Failing Internet Skills Turned Voters to Ukip, Says Labour MP

By Gary Cutlack on at

Labour's shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna claims that disconnected communities where some don't have the skills to "join in" online are leading the surge to Ukip, as people without basic digital skills feel left out of the new global game and turn on the establishment as a sort of revenge move.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday, Umunna claimed: "There has been a lot of talk of communities that have been disconnected from our global economy, and those of course were a lot of those voting for Ukip in the local and European elections."

"Of that mass of people who can’t do the things that all of us take for granted, a very large number of them are from those communities," he added, suggesting a Labour government would do more to help train people without basic IT skills needed to start following Rachel Riley and Jeremy Clarkson on Twitter. [Independent]