Vaizey remains as culture minister

Vaizey remains as culture minister

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed that Ed Vaizey will remain in place as culture minister.

Vaizey, who has filled the role since the coalition government formed in 2010, will now serve under his fourth culture secretary, John Whittingdale.

The minister, frequently to be heard stating that problems in the world of public libraries are being overstated, recently accepted an invitation from author and campaigner Alan Gibbons to debate the subject, were he to remain in office following the election.

Elizabeth Ash of The Library Campaign noted: "No one should be allowed to forget the devastation inflicted on public libraries under his watch."

The most recently released CIPFA library statistics show yet further declines in library numbers and usage.