PM Boris Johnson has called for a change in leadership at DCMS, naming Nadine Dorries to replace Oliver Dowden as Culture Secretary.
Dorries, the MP for Mid-Bedfordshire, was announced as the new leader of the DCMS Wednesday afternoon after being promoted from her former position as Minister of Mental Health for the Department of Health and Social Care.
Dowden was appointed to Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party in the reshuffle, replacing Amanda Milling, who was dismissed from Johnson’s senior cabinet.
Meanwhile, Dorries becomes the tenth Conservative MP to serve as Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport since 2010.
Dorries, who has been a senior minister since 2019, will be in charge of monitoring DCMS’ crowded agenda, which includes headline reviews and judgments on the BBC’s reform, digital rights, football governance, and Ofcom leadership.
DCMS, which oversees UK gaming, is continuing its examination of the 2005 Gambling Act, as well as the administration of the National Lottery’s Fourth Competition of Stewardship.
Data and Media Minister John Whittingdale, who was appointed in March to oversee the handling of gambling’s generational changes, will continue to manage DCMS gambling duties.
Despite being one of the Conservative Party’s most outspoken ministers, nothing is known about Dorries’ views on gambling.
Dorries’ most recent vote on gambling reform came in 2014, when she voted against providing local governments the authority to ban the growth of fixed odds betting terminals and betting shops.
Dorries, as Mental Health Minister, responded to a question about gambling-related suicides by saying that her department couldn’t estimate the number of suicides in the UK associated to problem gambling since there was insufficient proof that gaming was the decisive factor.