Digital reformer Francis Maude steps down as MP

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UK Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has decided to step down as an MP after serving 27 years in the UK parliament.

Maude was responsible for cyber security, digital strategy, public sector efficiency, and government transparency.

The Government Digital Service was introduced under Maude’s guidance, where several separate government websites were consolidated into gov.uk site.

Maude was also part of the digital transformation of government which was aimed at improving user experience and saving money.

Maude hosted D5 London 2014, which was a summit for digitally advanced governments including Estonia, Israel and New Zealand and South Korea.

However, there has been mixed reviews about his position as for some he was a veteran reformer who brought about changes in the government, while others found Maude to have cut deep into public services in the name of efficiency, reported Microscope.

In his letter to the Horsham Conservative Associations he said: "I was first elected to the House of Commons in 1983 just before I was 30, and will be nearly 67 by the time of the election in 2020."

"However, 27 years is a long time to serve as a member of parliament, and I believe now is the right time to make way for a younger candidate to carry the Conservative flag in Horsham."

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