John Whittingdale, who was the chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport, has been made Culture secretary in David Cameron’s Cabinet reshuffle.

Whittingdale, a Conservative MP for Maldon, was elected chairman of the House of Commons culture, media and sport select committee in July 2005. He previously held the position of Shadow Secretary of State for culture, media and sport on two occasions.

In the past Whittingdale has been a notable critic of the BBC and particularly its licence fee.

Javid, culture secretary since 9 April 2014, will take up the position of business secretary.

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