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MP's broadband plea to Chancellor

A number of the signatories presenting the letter to Number 11 Downing Street Credit: Office of Richard Arkless MP

Dumfries and Galloway MP Richard Arkless has joined more than 100 other MPs in asking the Chancellor to invest in broadband in next week's Spending Review.

Mr Arkless says that without broadband in South West Scotland, businesses will be disadvantaged.

He has signed an open letter - along with other MPs - to the Chancellor of the Exchequer urging him to continue investing in fixed and mobile broadband as part of the Spending Review.

George Osborne MP is due to deliver his spending review to Parliament on Wednesday.

The letter was co-ordinated by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Broadband and Digital Communication.

“Scotland deserves reliable and modern broadband infrastructure in order to remain competitive. Millions of pounds are made and re-invested into our local communities from web based businesses and projects. Without broadband access at the standard expected for 2015 and for the future, we run risk of losing our edge in keeping these important assets to our economy.”

– Richard Arkless, MP SNP

“We urge you to consider the importance of continued state investment in both mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure as part of the Spending Review, so that the digital divide does not widen and deepen, and so that we can provide the same digital opportunities to everyone in the UK, regardless of where they live.”

– Cross-party letter to George Osbourne