UK digital champion Martha Lane Fox quits

Baroness Martha Lane Fox has resigned from her role of UK digital champion after three years.

Lane Fox, co-founder of, was appointed to the role in June 2010 to advise and challenge government and the wider public sector on how to get citizens online. She was instrumental in the creation of the Government Digital Service (GDS) and the move to a single domain for all government information,, which has become an award-winning website.

In her resignation letter to prime minister David Cameron, she said: “I feel it is now time I step down from that role.

“As chair of Go ON UK, I will focus my efforts on the vital issue of building digital skills. Go ON UK will of course continue to work closely with the newly-created digital inclusion team in GDS and I will continue to be a critical friend from the House of Lords.”

Lane Fox, at the age of 40, was the youngest female to become member of the House of Lords in March 2013.

Prime minister Cameron wrote in response to her letter of resignation: “As we shift focus to implementing and designing the services you imagined I hope you will remain a supportive and challenging voice.

“I am sure your work with Go ON UK will help bring even more people into the revolution you have started and I know the Government Digital Service are keen to work with you to ensure it is the next success.”


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