Nicky Morgan has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
“An enormous privilege to take on this fabulous role – although I’m sad to move on from The Treasury which I have absolutely loved chairing. Thank you to my fellow Select Committee members & committee staff,” she wrote on Twitter.
In 2018, Morgan appeared on BBC Radio 4 after Boris Johnson compared the Chequers Brexit deal to a “suicide vest.” She criticised the language, saying: “Boris has to make a decision – he’s either a journalist or a politician.”
When asked, if he were to become leader, whether she would serve in his Cabinet, she said:
“I think I’m very unlikely to be asked but the answer is no. I would not serve in a Boris Johnson cabinet.”
The Loughborough MP studied law at Oxford and worked as a solicitor, specialising in corporate law, before moving into politics.
She became an MP in 2010 and has worked as Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities amongst other roles. Morgan was seen as a key figure within the Treasury and worked closely with the former Chancellor, George Osborne.
Morgan became critical of the Government after being sacked by Theresa May. Their relationship is said to have soured further when she criticised the former Prime Minister for wearing £995 trousers for a photo shoot.
At the time she stated:
“I don’t have leather trousers. I don’t think I’ve ever spent that much on anything apart from my wedding dress.”
Last week, Margot James quit the Government after voting for a plan to stop a no deal Brexit. She had served as Minister for Digital and Creative Industries since January 2018.