Michelle Donelan has been replaced as culture secretary in Rishi Sunak's cabinet reshuffle.

The Chippenham MP is now the secretary of state for science, innovation and technology - a new department.

Her former digital, culture, media and sport role has lost its digital brief and will now be filled by MP for South East Cambridgeshire Lucy Frazer, who was the levelling up minister.

Ms Donelan, who will take maternity leave this year, retains the digital element of her former brief in her new role.

According to The Times, Mr Sunak wanted Michael Gove to be the new science, innovation and technology secretary, but he asked to stay at levelling up.

The new digital department comes at a crucial time for tech policy, with the government's Online Safety Bill, headed by Michelle Donelan, making its way through parliament.

Four new departments were created during the reshuffle and there were five new appointments.

Grant Shapps, who was the business secretary, will be the new secretary of state for energy security and net zero.

Kemi Badenoch, who was the international trade secretary, will be the new secretary of state for business and trade.

She will retain the “president of the board of trade” title she currently has and will remain minister for women and equalities.

Greg Hands, a former trade policy minister, is the new Conservative party chair.

Ms Frazer and Mr Hands are both being promoted to cabinet-level jobs. 

Mr Hands’ appointment comes just over a week after former chair Nadhim Zahawi was sacked over the handling of his tax affairs.

The reshuffle comes as deputy prime minister Dominic Raab faces pressure over bullying allegations which he denies.

Ms Donelan was appointed secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport on September 7 last year by then prime minister Liz Truss.

Mr Sunak succeeded Ms Truss in October and Ms Donelan retained her position in the cabinet.

In December she announced that she would be taking maternity leave in 2023.

Ms Donelan previously served as minister of sate for higher and further education 2020-22 and secretary of state for education for two days during the July 2022 UK government crisis.  

She has been the Conservative MP for Chippenham since 2015.