Tory MPs Organise a Little Rebellion Against Huawei's 5G Role

By Gary Cutlack on at

A mixture of MPs we know and hate and some we haven't really heard of at all are raging against/grumbling about Huawei's 5G hardware supply nod, and have come together to demand that "alternatives" to the Chinese supplier should be sought.

Such grey luminaries as Iain Duncan Smith, Owen Paterson, David Davis, Damian Green, Tobias Ellwood and Bob Seely have signed the letter, a copy of which has been seen by the BBC. It asks the rest of the Conservative party's MPs to rebel against the decision to let Huawei continue to be a key manufacturer within the country's 5G networks, asking they "...identify a means by which we ensure that only trusted vendors are allowed as primary contractors into our critical national infrastructure."

The letter wants to rally support behind these unnamed alternative "trusted vendors" instead, which would be "...companies from countries that have fair market competition, rule of law, respect human rights, data privacy and non-coercive government agencies."

Nokia, then. Or Ericsson, if it's still going? Duncan Smith told the BBC he believes Huawei to be "totally and utterly in the hands of the Chinese government" and would prefer an involvement level of around zero for the hardware giant in future comms networks. [BBC]