Plans to encourage candidates in any leadership contest to ban ‘non-core’ 5G equipment

Some Conservative MPs are hoping to overturn Theresa May’s decision to allow the Chinese telecoms firm Huawei to supply some “non-core” equipment for 5G mobile phone networks by persuading any future party leader to consider a blanket ban.

The decision was taken in principle by May and other senior ministers at a meeting of the cabinet’s national security council (NSC) on Tuesday afternoon, and leaked that evening amid cabinet unrest over the issue, to the frustration of Downing Street.

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