Jeremy Wright MP says reports he doesn't read newspapers are 'complete nonsense'

Jeremy Wright

Friday, November 9, 2018

The culture secretary has branded reports that he doesn't read newspapers as "complete nonsense".

Jeremy Wright MP came under fire from the press after he allegedly told an audience of newspaper editors at a meeting of the Society of Editors that he didn't subscribe to any newspapers or magazines.

Appearing on the breakfast show, the politician said he had been quoted "wholly out of context".

"It's not even what I said. I was asked a straight question, which is 'What newspaper did you read that morning?' and the answer I gave was I didn't read a newspaper that morning. Which was true," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"To suggest that I don't read newspapers is complete nonsense, of course I do.



"I think we've got to be very careful taking little snippets of what people have said out of context and trying to read a lot more into them."

Mr Wright was appointed culture secretary in July this year, and part of his role includes overseeing the British media industry.


'I find Lego therapeutic'

He told Hartley-Brewer that he uses Lego to unwind after a stressful day at work, and had amassed a "very large" collection of the interlocking plastic bricks.

"It's very large indeed [Lego collection], by wife would say far too large, but I find Lego therapeutic.

"I think everybody who does any difficult or stressful job needs a way to switch off. We all have different ways, mine is lego. And actually in my view it's a great way of putting your brain into neutral."

He revealed he also owned a "Lego death star".

"That's a fairly impressive model," he said. "It's about 4,500 pieces I think."