One of the UK's most senior political journalists is moving into government

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Woodhouse is the latest in a long line of journalists to move into politics (Source: Getty)

New culture secretary Karen Bradley has recruited The Sun's chief political correspondent to serve as a special adviser.

Craig Woodhouse confirmed his move to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on Twitter earlier today.

Woodhouse is currently chair of the parliamentary press gallery, and his appointment marks the end of more than a decade in journalism, taking in the Telegraph, the Press Association and the Evening Standard, as well as his most recent stint four year stint at The Sun.

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He is the latest in a long line of political journalists crossing over into politics – earlier this Summer, Theresa May recruited Sky News' former deputy political editor Joey Jones.

And David Cameron recruited former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and BBC News' Craig Oliver to run his communications , with the latter set to be to be ennobled for public service, while Alistair Campbell joined Tony Blair's team after years on Fleet Street with The Daily Mirror.