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An MP has claimed that the Conservatives are "out of touch" over plans to abolish the proposed tax that would be used to fund nationwide fibre-optic broadband services.

Danny Alexander, who represents Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, has claimed that the rate on fixed telephone lines would be vital if areas like the Highlands are to be able to keep up with other parts of Britain in terms of connection speeds.

According to the Press and Journal, his thoughts were echoed by Peter Peacock, a Highland Labour MSP.

He said such services are "vital" for homes and businesses across the region of Scotland.

"If the Tories scrap the 50p levy, it would kill off any chance of getting the digital infrastructure that this area needs so badly," he added.

Shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt told the Financial Times of the plans to abolish the tax "as soon as possible" if the party wins power next year.

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