Changes for Digital Government in Theresa May's Reshuffle

Changes for Digital Government in Theresa May's Reshuffle

The Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle has led to several changes in digital government responsibilities.

The PM’s latest reshuffle has seen Matt Hancock being promoted from digital minister at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) to Secretary of State.

The move is a significant step up for Hancock, who left his role as Cabinet Office minister in July 2016 to take up the position of digital minister at DCMS.

The former DCMS secretary, Karen Bradley, has been appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Tech UK CEO, Julian David, said Hancock’s appointment “comes at a critical time for the tech industry” with the General Data Protection Regulation coming into force later this year, a rapidly digitising economy and continued uncertainty over Brexit.

The minister responsible for digital government, Caroline Nokes, has been shuffled out of the department, instead taking on a role as Minister of State for Immigration at the Home Office.

The reshuffle means we’ll see a fourth minister responsible for digital in the space of two years.

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