Monday 22 March 2021 / 1:47 PM Chi Onwurah / Science

Chi Onwurah responds to reports regarding the Government bailout of OneWeb against the advice of officials

Chi Onwurah MP, Labour’s Shadow Science Minister, responding to reports regarding the Government bailout of OneWeb against the advice of officials, said:

“A year on we are finally starting to get a clear picture of the Government’s murky purchase of OneWeb after it was pushed through against the advice of government officials.

“The revelation that it was a brainchild of Dominic Cummings doesn’t bode well for its future given he is now at odds with No 10, and given OneWeb has said it need an extra £720m to launch all the satellites.

“Ministers have sunk hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ money into a project without a proper space strategy, and with no guaranteed return, and it seems there is a very real risk that investment will go to waste.”