TUESDAY 4 SEP 2012 11:43 AM


In the prime minister’s first Cabinet reshuffle, David Cameron has replaced Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport, with Maria Miller, former Undersecretary of State for Work and Pensions. Miller will also assume the post of Minister for Women and Equalities.

Hunt will be promoted to secretary of the Department of Health despite being subjected to examination during the Leveson inquiry during the News of the World scandal earlier this year. Adam Smith, Hunt’s special advisor at the DCMS, resigned after Hunt allowed too close of a relationship between Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and the ministry. Hunt was scrutinised by Leveson for allowing News Corp to bid on BSkyB.

The change will see both new secretaries wrapping up projects begun by their predecessors. Miller will accede to the role of DCMS head after the ministry oversaw a wildly successful Olympic and Paralympic Games. Hunt will be faced with the aftermath of the controversial reforms made by his predecessor, Andrew Lansley, to the NHS.

Hunt cofounded an IT-focused PR agency before becoming a member of Parliament. Miller is taking over duties as Minister for Women and Equalities from Home Secretary Theresa May. She is a former advertising executive and marketing manager and has been in Government since 2005. Her appointment is being criticised already online as the minister has cited housing education and media as her focus, not arts and culture.