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Ed Vaizey MP

Minister for Culture and Digital Industries

Ed Vaizey MP
Ed Vaizey was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in May 2010 and promoted to Minister of State for Culture and Digital Industries in 2014.

#ShakespeareLives

April 23, 2016 — Culture

Ed Vaizey was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in May 2010 and promoted to Minister of State for Culture and Digital Industries in 2014.

William Shakespeare is undoubtedly one of our greatest ever Britons – a genius whose work continues to have an extraordinary influence across the globe.The Bard’s plays and sonnets have been translated into more than 100 languages and are studied by schoolchildren the world over.His work not only underpins our reputation in literature and the arts,…

Women in Digital

March 8, 2016 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Ed Vaizey was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in May 2010 and promoted to Minister of State for Culture and Digital Industries in 2014.

It goes without saying that we need more women in digital roles. So, today, on International Women’s Day, I was delighted to take part in an event that wasn’t just about saying something, but about doing something to make real progress.What’s clear is that tech has an image problem. When digital transformation should be opening up opportunities, it…

Digital Engagement

January 28, 2016 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Ed Vaizey was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in May 2010 and promoted to Minister of State for Culture and Digital Industries in 2014.

We published our digital inclusion strategy two years ago. Now is a good time to reflect on what’s been achieved and consider what to do next.We have invested heavily in basic digital skills.  Both the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and NHS England have put in place programmes to improve the skills of customers.…

Share your ideas for a new cultural programme

September 4, 2015 — Culture

Ed Vaizey was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in May 2010 and promoted to Minister of State for Culture and Digital Industries in 2014.

It’s 50 years since Jennie Lee, the first Minister for the Arts, published the first White Paper on the arts. In it, she talked about the “drabness and joylessness of the social furniture” and the important role of the “living artist” in addressing that.We’ve come a long way since then. Government’s role in supporting the…

Ending the shock that can come with stolen mobiles

March 22, 2015 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Ed Vaizey was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in May 2010 and promoted to Minister of State for Culture and Digital Industries in 2014.

Have you got a mobile? Mobile phone, that is. The question is almost rhetorical actually, as the latest figures reveal that 93 per cent of UK adults own one and that in total there are more than 80 million of them in this country alone.So if you lose it when you’re out – and around…

UK mobile tech companies have a reputation to be proud of…

March 2, 2015 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Ed Vaizey was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in May 2010 and promoted to Minister of State for Culture and Digital Industries in 2014.

There’s a great scene in Oliver Stone’s 1987 film, Wall Street, where Gordon Gekko, played by Michael Douglas is giving a pep talk to his protégé, Bud Fox, as the former watches the sun rise over Manhattan from the beach at his Long Island home. It’s a great scene, where the imagery of power and…

Is London losing out in the race for superfast broadband?

February 18, 2015 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Ed Vaizey was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in May 2010 and promoted to Minister of State for Culture and Digital Industries in 2014.

Is London losing out in the race for superfast broadband?  It’s a vital question, and one that the Evening Standard is right to ask – because good broadband is essential for a thriving economy.A couple of weeks ago, we reached a milestone in our mission to get superfast broadband to people living in rural areas. …

London calling . . . but not from the top of the dial any longer

February 6, 2015 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Ed Vaizey was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in May 2010 and promoted to Minister of State for Culture and Digital Industries in 2014.

I’m a huge fan of digital radio. I like its simplicity and the way in which stations are identified by name rather than a number with a decimal point. I love the way it can even tell you the name of the piece of music you’re listening to, who is performing it and, very often,…

Protecting a cats’ home, and preserving our aural heritage

January 16, 2015 — Culture

Ed Vaizey was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in May 2010 and promoted to Minister of State for Culture and Digital Industries in 2014.

Earlier this week I had the chance to go to a place in London that I hadn’t visited before; a place with a reputation for being something of a national treasure but, at the same time, one that I suspect very few people would recognise from a photograph.A brilliant institutionThe place – Battersea Dogs and…

‘Very good news’ for our Creative Industries

January 13, 2015 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Ed Vaizey was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in May 2010 and promoted to Minister of State for Culture and Digital Industries in 2014.

Last week I was ticked off by the brilliant @annemcelvoy on Twitter for being one of the politicians who habitually, she claimed, started tweets with the expression ‘Great to see . . .’ followed by the name of whatever news or achievement we were harmlessly trying to promote. She felt that I, and fellow perpetrators…