Defence spending cuts ‘weaken armed forces’

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GOSPORT MP Caroline Dinenage has spoken of the government’s need to protect defence spending.

Ms Dinenage spoke in a parliamentary a debate on the upcoming Defence and Security Review and emphasises the need for the country to spend two per cent of gross domestic product on defence.

She said not doing so would weaken the armed forces, damage Britain’s standing with its allies, and affect the UK’s credibility as a major player on the world stage.

‘There are those who believe we no longer have a significant role to play in the world and consequently that spending on defence is not a priority,’ she said. ‘The nature of the threats we face from an aggressive Russian dictator who rips up the international rule book, as well as that from [Isil] and other terrorist organisations, means now would be the worst possible time to cut back on our defence.’

After the debate she added: ‘Our area has an extremely proud military heritage and over the years we have been deeply affected by government cuts to defence spending.

‘At this time of great international tension, the damage caused by reducing the defence budget will go well beyond our armed forces and the communities that support them.’