Caroline Nokes takes charge of GDS and digital government

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Caroline Nokes, who was recently appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office, has been given ministerial responsibilities for digital government.

Nokes, who is the MP for Romsey and Southampton North, will serve as the political head for the work being undertaken by the Government Digital Service (GDS).

The GDS will report to Nokes, who served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions from July 2016 until June 2017.

The senior Minister for the Cabinet Office, Damian Green, will continue to oversee Whitehall digital transformation developments.

Commenting on her new appointment, Nokes said the UK government is one of the most digitally advanced in the world and she is excited to be playing a part in driving forward development in this area.

Nokes said: “It is vital that government continues to encourage more people to go online, so they can access the guidance and services they need – as well as reducing the cost of delivering public services. [GDS] plays a leading role in making that happen.”

First Secretary of State, Damian Green, said: “The Government Digital Service has led the digital transformation of government and is a model that is being copied internationally.

“I am delighted to announce that Caroline Nokes will be taking ministerial responsibility for it, and I will retain oversight of developments.”

Nokes will replace Ben Gummer, who lost his seat as an MP during the recent general election in a surprise result.

Nokes first stood for Parliament in Southampton Itchen in 2001 and for the Romsey constituency in 2005, prior to being elected to represent Romsey and Southampton North in May 2010.

She is the Chair of the Speaker’s Committee on the Arts and became a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Department for Transport in December 2015.

Nokes sat on several Bill Committees scrutinising various important pieces of legislation, including the Justice & Security Bill, and the Children & Families Bill.