Tories trying to increase mobile bills abroad

February 10, 2014 11:05 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

It has been revealed that the Conservatives are trying to stop EU plans to scrap mobile roaming fees across the continent. The plans, supported by the Liberal Democrats, would cut costs for British holidaymakers when using their mobiles abroad.

The Leader of the Liberal Democrats Euro MPs, Fiona Hall, has accused Tories of siding with the phone giants at the expense of customers. She said:

"It's not exactly surprising that Tory MEPs are putting the interests of big business ahead of consumers. But scrapping roaming fees is something that even David Cameron has said he supports.

"This is another example of the Tories being completely out of touch and divided on Europe. Liberal Democrats are determined to end rip-off roaming charges across Europe once and for all."

At Westminster, Liberal Democrat President Tim Farron, who is leading the party's campaign for May's Euro elections, said:

"This is just the typical Tory attitude that says everything the EU does must be bad.

"We all want to see our phone bills go down when we go on holiday in Europe. But it seems that only Liberal Democrats are really making the case for staying in the EU and getting a better deal for people back in the UK."

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