Tackling poor mobile coverage in Northumberland

Conservative candidate selection meeting in the Northumberland Hall.'Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who was selected to be the candidate for the Berwick constituency
Conservative candidate selection meeting in the Northumberland Hall.'Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who was selected to be the candidate for the Berwick constituency

Action being taken by the Government to improve mobile-phone coverage has been welcomed by north Northumberland’s would-be Tory MP.

Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Berwick, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, is supportive of new steps being taken by the Government to improve mobile coverage and eliminate partial not-spots – areas where there is coverage from one or more, but not all, of the four mobile networks.

Currently 29.2 per cent of Northumberland suffers from these partial not-spots, compared to 22.5 per cent in County Durham – another North-East county with large rural areas.

Anne-Marie said: “Currently 29.2 per cent of Northumberland has poor mobile coverage which is causing frustration for people trying to make a call or send a text and making it more difficult for businesses to operate and grow. Conservatives are not prepared to let this continue.

“That is why we are now looking at how we can eliminate partial not-spots and make it easier to communicate in Northumberland. As part of this, we will continue to work with mobile companies as well as considering changing the law so that people can use a different mobile network if they can’t get a signal with their own network.

“Ensuring people and businesses in Northumberland can get good mobile coverage is a key part of our long-term economic plan that will help businesses to grow and more jobs, giving people greater financial security and peace of mind.”

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has launched a consultation, which closes on Wednesday, November 26.