John Whittingdale

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John Whittingdale is the Conservative MP for Maldon.[1]

In May 2015 he was announced as the secretary of state in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and a member of the Cabinet Office.[2]

Whittingdale left government in July 2016 following new Prime Minister Theresa May's extensive cabinet reshuffle. [3]

Dinner with lobbyists

Details of the attendees and seating plans of the Conservative's 2013 summer ball, an event where tickets cost up to £12,000 each and allows attendees to sit at the table with ministers, were leaked by the Guardian. It revealed that Whittingdale sat at a table hosted by David Burnside, which included Samantha and David Cameron and one of Vladimir Putin's aides Vasily Shestakov.[4]


Special advisers and aides

External resources


  1. John Whittingdale,, accessed 14 October 2011.
  2. BBC News John Whittingdale becomes UK culture secretary, 11 May 2015, accessed 11 May 2015.
  3. 'Whos in and whos out? May's new cabinet' 14 July 2016, BBC News, accessed 15 July 2016
  4. Melanie Newman Russian front: Cameron’s encounter with Putin friend at Tory party The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, 1 July 2014, accessed 17 October 2014