Saturday 6 February 2021 / 10:37 AM Defence / John Healey

John Healey comments on the leaked MoD Report that 32 out of 33 British Infantry Battalions are short of combat-ready personnel

John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, commenting on the leaked MoD Report that 32 out of 33 British Infantry Battalions are short of combat-ready personnel, said:

“This report raises the alarm on the readiness of our military, at a time when the country is already in a national crisis.

“After a decade of decline our forces are over 10,000 below the strength Ministers said are needed, with combat personnel indispensable for our defence and our commitment to NATO.  

“Britain can’t afford any more reckless cuts to our forces, so ministers must put personnel at the heart of their delayed defence review. Our adversaries will exploit continuing holes in our capability. The UK needs a proper defence strategy without further delay.”