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General Election: Newark Labour candidate James Baggaley pledges free broadband by 2030

Labour candidate for Newark, James Baggaley, has announced his party’s campaign will deliver free superfast broadband across the constituency.

This week, Mr Baggaley met people in Southwell and Bingham and discussed the issues residents faced, and reassured them they would receive free full-fibre broadband by 2030.

Mr Baggaley said he found people felt let down on connectivity and transport, among other things.

James Baggaley on the election trail in Bingham. (22026105)
James Baggaley on the election trail in Bingham. (22026105)

He said: “We have seen in other countries how proper investment in superfast broadband and increased transport networks don’t just improve the economy for working families, but also helps tackle isolation and social challenges in rural communities.

“It’s why I’m proud the Labour Party has committed to deliver free superfast broadband across the constituency. This has been done with great success in other countries and we can do it here.

“We will connect all areas and deliver faster speeds to drive forward our economy across the whole country.”

Mr Baggaley also said that, if elected, the Labour Party would invest in public transport to make travelling easier and cheaper for commuters, describing plans for transport as transformative.

“It’s also clear commuters would like to use the rail and bus networks, but they simply aren’t reliable enough,” he said.

“That’s why we want to invest in our bus and rail networks, and bring them back into public ownership, much like they have in other countries.

“Currently we have situation where publicly owned companies from other countries are buying up our networks ­— this makes no sense.

“We need to make it faster and cheaper for people to commute and travel by public transport.”

Mr Baggaley said this week, the Labour Party would be hosting an event to discuss plans for a Green New Deal.

He has also called for hustings to be held so everyone has a chance to question their candidates.


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