The UK government announced the appointment of Oliver Dowden CBE as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 13 February 2020, succeeding Baroness Morgan in the role.
Dowden was educated at Parmiter’s School, a state comprehensive school in Hertfordshire, about which he says on his website, ‘I owe a debt of gratitude for the excellent state education I had at Parmiter’s School… Making sure every child gets the best start in life is one of the main reasons I entered politics’. He went on to study Law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
Oliver Dowden’s previous appointments include Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office from July 2019 to February 2020, and Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office from January 2018 to July 2019. He was elected Conservative MP for Hertsmere in May 2015.