Lord Carter tipped to quit as Digital Britain report looms

Communications minister, Lord Stephen Carter, could be the latest minister to resign from the Government, according to the Times.

Lord Carter, the former public relations executive who was recruited just 18 months ago, is due to release the Digital Britain report on Tuesday, a strategy document to shape the communications industry including broadband for all UK homes.

The The Times has reported he will announce his resignation on the eve of the report's launch.

Speaking to the newspaper, Carter would only say: "I'm beavering away feverishly on my report, that's my only preoccupation."

Carter initially served as the Prime Minister's chief of strategy and principal adviser. But, after a reported falling out with Gordon Brown's now-disgraced spin doctor Damian McBride, Carter became Communications Minister in October last year. He was tasked with the responsibility for reshaping internet and media regulation throughout Britain.

The Digital Britain report will propose measures to extend access to broadband internet services and revamp how public service broadcasting is funded. It will also tackle illegal downloads.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said Lord Carter's plan to depart after the Digital Britain report was always planned. "We can confirm that he will step down at summer recess with the completion of his work, as originally intended and with the full agreement of the Prime Minister."

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