Matt Hancock was appointed yesterday.
It was yesterday announced that Conservative MP Matt Hancock will become Culture Secretary, taking over from the outgoing Karen Bradley as part of Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle.
Mr Hancock previously served as minister for state at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and has been a vocal supporter of efforts to tackle illegal ticket touting within the UK.
But while his appointment has been welcomed by senior music industry figures, he’s raised certain eyebrows after admitting that he’s a fan of Ed Sheeran – and that Galway Girl just so happens to be his favourite song.
“Ed Sheeran has been amazing for the music industry this year and the whole album is fantastic, but Galway Girl is probably my favourite song from it,” he admitted in a magazine interview last year.
Now, it seems that not everyone is entirely enamoured with the appointment after Hancock’s revelation.
“Matt Hancock when justifying Divide as his favourite album of last year, ”Ed Sheeran has been amazing for the music industry this year’. This man is now responsible for overseeing culture in this Country. Christ”, one user wrote on Twitter.
As previously mentioned, however, Hancock’s appointment has welcomed by music industry figures including BRIT Awards chief executive Geoff Taylor.
Mr Taylor told MusicWeek: “We welcome the appointment of Matt Hancock as Secretary for State at DCMS and extend our sincere congratulations on this deserved promotion.
“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.”
Last week, Mr Hancock also spoke to NME after backing new legislation that will prevent touts from using bots to buy tickets in bulk.
“The goal here is to make sure that fans can buy tickets at reasonable prices,” Mr Hancock told NME.
“The legislation we announced yesterday is one part of the broader plan. The legislation to ban the bots is one track to come into force in April; it’s got to go through Parliament between now and now but I’m fully confident that they will approve.”