John Whittingdale back at DCMS as Minister

Former Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has returned to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as Minister of State.

He will serve under new Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, who replaced Nicky Morgan this week.

Mr Whittingdale, the MP for Maldon in Essex, held the cabinet position himself from May 2015 to July 2016 and previously spent a decade as the Chair of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee. He was also the Shadow Culture Secretary 2002-2005 when the Conservatives were in opposition.

As Minister of State at DCMS, radio will be part of his portfolio of responsibilities. The role was previously held by Nigel Adams and other predecessors include Matt Hancock and Ed Vaizey.