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Nick Morgan Remains As Culture Secretary As Ex-MP Is Appointed To House Of Lords

By Ned Simons

Nicky Morgan will stay on as culture secretary as the former MP was appointed to the House of Lords.

In Boris Johnson’s post-election mini-reshuffle, Morgan has been made a life peer, a move which allows her to keep her role.

It comes as the government prepares a shake-up how the BBC is funded.

According to The Sunday Telegraph, the prime minister is considering decriminalising non-payment of the £154.50 licence fee.

Robert Buckland, the justice secretary, told LBC on Monday morning: “We are going to look at the licence fee because we do think it is an unusual arrangement that it is criminalised.

“That’s putting a lot of pressure, which I think is unnecessary, on the criminal justice system.”

It comes after Downing Street refused to appear on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme due to what they believe is its pro-Remain bias.

The BBC is also under pressure from Labour, following Jeremy Corbyn’s heavy election defeat.

Andy McDonald, the shadow transport secretary, this morning accused the BBC of “consciously” contributing towards Labour’s loss.

Meanwhile, Downing Street announced Simon Hart has been named Secretary of State for Wales.

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