John Whittingdale replaces Sajid Javid as Culture, Media and Sport Secretary

Sajid Javid MP, a supporter of the events industry, has been replaced by John Whittingdale as Culture, Media and Sport Secretary in David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle.

John Whittingdale (© Steve Thomas, Ommot)
John Whittingdale (© Steve Thomas, Ommot)

Javid had been involved in the recent government proposal to form a new joint board with the events industry to support bidding and implementaion of key events in the UK. The suggestion had formed part of the government’s new strategy to support the growth of business and events.

In his foreword to the report, Javid said: "The events industry here is a world leader, but we recognise that it could be even better. It has become clear that there is a need for a more strategic, national approach and we want to seize the opportunity to present the UK as a competitive destination."

Whittingdale, who replaces Javid as one of Cameron’s new appointments since the Conservative party won the General Election, was previously chairman of the Commons culture select committee.

The events industry’s response to the Conservative’s winning the election was altogether a positive one, though some concerns were raised by the BVEP and former MP Nick de Bois, who was a keen supporter of the events industry, lost his seat in Enfield North.

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