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Conservative Manifesto pledges to make Britain the technology centre of Europe

Julian David, CEO of techUK, comments on the Conservative Manifesto

Launched yesterday, the Conservative Manifesto was peppered with references to technology that will be of interest to techUK members, including a top level ambition that the UK should be technology centre of Europe, and a clear commitment to continue to harness the power of technology to drive the transformation of public services. The document laid out practical plans alongside some long-term ambitions, such as ultrafast broadband, the UK's role in developing 5G standards and the potential to create a single market for digital in Europe.

Commenting on the Conservative Manifesto, techUK CEO Julian David said,"This document contains detail and points to a future where every area of government policy is underpinned and enabled by the smart use of technology. Beyond commitments to back the UK's digital economy and further develop the Eight Great Technologies campaign, this Manifesto makes it clear that the whole of the UK is benefitting from the digital revolution."

This insight is part of techUK's wider engagement with all political parties ahead of the 2015 General Election, building on our asks of the next potential government as laid out in Securing our Digital Future: the techUK manifesto for Growth and Jobs 2015-2020.

Comment on the Labour Manifesto can be read here.

techUK will be providing further analysis when all main party manifestos have been published later this week.

For press queries, contact Lucie Smith. To find out about techUK's policy work, contact Charlotte Holloway.

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