As new PM Theresa May continues her cabinet reshuffle, Ed Vaizey is the latest minister to be sacked, ending his six years as Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy.
Stepping into his role will be Matthew Hancock, who will now be responsible for tech policy, broadband, digital infrastructure and, among other things, the digital single market.
In his six years as Digital Economy Minister, Vaizey connected over four million homes to superfast broadband while overseeing gov’t broadband projects such as Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK). While talking to CBR he stated his belief that the UK was the Silicon Valley of Europe, but noted the difference in ‘entrepreneurial zeal” when comparing the US to the UK. Read the full interview here.
Organisations and co-workers were quick to express gratitude to Vaizey’s six years of service, with techUK tweeting: “Thank you @edvaizey from techUK and our members for your tireless work and service as digital economy minister.”