Oliver Dowden Takes Over Secretary Of State For DCMS Role

Oliver Dowden (MP for Hertsmere Hertfordshire) was elevated to Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS )after a Friday afternoon of frenzied Downing Street movements.

Dowden succeeds Baroness Nicky Morgan as head of the DCMS, who last December stood down as a Conservative MP after opting not to contest her constituency seat in the General Election.

The DCMS move is Dowden’s second promotion obtained under PM Boris Johnson’s premiership, having previously served a six-month period as Cabinet Office Minister.

Dowden has been an MP since 2015, becoming the 8th incumbent to lead DCMS since 2010. Despite significant changes in the cabinet, Dowden’s DCMS ministerial team appears unchanged, with Matt Warman maintaining his Under Secretary post.

Ministerial regulation of UK gaming, assisted by Helen Whatley –Minister for State Culture, Heritage and Tourism, will continue to be led by Nigel Adams as Minister of Sport.

UK gaming standards agency The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) welcomed Dowden’s nomination.

BGC CEO Michael Dugher said: “We welcome Oliver Dowden’s appointment. He has a formidable reputation in Westminster and Whitehall and we look forward to working closely with the new Secretary of State and the DCMS team as the Government’s Review of the Gambling Act gets underway.”