Minister for Digital and Culture visits Morley

Andrea, hosted Matt Hancock, serving Minister of State for Digital and Culture. Mr Hancock’s portfolio covers a wide remit including being responsible for digital infrastructure, broadband and digital strategy. 

Andrea discussed several items with Mr Hancock including Morley’s new free-at-the-point-of-use Wi-Fi, and the speed of broadband across the constituency.

Earlier this year, following the concerns of local residents, Andrea tabled a question to Mr Hancock about poor mobile coverage. The Minister responded by explaining how £5bn of investment has been “locked in” to improve coverage across the UK.

Commenting on the day Andrea said:

“It has been a pleasure to welcome the Minister here in Morley today.

Broadband and mobile coverage are important issues across the constituency. Many constituents have brought their own personal issues with connectivity to my attention and I am determined to fight for better coverage for our area.

We have had very productive talks about how through digital technologies and improvements to broadband we can see innovation and provide the economic conditions for small and medium sized businesses to flourish. If I am re-elected I will continue to fight for further needed investment in our area.”

Mr Hancock added:

“It’s been great to visit Morley today and talk to residents directly. The new Wi-Fi here is a leading example of how through connectivity we can support and modernise our high streets.

Since our government took office we have seen over 90 per cent of UK premises become able to connect to superfast broadband, and we are on track to reach 95 per cent by the end of the year. 

More can be done, and with a conservative majority government I am confident that we can continue to build on the investments that we have delivered, supporting local businesses and households alike.”