Jeremy Hunt, whose tenure as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in the UK government was tainted by alleged close links with News Corporation companies during its proposed take-over of BSkyB, is to leave his post to take over as Health Secretary following a reshuffle by Prime Minister David Cameron of his Cabinet.
His replacement is Maria Miller,who has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Basingstoke since the 2005 general election. In Parliament, she served for a year from 2005 as a member of the Trade and Industry select committee. Later in 2005, Cameron appointed her a spokesperson in the Shadow Education and Skills team. She was appointed Shadow Minister for the Family in 2007. Following the 2010 General Election, she was appointed parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Disabled People at the Department for Work and Pensions. She will also take over the women and equalities portfolio, which was held by Liberal Democrat Lynne Featherstone at the Home Office. Miller said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the Culture Secretary by the Prime Minister and am very much looking forward to tackling the many challenges that the role will bring.”
An Economics graduate from the London School of Economics, she has worked as an advertising executive for Grey Advertising Ltd, a marketing manager at Texaco, and served as a company director for Grey Advertising between 1994 and 1999, and for The Rowland Company between 1999 and 2003.