The much anticipated cabinet reshuffle has finally arrived, with new ministers being appointed to several critical heritage roles.
The newly ennobled Baroness Morgan left her caretaker role as Minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with Oliver Downden taking over that position at the head of DCMS. Dowden, pictured here, is a relatively unknown face but is well regarded with the party and his move into cabinet is certainly a promotion.
Helen Whatley was promoted to Minister for Social Care, and her place as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism was taken by Nigel Huddlestone. This makes Huddlestone the minister directly responsible for the care of listed buildings. We hope he will continue Ms Whatley’s support for owners, and show a similar commitment in the role.
Other important posts that changed hands include Christopher Pincher replacing Esther McVey as Housing Minister and of course Rishi Sunak taking over the Treasury from Sajid Javid.