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Olympics minister Hugh Robertson promoted in DCMS reshuffle

6th September 2012

Culture, media and sport moves following Jeremy Hunt’s exit also expected to include special adviser for Maria Miller

Hugh Robertson, the government minister responsible for the London Olympics, has been promoted within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport but will retain his position as the man in charge of the nation’s sports.

The DCMS has completed its ministerial reorganisation following David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle this week, which resulted in culture secretary Jeremy Hunt being replaced by Maria Miller.

Robertson has been promoted to minister of state for sport, from his previous job as parliamentary under-secretary of state.

Ed Vaizey will continue as the DCMS minister responsible for culture, communications and creative industries including broadcasting.

The only other significant change, apart from the replacement of Hunt by Miller is the departure of tourism minister John Penrose. His portfolio is to be divided among the remaining DCMS ministers.

Miller is also expected to appoint a new special adviser. Normally secretaries of state would bring their adviser with them in a reshuffle, but she did not have an adviser in her previous job at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Guy Levin replaced Adam Smith as Hunt’s special adviser earlier this year. Smith resigned in April over his inappropriate level of contact with News Corporation lobbyist Frédéric Michel during the company’s bid to take over BSkyB.

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