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David Cameron's Cabinet reshuffle following the general election means there is a new Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

John Whittingdale, the Conservative MP for Maldon, has replaced Sajid Javid in the role and will take charge of Broadband Delivery UK.

The government-funded body has allocated funding to local authorities for rural broadband rollouts, and is now working with BT on the deployment of next-generation infrastructure.

Mr Whittingdale, who worked as Political Secretary to Margaret Thatcher during the late 1980s, was first elected to parliament in 1992.

He becomes the latest Culture Secretary to take over the Broadband Delivery UK brief, which was initiated in 2010 by Jeremy Hunt and taken over by Maria Miller two years later.

Sajid Javid served in the role between 2014 and 2015, up until last week's election.

In its pre-election manifesto, the Conservative Party pledged to continue with the Con-Lib coalition's broadband policies.

The Tory government wants to ensure super-fast broadband is available to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017-18.

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