John Whittingdale sacked as culture secretary

John Whittingdale sacked as culture secretary

Culture secretary John Whittingdale has been sacked from his role as culture secretary, as new Prime Minister Theresa May cabinet reshuffle continues.

Whittingdale tweeted: “Has been a privilege to serve as Culture Secretary. I wish my successor every success & will continue to support creative industries."

Appointed little over a year ago, Whittingdale replaced  Sajid Javid, who went on to become business secretary.

A new culture secretary is expected to be announced later today.

Last month, Whittingdale was vocal in his belief that Brexit would not have an adverse affect on British music. “Once again, British music is conquering the world,” he said. “Once again, we had a British artist at the top of album sales [charts] across the globe, and it’s British artists who are conquering countries across the world. It’s because we are the most extraordinarily creative nation on the planet – and that has nothing to do with whether or not we are in the European Union.

“This is probably the last event taking place in the House Of Commons before what happens in a week’s time and the world may or may not be different,” he added. “But the one thing which I’m absolutely certain about is that British music will go on continuing to thrive.”

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