New Prime Minister Rishi Sunak today announced a cabinet reshuffle, a move that sees Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan reappointed to the post.
Donelan was first appointed under Liz Truss only last month and will continue to lead the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS). She becomes the first Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to serve consecutively under two prime ministers.
Donelan is the eleventh Culture Secretary in twelve years.
The role of culture secretary marks her second position in a Conservative cabinet, having served as education secretary under Boris Johnson for two days from July 5 to July 7, 2022.
His appointment under Truss was made following a series of resignations sparked by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s handling of the Chris Pincher scandal. She replaced Nadhim Zahawi after his appointment as Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Donelan resigned as Secretary of State after 36 hours in that role. In a resignation letter to Boris Johnson, Doneland wrote: “You have put us in an impossible situation. I am deeply saddened to have come to this, but as someone who values integrity above all else, I have no choice.
The move made Donelan the shortest cabinet member in British history.
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Ahead of Sunak’s appointment, Donelan recently told Channel 4 News that he “is a man who is going to steer the ship with all the wings of the Conservative Party”.
Earlier this month, Donelan condemned attacks on Ukraine’s cultural heritage, adding that the UK “will be there at every step of your fight for freedom and democracy”.
As previously reported, Donelan expressed her distaste for the ‘cancellation culture’, writing earlier this year when she was Minister of State for Higher and Further Education that: ‘Universities, including their student unions , will be subject to fines for engaging in or supporting cancel culture.” under the Freedom of Expression Bill.
Before entering politics, Donelan began his career in marketing, working first in Australia for Pacific Magazines and then The History Channel.
She then worked for World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc as an international marketing communications manager.
Shadow Secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media and Sport Lucy Powell responded to the reappointment, writing: ‘Glad to see Michelle staying put as we have the security bill in online next week and many more important issues to come. track that must happen without further delay.