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Labour promises free broadband if party wins election

Written by on 14/11/2019

BT will be part-nationalised and every household will be offered free broadband if Labour win the election, they have said.

The announcement will be made by party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who plans to pay for the scheme by taxing multinational technology firms such as Amazon, Facebook and Google.

Mr Corbyn will make the announcement in a speech in Lancaster tomorrow, when he will describe the new free public service as “central to Labour’s plans to transform our country and economy”.

He will say that the “massive upgrade in UK’s internet infrastructure” will save the average person £30.30 a month.

There are more than 27 million households in the UK, according to the Office Of National Statistics.

Sky News’ political correspondent Jon Craig said it was a “big moment” and a “huge and controversial pledge” for the Labour campaign.

Conservatives have called it a “fantasy plan” that would cost taxpayers tens of billions of pounds.

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Nicky Morgan said: “Corbyn is clearly so desperate to distract from his party’s divisions on Brexit and immigration that he will promise anything, regardless of the cost to taxpayers and whether it can actually be delivered. What reckless idea will be next?”

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