UK Appoints New Culture Minister

Maria Miller takes over for Jeremy Hunt, who became a central UK governmental figure in the News Of The World phone-hacking scandal for his purported close ties to the tabloid’s owner News Corp and its then-European head James Murdoch. Prime Minister David Cameron is keeping Hunt in the cabinet fold, however, appointing him Health Secretary earlier today. Miller, meanwhile, is considered a bit of a surprise pick, according to the British press. She most recently was Parliamentary-Under Secretary State at the Department for Work and Pensions, and now she will have oversight of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which among its duties is spearheading the Leveson inquiry that was formed in the wake of the hacking scandal. She previously served on the Trade and Industry Select Committee in 2005-2006, was Shadow Minister for Education in 2005, Shadow Minister for Family Welfare in 2006, and Shadow Minister for the Family 2007-10. Before joining Parliament, she was a director of Grey Advertising and also Rowland Saatchi and worked at Texaco in business development and marketing.

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