New DCMS Minister replaces Matt Hancock – The Rt. Hon. Jeremy Wright, MP

Following the recent cabinet resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock is now the Minister for Health and Jeremy Wright, MP for Kenilworth and Southam becomes the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

A barrister by background, Wright was called to the Bar in 1996 and practiced mainly criminal law in the West Midlands until his election to Parliament. Upon entering the Commons he joined the then Constitutional Affairs Select Committee before being appointed an Opposition Whip under David Cameron in 2007.

Educated at the University of Exeter, where he read law, Wright was called to the Bar at Inner Temple. He is married.

ACID would like to take this opportunity to thank Matt Hancock for the enthusiasm, energy and commitment he brought to the role of DCMS Secretary of State as an Ambassador for the Creative Industries. We wish him well in his new role.

Dids Macdonald, CEO of ACID said, “We very much welcome the appointment of Jeremy Wright MP and hope to engage with him at the earliest opportunity on IP issues facing the design sector. We have always maintained an excellent relationship with DCMS and look forward to collaborating to ensure that designers interests surrounding online infringement are high on his priorities.”

We are encouraged by Mr Wright’s statement in 2016 in the Commons, “It is important for people to understand that social media is not ungoverned space. The law applies there as it does elsewhere. If those using social media engage in behaviour that would otherwise be criminal, they will find it is criminal there, too!”