Nadine Dorries is the UK’s new Culture Secretary, following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s reshuffle this afternoon. Oliver Dowden, who has held the post since 2019, has been named chairman of the Conservative Party.
Dorries was elected MP for Mid Bedfordshire in 2005. In July 2019, Johnson appointed her Deputy Minister responsible for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety. She was promoted to Minister of State with this portfolio in May 2020.
As Secretary of State for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport, Dorries now has a wide range of responsibilities. In terms of personal involvement in culture, her main role has been that of a novelist. His first book, The four streets, became a best-seller when it was published in 2014. There is little evidence that she had a particular interest in the visual arts or museums. Politically, Dorries is seen as part of the right wing of the Conservative Party and is a strong supporter of Brexit.
In 2013, she sparked controversy after failing to declare her honorarium for her appearance on the popular TV show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! She apologized “fully and unreservedly” to the House of Commons standards committee.