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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

The UK's possible future prime minister thinks all websites should be classified with minimum age ratings, just like films. Andrea Leadsom is one of two candidates left in the race for the leadership of the Conservative Party; the winner of which will become the country's Prime Minister. Although many are concerned with the …
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Shapps launches probe into Wikimedia UK over self-pluggery allegs

Exclusive Former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps, who lost his Cabinet seat after allegations sourced from Wikimedia UK were widely publicised during the 2015 General Election campaign, has filed a request under the Data Protection Act to find out what the organisation knows and wrote about him. While the BBC has (sort of) …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Jul 2015
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Osbo PRINTS first Tory budget in 19 years with his BARE HANDS

Summer Budget 2015 Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivered the first full fat Tory budget statement in 19 years today by shedding billions of pounds from Blighty's welfare system. During his statement to the House of Commons, Osbo praised Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith's "herculean efforts" with the …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Jul 2015
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Snoopers' Charter queen Theresa May returns to Home Office brief

Theresa May has – despite her failure to ram through the Snoopers' Charter under the previous Tory-led Coalition government – once again, been handed the troublesome Home Office brief. Prime Minister David Cameron, whose Conservative Party secured a slim majority in the House of Commons on Friday, has been lightly reshuffling …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 May 2015
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Cameron hardens stance on UK web filth block

Prime Minister David Cameron has again waded into the debate about protecting kids from pornography online by personally stepping up pressure on ISPs to block smut websites by default. His intervention comes during a torrid time for the Tories, with the party suffering heavy loses in local elections across the UK today. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 4 May 2012
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Liam Maxwell appointed to advise on gov ICT

Liam Maxwell has been appointed as an advisor to the Efficiency and Reform Group and the government chief information officer on new ideas for the government's use of technology. His work will cover developing new methods of service delivery, increasing the use of open standards and open source software, helping SMEs in the …
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Hackers claim to pwn Conservative Party website

Hackers claim to have pwned the official website belonging to the UK Conservative Party. Details on the 4chan website, where they discussed the supposed attack, were sketchy, but they claimed the site was vulnerable to a SQL injection exploit. An email to The Reg claimed the site had been defaced, but at time of writing, there …
Dan Goodin, 16 Oct 2010
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ConLib government shakes up BIS tree

The secretary of state for business, innovation and skills (BIS) outlined his department's responsibilities in the UK's newly-formed coalition government today. LibDem MP Vince Cable said that David Willetts, who is now the minister of state for universities and science, has taken on a broad portfolio that includes overseeing …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 May 2010
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Tory £12bn public sector cuts proposal would claim IT scalps

A Tory government would cut spending on public sector IT projects, office costs, contracts and hiring of new staff in an effort to hold back £12bn and swerve a rise in National Insurance contributions. David Cameron's party finally fleshed out Conservative plans on public spending this morning. Tory adviser Sir Peter Gershon …
Kelly Fiveash, 9 Apr 2010
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Tory 'Cash Gordon' campaign suffers Web2.0rhea bum rush

Updated The Tories, in their enthusiasm for all things Web2.0rhea, launched an ill-conceived Facebook Connect campaign over the weekend that they hoped would encourage people to gripe about Labour's ties to the Unite union. As is the norm in these, er, web-enlightened days, the Conservative Party hoped to turn "#cashgordon" into a " …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Mar 2010
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BBC might pay for Tory broadband promises

Mandybill minister Stephen Timms has attacked Tory promises of "superfast broadband" as "hopeless" and lacking in funding. His comment, which was characteristically posted on Twitter, followed the Conservative party's launch of its technology manifesto earlier today. "Conservative broadband policy hopeless. Minor regulatory …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Mar 2010
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Tories pat small biz heads in open source IT procurement pledge

Shadow chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne claimed today that the Conservative party, if elected to form the next government, would meet its "ambition" of ensuring that the next generation of "Googles, Microsofts and Facebooks" were British companies. The Tories pledged in their technology manifesto that they would be …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Mar 2010
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Essex leaps into bed with IBM

Essex County Council has confirmed it is outsourcing a big slice of services to IBM in a massive deal, despite union fears that this will cost jobs. Big Blue was named as preferred bidder for the multi-billion pound contract back in June and confirmed in early December. The story has hit the news today with a puff piece in The …
John Oates, 22 Dec 2009
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Tories would take an axe to Labour IT policy

In a speech to the Conservative Conference in Manchester yesterday, shadow Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude announced that he will be leading a review of government IT. In this, he will be aided by Tom Steinberg, co-author of the independent Cabinet Office review, "The Power of Information". He said: "We need a …
Jane Fae , 6 Oct 2009
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Tory surveillance backlash: Worthy, but is it workable?

Conservative proposals to roll back the surveillance state may score an A for effort – but maybe only a B for practicality. Speaking today on the launch of Reversing the rise of the surveillance state, Shadow Justice Secretary Dominic Grieve MP condemned Labour's approach to databases and surveillance as "intrusive, …
Jane Fae , 16 Sep 2009
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Tory MP to sue over sex smear email

Conservative Nadine Dorries today issued libel writs against former Downing Street spin doctor Damian McBride and Labour activist Derek Draper, who together over email planned to smear her private life. McBride, who was Gordon Brown's press chief, suggested Draper should publish allegations that Dorries had an affair with a …
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Somerset County Council to review 'shambolic' SAP system

In opposition, the Conservatives criticised Somerset CC's Southwest One "secretive" outsourcing deal with IBM. Now the party is in control, after beating the Liberal Democrats in last week's county council elections. "Lately they've made some awful mistakes, and it's those mistakes we need to put right," Ken Maddock, …
Kable, 8 Jun 2009
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Tories search Google for economic policy

The Conservative Party is getting Google boss Eric Schmidt to fill a seat on its Economic Recovery Committee. The group will meet fortnightly, we are told, although we're betting Mr Schmidt might not be around quite so often. The Committee will be chaired by party leader David Cameron or, in his absence, by shadow chancellor …
John Oates, 10 Feb 2009

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