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Super-Fast Cable! Lib Dems Triumph In Broadband Battle

  • Lib Dem’s Vince Cable beats all opposition in’s broadband league table

  • Cameron beats Brown for broadband speed

Hot on the heels of Nick Clegg’s triumphs in the TV election debates the Lib Dems can now claim another victory – Clegg’s colleague Vince Cable is the senior politician whose constituents enjoy the fastest broadband in the UK.

Vince Cable’s constituents in Twickenham on average get speeds over two megabits faster than those in Alistair Darling’s constituency in Edinburgh South West.

That’s according to speed test data from, the UK’s most popular broadband comparison service.

With the general election fast approaching, analysed over 9,000 speed tests taken by web users over the last three months in the constituencies of 12 senior politicians from the three main parties, in order to find out which had the fastest broadband.

Nick Clegg even pushed Gordon Brown into third place in the battle of the party leaders. Clegg’s constituency’s speeds (4.90Mb) were 1Mb ahead of those of Gordon Brown (3.91Mb), but behind those of David Cameron (5.91Mb).

As well as comparing the broadband speeds of the three parties’ leaders, also looked at the speeds enjoyed by MPs closely involved in the passing of the recent Digital Economy Bill.

Tom Watson – the backbench Labour MP who was the main opponent of the Bill – has an average broadband speed of 5.8Mb in his constituency. In comparison, constituents of Stephen Timms, the Minister for Digital Britain, receive average speeds of 4.7Mb, while the slowest broadband in the survey was found in South West Surrey, the constituency of Conservative shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The national average for broadband according to’s speed test is 5.25Mb.

Full table of results:


PartyConstituencyAverage download speed (Mbps)
Vince CableTreasury spokesmanLib DemsTwickenham9.38
Alistair DarlingChancellorLabourEdinburgh South West7.03
Simon HughesShadow energy spokesmanLib DemsNorth Southwark & Bermondsey6.05
David CameronLeader of the OppositionConservativeWitney5.91
Tom WatsonBackbench MPLabourWest Bromwich East5.80
National average5.25
Don FosterShadow Culture spokesmanLib DemsBath4.92
Nick CleggLeaderLib DemsSheffield Hallam4.90
Stephen TimmsMinister for Digital BritainLabourEast Ham4.70
William HagueShadow Foreign SecretaryConservativeRichmond (Yorks)4.47
Gordon BrownPrime MinisterLabourKirkaldy & Cowdenbeath3.90
George OsborneShadow ChancellorConservativeTatton3.89
Jeremy HuntShadow Culture secretaryConservativeSouth West Surrey3.48

Alex Buttle from said: “Broadband and the future of our internet infrastructure have become big election issues since the debate over the Digital Economy Bill. The huge range in broadband speeds identified in our survey demonstrates how a truly ‘Digital Britain’ is still a some way off. Instead we are still seeing a notable gap between those enjoying super-fast broadband speeds and others lagging behind well below the national average.”

The three main parties have significantly differing broadband policies in their manifestos.

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to scrap the controversial Digital Economy Bill while Labour has promised to deliver broadband at a minimum speed of 2Mb to “virtually every house” in Britain by 2012. It is likely to bring back its original plans – dumped before the election – for a 50p per month tax on every phone line to pay for the universal broadband roll-out.

The Conservatives have promised to scrap the phone tax and instead find a ‘market-based solution’ for encouraging universal broadband access.


Notes to Editors: Media Ltd – formerly Top 10 Broadband and Top 10 Mobile Phones – is the UK’s most popular comparison site aimed at the broadband and mobile phone sector with over 1.5 million consumers using the site every month. is dedicated to providing the best offers to help people get connected.  The award-winning service offers an unrivalled consumer experience, combining cutting-edge design, innovative tools and exciting new ways for users to interact. Alongside all the latest deals and offers, includes up-to-date news, independent guides, and expert reviews. Media Ltd is a privately held company headquartered in London, UK.

Pete Marcus
Citigate Dewe Rogerson
020 7282 2815

Phil Szomszor
Citigate Dewe Rogerson
0207 282 1053