Nadine Dorries has been announced as the new Culture Secretary under Boris Johnson’s government, it has been announced.
Dorries replaces Oliver Dowden, who will step down to become Minister without portfolio in the Cabinet Office.
Dorries has been UK Minister for Health since 2019 and Member of Parliament for Mid Bedfordshire since 2005.
The former nurse and business owner is currently an author in addition to her government duties. She also appeared on I’m A Celebrity in 2012, but was suspended from the Conservative Party after entering the reality show without permission.
Dowden is stepping down for the new role after less than two years, having served as Culture Secretary since February 13, 2020. Since 2019 under the Johnson government, the Culture Secretary role has been performed by three MPs.
Succeeding Dowden in the latest reshuffle, Dorries becomes the tenth MP to hold the post of Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport since 2010 under the Conservative government.
Last year, while in this post, Dowden sent a letter to the National Museums of England and other independent bodies such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund regarding disputed heritage objects and the removal of statues .
In the letter, he urged museums to align with the UK government’s position on disputed heritage.
He wrote that “the government does not support the removal of statues or other similar objects,” and, as publicly funded organizations, museums “should not take activist-motivated actions. and politics ”.
The Museums Association was among the organizations that responded to the letter, urging the UK government to “respect the principle of museum independence” in a statement.
He went on to say that the letter could imply that government funding could be withheld if museums do not comply.