Jeremy Wright, the former Attorney General for England and Wales, has been named the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, succeeding Matt Hancock, who is now the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
The cabinet reshuffle was forced by senior ministers resigning, including Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary -- replaced by former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt -- and David Davis as Brexit Secretary, who has been replaced by Dominic Raab.
Jeremy Wright, the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. (Image: gdsteam, Unsplash)
Wright is a former lawyer before getting elected as an MP in 2005. He had been Attorney General since 2014, being the chief legal adviser to the Crown. Hancock, meanwhile, had only been Digital Secretary for six months before being appointed Health Secretary, where he will face challenges relating to an understaffed NHS and a constant lack of funding. The former Digital Secretary spoke about the challenges facing the tech sector at the London Tech Week event "Future of Work" last month. (See The Future of Work Is About Enhancing Humanity, Not Replacing It.)
However, it would seem Wright is not as tech savvy as his predecessor. Hancock is a former software developer and had his own app, named after himself, to let his West Suffolk constituents contact him about issues in their area. Wright, on the other hand, has issued just five tweets including retweets, the last being in 2015.
Really looking forward to joining @DHSCgovuk at such an important time for our great NHS. I can't wait to get started
Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how Wright handles the role of Digital Secretary and if he can manage the increasingly important UK tech sector as the UK leaves the European Union in March 2019.