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Labour Activists Call for £10bn Plan to Make UK a Digi

A group of labour activists, backed up by shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna, want the Labour party to commit a £10bn five year plan to make the UK the world's leading digital economy and society by 2020.

The Labour Digital Group describes itself as a "grassroots network of over 300 digital professionals", and has launched a report at the party's annual conference in Manchester in hope that it will provide input to future Labour policy.

The study is said to contain 82 suggestions for new policies to form part of a national programme for the UK. This would be led by a proposed Digital Board, bringing together ministers and digital experts that would report to the Prime Minister.

The report said: "The scale of national transformation driven by digital in the near future can hardly be overstated.

"Sadly, government has been the sector least changed by digital and tends to use it only to increase efficiency rather than to achieve the previously unimaginable. That needs to change. Government cannot simply outsource its leadership role to a 'Big Society' of technical entrepreneurs. Neither can it ignore legitimate public concerns about some uses of technology. Britain needs a plan."

John Cruddas, Labour's policy review coordinator, said Labour wants to be the party for the digital revolution.

He added: "I believe our priority is to make the UK the number one country in the digital revolution. Government will be about giving people more control over their lives. We will use the internet to distribute control and to push power out to the people who know best how to use it."

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