Ben Bradshaw to replace Burnham as Culture Secretary

LONDON - Ben Bradshaw, the health minister, is to take over as the new Culture Secretary, replacing Andy Burnham who is moving to become Health Secretary in today's Cabinet reshuffle.

Ben Bradshaw, replaces Andy Burnham
Ben Bradshaw, replaces Andy Burnham

The change at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport comes ahead of an important time for the media industry, with the Digital Britain report due to be released on 16 June.

Burhnam, the MP for Leigh, Greater Manchester, was elected in 2001 and moved to the DCMS last year, replacing James Purnell who resigned from the Government last night

Bradshaw, the MP for Exeter, is a former BBC journalist.

The moves were confirmed by Prime minister gordon Brown in a press conference this afternoon.  (5 June).

Updated 16:50pm, 5 June 2009, following confirmation of the changes in Governement

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