Wednesday 18 November 2020 / 10:30 PM John Healey

Ministers must not repeat the mistakes of previous defence reviews – John Healey

John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, commenting on the Government’s defence spending review, said:

“This signals a welcome and long overdue upgrade to Britain’s defences after a decade of decline.

“Since 2010 the size of the Armed Forces has been cut by a quarter, defence spending was cut by over £8 billion and the defence budget has a £13 billion black hole.

“The UK has the know-how to be a global leader in new domains such as cyber and space, as long as Government plays its part.

“As the MoD prepares the full conclusions of the Integrated Review, Ministers must not repeat the mistakes of the last two Conservative defence reviews.

“High tech weapons systems are essential but highly-trained British troops are indispensable, so Forces personnel must be at the heart of the Review.”