Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

James Purnell named as new Culture Secretary

  • Comment
James Purnell has been named as the new Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport after a massive Cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Purnell will replace Tessa Jowell in the role, and is one of many new faces in Brown's first act as the new Prime Minister.

News of Purnell's appointment has been particularly welcomed by the RIBA, which claimed the new Culture Secretary will bring something extra to the role.

RIBA head of public affairs Steven Harding said: 'As a personality he is exciting, bright likeable and experienced.

'He has a genuine interest in architecture, and was essential to persuading then Prime Minister Tony Blair to throw his weight behind the Better Public Buildings programme.'

And in a thinly veiled attack on Jowell, Harding added: 'The RIBA will be looking forward to working with him, and looking forward to seeing a Secretary of State bringing energy and intelligence to the role.

'We have now got someone who will be certainly sympathetic towards architects and architecture.'

Jowell has been named as Minister for the Olympics, London and the South East in the reshuffle.

Other movements in the shake-up were Hazel Blears replacing Ruth Kelly as Communities Secretary - Kelly is now the new Transport Secretary - and the appointment of Yvette Cooper as Housing Secretary.

Cooper will be joined by her husband and Brown darling Ed Balls, who will take over from Alan Johnston as Education Secretary.

by Richard Vaughan

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.