South Lakes MP Tim Farron has urged the Government to invest in faster broadband to boost Cumbria’s economic recovery.

Speaking in Parliament, he said: “The fact that we have 95 per cent ‘officially superfast broadband’ in my constituency is hugely welcome.

“That 95 per cent, however, does not ring many bells for the chief executive officer of a trading and development company in our big town of Kendal, which has a 0.05 megabits per second upload speed.”

He said: “When we go back to work more generally, post-Covid, we need to be able to compete, and we will do that only if we decide that we will adopt that 21st-century solution, and build fibre to the home.”