Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has derided the UK Government for leaving behind rural communities and small towns in their high-speed gigabit broadband rollout.
New data from the House of Commons Library shows that whilst gigabit broadband rollout in London stands at 78.6%, in Ogmore it is just 13%. The average across Wales also lags over 10% behind the UK as a whole. Whilst the UK Government prioritises big urban areas in England, rural communities such as Ogmore are simply being forgotten.
Chris Elmore spoke in Parliament last week about the broken Tory promises from the 2019 manifesto. The UK Government promised full-fibre broadband across the country by 2025, after the previous target of 2033 was branded not ambitious enough by the Prime Minister himself, but this has since been downgraded to full gigabit broadband by 2025.
Within weeks of Ministers assuring the commitment was still there, the target was once more downgraded to 85% gigabit broadband by 2025. As can be seen from the House of Commons figures this doesn’t even look remotely possible under the mismanagement by the UK Tory Government.
Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, said:
“When the Conservative Party came to power in the UK Government in 2010, they inherited a world-leading broadband position from the previous UK Labour Government. Since then we have witnessed a decade of shambolic mismanagement.
From false promises to shifting goal posts, when it comes to superfast broadband rollout the Tories have been unreliable and untrustworthy, continuing to downgrade their targets to the detriment of rural communities.
I will continue to stand up for communities in Ogmore and across the UK who are being left behind as the UK Government prioritises urban areas in England in the rollout of high-speed gigabit broadband.”