Matt Hancock MP has been appointed secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

He replaces Karen Bradley, who held the post from July 2016 to January 2018.

Hancock, who is MP for West Suffolk, was previously DCMS minister. He is a vocal advocate for the digital transformation of government.

He said he was ‘thrilled’ to be appointed, writing: ‘ Such an exciting agenda, so much to do, and great people. Can’t wait to get stuck in’.

Geoff Taylor, chief executive BPI and BRIT Awards, said he welcomed Hancock’s appointment.

‘Matt Hancock has shown himself to be a passionate champion of the creative industries and an ardent supporter of British music and a Minister that gets things done. He has set forward a clear vision for the creative and digital industries through the Digital Charter, pioneering a new UK approach in which online intermediaries work more closely with Government to deliver enhanced protection for consumers and promote business growth.

‘We look forward to continuing our productive relationship with the Secretary for State and his team at DCMS and we wish him well in this important role for our sector.’

Margot James MP has assumed Hancock’s previous role as minister of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The MP for Stourbridge was previously parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from July 2016 to January 2018.

Michael Ellis has replaced John Glen as parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.