Cabinet reshuffle and new government departments

07, February 2023

Rishi Sunak PM has today announced a cabinet reshuffle with new Secretaries of State appointments as follows:

Kemi Badenoch becomes Sectretary of State for Business and Trade
Lucy Frazer is Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (previously Minister for Housing and Planning at DLUHC)
Michelle Donelan becomes Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
Grant Shapps becomes Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero (previously SoS for BEIS)
Gregg Hands is the new Conservative Party Chairman (replacing Nadim Zahawi)

Four new government departments have also been announced:

A new Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, tasked with securing the long-term energy supply, bringing down bills and halving inflation. The move recognises the significant impact rising prices have had on households across the country as a result of Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine, and the need to secure more energy from domestic nuclear and renewable sources in order to seize the opportunities of net zero.

A dedicated Department for Science, Innovation and Technology to drive the innovation that will deliver improved public services, create new and better-paid jobs and grow the economy.

A re-focused Department for Culture, Media and Sport will recognise the importance of these industries to the economy and build on the UK’s position as a global leader in the creative arts.

A combined Department for Business and Trade will support growth by backing British businesses at home and abroad, promoting investment and championing free trade.

Read more in the government press release.

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