Thursday 19 September 2019 / 8:35 AM Nia Griffith

Nia Griffith commenting on the Prime Minister praising the role of the UK’s armed forces

Nia Griffith MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, commenting on the Prime Minister praising the role of the UK’s armed forces, said:

“As always Boris Johnson has a loose relationship with the truth. His claim to support our military is deeply hypocritical when his party has cut the Armed Forces for nine years running.

“All three services are short of personnel and morale is in freefall because of the Tories’ short-sighted defence cuts.

“The Conservatives handed our servicemen and women a real terms pay cut for seven years running. Too many personnel and their families are stuck in shoddy housing because of the government’s ideological obsession with outsourcing services to failing private sector companies.

“Boris Johnson cannot be trusted with this country’s defences. The next Labour government will rebuild the UK’s defences and deliver better pay and conditions for our brave Armed Forces personnel.”