Margaret Hodge is the new U.K. government minister responsible for the country's music sector.

As minister for creative industries, she replaces Shaun Woodward, who held the post last year, and James Purnell, who served in the same role in 2005.

She will report to Purnell, who becomes the new secretary of state for culture, media and sport at the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). He was previously minister for pensions reform.

Until now, Hodge had served as minister of state for industry and the regions.

In addition to music, she is responsible for the arts, creative industries, architecture, tourism, and other leisure and creative activities.

A spokesperson says that Hodge's new post effectively makes her the communication point between the music business seeking to discuss industry funding, copyright legislation and related issues with the government.

Hodge's appointment is part of a reshuffling within the DCMS, after Gordon Brown succeeded Tony Blair last week as prime minister.

Hodge entered politics as a London local-authority councillor in 1973, becoming a member of Parliament (MP) at the national level since 1994.

Her other ministerial duties with the current Labour government have included employment, education, and pensions.