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Michelle Donelan’s priorities as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

THE MP for Chippenham has set out her priorities as she begins her new role as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

These include cutting red tape and rolling out fast broadband to “every corner of the country”.

Posting to social media on Thursday, MP Michelle Donelan said she was “absolutely thrilled to be appointed Secretary of State”.

Ms Donelan previously served as Secretary of State for Education for only 36 hours.

She dramatically resigned as Boris Johnson’s government began to crumble in July.

Ms Donelan said on Facebook: “I have sat with Liz Truss in the Cabinet for the past 10 months and I know she shares my priorities for a bolder and stronger Britain.

“Helping to make our country a digital and STEM superpower has been one of my priorities since I entered government, so I am extremely excited to take on this new challenge.”

Ms. Donelan said her priorities were:

“Supporting digital and technological innovation by cutting red tape, ensuring it is at the heart of our plan to grow the UK economy.

“Deploy fast broadband to every corner of the country to drive connectivity and growth.

“Promoting freedom of expression while working to protect children online.

“Proudly promoting and protecting British culture and our incredible arts sector.

“Building on a remarkable few years for British sport and being the voice of grassroots sport in government.

“Working with companies to develop and develop key skills in the digital, media, cybersecurity and creative sectors.

“Recognize that world-class businesses need world-class cybersecurity.

“Ensuring the UK media landscape reflects audience demands and matches our modern way of life.

“Putting the British people’s priorities for growth, freedom and fairness at the heart of my decision-making.”