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New Broadband Minister said to be a tough nut

Baroness Shriti Vadera (opens in new tab) has been designated as the new UK broadband minister after the cabinet reshuffle moved Stephen Timms to the Department of Work and Pensions.

The government confirmed her appointment as the new minister for business and competitiveness at the Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR) and she will be responsible for the competitiveness and growth of UK businesses.

Businesses have expressed concerns over the turnover of ministers; as the head of Entreprise of at the Confederation of British Industry, points out: "This is the fifth minister in this role in less than three years. The constant changing of faces and portfolios has been unhelpful to building a long-term dialogue, so it is important that we now see a period of stability."

Computerweekly mentions that she will continue Stephen Timm's quest to bring together the UK government, the public sector and Internet Service Provider in a bid to introduce faster broadband access and increase the availability of internet connections to those who cannot afford it.

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