Former WWE marketing manager and British MP Michelle Donelan made headlines on Tuesday, October 25, when she was reappointed as the Culture Secretary in new UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s cabinet reshuffle. The 38-year-old politician served in the role under previous PM Liz Truss and was also a member of Boris Johnson’s cabinet for a brief period.
Who is Michelle Donelan?
Michelle Donelan is a British politician who is currently serving as the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s cabinet. Donelan was also part of former PM Liz Truss’ cabinet in the same role, appointed on September 6. She was also part of Boris Johnson’s cabinet for a short period.
Donelan was born on April 8, 1984, in Whitley, Cheshire, England. When she was only 15, Donelan delivered a speech at a Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool. She attended The County High School in Leftwich, before pursuing a bachelor’s degree in history and politics from the University of York.
After graduating, she began her career in marketing, Donelan worked at Marie Claire magazine and the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) before turning her focus to politics. She competed in the 2010 general election from Wentworth and Dearne in South Yorkshire but was beaten by Labour MP John Healey. Three years later, Donelan was selected as the prospective parliamentary candidate for Chippenham in February 2013.
Donelan was elected as a member of the Education Select Committee in July 2015. She was also elected as the Member of Parliament for Chippenham in Wiltshire in 2015. Previously a staunch critic of Brexit, Donelan has since voted against UK’s membership in the EU.
She became the Minister of State for Universities in February 2020 before she became a member of the Privy Council in 2021 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.