Luke Pollard MP Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
Responding to the news that Chinese company Huawei is going to be removed from the UK’s telecommunications network, Luke Pollard MP said:
“I voted against Huawei’s involvement in developing the UK’s 5G network in March. The Government whipped its MPs to force through a green light for Huawei then, but now Ministers are doing another screeching u-turn and banning Huawei’s technology from our future 5G networks.
“Plymouth is a city proud of its military connections – we understand why national security matters. We cannot jeopardise our national security by including Huawei in a major infrastructure project in our city like 5G. I will never compromise on national security.
“This latest government U-turn is welcome, but Huawei’s involvement should never have got this far in the first place. While this U-turn further delays Plymouth’s full 5G roll out, I would prefer it was late and secure – rather than on time and vulnerable or compromised.”