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British Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries makes London Tech Week debut

New British Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries gave the opening speech at the London Tech Week conference on Monday with the promise of “stable digital regulation”.

Dorries, whose full official title is Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has said she will deliver on the UK government’s digital regulation ambitions set out in July by her predecessor Oliver Dowden . In general, the regulation aims to actively promote innovation; obtain forward-looking and consistent results; and exploit the opportunities and meet the challenges on the international scene.

“I intend to continue this good work that has already been done. As the new digital secretary, I will take a step back where I need it – but I will also take action where I need it, ”Dorries told the meeting. “However, as much as it is about the government doing all of these formal things that I just mentioned, it is also about a cultural change.”

Dorries said that despite pioneering discoveries and scientific breakthroughs in the UK, the country is still viewed by some institutional investors as “stifling.” “Well those days are officially over in this government,” Dorries said. “It doesn’t matter what you look like, it doesn’t matter where you are from, what matters is who you are. You are the entrepreneurs of today, and we are by your side, and we are ready and waiting to celebrate your success with you.

Earlier, Dorries described her appointment last week as a “baptism by fire”, addressing Europe’s largest tech conference less than a week after her takeover. She spoke of the rapid growth in the UK of ‘unicorn’ businesses – private startups valued at over $ 1 billion.

“It took us 24 years to create our first 20 unicorns. We have already matched that in the first six months of this year, ”said Dorries. “We now have more than France and Germany combined. And the UK tech industry raised £ 13.5 billion ($ 18.6 billion) in the first half of the year, nearly three times what was invested in the same period l ‘last year.

Dorries’ shock nomination was as dramatic as it comes to the UK. She replaced Dowden in a cabinet reshuffle as the big and the good of the British television industry gathered at the Royal Television Society convention in Cambridge. Dorries is no stranger to the world of television, having previously starred in “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!” and Channel 4’s “Tower Block of Commons”.

Industry watchers will be watching closely how it gets along with the BBC, with broadcaster managing director Tim Davie calling for a “grown-up dialogue” with the government to discuss the future of Britain’s creative sector.

Dorries will also be scrutinized for her handling of the Channel 4 privatization scheme.

The UK government’s new requirements for the ‘britishness’ of television programming will also be implemented under Dorries’ watch.