ARMED forces minister Penny Mordaunt has criticised Jeremy Corbyn for not having a ‘grip’ on world affairs in light of his views on UK defence spending.
Ms Mordaunt, also the MP for Portsmouth North, attacked the favourite in the Labour leadership race after he said he would like to see cuts in the defence budget and seek to withdraw from Nato.
He would be bad for Portsmouth, and bad for the country. I really don’t think he can appreciate the threats we are facing.Penny Mordaunt, Portsmouth North MP and armed forces minister
Mr Corbyn has already come under fire from Portsmouth Labour members who fear he would be a ‘disaster’ for the city if he ever became prime minister and rolled out his policies.
Speaking to The News, Ms Mordaunt said: ‘He would be bad for Portsmouth, and bad for the country.
‘I really don’t think he can appreciate the threats we are facing – not just threats he would associate with the Cold War.
‘We have a resurgent Russia, an increasingly aggressive Russia, we have these old, familiar concerns.
‘But we also have a massive, fast-moving rise in cyber warfare.
‘We need to work ever more closely with our countries and allies.
‘To not realise that, he can’t have a grip on what is going on in the world today.
‘It is the first priority of any government to protect the UK.’
Mr Corbyn, who is in the Labour race against Andy Burnham, Liz Kendall and Yvette Cooper, was given a warm reception this week as he visited teh Hilton Hotel at the Ageas Bowl to address Labour supporters and speak out against austerity measures.