Nicky Morgan replaced by Oliver Dowden as new DCMS secretary

Nicky Morgan has been replaced by Oliver Dowden as the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the department overseeing charities.

The move comes as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle and Dowden will become the ninth culture secretary since 2010. He will be the second since Johnson's tenure.

Dowden joins the DCMS from the Cabinet Office, where he served as Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General since July. He was also previously a special adviser to David Cameron when he was Prime Minister between 2010 and 2015.

Morgan had been appointed to the role last year, but was not expected to hold the role for long. She stepped down as an MP during the December general election, but was made a life peer and reappointed to the DCMS role until the cabinet reshuffle had been completed.

Baroness Diana Barran, who holds a junior minister position and takes responsibility for the civil society element of the DCMS portfolio, currently still holds her position after being appointed in July last year.

Barran, who has extensive experience in the charity sector, took on the role after Mims Davies announced she was moving over to the Department for Work and Pensions.

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