Lord Carter to quit the government

COMMUNICATIONS minister Lord Carter is to quit the government, it emerged last night, in the latest high-profile resignation to hit Prime Minister Gordon Brown. <br /><br />Carter, who was made a peer following a brief spell coordinating strategy at Number 10, is thought to be planning a return to the private sector once he has published his long-awaited Digital Britain report. <br /><br />The former public relations supremo joined Downing Street from Brunswick, where he reportedly earned &pound;500,000 a year as chief executive. He took a huge pay cut to become Brown&rsquo;s chief of strategy and principal adviser, a job which paid an annual salary of &pound;140,000. <br /><br />But Carter left Number Ten after just 10 months, following a dispute with Damian McBride, Brown&rsquo;s disgraced spin doctor, and took a peerage in October to become communications minister, where he was tasked with re-shaping the government&rsquo;s approach to digital media and the internet. <br /><br />It is thought that Carter has told Brown he will only serve until July, at which point he hopes to engineer a low-key return to business.