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Baroness Lane Fox resigns from Digital Champion role

Matthew Jarvis
Baroness Lane Fox resigns from Digital Champion role

Baroness Lane Fox of Soho has resigned from from the role of UK Digital Champion, after three years in the position.

Lane Fox announced her decision in a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, explaining that “I feel it is now time I step down from that role”.

She had held the role since July of 2010.

“I hope I have contributed in three ways,” she added.

“Firstly, my report to Francis Maude on the future of Directgov led to the creation of the Government Digital Service and the move to a single domain for all government information.”

“Secondly, Race Online 2012, the campaign you helped launch in Downing Street galvanised the public, private and charitable sectors to help millions more people online, and was the basis for the charity Go ON UK that launched last year.”

“Finally, the Champion model has been a success more widely. In 2011, it was adopted right across Europe, with each Member State appointing their own Champion, overseen by Vice-President Neelie Kroes.”

Lane Fox added that as Chair of Go ON UK she would continue to focus on the “vital issue of building digital skills”, and that the charity would “continue to work closely with the newly created digital inclusion team in GDS”.

Her letter ended: “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do this very rewarding role – I have loved it.”

The Prime Minister replied in a letter: "Your work has helped establish a digital culture at the heart of government. That culture, in turn, is transforming how government works and stimulating a new digital economy, improving millions of lives every day."

"I am particularly grateful for your work to help bring world-class talent into the Civil Service by kickstarting the foundation of the Government Digital Service. The impact they have had in just two years is testament to the vision you fought for."

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