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GCHQ to create 500 new jobs

Intelligence agency GCHQ has announced plans to create hundreds of new jobs as it expands its efforts to bolster the UK's defences.

In his first public speech the director of GCHQ, Jeremy Fleming, paid tribute to the Gloucestershire headquartered operation and its 100 years of history.

But the time had come, he said, to grow the 6,000-strong-staff operation still further to keep pace with the ever-changing world.

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Mr Fleming (pictured below), who was speaking not at GCHQ's Cheltenham base but at CyberUK in Manchester, said: "I'm delighted that we're opening a new site in this city. It will create hundreds of high calibre jobs for people who will have a vital role in keeping this country safe.

"It's going to open up a huge new pool of highly talented, tech savvy recruits vital to our future success."

He added: "We're recruiting across our national network, including in London, Bude, Scarborough, and now here in Manchester."

Mr Fleming said Manchester operation - in the city which last year saw 22 people killed and more than 500 injured in a terrorist bomb attack - would be "at the heart of the nation's security, using cutting-edge technology and technical ingenuity".

There is no suggestion it will detract from operations in Cheltenham, which will remain GCHQ's headquarters.

The development - expected to open its doors in 2019 - will bring the number of GCHQ bases to four, including Bude Cornwall, North Yorkshire and Scarborough.

Read the whole speech here .

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