Ed Vaizey

I went to an event at the Royal Opera House to celebrate the fact that Ed Vaizey has now been in post as Minister for the Arts for longer than any of his predecessors, stretching back to Jennie Lee, who was appointed Minister of the Arts by Harold Wilson in 1964.   It’s impressive that he has remained in post from the beginning of the Coalition Government, taking up his current post on 14 May 2010.   And he was Shadow Minister before that.   He gave a speech which was wry, funny and self-deprecating (well, not entirely).   Let’s hope that he has written his White Paper in this new, pugnacious style.


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