaking away from CMS, into a new office for Science, Innovation, and Technology. That department will be headed by Michelle Donelan, who had served as the culture secretary until today.

Donelan had replaced Nadine Dorries before her, with Donelan using her time in Sunak and Liz Truss’ cabinets to reverse Dorries’ plans to privatise the public service broadcaster Channel 4.

Frazer has served as an MP for South East Cambridgeshire since 2015 and previously had brief spells as solicitor general for England and Wales and transport minister.

She’s worked with the prime minister in the past, as financial secretary to the treasury while Rishi Sunak was Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Before becoming an MP, Frazer was qualified as a lawyer. 

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