Thursday 15 August 2019 / 2:07 PM Nia Griffith

Nia Griffith responds to Quarterly Service Personnel Statistics

Nia Griffith MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, commenting on the publication of the Quarterly Service Personnel Statistics, which show that the number of trained personnel in the Army, RAF, Royal Navy and Royal Marines has fallen for the ninth consecutive year, said:

“It is clear that the Conservatives just cannot be trusted with our country’s defences.

“Year after year they are running down our Armed Forces, with numbers now well below their own targets. Ministers are either in complete denial about this crisis in recruitment and retention, or they are actively in favour of cutting the Armed Forces to these historically low levels. The new Defence Secretary should come clean about which it is.

“The next Labour government will rebuild our Armed Forces and invest in our country’s defences. This will include overhauling Capita’s useless Army recruitment contract which has failed on its own terms.”