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A local authority in the north of England has been urged to increase its efforts to improve broadband coverage in the region it represents.

Northumberland County Council has been criticised for its work on the issue by Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who stood as the Conservative candidate for Berwick-on-Tweed in the general election.

According to the Morpeth Herald, she met with BT recently to discuss the rollout of broadband in rural areas and said there was much evidence that more can be done to improve efforts.

She told the newspaper: "BT is willing to invest in Northumberland in the same way as it is currently investing in the rural south-west.

"To make this happen we need clear leadership from the Lib Dem administration at Northumberland County Council."

News of BT's discussions with representatives from the region have come after the broadband provider confirmed plans to ensure 87 per cent of homes and businesses in London have access to fibre connections by spring next year.

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