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The leader of the Green Party has called on the government to include Brighton in its super-connected cities plan.

Caroline Lucas MP - who became the member for Brighton Pavilion at the 2010 general election - said the city is home to one of the biggest and most successful digital sectors in the UK.

"It's already growing three times faster than the national average and is delivering the majority of new local jobs," she claimed.

As such, Ms Lucas said the city must be allowed to bid for some of the £100 million set aside by the coalition for ultra-fast broadband investment in major urban centres.

Chancellor George Osborne announced last month that the Urban Broadband Fund would ensure fibre broadband networks extend across ten major cities, including London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

Ms Lucas said that if Brighton and Hove is to stay competitive and be a major digital player in the long term, the conurbation must be allowed to bid for public funding.

"The city has the biggest cluster of digital business per head of population in the UK and a widely recognised digital alliance with Bristol and Manchester," the MP added.

"So becoming a super-connected city is crucial to keep us at the forefront of the technology revolution."

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