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Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to step up investment in broadband if Labour wins the next general election.

In a speech to the British Chambers of Commerce, the Labour Leader said the Centre for Economics and Business ranks Britain 13th on the value of its infrastructure. This, he stated, means it is behind every other G7 nation apart from Canada.

Mr Corbyn therefore wants to spend at least 3.5 per cent of GDP on infrastructure projects if he becomes prime minister, which he said is more than twice the amount promised by the Conservatives.

Broadband was highlighted as one key area in need of improvement, with Mr Corbyn saying the state should do more to boost high-speed connectivity across the country - in particular in rural areas.

"Chile, Estonia and Iceland all have a higher percentage of premises connected to fibre-optic broadband," he commented.

"The evidence is clear that only the public sector and public investment can guarantee the super-fast broadband network in every part of Britain and the essential low-cost connections people and businesses need in a 21st century economy."

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