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Musical chairs: New UK culture minister announced

Lucy Frazer takes over from Michelle Donelan, who has been in place since September

Lucy Frazer has been appointed as the UK’s new secretary of state for culture, media and sport.

Unlike her predecessor Michelle Donelan, she will not oversee digital as prime minister Rishi Sunak has decided to focus the new ministry on the importance of culture, media and sport to the economy and “build the UK’s position as a global leader in the creative arts”.

Donelan has been announced as the secretary of state for science in the newly-formed Department of Science, Innovation and Technology.

Frazer moves to DCMS from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, which she joined last October.

She is MP for South East Cambridgeshire and campaigned for the UK to stay in Europe during the referendum.

Prior to entering politics, she worked as a barrister in commercial law in London, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel at the age of 40.