Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright reveals he is a LEGO fanatic and boasts about building a 4,500 piece model of the Death Star – but admits his wife doesn’t approve
- Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has revealed details of an unexpected hobby
- The former Attorney General is a Lego fanatic and has a ‘monster’ collection
- Mr Wright said his proudest build is a Lego Death Star with around 4,500 pieces
Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright today revealed he is a Lego fanatic – and boasted about building a 4,500 piece model of the Death Star.
The Cabinet minister gave details of his unexpected sideline during a round of interviews, saying he found it ‘therapeutic’.
But the QC admitted that his wife did not approve of his ‘very large’ collection, and he had to store it in boxes because it took up too much space.
Bizarrely, Mr Wright’s Labour opposite number Tom Watson declared this afternoon that he also owns a Lego Death Star.
The insight came after he was widely mocked for admitting he did not subscribe to any British newspapers or magazines.
Despite having responsibility for media issues since Theresa May’s reshuffle in July, Mr Wright also struggled to name a single female columnist at a conference earlier this week.
It is not known which particular model of the Lego Death Star Jeremy Wright has in his collection, but the currently available version (pictured) costs £409.99 and has 4,016 parts
Speaking to TalkRadio’s Julia Hartley-Brewer today, Mr Wright insisted it was ‘complete nonsense’ to suggest he did not read newspapers.
Mr Wright said: ‘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.
‘To suggest that I don’t read newspapers is complete nonsense, of course I do.’
In an apparent attempt to spice up his image, Mr Wright also went into some detail when asked about his Lego collection.
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‘It’s very large indeed, my wife would say far too large, but I find Lego therapeutic,’ he said.
‘I think everybody who does any difficult or stressful job needs a way to switch off. We all have different ways, mine is Lego.
‘In my view it’s a great way of putting your brain into neutral, which sometimes we all need to do.’
Pressed on what his biggest build was, Mr Wright said: ‘I think the biggest and most impressive, I’ve got a Lego Death Star and that is a fairly impressive model.’
Asked how many pieces it was, he replied: ‘It is about 4,500 pieces I think.’
It is not known which particular model of the Lego Death Star Mr Wright has in his collection, but the currently available version costs £409.99 and has 4,016 parts.
Mr Wright (pictured in Downing Street this week) gave details of his unexpected sideline during a round of interviews, saying he found it ‘therapeutic’
Reviews on the Lego website brand it ‘totally awesome’, and praise the 23 minifigures, including Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.
Mr Watson was asked on Twitter today whether he also had a Lego Death Star.
‘Strictly speaking it’s my 13 year old that owns the Death Star. Not that he’s allowed to touch it,’ he replied.
One anonymous reviewer aged 45-54 heaped praise on the silk capes, adding: ‘The turbo lift was sleek and the trash compactor was my favourite part of the set because you get a dianoga in it!’
Father-of-two Mr Wright is married to Yvonne, and has been MP for Kenilworth and Southam – and previously Rugby and Kenilworth – since 2005.
He served as justice minister from 2012-14 and attorney general from 2014 until July this year, when he was promoted to Culture Secretary.
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