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Ed Vaizey has been promoted to a new role covering digital industries, as part of David Cameron’s reshuffle.

The new post of Minister of State with responsibility for digital industries will fall across both the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

A history of culture

Mr Vaizey has been Conservative MP for the constituency of Wantage since 2005, and Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries since 2010.

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Formerly known as Minister of State for the Arts, the post has more recently included responsibilities for Broadband, Media and Internet and Creative Industries.

Like Vaizey’s new title, the role was previously across both DCMS and BIS, but was recently moved to falling entirely within DCMS.

It’s so far unclear what aspects of Vaizey’s former role will fall under his new remit, nor whether his old position will remain open.

Everyday I’m shuffling

In Cameron’s second major reshuffle since the Coalition Government formed in 2010, William Hague and Michael Gove were the two biggest players to lose their roles, leaving their posts of Foreign Secretary and Education Secretary respectively.

Other changes include David Willetts’ replacement as Minister for Universities, Science and Cities by Greg Clarke.

Update: the Minister for Culture and Digital Industries’ remit within BIS has been revealed

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