In the battle for votes, cyberspace is now almost as important as the doorstep as the place where elections are won. And that’s why it’s become a hunting ground for the trolls and election-winning cyber-specialists like Cambridge Analytica.
It was over 50 years ago that Harold Wilson laid bare a great political truth: the Tories don’t get the future.
Back in 1964, Wilson practically won the election with the argument that the Edwardian establishment Tories were simply unprepared to govern in the jet age.
How little has changed. And today it’s the Teletext Tories who are hopelessly unprepared to lead Brexit Britain through the global digital era.
How does the UK become the world’s most advanced digital society? In my first keynote speech since becoming Shadow Digital Minister, I will draw on my history of Britain’s entrepreneurial revolution to set out the roadmap for developing Labour’s digital manifesto over the year to come.
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The places hit hardest by Brexit are the least equipped to prosper in the digital economy, according to research I commissioned from the House of Commons Library.
The research shows that the 95 council areas expected to be hit hardest by Brexit have average download speeds that are 65% worse than the areas hurt least by Brexit.
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Read here the letter Birmingham City Council leader Cllr Ian Ward has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of the 2017 Autumn Budget.
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Labour's Digital Jobs Revolution
Remarks to the Parliament & Internet Conference: Parliament and the Internet
Now, it used to be said that to err is human, but to really mess things up you need a computer.
No more. At least not outside the Department for Work and Pensions.
Digital is changing our lives – and though we marvel at the speed of change, actually we need it to go faster.