Theresa May’s cabinet includes new Culture, Media and Sport secretary

The cabinet reshuffle sees John Whittingdale sacked as Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, while the Business, Innovation and Skills department is allegedly being “reshaped”.

© Johnny Greig
© Johnny Greig

The UK’s new Conservative prime minister Theresa May has announced her new cabinet, which includes a reshuffle of MPs in charge of culture and business.

The two main governmental departments which affect design businesses are Culture, Media and Sport, and Business, Innovation and Skills.

Culture, Media and Sport is in charge of protecting and promoting cultural sites and heritage, and investing in funds and innovation that enable creative businesses to grow.

John Whittingdale has been sacked as Culture, Media and Sport Secretary. He took up the post when the Conservatives won the general election last year and David Cameron entered his second term of office.

He has been superseded by Karen Bradley, a former Home Office minister who was a Remain supporter throughout the EU referendum.

Business, Innovation and Skills was previously in charge of economic growth, and invests in skills and education which aim to promote trade, boost innovation and also enable people to start and develop businesses.

The Business, Innovation and Skills department is now being “reshaped”, according to the BBC, with former BIS secretary Sajid Javid having been reappointed as Communities Secretary. Javid is also pro-Remain.

A new department has been created called Business, Energy and Industrial strategy, with Greg Clarke appointed as secretary. Clarke is also a Remain supporter.

10 Downing Street was unable to confirm at the time of publication whether Business, Innovation and Skills will continue to exist as a department in its own right.

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