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Hancock becomes Culture Sec while Nokes moves to immigration role

David Bicknell Published 09 January 2018

Theresa May’s reshuffle sees former Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock gain a significant promotion at DCMS, taking over as Culture Secretary, while Caroline Nokes moves on to the Home Office as a junior minister for immigration


Theresa May’s latest ministerial reshuffle saw a return to the senior levels of government for Matt Hancock and the now familiar shifting of a Cabinet Office junior minister with responsibility for the Government Digital Service.

Having been moved from being Minister for the Cabinet Office to become minister for digital at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Hancock’s political career looked in danger of stalling.

Now, in a notable change of fortune, he has stepped up at DCMS to become Culture Secretary, replacing Karen Bradley who has moved to the Northern Ireland Office. Rewarded, it seems, for being a cheerleader for the tech industry, and “knuckling down and getting on with his job”,  one of his first decisions will be whether to allow 21st Century Fox to buy Sky when the Competition and Markets Authority publishes its recommendations. techUK congratulated Hancock on his new role and said it looked forward to continuing to work together "to grow our thriving digital sector."

However, any hopes that Caroline Nokes would become a notable advocate for digital government and GDS at the Cabinet Office have been quickly snuffed out.

Nokes, it was announced last night, is making a significant move to the Home Office as Minister of State for Immigration where she will have responsibility for areas such as immigration and border policy (including non-EU migration to the UK; family reunion; border security; detention and removal policy; asylum policy; post-Brexit immigration policy for EU nationals); UK Visas and Immigration; Immigration Enforcement; Border Force; and border security.

A new junior minister appointment at the Cabinet Office to take on Nokes’ digital government portfolio is likely to be made today.



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